Oh, I hope your weather is as beautiful for you as ours is for us today. I love August, just love it! We have had some of the most beautiful summery days in the last month. Early summer was such a disappointment, weather-wise and our mosquitoes were beyond horrible, so this has been a real treat. Being mosquito-free comes with a price, it is very dry here, but we have had a few little rains. You can sure feel fall coming though. Jack said his truck thermometer read 35 degrees (Fahrenheit) when he left for work at 5:30 this morning.
I just wanted to express my joy ... of late ... there have been some very difficult things in the last year, most on-going, things that hurt my heart. But God is faithful, even through the times I feel like I can't feel Him. And then when the sky seems to part and I feel the warmth of Him shining down on me/us again, it is all so worth the pain and heartache of trials and learning.
There have been so many times that I have intended to write up a little blog entry. But honestly, I have just been enjoying being with my family, and spending a lot of time with Jack. Several notable things have occurred. Hope you'll read to the end as this post culminates in really exciting news.
Jacob finally gave notice at his job. It is a good job, and Jack and I are so proud of his performance there, but it has been an awful source of stress. I've been real concerned about him over the last months. He gave his notice some time ago, but his co-workers talked him into staying. Various things culminated and now, at 17 and entering his last year of school, he felt it was time to narrow his focus for awhile and concentrate on school. It was hard for him working so many hours during the last school year. So this will be a good change. His last day is Wednesday.
Jack bought the movie Flywheel the other night. We so love this movie. We saw Facing the Giants some time ago, and I was so so so impressed with that movie that I couldn't wait to see Flywheel. When we did, I was just so touched. Both movies from the Kendrick Brothers are just so good. So I am happy to have both of these movies in our library. I love to tell about these movies, how great they are! and I hope if you haven't seen them you'll make an effort to find them somewhere. I am excited to see the new one, Fireproof.
I am making a concentrated effort to edit Molly's book, Every Tear. I have so many things I am doing lately, and now with school starting soon, that I think I will have to make myself a schedule.
We went to another Needtobreathe concert. I love their CD The Heat. They sang the acoustic version of Washed by the Water. We were all up close. It was a moment I won't ever forget.
I am still completely enamored with digital scrapbooking and can't believe I almost never tried this. The only bad thing is that I can't just have fun doing it, now I had to find out how to make the things that I am working with. On the flip side, that has been a lot of fun. I needed something like this and actually feel it was a blessing.
Other than this I have been doing a lot of laundry. I know all too soon I won't be able to hang clothes out on the lines anymore. I enjoy this so much. So I have been a happy clothes-hanging fool.
And now, I have saved the best for last, for anyone who has read down this far.
Jack received a phone call the other night, a Friday night, from a co-worker who was at the stock car races. He told him that Jack had been announced the winner of a drawing Jack had entered awhile back. There was always the chance that someone with the same name was the winner, so he had to wait until Monday morning to find out definitively, but all weekend we heard from different people who had also heard Jack's name announced. So bright and early Monday morning, Jack got a phone call telling him he had won, a brand new four-wheeler. I was so tickled for him! He's never won anything big before, and this was a real blessing for us.