06 Jan A Note From Donna
Phil and I were happy to host our youngest daughter, Laura, in December for a short visit. Her work and personal obligations (plus the high cost of airfare) did not permit her to be here at home with us over Christmas. Our oldest daughter, Sarah also had work obligations in NYC. And our Hayley needed to be at home with her family since she spent a couple of weeks with us earlier in November. Phil and I (by choice) spent Christmas Eve and Day alone and quiet. Celebrating didn’t seem like the appropriate thing to do, nor did we desire to celebrate. I don’t share these things so you feel sad for us, but to be open about our ongoing grief. We are learning more about grief than we really wanted to learn, but the overwhelming truth is how blessed we are to KNOW without a doubt that our Harrison is with the Lord, completely whole and waiting for us. I can’t imagine getting through these holidays without that knowledge. It makes us more grateful to God daily and more dependent on Him to comfort us in our grief. And we have also learned the benefit of being still and resting. With all the things we hope and plan for in 2023, we will need all the energy we can muster. This year I am going to be spending the first three weeks of January at our Bible camp. It’s rustic. There are bugs, no hot water, horrible beds, and no signal to connect with the outside world. But, there will also be many happy children, free of worry for a week, jumping in the creek, playing games, making crafts, eating well, and growing closer to Jesus. Please pray for all of us that this year will be safe, fun, and truly life-changing for the children.