Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Old Kentucky Home

In two and a half weeks we will be leaving Louisville for Chicago. In light of this, I thought I would make a list of things I will miss the most about Louisville. In no particular order, here they are:

1. Baby Paul's grave
2. Sweet tea at every restaurant
3. Our friends
4. The people of Farmdale Baptist Church and their great kindness
5. The Derby festivities
6. Norton Suburban Hospital and Dr. Griffin
7. Lightening Bugs (are these in Chicago?)
8. The Louisville Bats
9. Familiarity
10. The beautiful campus of Southern Seminary
11. 2 malls next door to each other, 10 minutes away
12. No traffic
13. Our home
14. No crowds
15. The Ohio River
16. The Gap, Old Navy, Banana Republic Clearance Center
17. The GREEN
18. The great parks
19. The rivalry between UofL and UK, of which I will never completely understand how deeply it runs.
20. Thursday night "The Office" night with the Clarks (feelin hot, hot, hot ;)
21. Monday night BS (Bible Study)

We have grown to appreciate and enjoy this city for the reasons above and many more. We will miss it, but look forward to the new adventure! We'd appreciate your prayers during this transition. We will miss you, our dear friends, who have been through much with us. Thanks for the memories!

Sunday, December 09, 2007

A Little Girl Named Addie!

I want you to meet an 11 month old named Addie. The truth is that I have never met her in person. But for the past hour I have been surfing The Henderson Family Blog, where she lights up nearly every post with her wonderful, God given, and God glorifying smile. Addie was born with brain damage and a condition in which her brain did not develop properly, which resulted in a smaller head than other babies. We found Addie's family blog when they bought some bows a few weeks ago. Since then I have looked at it two or three times and each time I laugh, smile, and get choked up as I see this little girl and her family that is facing a lot of major challenges shine with the glory of God. While we all hope and pray for healthy children free of any mental and physical challenges, Addie reminds us that heart stopping beauty and joy are not always connected to the smartest and the strongest. God's image is often most firmly pressed into those pressed with the most difficulties.

I encourage you to look through this blog and read this amazing and inspiring story. At some point read the post from January where Addie's mom explains her birth and their first month of discovering the challenges they would face. Then go on from there, and see the grace of God at work. You will be blessed.