I love you Papa Porter and miss your eye sugars more than anything. Love you, Chris-a-ma-tino
(Papa and his girls - Christmas 2008)
It seems like these last 2 weeks have been jam packed. We have had a lot going on. I like it that way though. Last weekend, we had the opportunity to go serve in Joplin with our Sunday School class. I prayed all week for the strength I would need to see in person what I had seen in the pictures all over the news and internet. I was fine until we entered Joplin and we went from seeing buildings, homes, businesses to seeing trees with no bark, a car that was unrecognizable, someone's home that had been demolished. It was overwhelming. I lost it. I couldn't imagine losing my home where all of our memories have been made or losing a loved one in such a terrible way. God is good though and quickly gave me the strength I would need to get through the day. We met at the church we were working with and headed out for the day to the Nelson's house. The Nelson's, like many others lost everything in the storm. We helped them cut down trees and clear the debris off of their property so they can rebuild. We by no means were finished when we left but we felt good about the work we had put in that day. We called it quits around 3p because it was around 92 degrees and we were all exhausted! The Nelson's were so grateful. I also made a new friend, Anitha. She is from India and heard about our group going to Joplin. She didn't know any of us but met at our church and tagged along with us for the day. She is going to visit our Sunday School class with us soon too! And I just want to brag on my Sunday School class...what an amazing group of people we have in our class. Nathan and I have been BLESSED to be a part of this group and I can't tell you enough how much we love each and every person in there. They are so willing to serve people and we admire that so much. If you are ever looking for a Sunday School class, please message me. We would LOVE to have you join us!
Tomorrow, I am working half a day then am off until next Tuesday. Nathan's family reunion is this weekend so we are going to take a few days off to just relax with his family. I am really looking foward to hanging out with Nate for a few days!
I won't post again until we get back so I hope everyone has a great rest of the week and a safe, fun weekend! I'll post pictures when we get back!
"Be still and know that I am God." - Psalm 46:10