Thursday, September 24, 2009

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

His Hands and Feet

Many of you have probably seen the news coverage of the flooding here in GA. Our community was hit especially hard. Our subdivision was partly under water- the houses on the back road were completely submerged and houses just 100 yards down the street from ours had about 4 feet of water. Thankfully, our home was spared as we are on higher ground. We have friends at church who live in our subdivision who had water up into their second story and other friends who had a few inches of water all over the first floor. My best friend is a teacher at Clarkdale Elementary just around the corner from our home and our church. The school flooded very quickly and they were forced to evacuate on Monday afternoon, leading the children to buses through knee deep water. By the time the sun went down, you could only reach the school by boat and from the air you could see that the school was flooded to the roof. The teachers lost everything. Needless to say, it has been a hard and devistating few days for our friends and neighbors.

Overnight last night, much of the water receeded and the part of our neighborhood that could only be accessed by boat yesterday is now dry. And for those of us who call ourselves Christ's Followers, the work of being His hands and feet begins. Last night, Jack and the other pastors met to come up with a game plan for how we can serve those around us who have lost so much- and they have realized there is much we can do in the days and weeks ahead. Today, our church is open from Noon until 7 pm serving a free meal. Tonight, our church will be used by the elementary school to hold a parent's meeting. And this morning, we split into teams and walked through the destroyed neighborhoods distributing cold water and flyers about the meal. I didn't want to stay inside and let others do all the work, so I loaded Noah and Josiah into the double stroller, Jack and Caleb pulled the wagon full of water and we walked the back street of our neighborhood. The devistation is overwhelming. The water line on one house was on the roof and we were there as one family saw their home for the first time.

But it is amazing what a bottle of cold water and a free meal can do. The spirit of those cleaning and working on their homes seemed to instantly be lifted as we approached with water. And I was so very very proud of Caleb. He eagerly ran from the cooler bringing water to every single person we saw- he handed out more water than Jack and I did! And his precious three year old smile brought a smile to those he came in contact with. We explained to Caleb that we were giving out the water because Jesus loves us so much and He wants us to love others. I could hardly get him to take a nap today becuase he wanted to go back out and give more water!

In the coming days and weeks, we will have the opportunity to touch the lives of those around us with the love of Christ. And while we are moved by the devistation, simpathetic to their plight, it is Christ's love that compels us into action. I pray His people, His body is moved into as action as eagerly as Caleb was today. And I pray this sweet small lesson sticks with our child- that Christ's love moves us to love the world and be His hands, His feet and His voice to the world. Please join me in praying for our neighbors who have lost so much and our church as we strive to be Christ in Austell, GA.

"For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. " 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

This is the back road in our subdivision- we realized today that in front of that house in the center of the picture, there was a Ford Expedition that you can't see because it is completely submerged.

The back road of our subdivision from the air.

This is our cul-de-sac just 100 yards from our house.

This is our friends' home.

This the road between our home and our church that Jack travels each day.

Clarkdale Elementary from the air.

Monday, September 7, 2009

The boys meet Josiah

Here is the precious video we took in the hospital of Caleb and Noah meeting Josiah. They were so sweet with him as you can see. It touched my heart. And then, Josiah brought his big brothers each a gift because he was so excited to be their brother! Caleb especially was very excited that Josiah brought him a gift. I am so grateful to have this little video to preserve such a precious moment!

And the big boys continue to be enthralled with their baby brother. This morning, they took turns holding him for about 10 minutes- first Noah, then Caleb, then Noah again, well you get the picture. And Josiah is such a sweet baby- no complaints from him as he was passed back and forth and kissed over and over! The boys even let me take several pictures of them, which almost never happens!!

Fun Videos

Lately we've taken a few cute videos that I wanted to share with you. In this first one, Noah is chatting on his play cell phone. Think he knows who mommy talks to all the time??

This next one is of Caleb at dinner. Every night we have been working on scripture memory with him. He has now memorized three verses which we think is pretty great!

Finally, this video is a glimpse into a household with three boys! This wrestle-fest is a nightly occurrence in our household. Jack is going to have his hands full in about a year when Josiah joins the fun!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

My Three Sons

He's here!! Josiah was born exactly one week ago- August 27, at 7:46 am. He weighed 8 lbs 12 oz and was 19.5 inches long. He is absolutely precious and looks very much like his big brothers! He has more hair and it seems darker to us, although every nurse and doctor who saw him all talked about his head full of blonde hair, so who knows?!

Having Josiah around make Noah and Caleb seem HUGE! Especially Noah, who was the baby until last week. He seemed to have grown overnight! The big boys are so great with Josiah. Caleb asks to hold him several times a day and kisses him over and over. And of course, then Noah has to kiss him too! Caleb sweetly talks to Josiah, sings him songs and reads him books. It makes my heart happy to watch them together. Noah has adjusted much better than I expected. When we ask him what the baby's name is, he says, "Mine!" And when we ask him whose the baby is, he says, "Mine!" And if we ask him if it's our baby, he says, "NO!" It's very cute!

My heart is just overflowing. Being a mommy of three precious gifts is wonderful. It is challenging and I know that challenging days are ahead, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. My new favorite verse is the one we printed on Josiah's baby announcement...

"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from Him." Psalm 127:3

I don't know what I have done to deserve such a reward, but I am overcome with gratefulness to God for His grace in the gift of my sons!