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Thankful for His provision – Hurricanes, Hernias, and the Holy Land
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you are enjoying some time with family and friends thanking the Lord for what He has done for us! This post is long overdue and I want you all to know that I have been thanking the Lord for each of you and your partnership with us as we seek to serve our King!!
Thank you for your prayers over the past few months. Things have been challenging with Hurricane Matthew narrowly missing a direct hit on Jacksonville. We did have to evacuate, well… Lori did! I was scheduled to have hernia surgery the day before Matthew hit, but they cancelled the surgery due to evacuations. I had been suffering from severe abdominal pain that ended up being four hernias severely impacting my ability to function or help Lori. She moved everything upstairs, secured all the stuff around the house, packed the kiddos up, and moved us to our friend’s house on the other side of town. Even over there we lost power for about 24 hours, but Lori was a trooper (as she always is)! Unfortunately, immediately after returning to the house and moving everything back in it’s place, replacing all the stuff in the fridge and freezer, she had to deal with my hernia surgery, and a impatient patient!! The girls were great, but Bekah and Abby did not understand what had happened to Dad and why he couldn’t hug them and pick them up as usual!!:-( In addition, Lori is still dealing with her own medical issues from a head injury that happened over a year ago! She definitely is up for mother/wife/caregiver of the year!! Please continue to pray for her health and healing!
Throughout all the issues of life that we’ve been going through, our children are doing great! Rachel continues to do well and is now playing softball! Kate and Ellie are awesome helpers and preparing for the annual Nutcracker. Bekah and Abby make us laugh and smile everyday, bringing so much unexpected joy into our home! They always keep us on our toes, but both of them continue to develop and have a great teacher at school that is making such a difference in their lives!
As I prayed this morning, I was so grateful for my wife and family, all the friends God has brought into our lives, and all the people that help make it possible for us to spread HISLIGHT throughout our world!!
Doug and Lori
“Thankful for our Rock”