Yesterday marked eight weeks since Christopher's surgery. Life around our home has quickly gotten back to normal.
We found out during this morning's visit that an 11 year old child will be having a kidney transplant today and a 10 year old next week. Due to privacy laws, Greg, Christopher, and I couldn't go and visit with the family in the waiting room, but hopefully they will let them know we are available. We just feel that the families would be so encouraged to see Christopher and how good he looks, as well as offering other encouragement. We have also offered to be there for families just receiving a diagnosis any day, any time. All kidney patients have different roads since there are different causes and our bodies are all different. Also, our road has been short, while a lot of children have dealt with issues all of their lives. Christopher was born with smaller kidneys, but they were able to function and were not detected until late childhood. Many children are forced to do dialysis as babies until they are able to have a kidney transplant. Many children and adults do experience extreme fatigue, lack of appetite, and dialysis which are all symptoms of kidney disorders. While Christopher was spared from that particular road, we feel we can still identify. Pray that we will be given the opportunity to minister to other families facing a similar journey.
This week our church is holding VBS. This is Christopher's first year attending VBS as a volunteer since he "graduated" from the children's department last year. He is working in crafts and loves it! He can't wait to go back each evening. He loves to work, and he loves to serve.
|Christopher at VBS.|
Talking about serving...I'm not sure if I posted that Christopher and I are going to Mullins with the Victory Sports' mission team the last week of June. Right now, we have a total of 107 team members! I told Christopher back in January that we wouldn't be going on Victory Sports' mission trips this summer due to his surgery. He told me quite often that he was:-) Well, just to appease him (and to get him to stop talking about it!), I asked the doctor three weeks ago if he could go, and she gave us the go-card. She is now one of his favorite people. See what I know. CG always says that Christopher has more faith than any of us...he knew he was going the entire time:-) So, we are busy, along with other team members getting ready for the trip to Mullins. On our mission trips, we conduct a sports camp in the morning and VBS during the afternoon. We also send teams into the communities for various outreach opportunities. We have the campers from 9am-4pm each day. This will be Christopher's first time serving as a leader on our summer mission trips as well. He has jumped in as one of the campers the past five years, but he is looking forward to helping with soccer during sports camp and crafts during VBS. We know that many of the churches in the Mullins area have been praying for our family, so we are looking forward to seeing them!
Well, CG graduated from high school on June 2. Since he was the President of the Student Body he was able to lead his graduating class into the ceremony, as well as leading the open welcome, the decorum before diplomas were issued (aka rules for the audience), and then the closing prayer. He was also the first to walk across the stage to receive his diploma! Our cups were over flowing. He closed the ceremony with a beautiful prayer. God was certainly glorified. CG will leave for
|CG leading his class into the ceremony for graduation|
Please pray for Miss Gracie. She injured her knee during the last soccer game of the high school play-offs, and we found out two weeks ago that she tore her ACL. She truly grieved when she first heard the news since that meant she would be unable to play club soccer this fall. This would have been her last season playing club since she graduates next year. We met with the surgeon this past week, and she will have surgery on July 2. Rehabilitation for a torn ACL is typically six months. Her goal is to work really hard this summer and fall so she can play her senior year for the high school. She had planned on going to a couple of college summer camps in hopes of getting recruited, but she quickly acknowledges that God had a different plan. Gracie is away at
Cody will be leaving for
With love & many thanks,