EDIT: Just got this e-mail from our realtor:
Marla & Gabe, just wanted you to know that the market has picked up considerably. There have been 5-7 showings in the last week and a half. There are already 2 scheduled for this coming Sat. I am hoping and praying that we will see an offer soon.
I have no further comment.
(Here’s Livi’s Wacky Hair Day photo, in case you missed my edit on my last post.)
You know the drill. I ask you guys to pray for me. You do. Plus you encourage me in a zillion other ways as well. If for no other reason, all my trials are worthwhile just to experience the love of my sisters in Christ. Thank you so, so much.
No money fell from the sky yesterday, but lots of cool blessings came my way–in addition to all your comments and prayers. Here’s a short list:
–My six-year-old (see above photo) has been uncharacteristically huggy and affectionate lately. Wrapping her arms around me and telling me she loves me. You know how sometimes you look at someone you love, and it just hits you. The enormity of your love for that person just smacks you in the face. You stare at them and think (and usually say out loud), “Do you know how much I love you?” That happens to me all the time with my hubby and girls–and to see it happen to my tall, gangly, growing-up-too-fast baby with me as the object of her affection–wow. I’m doing a lousy job of explaining what I mean, but I’m feeling too warm and fuzzy to make sense.
–Gabe took Ava on a date last night to Chuck E. Cheese and Barnes and Noble. She had a blast. She craves one-on-one time, and her daddy is so good at it. Livi and I ate chips and salsa, watched 4 episodes of Little House on the Prairie Season 5 (that show makes me cry!!), and tried to keep our Uno and Skip-Bo cards away from Nina.
–The UPS guy delivered a package yesterday evening. I was about to shoot one of you when I saw that it was The Nativity Story on DVD. Then Gabe read the letter that came with it. It’s not even released yet. He’s done work with the company who produced it, and they wanted him to spread the word about the film. He hadn’t seen it yet, so the four of us (minus Nina) watched it from 8:30-10:00. I loved it again, and my heart soared at all the insightful questions the girls asked about Jesus and His story. (As I was putting the movie in, Livi said, “I told Ava that King Herod is probably in hell.”)
— I got a very cool e-mail from a man named Gary Thomas. He’s the author of Sacred Marriage and quite a few other books. A couple weeks ago, I sent him copies of my books as a thank-you–I quoted some really good stuff of his in Blushing. Anyway, he really likes the books, is passing out the handful of postcards I sent him at his Sacred Marriage conference this weekend and asked me for more postcards. What a fun and unexpected blessing!
–Nina’s latest messy diaper was only half-runny, and the onesie was salvageable. I was actually singing a song and thinking of all of you with a smile as I rinsed it out.
That’s all for now! Oh, one more thing. Nina got up at 5:58 am, and as we were sitting watching on the Disney Channel, I decided to pray for all my xanga friends at once. I wrote your names one at a time in my journal with a short note or two beside it and asked God to work in your individual situation. A lot of you have needs (and such great attitudes!) that really put my meager troubles in perspective. 29 people later, the rest of my family was up asking for breakfast. I am honored to have the privilege of taking my dear friends and family before God’s throne.
I do have an unspoken prayer request for today–it’s not a pride thing, just personal. Thank you.
Happy Supposed-to-be-Sunny-and-Warm Day!