Thursday, May 3, 2012

We're thankful for great friends

1 Peter 2:8-10  "Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms."

Brandon and I, in our almost 10 years of marriage, have always been in awe with how the Lord provides.  We've always been amazed at how He provides through the love and care of other people.  It doesn't always mean financial provision, but, when I sit back and list all the ways God has provided financially, I'm always amazed to tears.

For the most part, I've been open about how Nolan's diagnosis of Williams Syndrome, and everlasting list of specialists and appointments that are a regular occurance for him has affected us financially.  2 years ago, you would have found me in a panic attack over the laundry list of medical expenses that had come in, and in my mind I'd given up and was mentioning bankruptcy to Brandon.  In a matter of months, we'd racked up nearly $15,000 of out of pocket medical expenses (His cranial reconstruction alone was worth $200,000).  I don't throw the number out to shock or garner pity, but, rather, to declare the Lord's goodness that we are almost, nearly, medical debt free.... on a teachers salary folks!  By God's grace, this is possible by #1 My incredibly hard working husband, and #2 By God moving in the hearts of others.   I must also admit that while I was ready to toss in the towel, Brandon said, "No way, I'll work 7 days a week, 24 hours a day before we do that."  Not too long after that, the Lord provided the funds and opportunity to purchase our mowing business.  He's also moved in the hearts of others to help out.  And mostly, He's proven Himself faithful in that while we've been digging out of a hole, we've also never gone without necessities.  We've never gone without food, we've never gone without heat or AC, we've never gone without water or our home.  While it's been extremely tight with no wiggle room for much else, we're incredibly grateful and thankful.  Sorry, I'm rambling...

1 Peter 5:7  "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

This is Jess....

One more recent way we're seeing the Lord provide is through a very precious friend.  We've only been friends going on a few months now, but, in some ways I feel as though I've known her all my life.  Her name is Jess, and she is a Lia Sophia jewelry consultant.  She's also madly in love with Nolan. :)  She came to me with an idea about a week ago and has taken off with it.  She is holding an almost month long jewelry party (via the web) on behalf of Nolan.  She and her husband, Nate, have a strong desire to help raise awareness for Williams Syndrome through Nolan's story.  She is also offering to donate 100% of her sales commission from this party to Nolan's past, present, and future medical expenses.  It's so hard to verbalize how grateful we are to people who are so generous and loving to our family.

This Saturday May 5th through May 13th is Williams Syndrome Awareness Week.  Below is how you can browse the jewelry and place an order.

 To place an order, please visit then click "Browse Our Jewelry". Simply type in "Megan Paschal" as the hostess, and browse the catalog & place your order. Questions may be directed to Jess Miller via facebook, email ( or phone (317-828-4165).

Saying thank you just doesn't seem enough, but, thank you.  To God be ALL GLORY for the great things He has done!

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends."-Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wani said...

Its such a blessing to have special friends in our crazy lives!

Sheri E. said...

Your friend is so great! I'm constantly amazed at how much God blesses us. Things can get difficult, but if we put our trust in Him, He will always be there to help us.