Bowen is doing exceptionally well this week, and he’s still on track to have his next surgery on March 2nd. Though he’s an acceptable weight for his surgery, his doctors would like to see him put on a little more. Please pray that our little man packs on the oz’s and lb’s over the next few weeks. The bigger he is, the better.

Today, for the first time in ages, we did almost nothing…and it was amazing. We had new carpet installed on our staircase and in our upstairs hallway. The carpet layers needed to use our living room as a work space,  and we didn’t have free access to several rooms in our house. We tucked ourselves away in the downstairs sun room (our favorite) for almost the entire day.  It was good to be together with little distraction.

Our favorite room…lots of sunlight.

Morning hugs

Morning kisses

Emmy and Claire are good role models for Bowen. While watching the carpet layers hard at work, they yelled things like “booty!” and “potty!”  That didn’t last long.

Fresh carpet!

Yesterday, we spent some time with one of our friends who is a nurse at U of M. Sarah is the nurse that did compressions on Bowen’s heart the morning of September 14th to keep him alive.  We are so grateful for her and all the wonderful nurses that have taken care of Bowen. It won’t be easy to go back in March, but it gives us comfort to know and trust the people who will be caring for him.

Digging Deeper

Sarah has been telling me for years that I need to learn how to rest. I don’t know why it’s so hard for me to just sit down and relax. I guess it’s hard to do a lot of things that are right. Between finishing my upcoming album, writing music and traveling with Sanctus Real, starting the foundation, writing for the blog, moving, and spending quality time with Sarah and the kids, it’s been hard to put my mind to rest for even a moment. For months I’ve been feeling a conviction to better follow God’s commandment to rest.  It was a blessing that I was cornered into a place where didn’t have an option to do much of anything but relax with my family today. Like everything else God calls us to do for his glory and our good, he takes rest seriously. It’s easy to forget that keeping the Sabbath is on the same list of God’s commandments that instructs us not to murder, lie, or commit adultery.

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work…”

Exodus 20:8

Rest is not optional, it is essential. God is loving enough to require what is good for us. Have you rested, I mean really rested, lately?