Monday, August 22, 2011

A Homegoing

A dear friend went home to Heaven.  He was diagnosed with brain cancer about 5 years ago and has in many ways struggled since.  Brain cancer tends to change a person's personality and even their ability to think clearly.  The medications also have an affect on the brain. 
Ed was a special person.  He was quiet,wise and kind, yet had a great sense of humor.  He was a wonderful dad as evidenced by the three wonderful kids he has.  I truyly don't know that I know of a more godly family.  It has been amazing to see their testimony through these last difficult years. 

There will still be difficult months ahead.  I know that everyone is happy Ed has gone home to Heaven, but there is still a hole left in many hearts that time will make less painful.  I am thankful God saw fit to take Ed home quickly after he started to decline.  It was only a few short weeks ago that Ed was sitting in church.  God has great timing.  He also took Ed home in time to make his oldest son's decision to go back to college easier.  I will be praying for his wife Barb and his children:  Seth, Luke, and Courtney.

II Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

We never know what life will bring and in many ways that is a blessing.  It should also challenge us to live life to the fullest and to always be ready to meet the Lord should he call us home.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

E's first youth group slumber party

The guys went on a camp out with some men from our church for a couple of days so we had a slumber party at our house for the youth group girls.  Complete with decorating flip-flops and toes!!!  We also had a great time playing crazy uno, eating homemade icecream, and chatting.  Duke (our dog)-the only guy allowed provided entertainment.  He tried to eat a cotton ball I threw up in the air and he caught in his mouth, was terrified of the nail polish remover and would run frantically away from it.  He also would rub his nose and face on his bed if he smell the nail polish.  Duke did end up with pink and green front toe nails and pink and silver back toe nails.  It only took 3 people to accomplish this, largely due to attention span more than due to having to wrestle him.  :)

Pics below:
Emily's toes
 My toes

Emily's flip flops
My flip flops turned into a fun summer decoration  :)
I hot glued them together and then glued a ribbon on the back to hang them.