Congrats to Gabriel for his performance in the school spelling bee this week. Out of 25, he made the top seven, then tied for fourth. He out-spelled many 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. The word “competently” got him, but on the bright side, he still has three more years to compete after this. Hopefully he can build from here. Way to go Gabe! We are mighty proud of you, son.
This is a case where empty chairs are a good ting. Still in it! He’s in the back row (blue shirt).
Gabriel has yet to find “his thing” where he thrives and has a passion for. So, my mother’s heart just about overflowed to seem him blossom at this event. Grateful.
Meanwhile, back at the home front…
This little guy is growing like crazy. Love those cheeks!
Finally, last night we finished “The Hiding Place.” I thank God for leading us to this book that I may read it to my son. There are not many books that I force on people, but this one I will. The most powerful chapter of the book was towards the end and I’m still reeling from the words, the story, the power of light in the darkness and God’s faithfulness.
If you have ever questioned a belief in God, you must read this. If you have ever struggled with forgiveness, you must read this. If you love Jesus and trust in his promises, you must read this. If you are lukewarm and need to be reminded that there is more out there, you NEED to read this. I wrongly believed the bulk of the book was about being in a concentration camp. That’s actually not the case. It’s only toward the end of the (true) story that they are transported. Since I had that expectation I think the beginning of the book was a little slow for me, but it was worth reading every holy word. This book is profound. I intend to buy a copy and extract some pages, laminate them, and keep them close. It’s that good.
If I take cover and I close my eyes
And You’d cut through all my pain and rage
The darkness is not dark to You