Grant, O Lord my God, that I may never fall away in success or in failure; that I may not be prideful in prosperity nor dejected in adversity. Let me rejoice only in what unites us and sorrow
only in what separates us. May I strive to please no one or fear to displease anyone except Yourself. May I seek always the things that are eternal and never those that are only temporal....
St. Thomas Aquinas
Many have been asking how Jerard is doing.
Jerard enjoys music, tickles, being talked to. He is a blessing.
His favourite foods are pancakes, pasta, graham crackers and sweets (cookies, ice cream, etc.)
He is slowly making some progress. He receives occupational therapy twice a week at Resources for the Blind here in Davao.
Jerard really enjoys his OT at Resources for the Blind
He recently had a one year check up with the neurologist. The Dr. was very pleased with the progress Jerard has made. But he does want us to take him to a rehabilitation orthopedic doctor towards the end of September to see if he needs braces for his legs.
He likes to put everything in his mouth. When we are holding him we have to be careful he doesn't bite. His bites are painful.
Keep him in your prayers. He doesn't sit up on his own or crawl yet. Overall he is staying healthy, though he does have asthma he receives daily medications for.
Jerard enjoying the grass at the soccer field.
This is an example of how most drainage ditches are constructed here in the city. They are open drainage channels along the road sides.
Walker beware! Don't fall in...and don't park your car to close, either!
My prayer for myself and our family is that each of us will seek first Him and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).
In Elisabeth Elliott's book "Keep A Quiet Heart" this quote struck me this morning as I meditated on what it really means to seek first Him and His righteousness. I hope this gives you something to ponder also.
"If through losing what this world prizes we are enabled to gain what it
despises - treasure in heaven, invisible and incorruptible - isn't it worth
any kind of suffering? What is it worth to us to learn a little bit more
of what the Cross means - life out of death, the transformation of
earth's losses and heartbreaks and tragedies?...God has allowed in the
lives of each of us some sort of loss, the withdrawal of something we
valued, in order that we may learn to offer ourselves a little more
willingly, to allow the touch of death on one more thing we have clutched
so tightly, and thus know fullness and freedom and joy that much sooner.
We're not naturally inclined to love God and seek His Kingdom. Trouble
may help incline us - that is, it may tip us over, put some pressure
on us, lean us in the right direction."
Matthew 6: 33But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
If you were to walk into our house right now you'd be hit by the powerful smell of paint thinner.
James, our ever curious and busy, busy, busy, toddler had been playing with Ben and two of his friends. Kurt had asked the boys to watch and play with James.
(The girls and I were at SIL for a craft morning.)
As it goes, I'm told the boys got busy playing legos and forgot about James for a while.
....they found him downstairs dipping tools in a gallon of paint I had used yesterday to paint a shelf. (How James knew the paint was down there is a mystery. He wasn't with me yesterday when I was working on that!)
I thought I'd closed it up well. Guess not!
James was 40% covered on his body in white, oil-based paint; the basement floor had paint on a fair portion of it, little white footsteps led outside, some of our screwdrivers and a hammer were white.....
I received a text from Kurt "Call Me". So I called him, found out what had happened and decided I should come home to help the guys.
When I arrived, James was pretty well cleaned up. Kurt had purchased three bottles of paint thinner to clean up James, the floor and the tools. I finished washing James by giving him two showers with lots of shampoo and soap to get the remainder of paint off around his eyes, and get the smell of paint thinner off him. He cried through most of that and promptly fell asleep after I got him dressed.
Ben, Michael and Jadon learned a good lesson for when they become fathers in the future....never leave a busy toddler alone....toddlers by their very nature are active, inquisitive and some are down right quite industrious to figure out how to open paint cans, etc....
They did a great job cleaning up all the mess James made and I really appreciate all their hard work!
Michael, Ben, and Kurt cleaning paint off the basement floor
Ben, Michael, Jadon, and Kurt cleaning paint off the basement floor
Michael and Jadon hard at work
Our tools before they were cleaned
Proverbs 27:23 was rolling around my head as I watched the boys cleaning. James is not a flock but he is one very busy, busy toddler.
"Know well the condition of your flocks,
and give attention to your herds,"
Now you know why I'm praying for us to be able to put James in a toddler preschool program 2 hours a day!!!! He needs energy outlets!!!