This week was intense. It was Spring Break and yet it seemed as though we could never get our wits about us or catch our breath long enough to break.
Ryen Elizabeth turns one today. What an amazing blessing she has been to our family; so full of joy and love and a big personality. There’s no doubt God knew what He was doing by adding her to our existence as a family.
On Wednesday Ryen went in for surgery, ear tubes, to help clear up a persistent infection within her inner-ear. She struggled through one continuous ear ache for better than three months and when four different rounds of antibiotics didn’t touch it, the Doc said enough was enough and opted for tubes. It’s been amazing watching her post-opp. Ryen loves taking paper and other wrappers up to her ear and crinkling them. She is enamored with sounds that she has never heard before. And the best part of it all is that she is no longer in pain. What a difference that has made in her life.
Autumn, our oldest daughter who will be turning 15 come July of this year opted to give up her Spring Break to spend her time working with the youth group serving the homeless community in inner-city Portland. Needless to say I am extremely proud of her and her efforts. What’s more is that having spent the day with her yesterday, it is more than apparent that God got a hold of her life and messed her up for the things of Him. I’m looking forward to being a part of her continued growth and watching God working mightily both in and through her.
Kaedon starts baseball this next week. The boy is super-stoked to be playing ball and for the best team in the Big Leagues as well as Clackamas Little Leauge – the Dodger’s! It goes without saying that I think Kaedon is an exceptional athlete, but what excites me most is that he is an exceptional young man. The kid loves God and lives life to the fullest. I couldn’t have imagined it any better.
Tailyn, a four-year old female replica of me, is doing well. She begins speech therapy next month for a speech impediment that is due in large part to her hearing loss. Prior to having surgery nearly a year ago, Tailyn was at about 15% hearing loss in one ear and another 20% in the other (I forget which ear was worse). The strange thing is that I have really come to appreciate Tai’s little sayings and the silly ways in which she says things. Needless to say I’m gonna have to get her on camera before therapy begins.
Stacy is good…she’s really good. I look at her and can’t help but be amazed at how such a Godly, integrous, not to mention incredibly gorgeous woman would consciously choose me for a husband. My buddy Brent reminds me all of the time that I married up. Boy is he right about that among other things. Stacy is celebrating her 28th birthday on the 30th of this month. Wow! She’s gettin’ old…not really. I’m looking forward to spending some quality time together for a lot of years to come.
Things at church are good. As is true for most things in life it has its challenges, high points and low points, but by-and-large I am excited to be a part of what God is doing here in Oregon City. The Inn, our young adult ministry is a blessing to my life. To think that I get to do life and ministry with some of the greatest 18 to 30 somethings around is beyond me. We are blessed to have an incredible leadership staff and young adults committed to the call of God on their lives here in our community, in Oregon and around the world. For those of you reading this from The Inn, I love you and am blessed to be your friend, pastor and partner in life.
This being the first blog for me in some time, I am going to try to make it short and sweet, but rest assured, there will be more musing in the near future.
Thanks for reading my blog and allowing me into your life.