What a joy to celebrate Jesus our Savior at home with Shafer and the family! Words cannot adequately describe the miracle of seeing Shafer being fully alive as a 2-year-old enjoying the sights and sounds of the season.
From seeing Santa and the lights at Opryland Hotel, to visiting Mamaw and Papaw’s farm, to putting the ornaments on his own sports Christmas tree, to wrapping (and unwrapping) gifts for friends and family, it was nothing but fun for Shafer this year.
As happy as I’ve been, it seems I’ve shed lots of tears this Christmas, but they flow as a response of being completely overwhelmed at all the Lord has done in the life of our precious little one.
As I reflect on all that has happened over the last 26 months, I stand amazed at what a loving, wonderful Heavenly Father we have who cares for us and carries us through our deepest pain.
As I prayed for strength, God continued to allow us to experience pain to make us strong. Then, I heard Collin Raye’s song, “I Get What I Need” and was stunned.
The words were exactly what we had lived and I found refreshment and delight in hearing the beautiful music coincide with the lyrics that were the story of our lives. I now have it on my “favorites” CD so I can listen to it every day as a reminder of God’s goodness and watch care over us.
Shafer is talking ninety miles a minute and loves to throw kisses (especially at girls). He is such an angel and his big smile keeps my spirit in check when things seem to be going wrong or I’m having a bad day.
The love of his life is Mickey Mouse, and Santa sure did have lots of Mickey treats for him to enjoy.
I praise God for all of you who faithfully pray for us and stay up-to-date with his progress through this blog.
Merry Christmas to all,