So we've been out for a while; back in May Ben won a trip with a local radio station, so we decided to spend a long weekend in San Diego. The kids stayed at my parents house and had tons of fun. Since we were out of town (Dr. Morcuende was also out of town this week), there aren't any updates in terms of Iowa trips; however, as usual, God has richly blessed us this week. I'll share some awesome things going on in our life:
1 - We had a great trip. With all the the craziness in our lives over the past month, there's been little time to communicate, so it was good to catch up. It was so strange to go out without worrying about kids menus and whatnot. We also spent a couple hours in Hollywood CA. We saw so many people digging in the garbage and then eating it. It completely broke my heart. I realized that even though we don't have much, we have more than enough.
2 - Our church takes such good care of us! Our church took up an offering for us so that we can fly instead of drive out to Iowa. We didn't ask for this; our church family gave it as a gift. I received a call on Sunday about the offering and was told how much they raised. It was far beyond what I could've ever imagined - I feel incredibly blessed. We will be able to fly out for most of X-Man's treatments and if we have any additional money after that, we will be donating it back to the church so that other people can be blessed in this way. I really don't know what I'd do without our church family. So many people have offered money, food, childcare, traveling companions, and even their cars to borrow. It's just amazing. It really brings tears to my eyes.
3 - Our family and friends are amazing. Just like our church family, people are offering so many gifts that it's almost overwhelming - in a good way. It's amazing that we haven't had a chance to ask anyone for anything - the generosity of our friends and family has covered expenses and fears and so many other things.
3B - Our family and friends are amazing, part B. My parents graciously watched our children and my sisters and brother sacrificed sleep, toys, going out, and even bedrooms to make sure that our children had fun and had some sort of normalcy. Ben and I really needed a chance to just be a couple - and we got that this past week. It was wonderful, of course I missed our children, but we had a lot of fun.
3C - Our family and friends are amazing, part C. Our dear friend Josh housesits for us whenever we go out of town. He's such an amazing and selfless friend. On Friday evening, Ben remembered that he left a can of pop in the freezer; Josh drove over and cleaned up the explosion of pop all over our freezer. And, today, Ben went to get the lawn mower out and noticed that our garage was clean. If you've ever seen our garage, you know that this is a HUGE deal. I'm not sure if Josh did it on his own or if he had help, but it is amazing.
God has blessed us so richly. As crazy as things have been lately, I really do believe that I live an amazing life and am so thankful for it.