We are so thankful for God’s great faithfulness and His mercies that are new every morning! It is always exciting to see Him at work in our lives and the lives of our kids.
We had some of our kids, John’s dad, and a couple of extra people with us for Thanksgiving, so we had a full table to enjoy our little feast and share our thankfulness to the One who blesses us so abundantly each day.
On December 10th Melanie had foot surgery to take care of a Morton’s neuroma and a small bunion. The recovery was slightly complicated and delayed by a bad pressure sore that developed. The surgery sites are healing well and, after some rough days of severe pain and swelling, the pressure sore is healing as well. Thank you for your prayers.
Because of Melanie’s surgery and delayed recovery, she was a little “out of commission” for extra Christmas activities, but we did enjoy the presence of Charity and Josh and they were an extra help for John who had to play nursemaid and housekeeper a little longer than anticipated.
Charity was home for almost 2 weeks. Moody does not have graduation ceremonies in December, but over the Christmas break we were able to have a graduation party for Charity. Not too many people came due to the timing over the holidays, but we were able to celebrate Charity’s accomplishments in completing college and earning her Bachelor’s degree in Children’s Ministry. Praise the Lord with us as He provided an apartment in Chicago for Charity and her friend to rent. Her nanny job is going really well also.
BJ and Carissa were with us for Thanksgiving and then spent Christmas with Carissa’s family. After New Year’s they traveled to Idaho for Carissa’s Lyme treatment. They then returned to Chicago for BJ to begin his 2nd semester at Moody. Please pray for Carissa as her body reacts to the treatment and tries to detox and heal. The doctor gave BJ a complimentary test and discovered he has Lyme also, although not as severe as Carissa. He did a mini treatment, so BJ is recovering from that, too.
Zach and Bethany had their first Christmas with Mason alone as a family then came here a few days later for a week and a half. Of course, we enjoyed that, especially seeing Mason again; he turned 5 months old while they were here. They continue ministering on staff at New Tribes Bible Institute in Waukesha, WI.
Josh was home for almost 3 weeks over Christmas. He worked with John getting his car repaired (from the minor accident he had he September) and was able to drive it back to Wisconsin when he returned for his second semester at New Tribes Bible Institute. His collarbone had healed well and so he was able to resume his bus driving job. We are thankful for good employment for him and for God’s provision of a special gift that helped pay a portion of his school bill last semester.
Thank you for your prayers for us and our family!