What a great week we had! We were truly blessed beyond what we deserve & we met some incredible people that I hope to have life time friendships with. What awesome volunteers we had this week. These people were truly being the hands and feet of Christ all week and sharing the love of Christ with each person they came into contact with. For these people to pay and take a week off of work to come down and serve other families they truly have to love Christ and know Him. I am so excited to be able to go down one year and volunteer to serve other families the way we have been served for three years.
Unfortunately, we had to say our 'See ya laters' to our new friends on Saturday morning. These people will forever hold a special place in our hearts and we will never forget them. After we said out 'See ya laters' we headed home. We hit the road about 10 am EST. We decided to go home the same way we came down to avoid the interstate as much as possible. I was able to read some of "Why Not Me" on the way home and I have to say that it is an incredible book and I can't wait to finish it and let Matt read it. Matt has had the idea of writing a book about Nathan's journey since before Nathan finished with his treatment and I pray that the encounter with Raymond was what he needed to get this started. I believe that God has a purpose for everything that we do and everyone that we meet and I believe that there was a reason for us to be at the beach with the families we were with last week.
I actually was inspired to start a ministry in the Chattanooga area and am praying that God will open the doors necessary for this ministry to be started. I noticed that some parents said they had a hard time getting time to spend with their spouse because their kids always came first. I know when Nathan was on treatment we had a really hard time getting time for ourselves and we really weren't financially able to go out on a 'date' at the time either. I know that cancer can be financially burdening to families but parents NEED time to spend together. I had an idea to start up a ministry that would treat parents to a night out once a month or once every two months so they can reconnect even though they are going through one of the hardest things in life they will ever go through. I am still not sure how to get this started and it is just now in the brain storming phase, but with God's help and guidance we will start this ministry up and it will be a success.
Happy Father's Day to my wonderful husband! He is an awesome father to Caleb, Nathan and Anna and a wonderful husband too. He is a great provider and is always there for us. I have been blessed with an awesome man in my life and am excited to see the things God has in store for us.
Thank you all for reading the many blogs that I had today and may God bless you!