“Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” I Corinthians 15:55
Prit and I have just spent two glorious weeks with Deb, Ben, and “Ti Sam” (Little Samuel). We’re so thankful for the time we had with this sweet family. I kissed my precious grandson one last time before we left yesterday morning to make the long drive back to Fayetteville. I know the next time we see him, he’ll look so different. Newborns change so quickly.
Sam has a voracious appetite and is going to grow quickly. Deb has done a wonderful job getting acclimated to motherhood and his proud Dad has gotten up all through the night to bottle-feed and change dirty diapers. Sam’s very fortunate to have such devoted parents who are thrilled that he has now entered the world.
Prit and I took advantage of the time to bake, cook, clean, sweep, mop, do laundry, drive Deb to the doctor and any other task that could help lighten the load for the new parents. Ben remarked, “We’ve never had this much food in our refrigerator!” Hopefully, the demands on their time will not be so overwhelming with food in the frig that can be heated without all the preparation.
I was not going to be the Grandma who was forever posting pictures of her grandchildren until people grew weary from overkill. Neither was I going to go on and on about every sigh and whimper that came from our new grand baby. But, I confess I’ve been ruined! Here are some more pictures of baby Sam. 🙂
When we arrived to Fayetteville yesterday, we drove straight to the rehabilitation center to see Prit’s mom. She became ill and was hospitalized the day after we left for West Virginia so we were anxious to see her. It’s now been just over a month since Prit’s dad went to be with the Lord. This has been a very hard ordeal for Lucy to lose her husband and to have been so sick afterwards. Your prayers are greatly coveted during this time and we sincerely thank all of you who have remembered Lucy and the family during this time of distress. Thank you for the phone cards, e-mails, and beautiful cards.
We have entered a new season. We are praying for new strength for Lucy’s body and mind as she faces it without her partner of sixty-one years. She knows she is greatly loved. Our return to Haiti has been delayed because of the many responsibilities that need to be taken care of here. We also ask for your sincere prayers that the responsibilities in Haiti can be managed from afar. Thankfully, John is still there and able to help take care of things in our place along with our trusted leaders.
As we approach this Easter weekend, we celebrate life in all its fullness. Remembering the one who traded his own for ours makes it all that more special. Having experienced the loss of a loved one so recently then welcoming a brand new member to our family, we rejoice to know that death is only temporary and life is forever.
Have a blessed Easter everyone!