While I was still in bed this morning, my family members informed me of just how long it had been since I blogged. I whined that I hadn't had time and the retort was something to the effect of, "In 24 days you haven't had ANY time? Really? You're lying here in bed doing nothing, right now!" Well fine then. This whole blogging thing was much easier when I didn't have the pressure of my kids expecting regular updates ;)
Life has been good. Lots going on, some of it good, some of it God makes good.
We celebrated the upcoming arrival of my nephew, Danny. Yep, my baby brother and his sweetie are going to be parents! Most of us are hoping that he'll arrive on my mom's birthday (May 18), but I also wouldn't mind if he arrived on my birthday :) We hosted a couples shower for Andrew and Kelly and it was a blessing to have friends and family at our home that otherwise wouldn't be able to visit. My Grandpa Jolley was able to ride up with my dad, and it was nice to be able to walk through my garden with him (he has always been my go-to garden expert). We missed my Grandma Jolley who wasn't able to come. My Uncle Ken came from CA and he was able to bring my grandma while someone stayed with my grandpa who has alzheimers and doesn't get out of the house much. Lots of other family members and friends came to celebrate with Andrew & Kelly. My aunt told me she hadn't been to a couples shower since my mom's shower when she was pregnant with Andrew....that made me smile to remember that my mom had a couples shower, I had completely forgotten.
Seth's dad had prostate surgery, which he came through successfully. Seth was able to take the day off to be at the hospital with him and some friends and family who were there for support. We are hopeful that the surgery eradicated the cancer and that Preston will be able to get on with life without further issues.
Friends of our suffered the loss of their son at 34 weeks into pregnancy. It is difficult to see them going through such a painful loss, and yet I've been so encouraged and moved by their faith in God throughout the past couple weeks. I've been blessed to see them and spend time with them a few times during this time and each time I went away just so thankful for them and for the grace that God is pouring into them right now. The graveside service was a beautiful time of remembering God's place in this situation, and a wonderful example of God working all things for good. It was powerful to see community coming together to do what the church should do best, to love one another. God is good in all circumstances and it strengthens the entire body of Christ when we see our brothers and sisters living in that truth.