I am thankful:

~ to joyfully report that Cooper is doing AMAZING! The first week out of the hospital he dealt with a lot of headaches and some back pain, but they are all gone now, GLORY TO GOD! He says he feels back to normal! There are still many holes in his memory. He has no memory of the first 24 hours of symptoms/hospital, and the last month is very foggy. But long term memory is intact, and he is retaining new memories. WE ARE SO THANKFUL!! Thank you so much to everyone who prayed and helped our family!

So much has gone on over the last 3 weeks: mostly 187 million end-of-school events, so I will just let my pictures tell the story…

Tatum K’s first terrified trip to the dentist
The wonderful hygienists at Boozer Dentalworks won her over by the end
Josh’s latest home project
Sawyer used the nail gun to finish the bottom trim all by himself because he could fit behind the building…
But mom and dad had to squeeze in to trim out the top!
This charming little cottage, aka “the Pool House” will house the lawnmower, garden tools, and pool chemicals and accessories.
Help from Colton and the dogs
Adding shingles that match our house
A wonderful morning on 5/8 representing Gold Network of ETX at the LukeStrong Run in Palestine (later this afternoon was when Cooper got sick and went to the hospital…I still can’t believe that was all in one day!)
Posters of kids all over East Texas who have fought cancer
Superhero Cape-decorating station
Nerf War!
Sawyer was given his first devotional book, which he sat down and immediately began to read❤️
We love Miss Cherie and Mr. Dwayne. The Grumbles family pour their lives into others to honor the memory of their son Luke.
Samantha: 6th Grade Crud Wars, an epic food fight on the playground (chocolate syrup, fruity cereal, whipped cream, and flour)
I come prepared for the car ride with a plastic tablecloth
End of year awards for Sawyer and Gavin. Thankful for a LESS MESSY event
Cheering at Fresh 15 race with Gold Network/Grace Community volunteers
Kora: 5th Grade Crud Wars
Zoe’s End of Year Grace’s Races
Gavin: 4th Grade Crud Wars
First Day/Last Day of School – they are growing up way too fast
Shower bar broke, so Sawyer fixed it, all by himself
A BIG change happened just last night…
SOMEBODY is transitioning to a BIG GIRL BED!
Amazingly, she did great!
Somebody else had a MAJOR “FIRST” also, but I’m going to leave you hanging for now…my heart can’t take any more tonight!

Thanks for giving thanks with me.

“I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.” (Psalms 9:1-2)

“I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord.” (Psalms 104:33-34)

“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits— who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” (Psalms 103:1-5)

One thought on “Rejoicing

  1. I wept over the verses you chose! As one “redeemed from the pit” I am forever grateful to our God. What a grand idea for the Crud Wars! But how smart of you to come prepared to protect the seats!!! What a difference a year makes – from those difficult days of trying to teach at home, and having EVERYBODY home, working jigsaw puzzles, being stretched too thin almost constantly. I rejoice with you over Cooper’s progress, and over Tatum K’s big steps – first dental visit and now a big girl bed! Sawyer is pretty amazing with that nail gun! Honor Roll for Gavin – woohoo! You and Josh have accomplished so many home projects, that perhaps you will have more time this summer for G and W projects, and finishing your new used pieces. I smiled this morning as I thought of the scraping of the beams. How is our Carson Grace? I am so glad she was right where she was needed, when Cooper got so sick. So glad for Colton’s steadfast presence when Cooper was sick (and that extra vehicle that God knew would be needed). Love always and forever, my precious friend.


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