Monday, January 30, 2017

January

I let blogging go for the end of 2016, spending all my time just getting things ready for the holidays. We had some emotional times, as the end of the year marked one year since David's heart attack. The weather, Christmas music and movies were all beautiful but also a bit difficult, as they brought memories back of being in the hospital for David. It's unsurprisingly a bit of a struggle to know you've really and truly almost died. The new year found us with energy finally increasing, feeling as though we were waking out of a  weird dream, finally. I don't think I've ever posted a "word of the year" here, and I don't have one every year. This year though, is "Do". Pretty simple and straightforward. Do the things. Don't focus on losing weight, but DO exercise and eat well, DO teach the kids WHY they need the vegetables. DO the projects, DO the family time, DO read through the bible with the family, DO serve people, DO love people, DO make our home a warm place for friends, DO have those friends come over, DO keep track and enjoy blogging again. We were gearing up and doing well when tragedy struck my beautiful sister's family. After an accident, my sister's beautiful little boy was in the hospital for two weeks, spending his first birthday in a coma. He died two days later. His funeral was on Friday, it was so beautiful, and HUGE. My sister's family is so loved, God has them so very well covered. Over $26,000 has been raised for financial needs, their church and community love them and are ready to care for any physical needs they may have. To see how Lemuel's death and the family's faith has affected people has been wonderful. It's been certainly different to be on this end of a crisis. While we are all so sad to lose Lemuel here, it's such a joy to know he is fully healed, in the presence of the Lord, as well as all the family we have there. Healing has already begun, though we will always miss this beautiful boy.                                                                                        
Lemuel Craig Houston Jan 18, 2016-Jan 20, 2017
                                                            1 Thessalonians 4:13,14                                                              


But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.