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Life's messy, all aspects of it!  As much as we try to keep things clean and orderly, the messes keep coming.  The biggest mess lately has been our septic system.  The pump tank filter has been clogging way too frequently, causing the water to not drain correctly, thus overfilling the tanks.  Being the amazing handyman that he is, Aaron set out to tackle the job with his typical analytical, engineering mind.  After some research and trying the "cleaner, easier" fixes first, he determined that two of our three tanks needed scrubbed.  The only way to accomplish this was to crawl down into the odiferous, sludgy caverns armed with a shovel, bucket, garden hose, and a shop-vac.  Although a do-it-yourselfer for nearly everything else, he was going to draw the line on this one and mentioned calling in the pros until Morgan chimed in "I'll do it, if you pay me!"  And so down she went down into the disgusting depths, and much to our surprise, she tackled the challenge with gusto...that young lady isn't afraid of anything!  It was a big job, and terrifically unpleasant, but our septic system has been draining properly ever since.

Speaking of Morgan, we've been admiring how much she enjoys her new job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, despite the messy stories she comes home telling.  Seeing the amazing impact the CNA's had in helping Kim and Caleb in 2019, she decided that might be right up her alley and earned her license as soon as she turned 16.  She's working in an assisted living & rehab center, and simply loves developing relationships with the patients and fellow staff.  Not minding the messy aspects of her job, she is excited to go to work, largely because she knows that she is helping others.

God knows our all about our messes, and He's there with us in our life messes.  He isn't deterred by anything that happens: messes that are attributable to circumstances outside our control, or ones we create for ourselves.  He is also faithful to help us clean up our messes, we just have to ask Him.  Like it says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 "But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'  Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."  God uses our messes to both grow us and demonstrate His strength.

That leads us to prayer.  Please pray for us in these areas:

  • We are working on some exciting summer plans for both kids.  Pray that the details work out so that Caleb can attend summer camp for kids who are blind.  This would be his first experience without Mom and Dad since before the wreck.  While we are excited and a little nervous, we know that he needs to build skills and relationships to help him become more independent.
  • Kim's Grandpa Dean passed away in mid-January.  Pray for comfort for our extended family.
  • Pray for Morgan as she makes decisions about her future: career, college, etc.

In the photos you'll see some aspects of daily life around our place.  Caleb is becoming much more proficient with his cane, even navigating to our neighbor's house nearly a half mile away, without any help!  To help him with dressing independently, Kim is sewing Braille labels onto his clothing.  Over Christmas break, we were blessed with some measurable snow, so Aaron pulled the kids on sleds the smart way, with the tractor!  We snapped a picture of Morgan in her scrubs, just catching her before she left for her first day of work.  Of course, we had to get a shot of her smiling from the bottom of the "clean" septic tank...it's a good thing smell doesn't come through photos!

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