I am in the midst of making a list of all the things I need to take to New Jersey for Mike's youngest brother's wedding! We did this "family wedding-thing" when Parker was 9 weeks, and here we are again-but now he is 9 months! We fly out Thursday afternoon, and it is coming quickly.
This weekend, Phil will be getting married to Miracle! We are excited for them and know it will be a beautiful day. Unfortunately, Miracle's mom passed away 2 years ago and her father is having Open Heart surgery today (in the Phillippines) so he will not be able to give her away. Please pray for Miracle as this will be a bitter-sweet time for her! She is gaining the most wonderful in-laws and yet, her parents unable to attend one of the biggest days of her life. I will post photos when we get back.
My heart's prayer has been for the loss of two families!
As many of you know -Christian Artist, Steven Curtis Chapman lost his 5 year old girl (last Wed.)! It was a tragic event and yet a STRONG reminder that "Life is but a vapor", and I was reminded today in the book of Jeremiah "that a man's life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps." God has a special plan for each one of us! Live each day to the fullest!
The other family is the Stroud family (here in our neighborhood). Courtney Stroud (17 years old) just graduted Saturday from our local H.S. and was killed yesterday at 1:00 in a car accident (1 mile from our neighborhood)! I went with my neighbors to the site of her accident and attended the memorial service. I did not know her personally, but had seen her in the neighborhood at times. It appears that she was a believer and had a very strong faith! Once again, another reminder that our life is in God's hands! We do not know when our last day will be!
In moments like this (as a parent) it makes me hug& cling to Parker more and more! More importantly these moments have me seek the Lord and ask him to comfort the ones who have lost their child! I can not imagine the void and loss!?
If you are a parent, hug your child and thank the Lord for each day with them! (Even if it has been tough, long and tireing).
So these are my thoughts and prayers lately!
Thanks for letting me share my heart and thank you for all the prayers!
I will post photos when we return from the wedding! Tonight Joy, Trey and another friend from College are coming for a visit! We have alot going on before the wedding and the clock is ticking! Off to finish cleaning-packing-laundry-(ahh the list keeps going!!!)