Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Happy Birthday to Anna!!!










We celebrated Anna's 15th birthday yesterday (24th) . She had a Cattle\Ranch Party. Anna really enjoys working with the cows. She is a real farm girl. Anna is a blessing to our family. She is the one that takes all our pictures. I am so thankful for all the pictures she took of Joel and Josiah when he was well and all the ones at the hospital. The Lord provided to get her a really nice camera, a Nikon a few months ago,and for her birthday she got a zoom lens for it. She has captured some wonderful shots... thank you Anna for your gift and love for your family to build treasures of keepsakes for your mom:). Anna has many other ways she is a blessing to her family too. She has been doing laundry since she was 6 years old, now that is diligence!!!!! Her name means" gracious one", she certainly goes about with grace helping and serving her family!!

It has been somewhat difficult to get through all these birthdays, knowing last year Joel was right in the middle of the festivities. He really enjoyed the parties, and helping open the gifts. He had such a jolly spirit about him that could cheer your heart. The family picture above was taken on Anna's birthday last year, and her party last year was out in the pasture. Joel and Josiah thought it was so fun to go out there and have the party. Sometimes I find myself in the land of "wishfulness". It is so trying to my faith with all these "mommy emotions".I still want to be Joel's mommy and take care of him here and now. They just seem to take over so often and my faith is ever so weak. It is like I read in Mark 9:23, "Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe." It is not "if" he can help, its "if" I will believe this is working for my good and his glory. Oh to have faith to believe this!!!!! Our school song for this month is "When We See Christ" Oft times the day seems long, our trials hard to bear, We're tempted
to complain to mumur and despair; But Christ will soon appear to catch
His Bride away, All tears forever over in God's eternal day.

It will be worth it all when we see Jesus. Life's trials will seem so small
when we see Christ; One glimpse of his dear face all sorrow will erase,
So bravely run the race till we see Christ.

May the Lord give all of our hearts grace...

Andrew (11) and Joshua (9) have kept us in some excitement... Calf Riding!!!! Ever since Elijah rode a bull last fall, the pusuit of "rodeo" has been flowing, except on a smaller scale and somewhat safer. Mom and sisters say "Elijah's bull days" are OVER!!! Anyway it has been fun for the little guys. Andrew rode at the Lazy E arena Sat. Joshua decided since a few weeks ago, he got stepped on he would for go this last ride of the season. Andrew gave a good ride, although his ride before was longer.

My situation is still the same... waiting. As long as I do not show any signs of infection, I feel I can wait for my body to try to work naturally. I don't know how to put a time frame on the Lord, but if needed we will see a doctor. Sometimes I just want to get all this over with! I am not very good at waiting, but that could be exactly what the Lord wants me to learn," Be still and know I am God." If you think of it, I am grateful for you prayers to the throne.

Please do not give up on us with the DVD. Now we have had some problems with the color on the cover and the DVD at the duplicator.It is getting worked out and hopefully coming soon. I wonder if Joel's Journey has had all the setbacks because the enemy knows how powerfully the Lord could use it for his glory? If you think about it, pray the Lord would bless it in the film festival. You can look at all the films listed at http://www.independentchristianfilms.com/

Once again, we are grateful for your prayers and all the caring e-mails you send our way!!!!

~Cindy

1 comment:

Gem said...

Happy Birthday to Anna! Wish you a wonderful 16th year, and may God bless you!
Reading this blog is always a blessing to me... even you when you feel weak you have your trust in Him... it's inspiring to see all of you day by day keeping your eyes on Him. Wish you all the good and blessings from Him!