Good morning, dear ones! I have a HUGE prayer request this morning. Some of you know that my brother-in-law, Stewart, (married to my sister Bethany) suffers from Crohn’s disease. It has gotten a lot worse lately, and Stew spends a lot lot lot of time in the bathroom and in bed. He’s a youth pastor, and it has been really hard for him to carry out his duties when he feels so awful most of the time. Bethany tries to pick up the slack, and it has really been wearing on her. Lots of tough times.
Stew has finally agreed to try the Maker’s Diet for 40 days, and boy is it going to be tough. The first phase is no sugar, starch, dairy, etc. You can eat eggs, chicken, seeds and water basically. It’s like Lent on steroids. Bethany is going to do it with him. Please, please pray for strength for them to get through this–that Bethany would think of creative recipes and that Stew would stick with this. And most importantly, that God would work the hugest miracle–huger than selling a house, huger than anything–and Stew would be healed.
And if you would, please go visit Bethany’s blog and leave her a word of encouragement. Thanks so much!!
And now for a much smaller, easier favor. Harvest House is quite interested in stories of lives/marriages touched by Is That All He Thinks About? I told them about the husband who asked if he could buy me flowers, and they want to hear more stuff like that. I’m not looking for book reviews but some cool/fun stories of good things that have come from reading the book. Some of you have already shared some great stuff. For example, “When I asked my husband if I could buy the book, he said, ‘Buy 12!'”
If you’ve already written me and don’t care if I use your quote (minus your name), let me know. If you have something fun to share, please do. And I’ll use discretion–some of you (you know who you are!) shared some juicy stories that I would edit before sharing. The people who worked so hard on my book often miss out on hearing how the book touched lives.
We had a fun weekend. We took the girls to Dick’s to get Ava’s soccer gear. There was a special on cleats, shin guards, socks, and ball. Her cleats are pink and black, pink shin guards, pink ball. She’s in heaven. (Her jersey will probably be red.) We ate at Chili’s and played at Barnes and Noble for awhile.
Last night after supper, we drove to a park and the girls rode their bikes while I pushed Nina in the jogging stroller and Gabe took pictures. Livi just learned how to ride a bike without training wheels, and she’s doing awesome. I ran about 1/2 mile and about died. I’d love to get back into running again–maybe soon. Gabe and Ava pushed all the swings at once and then ran in front of them one at a time–what’s that thing they used in medieval times (i.e. Shrek)? Anyway, it was fun. We also made Auntie Anne’s pretzels (not quite as good as the real ones, but close!)
I have a meeting with one of the pastors at our church this afternoon. Our senior pastor is doing a series on sex and intimacy after Easter, and they have an idea for me to help out with it. I’m excited to see what they’re thinking.
Livi has soccer practice tonight and Ava tomorrow. Thus begins our eight weeks of complete craziness. Four practices/games a week between the two of them.
Have a great week!