I just cannot believe how grown up Jordan is looking. I started keeping Jordan just 6 weeks after she was born, while her mom worked. Jordan’s grandmother lives next door to me. Jordan, her sister, Candice, and her mom live on the next street from us. I started keeping Candice when she was 8 months old. So these girls have been like my own children to me.
This is Jordan, at her 8th grade banquet yesterday. She will be 14 in August:
Here’s Jordan in VBS last summer:
Here she is (on the right) just 18 months ago, at Brandon and Rachael’s wedding:
They grow up too fast.
Well, I learned today that my weird dreams have nothing on Brandon’s weird dreams. The story is extremely long, so I won’t even begin to tell you all of it. Well…except for the inflatable police car, driving through a convenience store. Or a guy he use to work with, climbing out the window of his AC work van. Or hunting for Saddam Hussein with night vision goggles….in our Sunday School building at church. And that only scratches the surface. (Brandon, you should post about it.) He told the story at Chili’s after church.
But his morning didn’t really start well. We called him at 9:30 and said the AC in the sanctuary wasn’t working. We knew something was wrong, when Bro. Herb came walking out to our car as soon as we pulled in the parking lot It’s never a good sign. So Brandon finally got it running, but not without frustration and a lot of time. And it’s not a permanent fix…he has to replace some parts. Our church has a lot of AC problems that crop up when the weather gets hot. And it’s in the mid-90’s here. He has 5 units to work on.
But I know when we need to call him to fix an AC problem, he can diagnose the problem in minutes. Sometimes he can diagnose a problem over the phone, just by what it’s doing. I think he can fix anything.
Beth’s foot is hurting her more this afternoon. It was swelling up at lunch. But we can’t ice the ankle joint, since it’s in a cast. All we can do is ice behind her knee. And elevate it. That does help.
Mark told us this morning all about his adventures meeting with CPS on Wednesday. It’s an extremely long story, but it was amazing. He has flustered CPS greatly. They found out just what an intelligent person he is. And they admitted they would not have taken the kids out of his home because they did not have enough evidence. He said he prayed that God would give him just exactly the words to say, and the wisdom when to say it. And boy did God come through. Everything he said, we know came straight from God, because the things he said, and the “take control” attitude he displayed that day, are not his usual nature. We know it was God. He meets with the lawyer tomorrow, but I really don’t think this is going to court.
9 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. 10 Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. 11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. 15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. 16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. 18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. NIV
Doesn’t sound much like our world today, does it?