We’re On the Road!

We left home a little before noon. Right now, it’s a delightful, summer afternoon, with rain gently hitting the windshield. Inside, some are resting, some are working, and one is driving. Dinner is in the crockpot, and we’re so blessed to be on our way!

Speaking of blessed, we want to express our gratefulness to Christian Home Educators of Colorado for spreading the word about the Energize! conference. They are a great group and are there to support homeschoolers all year long.

The drive to Loveland is pretty easy, and we’ll get in tonight, Lord willing. I’m looking forward to seeing mountains again!

We’re excited to see what the Lord will do this weekend.

Love,
Sarah

Jesse loading the bus yesterday.
Jesse loading the bus yesterday.
Melanie and Crew came over to play at Auntie's Park yesterday.
Melanie and Crew came over to play at Auntie’s Park yesterday.
Pileup!
Pileup!
Joy
Joy
Little Mr. Drew had an outing too--as cute as can be! Some day he'll be running around Auntie's Park too.
Little Mr. Drew had an outing too–as cute as can be! Some day he’ll be running around Auntie’s Park too.
Getting the generator started this morning.
Getting the generator started this morning.
A comment here on sweatshirts. Although we have had delightfully cool weather in Kansas for the past few days, it warmed up a bit today, and we're running the air conditioning in the bus. Sometimes, people get on the cool side, so thus the reason.
A comment here on sweatshirts. Although we have had delightfully cool weather in Kansas for the past few days, it warmed up a bit today, and we’re running the air conditioning in the bus. Sometimes, people get on the cool side, so thus the reason.
John, driving
John, driving

“But I have trusted in thy mercy;
my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.”
Psalms 13:5-6 

Packing Up!

Life has been such a whirlwind, and yes, we’re about to dash off on a short weekend trip. It’s been nine months since Uriah’s been conference bound. This trip will be to Loveland–which is north of Denver. The Lord has clearly given the new sessions for the Energize! conference this year.

Our family has been very involved with helping Nathan and Melanie and Company, and since Drew is home from the hospital, less help is needed. God’s timing is amazing!

I look forward to sharing what the Lord will do this weekend. We hope to see some of you there! Back to preparations!

Serving Jesus,
Sarah

The little girls helped Aunt Anna load out some things yesterday.
The little girls helped Aunt Anna load out some things yesterday.

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Making a bed in the bus.
Making a bed in the bus.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him,
if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. “

Deuteronomy 4:29

Welcome Home, Andrew!

Yesterday, about 1 p.m., Drew joined his happy family at home. We praise the Lord for such a quick introduction to life for a preemie. He’s a little cutie!

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Anna holding Drew.
Anna holding Drew.

“Who can utter the mighty acts of the LORD?
who can shew forth all his praise?
Blessed are they that keep judgment,
and he that doeth righteousness at all times.”
Psalms 106:2-3

Seriously for Dads

dad-1I’m excited to introduce to you Seriously for Dads, a once-a-week e-mail by my dad (Steve) for the serious dad. Seriously’s theme is to encourage the serious dad in his role as Christian, husband, father, discipler, and provider.

Dad’s been writing monthly articles called the Dad’s Corners for twenty-four years and has felt the Lord’s leading to transition to shorter e-mails sent separately to dads. The feedback has been awesome! We still send out the Mom’s Corner monthly.

As always, our desire here at Titus2 is to encourage, equip, and exhort fellow believers in Christ Jesus. Seriously is just another avenue the Lord has led us down.

To sign up, see this link or the button below. We have a double-opt in list, which means after you input your address, you’ll receive a confirmation e-mail and you must click on the link to confirm your address.

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“But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.”

Titus 2:1-2

 

Thank You For Praying For Andrew

I’m not really sure how to convey our gratitude for your prayers for Andrew. He had a rough start, but he has improved all week long. Thank you for praying! I also love to see specific answers to prayer. One mom told me in an e-mail that she’d prayed against the brady’s and was delighted to see the improvement. I know comments left have indicated various prayers. It is awesome to see the answers!

Here’s the latest. It’s possible Drew could come home tomorrow (Monday). Amazing after only being in the NICU for 9 days and being 5 weeks premature. He hasn’t had any significant brady’s, and one of the requirements for coming home was that he not have a brady that required stimulation for 5 days. So far, so good, and tomorrow is the 5th day. Friday night, he transitioned from the enclosed, temperature controlled special NICU bed to a crib–and he got to wear pajamas. So cute! He’s still not doing great in the weight gain category, and his bilirubin (billy) numbers rose since yesterday. The little girls got to hold him last night (see pictures), and they enjoyed it. I asked Abby what kind of noises he made, and she imitated a cute little grunt for me–perfect replication.

Thank you, dear friends, for your prayer support. Drew has made such great progress this past week. Please be praying that he’ll gain weight and his billy numbers will go down.

Blessings,
Sarah

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Drew's first night (Friday) in a big-boy bed.
Drew’s first night (Friday) in a big-boy bed.
Abby adores her little brother. She made the hat he's wearing in this picture.
Abby adores her little brother. She made the hat he’s wearing in this picture.
He's so tiny, well, compared to Ruthie.
He’s so tiny, well, compared to Ruthie.
Big sister and little brother!
Big sister and little brother!
Joseph with Drew.
Joseph with Drew.
Anna Marie and Drew.
Anna Marie and Drew.
Mary with Drew.
Mary with Drew.

“And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:
for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”
Psalms 9:10

Andrew: An Alert Little Guy

We praise the Lord for Drew’s continued improvement! He looks so different without his oxygen tubes, and we’re grateful his body has adjusted. Three wonderful things happened yesterday: Nathan got to hold him for the first time, they capped his IV, and he had no significant Brady’s! Step-by-step progress. God is good!

Love,
Sarah for the rest

He thinks his Uncle John is pretty nice.
He thinks his Uncle John is pretty nice.
A little grin.
A little grin.
A happy mommy and her son!
A happy mommy and her son!
A happy daddy and his son!
A happy daddy and his son!

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee:
because he trusteth in thee.
Trust ye in the LORD for ever:
for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength.”
Isaiah 26:3-4

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