Happy Easter Everyone!
What a beautiful day….literally! I don’t know if it was actually great weather for you where you live, but for many of us in the Midwest, today was a perfectly gorgeous Easter Sunday.
This morning we spent time as a family in church. Yes, many of you probably did the same….but this is yet another first for us as we haven’t yet spent an Easter together in church as a family. It may not seem like that big of a deal, and if not….hear me out. Not only does Leah work every weekend (which unfortunately does not currently afford us the necessary time together as a family in church), my parents were in town and we sat with Leah’s entire family. Leah did have to duck-out a few minutes early to make it back to work on time, but we. were. all. together! Furthermore (and this should blow your mind), Leah figured out that TODAY –Easter Sunday– we will have been out of the hospital for as many days as we were in the hospital. Now, if that’s not cool (in addition to everything else), then “I’ve got nothin.”
I’m currently sitting on our couch at home just watching Beckett play. What a miracle. If you’re just joining this journey with us, it may be challenging to fully catch you up…but there were many days last year at this time I was not certain this day would come. Not all stories like these have a happy ending, and though we know this story is far from over, we are forever grateful for how far we’ve come with Beckett…and how gracious our God has been to us. We may be blessed with only a few more days with Beckett, and we may be blessed with a “lifetime.” The perspective I choose to cling to is not wishfully hoping for the lifetime, but simply enjoying the present. We still live our days one day at a time, and are genuinely blessed for the gift God has given us in Beckett Jude Rupp. Today is typically commemorated with hope in our salvation, and I choose to also commemorate it with hope in God’s sovereign care. We are celebrating the resurrection of our Christ today in addition to the faithfulness we’ve been shown through the life of our son.
To God be the glory, forever and ever…amen!
But these things I plan won’t happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!
Abridged Prayer Requests:
1) Beckett’s reflux. He still throws up on a regular basis (…just did in church this morning during the service all over my mother-in-law)
2) His continual therapeutic progress. He’s come a long way (it’s impressive), but still has a few big milestones to conquer (like….eating, crawling, standing, etc.)
3) That I may finish my grad schooling strong. I have about a month to go and still need to defend my thesis and find a job (and….I’m beginning to become slightly concerned about the job part)
4) Leah’s work schedule…and managing everything on her plate well (she does a great job though…it’s just exhausting)
5) Our good friends Daniel and Katie Kinnaird’s son Caleb had a successful heart transplant after waiting a year for the new heart (you may remember me posting something about this last fall), unfortunately they are back in the hospital right now. It appears things are “ok,” but could certainly be better. Please pray for comfort and strength. They are an amazing family and need our support. Follow them at: http://thekinnairds.blogspot.com/