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We Will Hope In Him

We are a family that absolutely loves to be together…

We are a family that loves to laugh together, have dance parties, watch and identify the gazillion birds at our bird feeders, dominate each other at video games, build amazing lego creations, read good books, discuss theology, and spend ample time with our family and church family. We are Chad and Pam and three precious blessings. Our kids love nothing better than for all of us to be cuddled up together, piling way more people on one piece of furniture than is recommended (our dog, Pepper, included), talking and laughing and watching AFV and science videos on YouTube.

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We are Christians…

This fact determines everything that we do, how we rear our children, and how we spend our time and resources. God’s sovereignty, mercy and goodness are our anchor and hope. His sacrifice of giving His perfect life so that our sins may be forgiven and we may be His children is the Gospel (literally, the Good News) that saves us and that keeps our eyes turned Heavenward.

We are in a hard season…

One Wednesday afternoon in August 2014, Pam’s face began to have a strange, pins and needles feeling on the left side that quickly spread downward. An MRI revealed a lesion (damage) to her spinal cord in her neck. The review of a past MRI from a similar episode 4 years before, showed the same lesion, just smaller (and no, we were never told it was there-different doctor this time). When that lesion is in an active state of inflammation, it is called Transverse Myelitis, which is a descriptive, not diagnostic, phrase that tells the direction and location of the inflammation. That launched us into a (so far) 2 year long investigation to find the cause. We have been blessed with a neurologist at UAB’s Kirklin Clinic who is unwilling to accept “I don’t know what caused this,” as an acceptable answer. But because we haven’t found a cause, there is no cure for this, and at this time, treating symptoms is all he can do for her while we pray for answers.

So, what has this meant for our family? It had taken Pam almost 3 years to recover from the first Transverse Myelitis flare with only minimal difficulties remaining. In the matter of a week, Pam went from being active, with one of her favorite activities being jumping on the trampoline with the kids, to needing assistance when walking and being unable to take care for our children and home without assistance. After homeschooling for 4 ½ years, we knew we had to let that go so that Pam can rest and recover more fully. We’ve both had to completely change our lives, work, and activities during this season in order to accommodate all the doctor’s visits and our family’s needs.
Now, 2 years into this season, she’s been able to take up homeschooling our older children again and has been blessed with some restoration of her abilities.

We have been called to share…

This blog has been birthed out of a desire to share the gift we have been given: hope in the midst of despair. 1 Peter 1:3-9 says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” We believe that everything our loving Lord allows in our lives is ultimately for His glory and our good. Daily, we see his goodness in the midst of pain. We would love to share this walk with you so that you may see the reason that we Hope In Him.

“My soul…is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul. Therefore I will hope in Him.”

Lamentations 3:20-24

One thought on “We Will Hope In Him”

  1. I love it! This is a beautiful, graceful description of your family, your salvation and you current trials!

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