This past weekend Doug and I visited the Dayton area for the first time since moving in August. He wanted to check on the condo and do some painting and cleaning. (Please pray with us that we will be able to sell sometime in the near future!) Because of how tired I have been lately, the kids and I spent all of Saturday in one place....the Bost home! Caleb and Lauren LOVED being reunited with their friends, Eli and Isaiah, to play the day away! I rested as much as possible while I was there, because I knew I wanted to save up energy for church Sunday morning.
We were really looking forward to visiting the church that was our family for the past five years. When we moved away, I know we felt like we would never be able to find a church like Parkview. The love and support they surrounded us with during and after the time of my diagnosis was such an amazing blessing. Isn't it interesting that sometimes we fail to remember the Lord is always working ahead of us? He wasn't going to bring us to Indiana and not provide a church for us. I want to say how thankful Doug and I are for Indy First Church, where our family now attends. Although I haven't been able to get rooted there and involved like I hope to be one day, we have been surrounded by the same love and support from our new church family. Thank you Lord for always meeting our needs!
Back to this past weekend....I wanted to share how wonderful it was to see the beautiful faces of so many friends at Parkview! We were able to be in our Sunday School class there. We walked in and sat down quietly, when all I really wanted to do was to run in and embrace everyone! (For those that know Doug, he appreciated the quiet entrance.) :) It was such an encouragement to talk to so many different ones before and after the service. I was so happy that we were blessed to hear the Target Dayton Choir sing....if seeing and hearing them doesn't encourage your heart, I don't know what does! Doug and I talked with people for a really long time after church, while the children happily laughed and played in the foyer. (And collected candy from Pi!)
My heart was so warmed and encouraged by you, our dear friends. Although we have moved, I know you are supporting us with your love and prayers more than ever. I want to say thank you for....all of your hugs, your reminders that you are lifting us up to the Father every day, your smiles, your attention to our children, your pure interest in our lives....we miss you. We love you.
One last piece of news to share, I just received word today from the transplant coordinator that I am officially approved for the bone marrow transplant. (My doctor presented my case before the transplant committee on Tuesday.) I know many of you were assuming it was for sure going to happen....but there was still relief to actually hear the words and know that I "passed" all of the work-up exams (EKG, Echo, pulmonary test, lab work, etc). Thank you Lord! I am ready to do this....I need even more prayers and encouragement during this time. I KNOW with the Lord's help and strength, WE CAN DO THIS!!!!! As soon as I know the detailed timeline of events I will share it with you.
I love you,