I’m still amazed, as I’m sure I always will be, at God’s patience and grace and mercy. We’ve been praying for John’s salvation for a long time and watching him grow and learn. John turned 9 this past June and he had always said he thought he was gonna be 9 when God called on him to be saved. I don’t know why he picked that number but whatever. I knew it would take a lot more understanding for John to accept Jesus because he’s just so detail oriented and matter-of-fact. A friend once said John had “The Knack”. I wasn’t sure what that was til he showed me the video… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CmYDgncMhXw it totally cracked me up but that is John. Except the part about the social ineptitude. John is very sensitive to people’s feelings but he does get completely drawn in if there’s a TV on within a 10 mile radius! Another good reason we don’t have cable!
I digress… anyway, on July 31, 2011, the day before school started and the day before John became a third grader, they were both in their bedrooms and I thought they were asleep already. John got up a little teary eyed and said he couldn’t sleep. I quickly retorted that he couldn’t sleep because he was up walking around and he should go to bed since tomorrow was the first day of school. Well, obedient John hung his head, turned around and walked back to bed. About 10 minutes later, he came back down in tears and said, “Mom, I can’t go to sleep until I get saved! I have to do it right now!” Well, you could have knocked me over with a feather! I dropped whatever I was doing and hugged him and calmed him down. I went back up to his bed with him, (Chuck was out of town!!!) and I laid with him while he prayed to the God of the Universe to save him. I didn’t give him the words, I didn’t help him. He just uttered, “God please please please save me and come into my heart and forgive me of all the sins I’ve ever done. Thank you.” Then he looked up at me with a smile and said, “I feel so much better now… is that it???” I said, “Well, now what?” He said, “Now I need to be baptized!” God is good! All the time! There are so many people that touched John’s life that will never know the lifelong affect they have had on him! Sunday school teachers, AWANA workers, friends, family, neighbors, pastors… all have been praying for this child at one time or another. Thank YOU Lord for saving my family.
Last night the boys were watching some kid movie that I had checked out online and said it was relatively harmless but it had one part in it that was a spoof on some other movie that scared the boys. They both came running to me that they were scared and that they didn’t want to see it ever again so of course, we switched it over to Cosby and watched an episode then went to bed. When John came to me and was scared he looked at me and said, “I sure am glad I’m saved!” 🙂 Makes a mother smile!
This summer has been nothing but busy but that was definitely the highlight!
We have traveled all over. Winnie Brumm went to be with the Lord on July 17, 2011. We had to go out and settle the estate for 8 days and the boys stayed in Augusta. What a great family I have there that I can send my kids and not worry about them in the slightest!
The boys have wonderful teachers. John has Mrs. Crerie…
and David has Mrs. Langley…
Both are very engaging for the boys and they are doing very well! SAGE starts this next week for John. I’m so proud of him and he will really enjoy the added challenge to his day.
Can’t believe the differences in their looks in one year… here’s last year on first day of school and this year…
Wow… This year is also the first pet-free year we have had in forever. Myrtle passed away a few months ago and for the first time we don’t have any pets to worry about when we travel. It was a nice touch to the summer since we were gone most of it.
I hope to update more often and shorter posts. Mostly a picture here and there. I have found that I send regular updates to facebook but at the end of the year, there is really no chronicle of the year because it’s buried in all the other facebook things. I’d rather have this to print every year and place as part of our yearbook that I make on http://www.smilebooks.com/. I love that site and have made a yearbook for the family every year since 2007. My boys love looking at those!
Well, today marked the first day John was booster seat free. His feet touch the floor of the truck flat footed and he’s 9. David was none too amused that the law just changed to force him to stay in a booster seat til he’s 8 which won’t be til January. He’ll get over it.
Life is good, as I’ve always said. God is so merciful to us every day. I’m so very thankful for my family and friends. I hope you all who read this are stopping at least once a day to be thankful for something!!!