The old saying is that if March weather comes in like a lion it will go out like a lamb. Well, life has been blowing pretty steady all the way through March!
Gail saved up some money to visit a close friend in Orlando for a weekend, only to come home and make a quick trip up to Kansas to visit her ailing father. He’s had a Parkinson’s diagnosis for many years and is currently in a nursing home. He’d been asking to see his kids, which he normally wouldn’t do, so she was able to go visit and spend some time with him and her mother. It’s pretty tough and is very difficult for Gail to be away from her mom as she goes through this. Her dad is now on hospice care and we’re all taking things day-by-day.
Soon after, our neighbor, friend, and the father-in-law of the Beautiful Feet Executive Director passed away. He had been having health complications for months from multiple fronts. He was family to four of our staff, but was a grandfather figure and friend to all the rest of us. Such a great man. Most of the community was available for his last few days and final hours as he transitioned into the final stage of life. A very heart-wrenching blessing.
This campus has seen births and deaths and everything in-between and the loving presence of God holds everything.
A few family updates
Noah was able to work another show with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma at their little theater in the Plaza District. He’s doing well, making good connections and enjoying the work. His homeschool schedule allows him flexible work hours as well.
Lily participated in a week-long dance camp, has one of the leads as Gertrude McFuzz in Seussical Jr., and has begun a babysitting job. She is so busy, but works very hard at balancing her busy life.
Gail and Darrel are finishing up classes from HeartPaths OKC. Gail has to plan a retreat as her final project for her first year and Darrel, who is completing the final year, has a paper and presentation to complete before graduation in May. It’s been pretty difficult to keep up with the workload in addition to the regular family and ministry responsibilities. Prayers for energy, focus, and balance are greatly appreciated!
When you have a lot going on, it’s important to take a break. Gail and Darrel were able to get away for a couple days to a retreat center. There was plenty of quiet space which we mostly used for conversation.
In times of overwhelming schedules, we remember the sacrifice, prayers, and love of so many who enable us to be here. God bless you all!