Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Joy and Sorrow, Praise and Pain

Although I have not written lately, many blog posts have been in my mind, awaiting an opportunity to share. Here are some highlights of the many I have wished to share lately:

My daughter, "Venturer" completed her NYLT training, had her braces removed, and just achieved very good to excellent scores on her ASVAB test. We will be going over her possible career options in upcoming months and discussing them and planning for them. She seems to have become more interested in math and science than in English since she took the ACT Explore test. She is huge blessing to me, and I thank God for her daily.

My son "Knothead" (so nicknamed due to his excellent knot-tying abilities) achieved his Star scout rank in December, and we awarded him his patch in January. He is already narrowing in on Life scout, looking forward to summer camp (especially earning the Robotics merit badge!), and contemplating working on his Eagle project this summer. He is now taller than his sister, and turning into a young man of character.

My two younger children continue to be as entertaining as always, always saying and doing funny things. They are such a joy to our family, always lighting up the room with their presence.

And my middle child, my daughter, "Princess Buttercup" has continued to be ill. She has seen many specialists and has finally been diagnosed with a very rare genetic disorder. Some similar cases exist, though hers is unique, and this week the Geneticist will tell us about other cases and what we can expect. To date, we really still don't know what to expect in terms of my daughter's health and treatment. Praise God, that she has turned to faith in Him and will soon be baptized. For now, we are all turning to Him who is faithful to walk with us down this dark road and strengthen us.

At a time like this, the book of Job has been my comfort. I do not understand why our family is undergoing this trial. I only know that He has some good purpose in it. The following verses sum up my experience of the past five months, seeking answers to help my daughter.

"But when I hoped for good, evil came,
And when I waited for light, darkness came.
My inward parts are in turmoil and never still;
days of affliction come to meet me."
Job 30:26-27 ESV

And yet,

"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
Romans 8:28 ESV

I am deeply appreciative of the many friends who have been praying for our family during this time.


  1. continuing to pray for you, Michelle!

  2. Praying continually and praising that you have answers.

  3. So good to hear an update!

    Hugs and love!

    Mrs. White

  4. I am continuing to pray for you guys, Michelle!

  5. Michelle, I am a new Crew member and found your request on the forum. My mother's heart feels for you as you all go through this journey. My oldest son was diagnosed with cancer in January, and I am constantly amazed at the people God puts in our path to empathize and encourage. Please know that you are in my prayers.