On March 3 Joy and I hopped on a plane and flew up to Colorado for a five-day getaway. What a blessing. The doctors originally told us they didn't want Joy getting away from town just in case, but they later changed their minds. A great man (Rusty Ridley) put us up in his family cabin near the Wyoming state line for a few nights, and we finally got to unwind. Cheap airfare and rental car made it even better!
Two major blessings came from the trip. First, Joy and I learned how to be normal together again. With so much craziness going on it's really tough to be natural in the short time we have together every day, or every other day. Being away from television, internet, cell phones and work let us communicate naturally and learn how to be natural again. Thank you God.
Secondly, God made himself so evident to us through his people. Whenever Joy and I have time off together we use it to go see family or friends. We LOVE our family and friends. But it's important to have getaways where it's just the two of us too. That was the plan for this trip. Don't spend time with anyone. That didn't happen, and I know it was God's plan.
God showed his love through everyone we came in contact with. Rusty at the cabin, the Bullock family in Cheyenne, the Pattons letting us stay at their house on short notice, and the body of believers in Cheyenne where I went to church through high school all showed us Christ. I had no idea that whole church knew what we were going through, but we were so blessed by their encouragement and prayers.
We tried to get out of town and away from people, but God had other plans. He wanted us to see his people - the other parts of his body - working on our behalf. We saw it and we were encouraged. Thank you to everyone who we ran into on the trip, and to all of you out there who are blessing us through emails, and messages of all kinds.
When we got back from the trip there was a wooden box waiting for us. My sister Amy sent out a request over Facebook to anyone who wanted to hand write a prayer for Mabee. She collected them all together and put them in a beautiful box made by another friend. Through many tears we were unbelievably touched by the honest words of so many people out there. God used each of you, and I hope each person who wrote a letter was brought closer to Him by sitting down and writing it out.
The box is still open for more letters! People keep asking how they can help, This is one way. We want to collect a strong cornerstone of faith for our little girl to look back on. If you want to send a letter for the box you can send it to me at:
1401 London Rd.
Round Rock, TX 78664
We go back to the doctor on Wednesday at 10 a.m. for another ultrasound and measurement. Please lift this time up in prayer.
Grace and Peace