Sunday, March 17, 2013

Dear Homestead Journey, Where Have You Been?

I'm still here.  Over the last several weeks, our family has been through changes.

Without going into great detail, my dear in-laws have moved in with us.  Their addition to our household has brought joy and blessings to our family.  My children are such attentive servants, and they are being given the opportunity to learn a valuable character building lesson.  Their grandparents are leaving a mark on their little hearts that will stay with my children for their lifetime.

Almost three weeks ago, my sweet mother was diagnosed with lung cancer.  The news was shocking to us all.  I don't think I've ever cried so hard, nor have I questioned "why" so much.  My mother is one of the most healthy people I know.  She eats great, exercises, never smoked a day a day in her life and has never done anything harmful to her body.  I never imagined I would be going through this with her ever, especially at such a young age.  I trust the Lord and His healing.  I know my mom has been washed in an unexplainable peace that only God can give.  I praise the Lord that she is a Christian and, even though the diagnosis may look grim, she knows God has the power to heal and save and to give her long life.  I pray she will be with us here on the earth, for many years to come.

I believe she will be healed.  And I believe it is the Lord who has granted her peace and grace.  I know that through all of this, God will receive ALL the glory.

After battling a stomach bug that has lasted over two weeks, and dealing with the emotional roller coaster of my family members, I think I am finally ready to tackle life again.

If you think of us, pray for us.  My parents, my in-laws, and my family.

I promise this will be the beginning to posting here again.  I am grateful for all of my readers and those who are willing to stand in the gap for our family.



teagirl said...

We've already been praying for you and your family. And will continue to do so. I'm so glad that nasty stomach bug has finally been kicked out. I'm also glad to know that all of you are in God's hands and that he knows exactly the right words to say. We love ya'll.

Homestead Journey said...

Thanks, Alissa, we truly appreciate your prayers.

I wish I could say we were over the bug, Grandma and one more child came down with it yesterday. Blah.

Quinn said...

I was getting worried about you and hoping life was simply getting busy. So sorry to hear that you are going to have to endure this struggle and pray that the Lord will strengthen you for the task and make your mother well! Take care & hope you feel better soon.

Brenda Royal said...

Prayers for you and all your family, Tabitha. I've been wondering about you. Let me know if there's anything we can do for you. Storming the heavens!!!!!!!!! Much love. B.

Homestead Journey said...

Thank you both, Quinn and Brenda. This is a new season in our lives. One that is challenging, but I know the Lord is in control. I really appreciate all of the prayers!

Dan Hart said...

Tab, I know we have always joked and poked fun (and I have loved every minute of it) for may years, but every time I have thought of the Findley and Venable clans lately my heart aches. I often think about those Sunday afternoons at your mom and dad's house....beating Leah in Hearts or Spades....watching the Cowboys dominate....beating up your brother and John Paul....making fun of Ben...well you get the idea. Both families have made an my life and many others. Every time I see you mom she tells me she loves the tears well up in my eyes even at this moment she will never know how much she has meant to me over the years. I love your family (the whole bunches of them) very much. I have been praying for them and you guys. I know YOU never, ever ask for help but there is a long list of us that would like to help in any way we can so I hope you will allow at least some of us to step in and help some how. Love Tab, and miss y'all very much,


Homestead Journey said...

Thank you so much, Dan. You have no idea how much you mean to us......I have tears in my eyes. Love you much!

Anonymous said...

Tabitha, you and your entire family will be in our prayers. I was devastated when my mom was diagnosed with cancer nearly 3 years ago. I felt like a major part of my world was crashing down around me. My mom reminded me that our God is one full of love and compassion and that she was in His graces. She told me that regardless of what happens to her to never forget God's love for us and His grace. I know we don't know eachother very well but I wanted you to know that when I read your update I felt for you. My heart breaks for you all that you will have to go through this journey but one thing I have learned is that God equips us with exactly what we need at the moments we need it, so that we can get through this challenge. I will pray that God's will be done and that your mother experiences a complete and total healing if that is His will. If you would like a meal or anything that may help make this chapter in your life a little easier we would be happy to provide that for you and your family.
Peace be with you,


Katie@SimpleFoody said...

Praying for you and your family!

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