Thursday, November 12, 2015


Galatians 6:2  Bear one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
Matthew 10:20  For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.

Another one of those rambly posts, most likely.

Here we sit at the beginning of round three, not even half way through this journey, and once again I am humbled by the incessant amount of love and support shown our family. The verse above talks about bearing each other's burdens. This journey has not been a burden so far and that is because so many others have helped bear it with and for us. That is the only explanation as to why the weight of everything hasn't crushed us.

And talk about the hands and feet...The community effect on our family has screamed Jesus in every way. Every prayer and meal and kind note created for our family was a gathering, whether it was a family gathering or one person attempting to gather with us. In the past two weeks (while we were mostly home, not in the hospital!), here is just a sampling.
(*I want to mention some of these not to brag about those lifting up us - though they are deserving of that - but to thank them because so many of them have been anonymous, so I'm not sure how to let them know any other way just how appreciative we are.)
  • We have received several anonymous envelopes in our mailbox with tickets to Six Flags, gift cards to dinner out for Lehr and I, etc. Kind notes encouraging us included.
  • Friends (some we know well, some we have never met) have sent us little (and big) care packages, often including something for the big kids.
  • Ruby's tuition has been paid for a few months by an anonymous donor.
  • Two women I just met this week came to see Ruby and I: one brought a gift and the other brought lunch. 
  • Fruits, essentials like paper towels, and other groceries have been left on our porch.
  • A woman who works at the hospital spotted Ruby and I frequenting the outdoor fountain daily over the last few months and 'met' us in the hall one day. That led to a homemade hat for all three kids, some meal tickets for the cafeteria, and kind conversation laced with support and offers to help.
There are no words.....seriously. And I'm not listing everything here either...these are just some of the intentional acts of kindness in the last few weeks. I stand amazed every day at the prayers and love surrounding Ruby and our entire family.

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