Monday, May 19, 2008


On Friday, May 16th Lauren graduated from Hosanna Christian Academy with honors. She has accomplished much in her high school career. She has played basketball and volleyball, been a class officer, and ministered on the school's worship team. Lauren is a blessing to our family and I love her very much. When I used to talk about having teenagers people would always say poor you to which I would say, "No you don't know my daughter. She is a joy, and she makes life easy." Excuse me while I brag on her a little.

School will be out at the end of this week. Oh I am counting down the days. This has been a year to say the least. I am looking forward to a little down time with the kids. Thanks to all of you who have encouraged us along the way. Thanks for your encouraging comments left on the blog, thanks for your notes, and just your love shown in all different ways. God is our strength, an ever present help in time of trouble. Love, RW

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

New York.....

Lauren is in New York on Senior Trip. She has seen a lot, been to a Broadway play, walked through Central Park and this morning they were on the Today Show. We have been watching American Idol and she and I both love Jason Castro. Well last week he was voted off the show and this morning he was on the Today Show. Well she got to take a picture with him. How cool is that? I can't wait to hear all of the stories she and her friends are going to have to tell.

Graduation is Friday night with a party on Saturday night and a family get together on Sunday. It will be an awfully busy weekend but one of much excitement. Carey, my nephew, is also graduating from Brother Martin. His graduation is the week after Lauren's so at least there are not too many scheduling conflicts. The beginning of this month has been very emotional. Bryan's birthday, my birthday, Mother's day, senior chapel and graduation coming has screamed at all of us about George's absence. We purpose in our hearts to enjoy this time because it is a time of celebration and we know that is the way George would expect it to be. Our year of firsts without George also includes some other monumental life moments like Bryan turning 13, Lauren and Carey graduating, and the birth of Michael's, our nephews, first child. God is so very gracious in these moments and His comfort is tangible at times. More later, RW

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

another birthday....

Yes today is my birthday. Not ashamed to say that I have made 43 years. Hard to believe since I don't feel 43. But nothing changes the facts. I am 43. It has been a glorious day. It started out early with my kids wishing me a happy birthday, then I went to my car and some friends had left me flowers, muffins and fresh fruit. I began the morning with tears in my eyes, feeling so full of blessings. The Lord is beyond good to us and the work He has done in me is miraculous. I will share soon some of the depths of the work that has been going on in my heart. You all are incredible friends whom I love dearly. I wish I could get with each of you and spend some quality time. Have an awesome day and as George would say, "Go to church and worship God." I love you all. RW

Friday, May 02, 2008


Yesterday was Bryan's 13th birthday. I cannot believe he is already 13. It was a great day but a busy day. George's mom and dad came in and took Bryan out to eat and Lauren and I attended the Athletic Banquet. Lauren received an awesome award. I am so proud of her. She was awarded the Christian Athletic Leadership Award. What an honor!

The last couple of days an awareness of George's absence has been strong. I guess with Bryan turning 13 it is just one of those first year milestones that have to be experienced. The men from church are coming to help finish some work on the deck and help with some things around the house. What an awesome body I am a part of. I love the people of Hosanna. They exhibit the love of God in such practical ways and I have come to see what it is to be loved unconditionally.

The school year is winding down and the summer will be full of vacationing, relaxing and seeking God. Can't wait to be in that place. Looking forward to the leadership of the Lord. More to come. RW