Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Turning the page

Chet and I cleaned up Holden's grave site this week, and discussed how unreal it is that we are nearly a year away from last August.  Holden's site is still a mound of dirt, thanks to our dry summer, so it did not feel as though a year had passed there.

A year ago seems so far away in words; in reality, I will be turning my calendar to August in less than a week.  I can't look back on this year without thanking the Lord for his provision.

Tomorrow will be 11 months since we loaded up in the car, excited to meet our son.  Tomorrow will be 11 months since God chose the perfect plan for our family.

To be honest, I don't know how I feel about August.  As I stood at Holden's grave,  I felt as though we should be somewhere else in our life by now.  But I am slowly realizing we are exactly where we need to be.  I am trying to be content in all things.

I think about the thousands of people in Uganda I would not know anything about, had God not called Holden home.  I think about the work He has done in Chet and I as a couple, and as possible future parents.  I am still humbled by it all when I think about it.

I don't have to ask why anymore.  I can be content with His work in our lives.

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.  Proverbs 16:3

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

38 days

Just 38 days until our first ever Holden Uganda Run in Fayetteville, NC!!  If you have any friends or family in the North Carolina area, PLEASE let them know about this opportunity to get active and help others!  There will be so much fun stuff at the run, please come out even if you're not a runner! 

Whenever I get a little tired or exhausted, I just remember my friends halfway across the world, and remember why the Lord has blessed HUF immensely.  
He loves them so very, very much.  And so do we!

Please join us ...or join a team ...or start your own team!

My personal goal is to build a whole well!

Chet and I took our first run together this summer earlier.  Whew.  So we might be huffing and puffing in last place, but we have 100 degree heat to contest with in our training, ya know. ;)  I also happen to think every person who participates is truly a winner (cliche eh?), because every person is helping to provide life-giving water to precious neighbors across the world.  

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  
Run in such a way as to get the prize.  1 Corinthians 9:24

Love God.  Love People.  It's simple.
Let's have fun!  Let's RUN!  Let's "get the prize".

Monday, July 18, 2011


I am 28 today.  That is really close to 30, but since I have been telling people I'm nearly 30 for a couple of years now, I guess it's not all that bad. 

Chet asked a couple of my sweet friends to join us for a birthday dinner this Saturday.  I loved getting to catch up with Stormy & James Allen and Kara (they all live out of town)!  Chet's parents came over for a bit yesterday after church, so I have had an extended birthday.  I woke up to a LOT of birthday wishes!  I am BLESSED!

I think it has hit me that I am not exactly where I thought I would be at this age in my life.  Good thing God knows what is best really does take pain to reveal joy.  The number 28 has an obvious special meaning to me, so I look forward to His perfect plans this year in my life.

Teach me your way, LORD, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.  I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever.  For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths, from the realm of the dead.  Psalm 86:11-13

Saturday, July 16, 2011


My summer program at work is over!  I love my job and the summer program, but my routine gets a little backed up for 6 weeks.  My life should start normalizing again, which means I will be answering your emails and questions regarding HUF soon.  Thank you for your patience with me.  :)

It is almost noon.  I am still in pajamas.  In bed.  With a cup of coffee and my trusty laptop.  This might be what I look like at 6:00pm too.

But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness."  2 Corinthians 12:9