We could tell you were getting the shakes from your Decker withdrawals so here's a post to get your fix.
The most magnificent tree in the whole world!! It's my favorite Christmas tree in our little town.
Ryan has been rocking out more hours every week at work like a champion! Seriously he is such a stud getting back to work, engaging in meetings, making all kinds of important phones calls, and contributing to the team. I am so mega proud of that man!
If you didn't already know how legit Ryan's work is (the whole not firing him, supporting him, generously maintaining his job thing might has tipped you off), they planned a very thoughtful and special Christmas event for the staff and their families. We all go to the Botanic Gardens in a few weeks after dinner together for a night of lights, warm drinks, and time together. Healing Waters is truly hands and feet of Jesus!
Crohn's update: He had his last Remicade transfusion right before Thanksgiving and it's working perfectly to help his body heal from the inside out. All of his next doctor's appointments happen in January 2013: GI check ups, Remicade transfusions, and deliberating with our surgeon about a reversal or making the surgery permanent. Many things to trust the Lord for and lift up. His ileostomy is behaving and he is the most comfortable he's been with it I think. The ostomy support group has aided his confidence and independence so much. Overall Crohn's isn't jacking up our lives right now and we have reached a fairly good place with everything.
Proud minus this horrid picture of fudge pressed on his teeth. Stay classy Decker.
My classes are finished for a bit and a break is sounding like a real sweet deal right about now. I start Human Anatomy and Microbiology in January. Truly thrilled about it! Also, I have been getting a lot of sweet time with the ladies in my life for coffee dates, walks, or dinners. Just grateful for them. All I can say is the support of our friends and family in this time has been a direct ministry to our souls.
Mom and I had a baking afternoon. We made snowballs, fudge, and lemon pound cake
One main goal is to find rhythm in our life again. We are praying for dear life that a hospital stay or surgery isn't in our future to break up the pace. The Lord is sovereign-we'll cling to that. Getting back to church is calling our name and it will feel good to get deeper into that community.
Decker family! Way to ruin the shot Harpo.
Other than that, we're pretty boring here. Our daily goals are to love the Lord, love each other, gorge on homemade fudge, pass out Christmas treats to neighbors, hang with sweet peeps we love, and learn something new (usually humbling) each day of this season.
We went on a 2 mile hike with our dear friends, Hannah and Daniel. It was refreshing and Harpo was in heaven running all over the trails.
Silly Stewarts! This is their "non-posed real life shot". Ha! We love these two so much.
and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, 12 so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12