Several people have asked me how Addison's surgery went. She did very well. It was a long surgery (9 hours), but our staff said the whole thing went so smoothly and that they'd never had such peace during a surgery before. She's been released from the hospital now, so she's back at the foster home to continue her recovery. We attribute all of this to the prayers she received... thank you for lifting her up. Since our kids don't have parents, they don't always have people who stand in the gap for them when they're up against these difficult hurdles. I've just spent a week with my first niece, sweet little 5-month-old Haven, and I can't imagine her having to go through a surgery without her mom, dad, grandparents, aunts, and uncles by her side. For the children in our foster home, you are their aunts, uncles, grandparents, and cousins. With your prayers, you fill the role of their moms and dad. You may not be at their side while they are recovering, but your prayers sustain them and get them through these valleys. So thank you for taking this responsibility so seriously.
My brother and his wife came into town for the weekend, and so we're now having a mini-family-reunion with my side of the family. I need to do a blog post about the reunion we had with Jacob's family last week. It was great. I'm hoping my sister-in-law Jane will write a post on her blog. She does humorous way better than I do... and there's really no other way to talk about the intentional bike wrecking and intense overeating that served as the hallmarks of the M. family reunion.
Now - I'm back to my blogging hiatus. :)