Judging by the number of views on my recent blog posts I can easily say that a lot of you love our family and care about what’s happening with us right now. Gregg described it as a bittersweet time, which is certainly true. We are overwhelmed by gratitude for God’s provision through many of you generous folks who gave financially through Go Fund Me to make it even possible. You might not even want to give him the credit, but when we pray for his help and help comes, it wouldn’t feel right to assume otherwise. More of the “sweet” side is the very fact that Rachel made the cross-country journey so well. If only you could hear the joy she and John express when they look out the window at the scenery, see Oscar’s wonder that he is allowed to go out in the backyard without asking (though he does need to tell where he’s going). For the Oregon family the sweet is connected to proximity. We can be involved in “sitting” with Rachel (Erin is working on that schedule while Bethany works on the meal train) to give John some relief and freedom and can join them in the horror involved with the end of life. It is a privilege to be invited into such “sacred space,” as friend Abbie says.
I’m here now, which is such a sweet blessing. Rachel is a grateful and good-natured patient. We have to chide her for saying “I’m sorry” too often.
You don’t need any words to understand the “bitter” side.
Mainly I want to let you know where to mail hold-in-your-hand notes or cards to Rachel and/or John and/or Oscar. If you know the address of any of the ‘local” Macys, send to those addresses, in care of… and we will deliver them. Any others can mail to Newberg Friends Church at PO Box 487, Newberg, OR 97132. My coworker Denise will gladly hand them to me and I’ll deliver them.
These pictures will help you feel the “sweet.”
If you squint this one won’t be fuzzy.
Yoda came out from hiding. Check out his expression. Almost needs a caption.