Monday, July 19, 2010

What speaks to you?

I have a confession to make.

I don't read a lot of blogs.

I know, I know. It's horrible. I try to, and there are so many I want to be reading, mostly belonging to readers of this blog who go way back, and new readers I want to learn about. But there are so many hours in a day, and I don't get many for blog hopping. I want to, though, and I love checking in on all the blogs I read. I need to do a better job commenting. Usually I read on the fly on my phone and am off to tend to a kid before I get to say anything. Because it's so tough for me to keep up, all of you who take the time to read here get my never ending gratitude. For reals.

 Every once in a while, though, I'll find a blog that calls to me, that I must read right away in the evenings when I get on the computer (about the only time I open the computer lately is after the kids are in bed).

It's not that these blogs are the most popular, or the funniest or silliest or best written blogs out there, although sometimes they are.

I'm drawn to these blogs because their writers are crying out, just like I was after Seth's diagnosis, or after ny marriage fell apart, or when Evany was born so early. For some reason, they have been chosen to walk a tough road, and I am inexorably sucked into their journeys. I feel a kinship with them, if you will, although in most cases, our stories are so, so different.

And I thought, tonight...what's the point of having an readership at all, any people who keep coming back to check in on my family out of the goodness of their hearts, if I'm not going to share these people's stories with them as well? I know how much every comment, every prayer helped me much they help me now.

So without further ado, here are a few blogs I can't stay away from these days.

The Schros - The story of a young family of four, the head of which (Jordan) is battling Ewing Sarcoma. Katelyn's post about how she and her husband had laid all their future dreams and goals on the altar at Jesus' feet brought me to tears. So worth reading, and so, so worth praying. Please check out their blog. Jordan is returning home to spend time with his family and they could really, really use prayers for peace beyond understanding, miraculous healing if that's God's will, and that they would be incredibly blessed in this time together at home.

Loving Baby Daylon  and Care for Anabella- I found both of these adorable babies through little Jonah's blog. They are both just over a year old and suffering from Epidermolysis Bullosa, as Jonah is. Daylon and Anabella have both recently received blood marrow transplants from their siblings in an effort to help their rare skin disease. While the transplants seem to be working, the side effects from the chemo and all the interventions are taking their toll and both kiddos are on ventilators and battling a host of issues right now and they could definitely use prayer.

Thanks for taking the time to read about the blogs that are speaking to me these days. Thanks also for letting my blog continue to speak to you, and, and please always feel free to send prayer requests my way. I love having the opportunity to give back even a little bit of what we've been given.
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