On another note: I just have to share how good God is! Lately my husband and I (along with our whole church) are going through a very stressful and discouraging situation with our church. I haven't really talked about because 1. this isn't really the place and 2. it's just depressing. But God is always working for our good, even when it's sometimes hard to see. The past couple of weeks the whole situation has really been getting to me and I've been pretty discouraged about it. Well, on Wednesday morning my dad called with a very encouraging word for Vince and me. Just a reminder that God has us on His mind and loves us so much. Then that evening I received a very encouraging email from a friend--one who is have an even bigger struggle in this situation than I am--but she took the time to send me a little note with some very uplifiting words and the reminder that she's praying for me. And then (yes! there's more!) yesterday one of the sweet wives in our young couples' small group sent me a note that really made my day. (I think she heard somewhere that I love real mail in the mailbox). I have been continually thanking God these past couple of days for loving me so much and caring about me so individually. He knows right when we really need that word of kindness or that prayer of encouragement and I'm so grateful. Those small acts of love and kindness mean the world!
the note of encouragement