To the fathers in my life who have blessed me…
Thank you, Pepaw, for being a loving grandpa to me. Your legacy of love, dedication to your family, and joy with life have all influenced me greatly. Thank you for all of the spoiling you have done. Thanks for spending half of your life savings at McDonald’s just to get me Happy Meals. Thank you for the hard work you put in every summer to take us shopping for clothes, fun foods, and toys. Thanks for teaching me how to play dominoes and how to crack a pecan. Your stories of working the cotton fields as a boy then going to Korea to fight for my freedom have always encouraged me and made me proud to be your granddaughter. Even though your mind and memories are leaving, your smile and content attitude still bring me joy. I love you, Pepaw!
Thank you, Kuka, for sacrificing so much for your family. You were such an example of a loving husband and dedicated father. Your giving spirit permeated everything you did. Thank you for showing me that true joy can come from personal sacrifice in order to bless others. Thank you for loving God and passing a godly heritage to your family. Thank you for giving me a love for Christmas, home made ice cream, and white t-shirts. Ten years was such a short time to know you, but I’m excited about spending an eternity with you praising the Jesus you loved so much.
Thank you, Daddy, for sacrificing everything to raise a godly family. Thank you for every buck-ride, toenail painting session, Bible readying time, and trip to get ice cream when mom had ladies meetings. Thank you for loving mom. Thank you for wanting mom to stay home to care for us. Thank you for homeschooling me. Thank you for teaching me the word of God. Thank you for punishing my sin. Thank you for your patience. Thank you for showing me how to be responsible with money. Thank you for chopping down Christmas trees. Thank you for teaching me so much about cars. Thank you for teaching me to ride a bike, ride a horse, for pulling my teeth, and for pancakes on Saturday mornings. Thank you for the laughs, memories, and fun. Thank you for having a passion for God and what is right. Thank you for teaching me theology and then discussing it with me. Thank you for putting up with me in the hard times. Thank you for being a wonderful grandpa to Abigail. Some say we are exactly the same. I take that as a compliment. I love you, Daddy. I’ll always be your girl.
Thank you, Matt, for being a loving father to our daughter. From the moment I told you we were pregnant, you have been such a wonderful example of a godly daddy. Thank you for working extra hard for Abigail every day so that I can stay home to care for her. Thank you for spending long hours at work, driving at least two hours a day, to provide for us. Thank you for loving Abigail. One of my favorite things is to watch you hold our daughter, kiss her, and make her smile and laugh. You know that she is madly in love with her daddy! The other day when she started sobbing with big, wet tears rolling down her face when you left the room is evidence of that! I know that the six months she’s been around are only a tiny glimpse of the loving father you will become as Abigail grows and, Lord willing, more children come. I can’t think of any other man who could fill the roll of the best father to a new generation of children. I love you, baby!Read More
BOOK OF THE MONTH: This Wednesday will be the last week of my posting on Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot. May’s book has been chosen, and I’d encourage you to pick up a copy to read with me. This Momentary Marriage by John Piper promises to encourage and strengthen by pointing those married to God’s Word. Piper says, “Most foundationally, marriage is the doing of God. And ultimately, marriage is the display of God. It displays the covenant-keeping love between Christ and his people to the world in a way that no other event or institution does. Marriage, therefore, is not mainly about being in love. It’s mainly about telling the truth with our lives. And staying married is not about staying in love. It is about keeping covenant and putting the glory of Christ’s covenant-keeping love on display.”Read More
Grab the tissues… you will need them.
While talking with my sister on the phone this afternoon, she told me about this song. I looked it up, along with the story, and had to share it. This story and video are dedicated to the women I know who have lost a child, including my own mom. Can’t wait until heaven to meet my four siblings who are already there!!
On January 7, 2008 we went in for a routine 18-week ultrasound for our fourth daughter Audrey. After a few minutes of excruciating silence, we were told that she was “incompatible with life” and that the recommended solution was termination of the pregnancy. We didn’t agree, and chose to carry her.