It's been a rough couple of weeks for our family on a few fronts so I want to try to recruit some of you all to pray.
First: Allie. The center of the universe for us is this little girl. She's had her first real cold since she's been with us. If you count the time we were with her in the hospital, that's since May 2007. The rough thing about it is the charming and beautiful Susan got sick at the same time leaving the care of the two of them and everything else in the household to me. I know. Scary. Everyone seems to be coming through it, but the combination of the extra Tylenol and Ibuprofen for Allie, in addition to coming off of one of her other meds has made her really stiff and sore. I feel like we've lost some ground and some of the mobility that Allie fought so hard to gain over the past several months seems to have been lost. On top of that, she's started to cut a couple of more teeth.So she's just plain miserable. And if Allie ain't happy, nobody's happy. So pray about that Allie gets back on track.
Second: Charity. Please pray for Charity, too. This ordeal has had an incredible impact on how she functions and interacts with just about everybody. I don't want to say much more than that, but please pray for her to get through this dark and trying time so she can move into a more stable and healthy season of her life. As a dad, my heart breaks for my little girl. When she hurts, I have very little peace and find it hard to praise. I want to praise, but it's such and up hill battle.
Third: Legal issues. Allie's father has decided to not take what the district attorney has offered him and wants to go to trial. This means that Charity will be subpoenaed by his lawyers and put on the witness stand. They have made it clear that it is their intention to shift blame for the charges he faces and make her look like a contributor to the abuse he inflicted. Please pray that Timmy will have a change of heart and take the punishment the D.A. offers instead of minimizing the incredible damage he already caused my family.
Fourth: Our marriage. As you can imagine, this is the most trying experience the charming and beautiful Susan and I have ever gone through. Pray that we will continue to bend but not break. Every single day we both wonder if we'll be able to endure this; every single day. We know that God has a plan and a purpose. Help us to know it with our hearts, not just our heads. Pray that our faith is strengthened. We know that there is light at the end of the tunnel, but there seems to be a few turns in the road in between here and the end of the tunnel so we can't see the light.