Our very dear friends,
Despite the fact that I would not have chosen to walk this journey in such a public manner, I have come to have a great affection for so many of you. You have been far more to our family than mere blog readers!
You have supported us, encouraged us, instructed us, prayed for us, been tolerant of us, sent us pictures of your beautiful children with Down syndrome or other special needs, been used by God to supply many practical needs. You have poured out your hearts toward us and into our lives. Friends, you have truly helped us. We have been so mightily upheld by your prayers and loving, life-giving words during some very difficult, stretching times, some of which you may never know about.
Our hearts are full as we contemplate how many of you have been part of the team God used to bring home our Katie-bird! I wish there were words to express what is in our hearts toward you!
No, we’re not closing down the blog!
…my quiet, private hours of pumping time are my quiet, private hours of writing time.
It may help you to understand at this point that it had become normal for me to sit down to pump several times a day and each time, find more than three dozen emails that required an answer, each one from a real person about whom I cared very much and could not brush off, even if I wanted to. Many of the emails could not be answered quickly or easily. Katie was doing well, but my work was nearly overwhelmingly hard because of the writing task. As you know very well by now, we did not see this as a bad thing. Hard is not bad! I don’t believe that God’s big purpose for my life is to keep it manageable! It was clear to us all that God had laid this work before me, and I loved it.
I caught up on emails and thank you notes while Joe was home during Christmas week by working every spare minute, and some minutes that weren’t spare.
[I think I caught up on thank you notes! If I somehow missed yours, I beg you would please forgive me and know how greatly your gift was appreciated!]
As the New Year began, I cut out a pumping and still managed to keep up with computer work by staying up late as needed. The emails continued to pour in, so I stayed up late most nights of the week.
Then almost two weeks ago, Daniel, our sixteen-year-old second-born son, began working part-time for Joe’s brother as he does every tax season. This is in addition to his studies, piano practice, and need to put in driving hours on his driver’s permit. In addition, he recently took on the bookkeeping of the family carpentry business during his day off.
He had formerly been my right-hand man, so this had an immediate practical effect on our family.
Another daily pumping had to go, right away…which of course meant cutting out another hour of computer time. The emails continued coming in full force.
I love telling what God has done, love people, love writing, love helping others. If I’m going to do it at all, whatever it is God has given me to do, I want to throw myself into it, and do it excellently.
We have also loved having a birds-eye view into the work God is doing in so many of your hearts and lives and families. We have lost count now of how many families have written over the months to say that they have begun to pursue adoption of a child with special needs. And that is just one kind of work God is doing! Friends, we have so much hope in GOD! He is active in powerful ways right now, and accomplishing what is not explainable in human terms, and we have had the privilege of a little glimpse of that!
By the end of this past week, it had become apparent that the pumping is going downhill fairly quickly. I’m more grateful than I can say for the liquid gold that two of you have gifted to Katie, one of you on an ongoing basis! And grateful for the little supply I am still able to pump on a decreasing basis. We still hope to be be able to give our little girls this valuable food until the end of flu season. As the Lord wills.
But the timing is right for the whole household. I will be extremely occupied with the needs of my family at least until tax season is over and Daniel is again able to lend a hand.
We wanted you to know…
…that we have temporarily taken the Email Us button off our sidebar.
…that if you are currently waiting for an email reply from me, I will answer to the best of my ability, Lord willing, but it may be greatly delayed.
…that I will be blogging on a much more sporadic basis than I formerly had done, and the posts will be shorter.
…that we will miss you!
…that in spite of these necessary changes, we love and appreciate you no less!!!
Katie enjoyed her first visit this week from a very special friend~