Amber continues at her pace, loving and caring for her son as any mother might, and watching Bailey grow and carry on in life. It's just a super special blessing for her to be able to do so. Bailey, on the other hand, is getting big! He is wrapping up Kindergarten and is now starting to show an interest in various sports. If only it would get warm outside!
RealerThanReal continues to do well as it is now closing in on 200 book reviews on Amazon, not to mention those on other sites like iBooks,Barnes & Noble, Good Reads,etc. And it should also hit 7,000 Facebook 'Likes' sometime this week. That's a lot - the largest bank chartered in Nebraska doesn't have that many. So, we know the Spirit is carrying Ryan's work to a number of people and we also hope RealerthanReal is helping them find God's hope, love and grace.
Monday is the 36th anniversary of Shelly’s and my first date. Silly, some may add, but it is not to us. I remember it well. She wore a white top with red pants, and the date was packaged with my friend and her friend who were on the ‘blind’ version of that evening. In a light rain (grace?) we went to a movie and then dinner at Coco’s on West Dodge – just block from where I work today. Later, it was back to her folks’ home where we all played air hockey in the lower level. A West Omaha girl and a South Omaha Boy, who ‘da thought?
Yet with sadness I want to share with you that Kristi – yes, that same ‘Kristi’ whom God brought into my life as a Southwest Airlines flight attendant in 2010, who is also mentioned in Ryan’s book and the one who prayed with me over the phone that night from miles away – lost her son suddenly last week. This time it was Shelly and I on the phone praying with her. The service was held in a large Arizona church and as pictures of her son flashed on the overhead, the original recording of Shelly singing ‘Goodbye for Now’ at Kayla’s service nearly 10 years ago, played throughout the sanctuary. I was shocked to learn her son was 29, the same age as Amber is today. Please, please keep this family in your prayers and that Kristi would feel Jesus Christ holding her right now.