Sunday, August 9, 2009


Wow, what a week we've had and it's not over yet! I've seen God's hand at work in so many ways, just in the working together of the details and providing what was needed at the time. One week ago today, I sent Chad off to church camp for a week. Because Shannon had to be at Oklahoma State on Monday morning for sorority recruitment week, he went to stay at his older sister Suzannah's house on Sunday. He got to go fishing and swimming and then on Monday morning she drove him to church to catch the bus to camp!

In the meantime, we drove up to Stillwater, Oklahoma so that Shannon could be there bright and early Monday morning. The girls are staying in the dorm she will be in permanently so she actually got her permanent room assignment for this week too. Then I drove back home in time to celebrate Suzannah's 23rd birthday Tuesday. I then had a few days of empty nesting and working. I received a few heart wrenching phone calls from my homesick daughter but she made it through the week and had alot of fun.

Friday, the buses arrived with the church camp kids. My son had a wonderful week and couldn't wait to introduce me to the new friends he made. He can't wait until Sunday now. That's cool! Answered prayers there!

We drove back up to Stillwater yesterday, and after dropping Chad and our little dog Oscar off at Grandma and Grandpa's, I met up with Shannon to see her new sorority house and celebrate with her. I wasn't in one in college so this is all new to me. Since she's going off to another state without any of her friends from home, I'm praying this will give her a good place to belong. Because the week wasn't an easy one for her and the decisions were really difficult, this was a faith building time for her. She prayed that God would put her in the sorority that He wanted her in, that she was supposed to be in. When she received her invitation it was obvious to her and all who had been praying with her, that her prayers were answered. The house even has a beautiful little prayer room in it. Her aunt and cousin shared in the day with us and it just felt like a blessed day all around.

We left Chad with his grandparents for a few days and drove back home late last night. Today, I had the special treat of spending the afternoon with BOTH of my girls. We went antique shopping and just looking and had wonderful, rare girl time. It was especially special since Shannon is leaving this week to move into her dorm and get settled in for school to start next week on Monday.

Life is full of changes and new beginnings. I've seen God's hand rescue me and just give me the strength I needed for the moment many times this week. I've seen Him work in my kids lives. I've seen Him stretch time and money to get us where we needed to be.

Trust in the LORD and do good.
Dwell in the land and cultivate faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart
Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light
And your judgment as the noonday.
Rest in the LORD and wait patiently for Him.

Psalm 37:3-7

Thank you, Lord. Our days are in your hands.


Sally said...

Awwww, yes you've been really busy, but it sounds as though everything is coming together as it should. Good for all of you.

May our good Lord continue to work His blessings in your life and in the lives of your precious family. ((hugs))

kimberly said...

love this post, karen.....things fitting as they should with the help of God....just makes our faith all the stronger to see his work in so many lives.....hope all continues to go well with your daughter....i have been there many times beginnings, wings being

Annie said...

Thinking of you as your daughter starts a new life...and you do too, in a way! May God be with you all!

Thanks for visiting my flowers. Good to catch up.

My little NY family are home briefly for a couple of weeks. She is to be matron of honor at her cousins wedding on Saturday. It is a very busy time for her, getting over the jet lag, a baby waking every couple of hours at night, and matronly duties to do, being asked to sing at the wedding as the string quartet that was booked pulled out, not to mention trying to catch up with special friends!

Heather C said...

I'm so thankful that all of our days are in His hands! Loved catching up on what's going on with you. :) Praying for your daughter as she begins this new adventure.