Please pray for Ava. She’s had a fever for four nights now. It was 102 an hour or so ago. Sunday night she was up most of the night. Kept her home Monday. She got better. Monday night–fever back. Home Tuesday. Much better. Threatened to send her to school Wednesday even if she was vomiting. Fever back Tuesday night. Kept her home. Today it seemed a little worse. Tonight even worse. (It just broke, and I helped her change out of her sweaty t-shirt). She wants me to hold her All Day Long. I’ve been trying to as much as I can. The slowing down is good for me, but I’m ready for my spunky girl to get her spunk back.
I had an emotional day (Wednesday). God and I spent some extra time together, and I kind of expected to feel a little fuzzy and joyful because of it. Instead I felt like I was being attacked from all sides. Some hurt feelings, some bitterness boiling up inside, some weariness and frustration. I don’t suppose the enemy likes concentrated prayer time.
Have I mentioned that I’ve been reading some missionary (auto)biographies? Hudson Taylor’s Spiritual Secret, The Savage My Kinsman (Elisabeth Elliot) and now Shadow of the Almighty (also E.E.). God’s messing with my heart. And my mind. I think this is my lot in life (the perpetual swirl). I’m learning to be okay with that.
Another prayer request: I’m speaking at Livi’s school tomorrow at 10 a.m. to grades 2-5 (1st grade is at the z-o-o). I’ll be talking for 30-40 minutes about writing books and going to ZOOS. Gabe made a slide show for me on his Mac laptop, and the plan was that he’d run it for me while I talked. But now that Ava’s sick, he can’t come. Technology is not my forte. Prayers would be cool. I can’t really talk to these kiddos about God, but I can pass out cards for www.52zoos.com which might lead some of them to dig a little deeper into what I’m all about (and hopefully, they’ll see that I’m all about God).
I wanted to share some pics from our visit to the zoo with friends last Tuesday. I plan on doing a post one of these days about my friends from church. We’ve moved 10 times in 11 years, and this is only the second time we’ve developed really neat friendships with people we do church with. We’ve been at Vista for almost a year now, and we love it.
Anyway, the zoo. This is Nina’s dearest friend, Kara.
They’re just four days apart in age, and I knew the first time I met Kara’s mom, Kim, that we’d be great friends–and that our girlies would too. Kim’s hubby, Brian, just joined the Vista staff full-time, and Gabe works for them 10 hours a week, so they get to spend a lot of time together.
Please pray for sweet Kara. She’s on medication for some health problems, but the medicine makes her sick. Once every three weeks, like clockwork, she gets a migraine headache, then throws up over and over again. Then she’s back to her beautiful, sweet self. Please pray for God’s healing hand on little Kara. And for wisdom and strength for her mommy and daddy.
This is part of me, then Kim, then Amy. Nina took this pic for us. I think we have a budding photographer on our hands. (To her credit, Daddy’s camera is a little bulky. And she took a really good one a little bit later.)
Amy teaches first grade and took the day off for some Girly Time in the Sun. We laughed at the irony of a first grade teacher taking a personal day and going to the ZOO with small children. But Amy’s awesome like that.
I want to talk about Amy a little bit. She may not like the attention, but she’ll forgive me, because she loves me. If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember me talking about Amy and Billy whose baby Abigail went to be with Jesus a couple months ago. You can read the story of me meeting Abigail here. It was such a deep honor for me to meet that precious little one–even though the real Abigail was already up in heaven dancing with Jesus.
I can’t tell you how much her short little life has impacted me. My heart just aches for her darling mama who misses her little girl like crazy yet has such peace and joy that can only come from Christ. Amy had never been a mom before, so she wasn’t prepared for how much she would miss the daughter she never got to know outside her womb. But once a mama, always a mama. And oh, what a hole Abigail has left in her heart. Please pray for God’s overwhelming love to comfort Amy and Billy in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
After the zoo, we got lunch and took it to a park. We talked about life and church and writing and zoos and our girlies–all five of them. I asked Amy to bring her photos of Abigail, and she was so happy to share them with us. It hurt to look at them, because we want her here. But it was a good hurt–the kind where you remember her sweet, short life and trust that God has such a perfect plan for her mommy and daddy’s future. I love you, Amy.
Whew, this is long. Three things before I go:
1. Don’t forget to enter the give-away for the super SWEET personalized quilted backpacks.
2. Thanks so much for your awesome feedback on 52zoos.com. When my dear Web Master has a free moment or two, I’ll ask him sweetly to make some of the changes you suggested.
3. My friend, Kaye, the Mastermind behind Engraved Euniques (see sidebar), is doing a super-cool TILE GIVE-AWAY on her blog. These things are awesome. Trust me. You need one. Enter at her site, and if you don’t win–good news! I’m giving one away here next week!
Happy Thursday, all!