This update was overdue before I started it AUg 27th, 2 weeks ago. I am sorry....I have 2 others started,will see what I can do here today by being more brief and finishing these up.....
***********************A little update and praise report for all of you who were so kind to carry me through my first return trip to IN. I certainly FELT your prayers! Joshua and I stopped at the Bank of Berne first thing upon arriving. I felt pretty desperate to get things moving in that direction so that I can deposit and pay bills. Before I could even get in the office I was greeted by the church brother who was going to transport this load of belongings for me. Now when you recognize that we'd travelled 12 hours after being delayed 1/2 of a day, had fuel stops, spent the night in Kentucky...etc..... you'll realize that we could have arrived anywhere between an eight hour time span. I have NO DOUBT that John wasn't sitting there all day waiting for us! He was going about his regular work day and "happened " there at that exact moment! I DO NOT believe in "coincidences" in the lives of God's people! The Lord is absolutely amazing how many details He delights in orchestrating for us for His glory and our good. Of course , this meeting touched my heart there in that public building, and was witnessed by our dear customer relations representative. It was all so beautiful. I then met with her, and bless her precious heart........she had gone ahead of me because of our prior phone conversation the day before and pulled everything up on a computer screen and showed me exactly what I needed to do after I handed her Denny's death certificate, etc. Sooo thorough, soooo kind.............when we were done (with business, fellowship and tears) she held my hand and prayed for me. I asked her point blank, "How often do you suppose a woman in my position gets THIS kind of care?" I was literally flabbergasted how POSITIVELY this NEGATIVE situation could be walked through! I have no doubt God intervened with mercy as you prayed...thank you. Indeed it was a stamp of "I'm going to walk you through this, dear daughter of mine!" We went straight to the storage warehouse area from the bank. The overhead door was open, but Claire wasn't in sight anywhere. I walked down an aisle, the task overwhelmingly more daunting with each step.............."I can't do THIS Lord!"..........then there on top of a box...was my sign (mentioned in last post) from Jesus..... I totally could not believe it. I mean, honestly, how many of us even have a sign that is as specific as that in our possession? (I cannot remember who gave it to me some years back...please tell me if it was YOU!) For such a time as this! I wept, thanking the Lord, and went into another part of the building and found Claire......she had discovered the sign just 15 minutes before and set it out for me! (Without having read my post about signs! Amazing!) So, I'd guess SHE got overwhelmed by how her simple follow through of a "good idea" ministered to me...you know the feeling? Not knowing HOW or WHY it will work out, but sensing something, then doing it.
Claire and Jenny had already spent several hours taking inventory of Home Fires books ( a story for another time), and making lists of Denny's personal book boxes. THAT was a tremendous jump start for us, and I bless them for all of those efforts. Josh and I hardly knew where to start, but began by making some work area to labor from. I texted the children asking questions, took pictures to refresh their memories on some items, sending weepy words with some items too tender to not take the moment to share. Josh was fantastic! I would have had NO IDEA where to start on tools and MAN stuff! We worked til a wonderful supper at Alan & Jenny's refreshed our weariness , then headed over to the property. Denny's office things had already been put in place there months ago, and I NEEDED to walk through the house and around the place a bit......phew! No fun for sure. (A separate post concerning "Now what do I do with Denny's dream?" will come soon). Josh has learned to catch a lot of his Moma's tears through this season, and this time was no exception. There's nothing in the world like the Lord's presence to comfort us, but a REAL strong physical shoulder to lean on certainly is a blessing, especially when it belongs to your son!
THAT is as far as I got on the post, and so much of it is outdated now....but wanted to again express my GREATfulness for all who prayed us through those painful days. Ralph and Hannah came from Canada, Samuel and Elizabeth drove up together from SC (while their spouses kept the children so we could make more concentrated work efforts time wise). The children have endeavored to share the load around by taking turns on all of these big jobs, and it has worked out very well. Let's just say at a time like this EIGHT was GREAT, but those of you with a DOZEN children will not think it any too many to spread ithe load out a bit!
:-) I spoke to a woman in medical billing on this trip........she was so sympathetic asking how I was doing....I was touched and shared my appreciation for not just being a number on file. She said she was also a widow. We had a lengthy tender visit in which I heard about her "post traumatic stress disorder" following her husband's death.......ALONE! NO CHILDREN !!!!!! I cannot imagine the loneliness. I feel that my needs are waaaay more than enough for everyone to share.........I cannot imagine us trying to do it with with one less helper or supporter! Each adult child and spouse has different giftings and have filled unique roles for which I am so blessed. I had a whole post in my mind to center on this thought months ago. but never got it written. Please forgive me if this thought is a repeat.....but WHEN you get to know that lovely young lady or man that your youth senses is THE ONE............it would HARDLY enter your mind that THIS "in LOVE" will help decide your future and care for your needs bodily , physically (surroundings), spiritually and emotionally!!! No small matter! Phew! Thank you Lord for amazing & wonderful partners for our children who have loved BEYOND "reasonable"!!! And THANK YOU LORD for some "children" not by birth, but shared by other parents through the years at B.S. times, etc....Claire Rutler has been with me since IN, just now leaving this Sat.....what a help, what a companion, what a tear catcher! Maybe the Lord will use this time of compassion in her future medical pursuits!! Renita Chupp ended up being a "transmission casualty guest" :-) and spent a week helping, singing, being a companion for my companion (Claire ! :-) and MAINLY making curtains!!!.....how special to have this unexpected treat!
If I don't close this soon, I can't begin to get to the other posts! :-)