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.

Shafer loves music and loves to sing. As he goes about his daily routine, you can hear him sing “This Little Light of Mine,” “Jesus Loves Me,” and “The B-I-B-L-E.” And when he is ready for his afternoon nap, he will say, “Sing I Am a Promise” as he drifts off before I can get to the song’s end.
What a joy it has been to see Shafer learn to do so many new things. He has a natural affinity for music, and then came dancing! Move over John Travolta and Justin Bieber…you have nothing on Baby Shafer.

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?

So many other exciting things have filled our month. We started with a bang as Kevin and I celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary on April 2. We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at The Broad Street Grille as we reminisced about all that the Lord has done in our marriage.

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.

Then came Easter. We were able to attend church as a family this year and Shafer loved getting to participate in worship.

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!

And last but not least, I celebrated my 42nd birthday on April 15th. I feel more alive and healthier than I have in years. Even though I have more physical ailments presenting in my forties, I am energized like never before. I praise God from whom all blessings flow for allowing me the opportunity to give Shafer a kidney.

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.

My heart is overflowing with gratitude and thanksgiving for all God has done in our lives. I’ll leave you with the lyric from the song “Thanks” (sung by Marshall Hall) on one of our favorite Gaither Homecoming Series DVD’s:
Thanks, thanks, I give you thanks, for all you’ve done
I am so blessed my soul is at rest
Oh lord I give you thanks
Thank you lord for the strength you give
Simply carry on thru life’s toils and tests
The worst and best you never left me alone
You’ll always ride beside me and hear me when I pray
And since I first began you’ve been my dearest friend
I give you all my praise
Thanks, thanks, I give you thanks, for all you’ve done
I am so blessed my soul is at rest
Oh lord I give you thanks
I give you thanks for this moment
And I will continually
For each day I live you’ll praise to give
I’m blessed abundantly
I can’t forget this moment when in my life you make such change
And since the spirit came I’ve not been the same
I just wanna give you thanks
Thanks, thanks, I give you thanks, for all you’ve done
I am so blessed my soul is at rest
Oh lord I give you thanks

Shafer’s Mommy


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