Has it really been a full week since my last post? I promise I have really good excuses, and if you don't believe me, ask my boss.
So here it is. Last Thursday (New Year's Day) we left the house at six in the morning for our ten-hour drive to Jacksonville, Florida (think warm sunshine and flip-flops - it was glorious). The daughter of our good friends was getting married on Friday.
Let me stop here and preach for just a minute (men, go away, but come back when I'm done). We met Tom and Addie in the late 1980s when we were stationed together in Willow Grove, PA. They didn't like us at all. But for some reason, right before we moved to Memphis, they invited us over for dinner one night. (Long story shortened here) Ben told them the gospel and Tom got saved right there at the kitchen table--jumping-up-and-shouting saved. Had Tom not fallen down at the feet of Jesus that night, there's no telling where their family would be today. But we got to see the rest of the story.
Their daughter, Melissa, was married last Friday, a godly young lady, kissing her godly young man for the first time at the altar, and God was greatly glorified.
Here's Tom walking Missy down the aisle:
My point in telling you all this is that you have no idea what impact your willingness to share the gospel will have on future generations. Missy has benefitted, as have their other four children. Missy's husband John has benefitted, as has his family. All the people Tom preaches to each week benefit from it. It's better than compound interest! So do it.
In other earth-shattering news, we found out today that Sticky Bean is a BOY! And his name is Jonathan David! And we might be just a little excited about it! Deb's due date has been moved up to May tenth, which is one day after Leah's graduation, so I'm not so sure she'll be here since it's twelve hours from home and her midwife might not think too highly of that plan, but we'll see. I'm conspiring to find a midwife here, just in case. Anyway, Deb was in the wedding and she was just adorable! in her blue dress.
In other news, oh, wait, there is no other news. I sit at my computer and edit, answer e-mail, tell kids to do the laundry, sweep up the dog hair, vacuum the rugs, run my errands. Come to think of it, this isn't so bad.
Be thankful ~