Compassionate and Gracious

Another sunny, beautiful day with the coolness of Fall in the air. A day not unlike the September 11th eleven years ago. No one woke up that day with any inkling about what was going to happen that day, but it happened any way. William and I were on our honeymoon in Maui on September 11, 2001 and didn’t learn of the attacks until 6 hours after it had happened because of the time difference. I remember sitting glued to the television for hours on end watching story after story of people searching for loved ones. Posters, flyers, photographs all representing  the quest for a precious loved one. I don’t have any answers for this one, but I feel certain that God didn’t cause it to happen. I also know that when evil and heartache manifest themselves into our lives, that God will turn it around and make something beautiful of it all. My heart breaks for all of the families and friends of the victims. I pray that the gift of time has helped alleviate that terrible sting of loss, and that they will rejoice in the promise of eternity — everlasting life.

Nora has completely recovered from her cold! She’s back to eating like she did and I was also able to lower her oxygen back down to an 8th of a Liter!! She’s been in a great mood today with lots of things to say and lots of sweet smiles.

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Just as soon as Nora is over her cold, Gavin came home from school complaining about a headache. As the evening progressed he started complaining that he felt hot and that he was congested. It seems like no matter how diligent we are about washing our hands and keeping our hands off of our faces we turn into a line of dominos, one by one we get knocked down. Please pray that these illnesses stay away from us and especially Nora!

On our way home from Greta’s dance class this evening, Greta saw something incredible. She sees bird trios all over the place, but this was pretty awesome:

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Close up of the center trio

Soooo glad I had my camera for that!!!!

I somehow need to figure out time to update this blog during the daylight hours. I’ve said it before, but this time I really mean it. Here I am exhausted again as I was last night. I did fix yesterday’s shoddy post, btw.

Goodnight and God bless!

But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
(Psalm 86:15 NIV)

11 thoughts on “Compassionate and Gracious

  1. Prayers for light and quick passing sickies will of course be said. As always your posts bring me great joy. I love pictures of the kids and trios of birds…it makes my heart sing. God Bless

  2. WOW, NORA WAS FULL OF BEAUTIFUL SMILES TODAY. I LOVE WHEN SHE IS SMILING SO MUCH, AND I KNOW YOU ALL DO TOO. LOVE THE PICTURE OF HER HOLDING HER LAMB WITH THE PACIE ON IT. SHE IS REALLY LOOKING SO GOOD, AND I PRAISE GOD HE TOOK THAT OLD COLD AWAY. HOPE GAVIN FEELS BETTER BY MORNING. GOODNESS YOU GET ONE WELL, AND ANOTHER ONE FEELS BAD. I WILL BE PRAYING HARD THAT HE FEELS A WHOLE LOT BETTER WHEN HE GETS UP. TAKE CARE GAVIN AND GET LOTS BETTER!! OH MY GOODNESS, I CANNOT BELIEVE THE BIRDS IN THREES LINED UP ON THE WIRE. SO GLAD THAT GRETA NOTICED THEM SO YOU COULD GET A PICTURE. THAT IS AMAZING THE WAY THEY WERE SITTING. GOD WAS SAYING “EVERYTHING IS GONNA BE ALRIGHT”. HOPE EVERYONE GETS A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP, AND WAKE UP TO A BEAUTIFUL MORNING. I AM READY TO CALL IT A DAY AND GET SOME SHUT EYE MYSELF. LOVE YOU ALL. GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

  3. I’m one of those people that have been following your journey for some time but never leave comments. I started reading your blog from the day or two after Nora was born. I felt compelled to leave one today and just tell you how much your journey has touched my own life. I was on a camping trip last week in Montana and as soon as I got back to a computer after our week long trip the first thing I did was go to your blog to check on Miss Nora. Whenever I see trios of birds anywhere I immediately think of her and your family. She sure is a special little girl! Her smiles always brighten my day. 🙂 Glad to hear her cold is getting better!

  4. I’ve been following your blog since my little one was born in March. I have enjoyed watching Nora grow along with my little girl. Nora is such a sweet little angel and I am truly touched by your strength and faith.

    I’m sorry to hear about the sickies! Boo. I have lots of frozen breast milk I could send your way overnight if you think it would help Nora (not sure if she is formula fed or mama fed). If it grosses you out, I understand that, too! 😉

  5. Cutie pie, girl! None of your posts are shoddy… just from the heart! And sometimes an exhausted set of hands, I’m sure! Blessings to you!
    ~Lisa

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