Love is Life! What a crazy month we have had. This month the Lord brought us together through trial after trial. Through it all, God showed himself faithful. When we felt down and out, used and abused, exhausted by the attacks, God always offered an opportunity to love others. The few times we took these opportunities in the midst of the storm, we would be renewed with life, energy, joy and connection with each other and God.
This month we received news that the cancer has spread in my moms bones leading to painful fractures in the spine and ribs. As the thoughts of regret for coming here and not being able to be there for her, ran through my head, along with worry for what may happen, how much pain she is in, and many many more worries....God planted the idea in my head to surprise the house three girls that very night by picking them up after church and taking them to town for ice cream. So we all went for ice cream and came back and worshiped together in our living room and just talked and laughed. At the end of the night, worry had fled and joy and peace soaked every joint, muscle, bone, cell and blood vessel in my body. Love is Life.
Brandon had a week where he had a flair up with Lyme Disease and could not get out of bed to teach. The administrator here immediately offered to step in and teach for Brandon. This simple action of understanding and servanthood, gave us such peace and joy. During this week when I Lisa was responsible to not only teach all day but also take care of all household chores including laundry (with no dryer only clothes lines), God invited me to make up and teach a dance to some girls from the mission. Of course at first I was resistant, telling God I had no time for that, when I finally did teach them, I felt more peace and could finish all tasks with joy and diligence. Love is Life.
Towards the end of the week of Brandon's flair up, we got a surprise visit from our daughter and grandson and her fiancé. We had a great time recalling memories of the last time we were living here with Angie. And by the end of their stay, Brandon had regained his energy and was feeling better to the point where he could teach again! Love is Life!
Brandon and I had fun going on a field trip to the tide pools with our students, where they showed so much excitement for all their discoveries. We were more energized when we got back than when we left! Love is Life.
Finally to finish our month, we cooked a special breakfast for house three where we taught the girls how to cook. We felt like a family working together.
We also were able to take out our family of four for visitation Sunday and played uno, shared a meal, colored, talked about life, encouraged and worked together as a team to solve puzzles. In the end they were sad that they had to return only because they wanted to spend more time together. After a long long month, we have been filled with their joy, and know what it means to live. Love is Life!