Sunday, May 8, 2011


Today was another cause for family celebration. Our niece Abigail graduated cum laude from UCA with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Abigail has always been a ray of sunshine. Her friends shared with us today that she is always smiling and full of joy. They said, “That’s why she is everyone’s friend.”

Abigail with brother Caleb, Dad Alan and Mom Dawn

She is a Godly young woman; wise beyond her years in her faith. She plans to attend two years in seminary preparing for a career in missions. Already she has spent much of her time on the mission field including a journey to the other side of the world to Papua New Guinea.

Abigal in Papua New Guinea

Not only does she have a smile that brightens your spirit, she has faith and conviction to carry His light to a world of darkness. She has attracted and bonded with many young people who share her faith and conviction. We had the opportunity to visit with several of her friends at lunch today. They too are a joy and an encouragement. (They love chocolate too!)

Friends rocking a decedant desert!  My kind of gals!

We were hesitant about the trip. There were many detours along the way because of flooding and tornado damage. We left early before sunrise to make it on time. All things considered, the trip was not too difficult; at least for me who slept most of the way.  Dan may tell a different story.

No. We were not at the lake. These are flood waters on one of our detour routes.

The sights on the way back were difficult. We passed through the town of Vilonia where several homes and lives were destroyed by a tornado. The mood was somber but determined as we watched neighbors helping each other along. While their commencement is different, they too are an example of hope of the human spirit.They are missionaries within their own neighborhood. They too show promise of a new beginning.

Home damaged by tornado and what use to be a home.

Again, we are thankful for our blessings oh Lord.

Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord.

Psalm 31:24

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