Mark, Jennifer, Ethan, Emily

This blog is about our family, who have dealt with the loss of two sons with Muscular Dystrophy, the adoption of a son diagnosed with Agenesis of Corpus Callosum and the birth our a healthy little girl. It's a crazy life, but we are loving it.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

So far, 2013 has been a tough year.

First, we lost our Taidy, my grandmother's husband of 20 years. He was 94 years old and had led a wonderful, long life. But we still miss him terribly. We had a great Christmas with him, but shortly after he got sick and developed pneumonia. After that, he went down hill quickly. We will miss you, Taidy.

Next, we got a knock on our door around 11pm one night. Talk about scaring the fool out of me! It was the sheriff's office notifying my husband that his father had died. Mark hadn't seen his dad since he was a teenager, so this was a shock. Mark had no idea where his father was. He tried several times to locate him, but to no avail. He always assumed his dad was in hiding or already dead. Long story, but his father was found dead in his home in Arizona. The police sergeant told Mark that he had a hard time finding the next of kin. There was no clues in his home or wallet, so the only way they found Mark was through a family tree Mark created in Crazy! So Mark flew out to AZ a couple of weeks ago to try and wrap some things up and see if he can find any clues as to what his father has been up to for the last 25 years.

Then we lost a very sweet, sweet man who attended our church. He had once been in the Air Force, so they did full honors at his funeral. Once they started that, I lost it and I couldn't stop the tears.

Lastly, we have been having a lot of issues with Ethan's behavior. I don't know if he's already becoming a moody tween or what, but sheesh, I'm over this behavior already. Ethan has always been a handful. Since he was a toddler he's been so strong willed. I realize being strong willed can be a good thing, but I don't like the defiance that is currently rearing it's ugly head. I know that all kids try and rebel or will be defiant from time to time. But I don't know if his behavior is due to his genetic make up, his ACC, or his diagnosis of ADHD and Oppositional Defiance Disorder or a combination of them. But, there is one thing I do know, Ethan has been given parents that are prayers and who love the Lord.  God gave Ethan to our family for some reason. He ordained it. God knew what He was doing when He brought Ethan into our lives. He will give us the strength and wisdom to get through this valley.

Isaiah 55:8-9

New International Version (NIV)
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

I will not be discouraged. I am standing on God's word and I will not give up praying for my kids and my family. I would appreciate your prayers as well.

1 Thessalonians 5:17 pray without ceasing

1 comment:

  1. How very sad. :( I shall pray for your family right now.

    I am sure you already to this, but it's so easy to get out of routine (esp. with all that you all have going on)...having devotions together. I've found when we stay in the Bible, and share God's word with our children, they take it to heart and seem so much more well behaved and calm and peaceful. :) But like I said, you already know this!

    When our Ethan passed, it was little more I could do than take care of Evan and household things/homeschool. My Bible went to the wayside. Now that I am getting back into my time with the Lord, I share what I've learned with Evan almost every morning, and his behavior has been SOOO much better!