12 April 2020

Happy Easter

We are praying this Easter you are healthy and surrounded in your home by loved ones as we all continue to wait on Jesus, science, or this virus to run its course. I haven’t mailed out a card or letter in a few years so I thought while I had some time with a completely clear calendar, I would do so now.  I hope you are going to enjoy getting a little snail mail too!

For us 2020 began with some exciting changes.  David purchased and took over the day to day management of what was his mother’s Farmers Insurance Agency.  She has retired, is still in the office some, and hopes to be able to travel more soon!

 As you probably noticed in the picture, I am now officially the shortest member of my family.  James recently passed me and soon he will turn 13, so he hasn’t even hit his real growth spurt yet.  I think even David will probably get to look up to him before too long!  This is the end of his elementary career… he will be starting 7th grade and Junior High in the fall.  This past fall his football team placed second in the city and he played both left tackle and nose tackle.

Kirstyn has already had a busy 2020!  In January as she was getting ready for a musical audition, she hurt her knee and the injury required a rather extensive surgery.  She is still in the process of going through rehabilitation and the virus precautions have limited the amount of care she is able to obtain.  We would covet your prayers for her complete healing as she is anxious to get back to dancing and driving.  She is in her sophomore year in the STEM Academy at Martin High School.

My brain tumor is still in my head and behaving itself.  I go to my oncologist in Dallas every six months to have an MRI to check on things and refill my seizure medications.  I have an appointment scheduled for May and no reason to believe that I will get anything other than good news once again.  Thank you for your continued prayers for my health.  God continues to use my story to minister to other people and for that I am grateful.

While we don’t know what the future holds, we do know exactly who holds the future!  I cling to the words of my favorite Easter hymn year round, but I’m writing them here for you now during this very uncertain time.

God sent His son, they called Him Jesus
He came to love, heal and forgive
He lived and died to buy my pardon
An empty grave is there to prove my savior lives

Because He lives, I can face tomorrow
Because He lives, all fear is gone
Because I know He holds the future
And life is worth the living, just because He lives. 

Happy Easter!  All my love and prayers,