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Saturday, February 19, 2011

a day to remember

On the 19th of February, 2010, we anxiously made our way to the Hong Kong airport. We were hoping that our decision to return to the U.S. for Sarah's treatment was the right decision. Our family was finishing 5-6 weeks of great trials and personally I was concerned that the challenge of moving back across the Pacific could possibly be the pressure point that pushes us over the edge. The thought of being on a 12 hour flight with Sarah just finishing five weeks of intensive chemo was extremely scary to me.

As we boarded the flight, after being held for 15 minutes outside the gate because the pilot was mulling the decision to allow Sarah to board or not, we experienced another great hand of the Lord. Psalm 94:19 " When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." I really don't know how Anne and I stayed sane during those 12 hours but I must tell you when the plane landed in San Francisco I had a huge relief come over me. (I probably checked her temp 50 times during the flight. Her poor little ears were sore.)

Now looking back, we know it was the right decision and we praise God ,but it has been a year in the U.S. that was not planned. Previously we had moved over the Pacific three different times. They were all on our own plans and according to our wishes, but the fourth was not. It is like what Jesus told Peter in John 21, in your surrender to Him there are times you go places you don't want to go in a way you don't want to go. Of course, I am like Peter so I immediately start pointing to others and Jesus reminds me that my relationship is one on one with Him.

Here we are a year later and the story continues. I know we have not written in a long time because we are just tired. Not so much physically tired, but just tired of it. We are tired of the pills, tired of the doctor appointments, tired of the struggles. Yet once again we get to share a testimony of how our Father, who has unfailing love for us, answers our prayers.

Sunday night we attended a Valentine's event for Heroes for Children, http://www.heroesforchildren.org/. It was a wonderful event. The kids had fun in their part of Northwood Country Club and they had a "romantic" room set up for the parents. It was great. As you entered you saw all of the door prizes. The Clark Family won a Wii for our first door prize which was great, but they also had a "big prize". Guess what? We won. We are leaving on Monday for a three day trip to San Antonio to have a personal tour of Sea World. The girls will paint with the sea lions. (Daddy will try to get in on that one.) We will also stay at the Hyatt Hill Country Resort. Most people say that alone is enough of a vacation.

Yet again, the Lord hears our prayers and gives us this wonderful gift so that we can take a few days to try to forget our current situation and be renewed for the journey ahead.

2 comments:

April said...

I hope you have a great trip!

Claire said...

What an enormous blessing to receive this trip!!! May it be a time of refreshment for you all! God bless! Love from the Daunceys

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