Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The Boy(s) are Back

2011 Samuel's scorpion lego creationFinally, an update to our foster story.  Things have been pretty crazy around here for many different reasons (sickness, schedules, weather, etc.).  I have missed blogging and am making a goal to blog at least 3 times per week if not more, if my schedule allows it.  Lately, the weather has kept me from blogging until I found out about Live Writer and now I can write without being online and post later, yeah! Smile

I’m not going to go into any details because I don’t quite have this confidentiality thing down.  For the related posts to this story see HERE and HERE.  Basically, we have one of the boys back and we should be getting the other brother sometime this week.  It was a long drawn out process and lots of prayer and faith.  We are believing that God will get us through this and that He will do a work in the boys’ lives.

Our hope is to be able to care for these boys while they wait for reunification with their family.  It has only been about 4 days now and we have already had several trials.  We knew it would be difficult because of the behavior problems.  Like I said, we are walking in faith and believing that God will do a work.  I’m sure we’ll have more trials to overcome when we add in the other brother, but God can do anything and He will get us through this.

It was God who broke my heart over the situation with these boys and I know we can trust Him to carry us through it.  I appreciate those of you who have communicated with me that you are keeping us in your prayers.  It means a lot to us.

What challenges have you faced lately, and have you remembered to trust God to get you through them?

Monday, May 2, 2011

2011 Flood in Southern Illinois

2011 Flood by Rt 13 near Murphysboro 2011 Flood by Rt 13 and 127 N 2011 Flood Goofy Gold in Mboro
2011 Flood Rt 13 Family Auto lot 2011 Flood Rt 13 E towards Cdale 2011 Flood just S of Reed Station MHP
Lots of bad weather lately down in our neck of the woods.  My internet has been off more than on.  It is actually off right now and I am able to write this and hopefully post later.  All of the above photos are in areas that should NOT have any water!  The lower right one is some flooded farmland and the others are from the highway where the water has threatened to close (and some are actually already closed) our roads.  

The road we live on has an East and West and the West end has been closed for almost a week now.  We are currently getting more rain and there are areas south of us that have had to evacuate their towns.  It is very sad.

There is a lot of sandbagging going on in our area.  Many volunteers have stepped up to help out their neighbors.  Below is a picture of the Army Corps of Engineers who have been transporting sand bags in needed areas.
Sand Bag Helicopter
There was also an onslaught of of tornados in the southern states of Alabama and five other surrounding states.  The reports I heard were about 160 tornados in about 1 week and over 300 deaths.  Our prayers go out to all the individuals and families devastated by these storms.
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