I did it. I actually did it. I painted something that maybe, kind of turned out pretty good. And now I understand why people love to paint. I went down to my craft area last night about 9 pm and painted this here little thingy for Ava (see her CaringBridge site on my sidebar) in total silence. I emerged from the basement about 1:30 a.m. having burned myself only three times with the glue gun and not having any, ahem, staple gun accidents. So now, I have big plans for more projects! That sigh. It was my husband wishing I would complete the other 100 projects I have started. He still loves me though.
So gang, we are headed on a little road trip, you and me, to deliver this "treasure" to Ava. We are going to Dallas, Texas (Flower Mound to be exact) to visit my sister (who doesn't read my blog), my nephew (Huh? what's a blog?), and my brother-in-law (who loves and reads my blog daily..to him a big mwah.) Ava is a family friend of theirs who is about 18 months old and suffered a stroke in December from what may or may not have been the result of a rare disorder called Moyamoya. Nonetheless, their journey has been awe inspiring as they have clung to the Lord for guidance, wisdom, strength, hope, and healing. The Lord has truly used that sweet family in a mighty way, and Ava already has a testimony of a Heavenly Father that has a plan for her life. They have been witnesses to those around them that don't know Jesus as their savior and they have witnessed to people like me who have had Christ in their lives for many years. Today, I added the song "Praise You in the Storm" by Casting Crowns on my playlist because this family has literally praised the Lord throughout this most difficult time of their lives. To see this mother cry out in praises to the ONE who brought this trial in their lives has been both humbling and convicting to me. I have watched from afar how their faith has been shaken to the core and how they have been helpless here on earth to do anything for their daughter other than to drop on their knees and pray every.step.of.the.way. As a result, their obedience has been rewarded, and Ava is making remarkable progress. And guess what? You (via my blog) and I (in person) get to meet her next week. If you have any time, camp out on her CaringBridge site and their blog. Their story and pictures will melt your heart.