Okay, blog friends, I have a huge prayer request for all of you. Please join me in praying for Elisa and Nathan. Elisa was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and her husband, Nathan, was diagnosed with stage 3 rectal cancer.... ONE WEEK APART! They are young parents to an 18 month old little girl. They could use whatever thoughts, prayers, donations, notes of encouragement, etc., that anyone has to offer. Just click on their names above to visit the blog set up to support them.
I am also asking for prayers for my family this week. Ryan and I have enjoyed finding a church home this past winter. We were able to do so because our winter work hours allowed us time to attend church on Sunday mornings. Our work is very seasonal and summer is our biggest time of the year in the boating industry. We are so very grateful for our jobs and the company is absolutely wonderful to us. We can work around Caleb's needs and schedule with a lot of flexibility. While Ryan and I absolutely love the extra work and enjoy being busy, it comes with a great sacrifice. Our Sunday work schedules won't allow us time for church after this weekend. My heart is just breaking because this has been such a blessing to our marriage and family. I have seen the changes it has made in our lives and I certainly don't want to put it on hold until this boating season is over. I understand that you don't have to go to church every Sunday to be a Christian. But, for my family it keeps us on the right track. Ryan and I are still fairly new at turning over our lives to God and it helps to be encouraged by others with the same goal. We have enjoyed our small groups class and are getting to know them. I've actually seen old friends I hadn't been around in years through church and I am just not ready to give it up. My heart craves this environment; to just be around people that are all going in the same direction we are. Having someone there to encourage you when times are tough or celebrate when prayers are answered; we need that. I want to be there when my child accepts the Lord as his personal Savior, not hear about it later from his grandparents. I want to be the example that Caleb needs when it comes to loving God. After saying all of that, I need your prayers. Ryan and I are desperately praying that God opens a way for us to come worship Him at church. Rest assured that if it just doesn't work out for us at this time in our lives, we'll work around it. Church or no church, we will never stop trying to grow closer to Him. Thank you all so much for praying for and with us!