1. Saying goodbye. The Grannies and the Cousins and the Aunt and the Uncle left us today, and it was hard to say goodbye. Every girl needs her Mommy --and I'm no exception. And the Grannies and cousins and Aunt and Uncle will miss us, too. Emily is going to be a little lost without her Granny babysitters and her favorite girl, Maggie. BUT, they all are making plans to come back to visit. God is so good in giving us such people to love us and for us to love. There are single moms here with children in fixators, trying to do it all on their own. Pray for those moms because I can't imagine that struggle.
On the night before Ethan's surgery, a woman whose son was returning for a follow up visit told Josh not to tell his mom, but that the first two days would be terrible. What was Josh's response: "Well, I prayed for my brother, and God will get him through it." The woman replied, "God can do great things." Thank you Lord for allowing Josh to be the missionary this time, and thank you for increasing his faith ... as his words to this woman were realized. Ethan's first two days were far from terrible and You get all the praise!