“For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan. . .that all the peoples of the earth may know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty. . .” Joshua 4:23-34 “You (God) are good, and what you do is good;” Psalm 119:68a
Last year was one of the most difficult of my life. Probably even harder than the year I lost my mother – the same year my father walked away from the Church (he has since returned) and his family and my siblings and I were separated to what seemed like the four corners of the earth.
I have told Jeremy that being separated from him for about eight months changed me. I have prayed that I would trust God’s hand and take what HE handed our family (yes, it was the Air Force that sent him, but GOD controls the USAF) without questioning. But this is hard. Some days I did not know if I would wake up a single mom, or if I would get a call from Jeremy, or a ringing doorbell with uniformed person. What would I do if that happened? Jeremy and I talked about what would happen if he did not return home. It was necessary. We are not promised tomorrow, and having a husband in combat chasing around Army Special Forces is an extremely vivid reminder of that!
As I mentioned in a recent blog, one afternoon spent in the home of an Iraqi family here in Louisville has made me suddenly able to be grateful for the time Jeremy was apart from us. God has opened the doors for us, through Jeremy’s understanding of the Iraqi culture and through Jeremy’s love for the people of Iraq. God is doing great things (as He has been since before eternity) in our lives as a family, as we get to know a few families from Iraq, as they open their homes to love us and we enjoy loving them in our homes also.
This last gathering they accepted Arabic Bibles and the Jesus Film in Arabic from us as a gift. One woman in the group said she is reading the Bible every night and has almost finished the first two books of the Old Testament. We are so excited!!
We don’t have pictures yet, but we are also building relationships with some families from Bhutan and Jeremy is teaching a translated Bible study on Wednesday nights. We have been able to begin sharing the gospel with our friends from both Bhutan and Iraq.
I will have more pictures after Sunday when we cook Nepalese and Bhutanese food with the ladies, but here are a few from an outing with our Iraqi friends and a gathering at our house this weekend as we celebrated Jeremy’s return from Iraq one year ago!
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Micah is growing and becoming quite a sweet little man. Here are a few pictures of his progress now that he is walking and trying to pull up to standing, and doing some fancy trick that almost looks like he’s trying to stand on his head (or face-planting, which is what the result often is!)
He is also teething again, which will help him out as he transfers to REAL big-boy food over the next month. Grandma Rebecca and Mark will be here for his first birthday on November 11 (and to celebrate my birthday too!) Grandma and Pap Caskey will be here for Thanksgiving, and other family members may be visiting before the year is over, so the children will have plenty of audiences over the next few months!
This week is reading week for Jeremy (some people call it Fall break, but it is anything but a break!)
Says Elijah to Merry as they look at a picture of Moses riding a chariot: “Look Merry! It’s Moses riding his bike with his horses!”
Says Merry to Elijah, very seriously: “Let me call my husband. . .” picking up the mandolin tuner, holding it to her ear and tilting her head sideways, “Hi Daddy, what are you doing today?”