Parker... Oh how this little guy teaches us each day. He has a heart for the Lord and the world that is truly boundless. He told me recently that when he grows up he wants to be a 'chief priest' so he can tell everyone about Jesus. At church last week he sat in with us during worship and the whole time he sat there singing with a huge contented smile on his face. I asked him about it afterwards and he said, "Mama, I wanted everyone to know how much I love Jesus so that they would know His love too!" He also asked me the other day for his painting things and when I asked why he said, "because I want to be a martial artist!" He lights up our whole world!
We are still wrestling through all we learned in Mexico (so much more to write and say) and a huge desire to go back and for longer. We all also still continue to slowly work through the death of my Dad. I miss him everyday. Losing him has changed every part of me and I feel like I am learning what it means to live life so changed. We have a few things I would love prayer for:
* The little girl that we sponsored at the orphanage and her three sisters need prayer. We love them so very much and really are asking that God do what is best for them. They had come to the orphanage voluntarily a little over a year ago in ndesperate need. The details are incredibly hard and it breaks my heart. Well...a few days after Christmas, their Mom came back and took them with her. There is very little known about what their situation is now and we are very concerned for them. My hope is that their Mom has gotten help and that this will be a really good thing. My prayer is for their safety and that if they are not safe, God would make a way to bring them back. They are all so precious and beautiful and we love them more than words can say.
* Our Ravenna has to have surgery later this month. It is 'just' having two teeth pulled...but when you have an undiagnosed blood disorder things get a bit complicated! For her it means full sedation, a special team, possible blood transfusions and a hospital stay and a life flight plan in case she starts bleeding once we are home. We are trying to keep it upbeat and so far she is excited about a sleepover with Mama, the playrooms and getting to order food to her room! Could you pray for her health in the mean time? She has some infection going on (she could not have dental work done while they were doing all of this year long testing to try to figure out her blood disorder, and got some cavities that have become infected) and they could not get all of the special team and meds that are needed in place until the 29th.
Phew....that's our little family!!!!