First off, Rob. No photo of him but he has had some prayers answered over the past few weeks. I cannot speak personally if the prayers we have offered have helped him in work, I hope so though. But I do know that our prayers for him to get better when he was sick worked out.
Diedre; well, I can definitely say, I am grateful for the body I have been given that is able to bounce back and deal with pain. Last week sometime, we were passing out flyers for Scouting for Food. Dangerous business, people. I was merely walking up some cement stairs to hang a flyer on the door, I guess I misjudged the height of the step because before I knew it, I rolled my ankle on the stair and you could tell it had a bump. There was more work to be done, and I could still walk on it, so William and I finished the route and when I got home I grabbed some ice and started elevating it. OH, I also said a few dozen prayers that my foot would not be broken. Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers. By the next day my foot was still tender, only a tiny bit swollen but I could get around on it. No break, only a minor sprain. I have had friends and family go through the same thing recently. Only their ankle/foot was broken. I am sure they were praying for only a sprain, no major injury. I cannot say why sometimes things work out for only minor problems/inconveniences and other times Father in Heaven wants us to go through a bit more. I can say that I am so thankful for the blessing of having a foot I can walk on, and being able to recognize the blessing of prayer and faith in our life.Caleb; cool awesome man. Two weeks ago he woke up at 3am with MAJOR stomach pains! He could not sleep, he could not find rest or relief. We prayed, he threw up, we tried to rest as best we could. Did I mention prayer? The entire 2 and half hours he was in pain I did not stop praying. Finally, call it an idea or inspiration, I thought to go grab some Alka Seltzer and see if it would help. He was tough and drank it, even though it was "nasty." About 20 minutes later, he was able to sleep. Ahh, blessed sleep. He woke up the next morning, he still felt exhausted and icky, but the pains were gone. Turns out, he passed something on to Haley, Peter, William and Rob....but we survived. One other blessing to mention, his good attitude and never giving up. Soccer has been different this season, maybe not as much keeper. But he is still giving it his all and doing so good out there on the field. Not to mention the fact that he has pulled straight A's for the 3rd term this year! Wow, a lot of work on his part, patience on parent's part, and terrific teachers to help him along the way. Those teachers are definite blessings.
William, got the stomach bug, but with prayer and help from Rob, he made it through the rough part.
What else is an unknown blessing? He fights me every single morning in getting ready for school, but somehow he gets up and is ready. He has not been late to school once this year. Also, he is working through his, "I do not like church" phase. Slowly but surely, we are getting this sweet little boy back to happy when it comes to church.
So thankful for how life is rolling right now. Not perfect, but trying to remember to be thankful for the moments that are good.