Thursday, February 25, 2010

Living Lessons

 Beautiful feet for a beautiful girl

 Victoria is already 2 weeks and 1 day old. Thanks to the "Pink Girls" who came over with these flowers in celebration of her two weeks
 Linda was actually feeling good enough on Sunday to go to church. We decided to dedicate Victoria to the Lord . (although long ago we had already done that). Reminds us that we need to all be dedicated to our Lord, for we are not our own, we have been purchased by our Lord.

How do you handle your stress? I get my girls to give me a backrub...well, sort of. Sure do love my girls.

Sunday at church, we had Abby take a family picture. The one below was taken with our camera, but I am sure Abby's will be much better. Such a blessing to be able to worship God together...anybody looking forward to heaven?
 By chance (yeah, right) I have been reading a book by John Piper called "Don't waste your life". The chapter I was reading two weeks ago was entitled "Magnifying Christ through pain and death" Paul said, for me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. So whether in life, or in death, we are to glorify our Lord. Here are some quotes:
Christ is made supreme when we are so satisfied in him that we can "let good and kindred go, this mortal life also, and suffer for the sake of love. His beauty shines most brightly when treasured above health and wealth and life itself.
No one ever said that they learned their deepest lessons of life or had their sweetest encounters with God, on the sunny days. People go deep with God when the drought comes. Christ aims to be magnified in life most clearly by the way we experience Him in our losses.
What a tragic waste when people turn away from the Calvary road of love and suffering. All the riches of the glory of God in Christ are on that road. All the sweetest fellowship with Jesus is there. All the treasures of assurance."
So we take up our cross and walk with Christ on the Calvary road  of love and suffering.  We have much to be thankful for.  Thank you so much to all of you who have kept us in your prayers.


  1. Thank you for your updates, Bruce. We continue to pray for you all. People from church continue to ask about you and pray for you too. I'm so glad to hear that Linda is doing well. Your sweet little baby is soooooooo precious. May God continue to bless you with his peace and wisdom. We love you all!

  2. I am so encouraged with the steady trust and delight in the Lord that your family has maintained during this time! Thank you for being a wonderful testimony of the peace of God... we continue to pray for you and think about you all often! God bless! :)

  3. Dear Bruce and Linda,

    We have been thinking of you and are praying. You stated so beautifully that you are "taking care of Victoria for Jesus"; that really touched my heart. I am sorry for your heartache, and yet I know that you have a great love for this little one. We are so happy she's here and we know that she is indeed a gift. I wish you continued healing and a balm for your emotions. We have always admired your family and think you're very special!

    Love, Annie Warkentin and family

  4. You are so fortunate to have gotten this time with your daughter. She is beautiful! I am hoping with the shunt surgery she does better and better. We brought our Kara Faith home from the hospital on oxygen, a humidifier, with a tracheostomy, and a heart/apnea monitor. She had a gtube b/c she couldn't nurse. We love her in the NICU for 45 days and at home for 4. What an amazing experience we have had this year and YES God is GOOD! Hug Victoria a little extra for us...