The past few weeks have been little more than a blur to me. Hours have slid into days which have melted in and out of nights and somehow we have ended up in the first week of April and celebrating our daughter's 19th birthday. Where has time gone? 18 hours of long hard labor only to end in a cesarean due to an extra bone that blocked the birth passageway that was unknown to everyone until after…18 hours of long hard labor (Did I mention that before?)… Everyone was prepared for Victoria to be whisked away to intensive care but God, good as always, moved on our behalf and she came out with APGARs of 9. Healthy and full of life and except for a an exaggerated cone head shape for the first few days from lingering in the birth canal for way more time than she should have, was as perfect and as beautiful then as the woman she grew-up to become.
This year we have celebrated Victoria's birthday as we do most birthdays in our home which is to mean, fun food, good movies and the family all enjoying each other. This is our tradition for most holidays. Our family is adventurous and loves to explore the world as a rule but on our special days, we like to stay to ourselves, rarely inviting in the outside world, clothed in our jammies and sprawled all over couches, nice beds (a.k.a. pallets) and mattresses being thankful God gave us each other during our journey in this life. We know all too well our time together as family is limited as the years pass by so each of these special days hold special meaning to each of us as we treasure this time together.
No matter the circumstances in life, how difficult life becomes or what has been thrown at us like decreases in business or a life and death struggle with cancer, we have held on to each other and with God's unfailing support and guidance and we've made it through. So, during this special day of celebrating God being so good as put our daughter in our keeping, we are, as stated before, eating fun food, watching Dirk Gently (we like British TV) and generally, being lazy. For us, this is a good day.
We needed a bit of rest after two very full weeks. Josh's work has kept him busy until late into the nights and I helped Samuel put the finishing touches on his Passion Project. Samuel and his friends did a lovely job of recreating the Passion Week of Christ in MineCraft, the Digital Legos of the 21st century, and called their new world 'BibleCraft'. After the making the video of their world which was the last week of Christ, including his crucifixion and his resurrection, they are turning their world into a Bible video game where others can access it and build their own scenes of Bible stories. This project has been a witness to not only those who worked on it but also the families of everyone involved. What a way to spread the beautiful story of our Saviour.
Another special highlight of the last couple of weeks was a restful afternoon when the GTT Knitting Circle met at the apartment. It was a rainy afternoon and anyone who knits will tell you, knitting is always better on a raining afternoon. To make the afternoon more special, we enjoyed croissants and my special chicken salad recipe with a Flourless Chocolate Cake, Berry Lemonade and Orange Ice Tea finishing with a (Carmel) Latte or two….oh, and a little knitting as well. Our beginners are picking quickly and doing so well that by the end of the afternoon we were able to dive into deep conversation about nutrition, organics and health issues. What a relaxing day.
Miss Julie and Mrs. Joanna knitting away at the
March meeting of our GTT Knitting Circle...
Miss Wilna doing a great job of knitting at the
March meeting of our GTT Knitting Circle...
This was the first year that Easter didn't mean the whole family was together. The eldest two are well into their own lives and had their own obligations so it was mainly just Josh and me. We did have the joy of listening to Victoria play the harp at the beginning of service. It has been long time since Victoria has played since her cobalt allergy has affected her hands so badly but I am glad she is picking it up again. Nothing is more relaxing than when she practices her harp. I have read that more progressive hospitals will bring harpist's into the ICU units to have them play for an hour or so a day and they have found it promotes healing. It takes me back to King Saul calling on a young King David to play for him to calm his troubled spirit. Another good reminder the Bible holds the wisdom we need to survive this world.
We begin our new week looking for good things to happen. Believing for each step of the path to be carved out for us and knowing, if we listen and trust in God's guidance, He will bring us through all of life's difficult circumstances.
May God Bless and Keep You in His Grace,