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“Praise the Lord, all you nations; extol him, all you peoples. 

For great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.

Praise the Lord.”

Psalm 117

We spent last week on a unexpected vacation to Louisiana, at least that is what it turned out to be.  My grandmother had to have some unexpected surgery and everything worked out for us to head on down.  And we had quite a bit to work out in order to make the 800+ trek home….

It just so happened that the kids were out of school for Fall Break, so I didn’t have to worry about them missing school.  Well, almost.  Matt has a class he takes at the local university for college/high school credit and he was going to have to miss a whole week of classes.  Matt contacted his professor and, thankfully, he was very understanding and cooperative.  Matt just had to make sure he still completed the work.

As usual, Matt had baseball games scheduled for the weekend.  In order for us to see Nan before the surgery he would have to miss all of them, including one we already knew a college coach would be attending to watch him pitch.  Baseball is very important to Matt and we try to honor that as much as we can given the large amount of time and money playing sports requires these days.  As we were discussing our different options of who goes, when we go, and how we get there, I pointed out to Matt that if he went before the surgery to see her he would miss the game on Sunday.  Without hesitation he looked at me and said in that matter-of-fact-“Are you an idiot?” teenager tone, “Well, you know there are some things that are more important.” [insert proud momma sigh] So that ended all discussions of me going down alone or with just two of the kids.

I really didn’t want to make the trip by myself this time, but that meant Brian would have to take off work and he doesn’t have a whole lot of vacation time, especially considering his yearly trip to England for his PhD work.  Added to that he is teaching a class on Monday nights this semester.  He managed to arrange for him to work on a project away from the office so he didn’t have to use up all of his vacation time and he was able to get someone to teach his class for him. Now the only thing left was to get someone to get the mail and feed the fish…

“Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. 

Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

Psalm 143:8

We had a wonderful visit with Nan on Sunday and were able to visit with my parents, as well.  We all enjoyed a few hours of sharing and visiting and laughing.

Her surgery was early Monday morning and she came through it beautifully.  All the pathology reports come back clear, praise the Lord!  We are waiting word now to see if she will have to go through radiation treatments.  At first, the doctor said 7 weeks of daily (weekday) treatments.  However, now he says there is a possibility she will not have to have them all!

Either way, we are so thankful for how well things turned out and for the chance to visit with so many of our family.  The week turned out to be like a mini-family reunion is many ways!


“Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 

Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 

Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 

Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 

Psalm 105

Living thru faith,



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