Shafer Meets “Gaifer”
Oh my goodness…what a month this has been! Shafer finally got to meet one of his favorite people…Bill Gaither! Our good friend, Gordon Mote (pianist for the Gaither’s), arranged for us to personally meet “Gaifer” (as Shafer affectionately calls him) right before he took the stage in Chattanooga for the Gaither Homecoming concert. It was a magical moment to see Shafer meet such a legend that has impacted his love for music in a profound way. Shafer has been a fan since he was only weeks old as the beautiful music would lull him off to sleep at naptime and bedtime.
When he hears a beat, regardless if it’s “Hot Diggity Dog” on Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, or if it’s driving in the car and his favorite song, “Breakthrough,” comes on, or if it’s playing “Just Dance” on the Wii, he lights up with a big smile and his arms, legs, and body begin to move. What unexplainable joy to see Shafer feel good enough to dance! As the Scriptures teach us in Ecclesiastes, there is a time to dance…so we are dancing! We are celebrating the beauty of simply living. Does it get any better than this?
I can honestly say that I love Kevin more now than I ever have—he is such a wonderful daddy to all of our children. And seeing him care for Shafer day-in and day-out administering medicines, preparing and putting him on the feeding tube, bolusing his fluid every few hours, taking him to the doctor, on top of the basics of feeding, bathing, and changing diapers—truly a servant of the Lord and to our entire family.
After opening up their goody baskets and getting a group shot with their bunny ears on, we all headed out to celebrate the reason for the season—Christ our Saviour and his miraculous resurrection. We hosted lunch and then a fantastic “Easter hunt” as Shafer called it. What a joy to see the kids have so much fun!
There are no words to describe how this journey has transformed me...Praise the Lord for His miraculous provision! We had a small get together with family, but I am saving my “party” for a bit later. I’ll blog more about the details when the time comes.