My heart is especially burdened for Joanne’s little girls tonight. Toben wrote a wonderfully long and informative blog post just a little bit ago, and at the end, he asked for prayer for Audrey and Emma. After a year-and-a-half of being home-schooled by their amazing mama, they’re going back to school on Wednesday.
I can’t even imagine. Tears sprang to my eyes when I read that the first time. Then again when I read it the second time. And now again.
Can you imagine being 9 or 12 and your mommy is lying unresponsive in a hospital bed (and has been for almost a week), and now you have to gather up all the courage and strength you can muster and go back to school where you haven’t been for 18 months?
The good thing is that this is a Christian school, and it’s filled with old friends. Everyone will have heard about Joanne and will love on her girls in amazing ways. Thank you, God, that their teachers and classmates know you and can encourage these beautiful young women with your truth and comfort. And I think it might be just what they need instead of sitting at home with nothing to do but miss their mommy.
But it will still be hard. Friends, please pray for God’s peace and strength to just envelop these little girls as they go back to school. They are so precious.
Joanne’s blog has been updated (I’m so thankful for you, Gabe) with tangible ways you can help her sweet family during this hard time.
(These pics are from the Phoenix Zoo, July 2009. Toben and Joanne had an appointment that morning, so we took Audrey and Emma with us. 115 degrees before noon. Wowzers.)
^Audrey, Ava, Nina, Livi, Emma. (and some sweaty lady pushing the stroller)
^Audrey and Ava.
^Emma and Livi.
^I love these people.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart, friends, for praying for Joanne and her family. You are AMAZING. See you here tomorrow for our discussion of Chapters 5, 6, and 7 of Your Secret Name.