Saturday, August 10, 2013


      I woke up this morning and realized I had forgotten to share the blessings we received during our trip back to Ohio...  Life seemed like a hurricane during that moment and it seems as if its taken a few weeks to catch my breath.  At any rate I would like to share a few stories that God definitely had his hand in!!!

1) Knowing this trip was not budgeted; we struggled with weather or not to go.. We wanted to spend the month of August putting money back so we could go to Ohio in September;  that way we could kill two birds with one stone... Spend time with my mom and celebrate Ryan's birthday and the start of him beginning a new chapter of his life (Kindergarten) As the news came that it is worse than we thought my heart was pulling me to Ohio.. I was desperate to spend final moments with my mom while she was alive, knowing we had a 14.5 hour trip ahead of us time was of the essence. Making the decision to go when we did was a blessing in itself. As I will now cherish those last memories, & moments with her.  Not having much money played on the back of my mind.. but I put it in the Lords hands... WE NEEDED TO GO!
2) We asked if we could borrow a different vehicle to save gas.  We love our suburban but it is a gas guzzler!! The camp allowed us to use their van!!! (it really helped)
3) A generous donor filled the gas tank to FULL our first gas stop!!
4) Another generous donor, while praying for safety over us, felt lead to give us some money.. Not knowing how much it was or anything I was extremely grateful, and appreciative.. We could already feel the blessings pouring over us.. God lavishes is love, grace and mercy upon us even when we don't deserve it!!  The money proved to be enough for the road tolls and amazingly enough our second fill up!!
5) By Thursday night, both Mike and I were pushing 40 hours that we had been awake.  We battled the thoughts of leaving the hospital or not... Because of my back, I was leaning towards leaving to go get some rest.  Where we were staying and where the hospital was where my mom was at was a 50 minute drive.  I was worried that once we left, they would call us back.. With all the driving, and lack of sleep we were running on fumes.  God came through and shown up in a mighty way by working through another generous donor and putting us up in a hotel only a mile away from the hospital!!!
6) AS we were checking in, we explained that our car needed to be in the most convenient location so that we could leave at any given moment. Once hearing the news they graciously gave us a parking pass so that we didn't have to pay the fee!!
7) I had prayed for a second chance to talk with my mom.. Not only did God give me a second, he gave many!!!
8) We were provided for (meals and a place to stay) during the time in Ohio... which this one is no different than any other time we go; but definitely worth mentioning as my sister and brother in law are so generous, selfless, and giving!!!!  ( if I could think of more adjectives I would!!)
9) As we began to depart, we were blessed with again some money to help fill our tanks and the road tolls on the way back!!
10) After being home a week, we received a couple of cards which truly touched my heart!!!
11) In those cards were.... the rest of the money that we had spent from our own pockets for various reasons during that trip!!!!  THE ENTIRE TRIP WAS PAID FOR!!!!!!!!
I was blown away by HIS GOODNESS.. and how he orchestrated it so perfectly to use different people In our lives, that are so very precious and dear to us, to help us when we truly needed it!!!
12) The prayer warriors that he sent us.... You guys may not FEEL as if you did anything but I would like to beg the difference.... There were moments during this whole experience that I literally could FEEL the prayers... The traveling mercies, the safety,  the words that I could share with my mom (which took a lot of prayers- because of how stubborn, and prideful I was) God really had to stripe me of this and it was a process for sure!! Not to mention the wonderful conversations we had with other family members, the protection over Kirk while he stayed back... The list goes on and on!!

To think of how many people God has put in our lives to support us in any way brings a grateful and humble heart.... I am overcome with tears of joy this morning as I sit back and think of the blessings during this season of being broken that God has lavished upon US!!!  Words can not express how THANKFUL we are for everyone who is in our lives right now; who truly believe in us and support us in ANY WAY!!!!!

us in ANY WAY....

Natalie Grant-Hurricane

You're spinning out of control again
Your life feels like a sinking ship
You're wondering how it came to this

Is it too late?
Is it too far?
For Him to reach you
And come to where you are

Step out on the edge
Don't be afraid of it
And when you feel the rain
Call His name
He'll find you in the hurricane

You're in the wreckage underneath
Your hope is buried somewhere deep
You're wondering how long it will keep?

It's never too late
Never too far
For you to reach out
And take a hold of love

Step out on the edge
Don't be afraid of it
And when you feel the rain
Call His name
He'll find you in the hurricane

Don't back down from the fight
He'll shelter you tonight
Just hold on for the change
Call His name
He'll find you in the hurricane

There's a place, there's a place you can run
When you fall, and it's all come undone
You'll be safe in the raging storm
So just let go
'Cause you are held in His arms

Step out on the edge
Don't be afraid of it
And when you feel the rain
Call His name
He'll find you in the hurricane

Ooo ooo...

And when you feel the rain
Call His name
He'll find you in a hurricane


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