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Photo op at Stanford!

“Everything He does reveals His glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.” (Psalm 111: 3).

Hello, blogging family! May has been a “milestone month” for us the past two years, so I wanted to pause and commemorate past blessings with a “thank you” note to the Lord, and also to you as our prayer partners.  🙂

This month marks…

  • Two years since Ivan graduated with a Master of Music in Piano Performance and Music Composition. He finished his degrees on schedule even though his last semester was spent working overtime, hunting for jobs, and team-caregiving with Mom, in addition to keeping up with school.
  • Two years since I turned in my cane and graduated to walking unassisted. The journey was painful at times, but SO worth it. Thanks to God and my therapy team, I finished re-learning to walk six months ahead of schedule.
  • Two years since we packed our bags and made our way to San Jose! Many thanks to our Riverside friends who got us packed and loaded, and a GIANT shout out to Dad who sacrificed his Memorial Day weekend to drive the moving truck from Riverside to San Jose. The truck’s air conditioner wasn’t very cooperative and Central CA is like an oven, if you’ve never made that trek.
  • Two years since Ivan signed his contract with Vally Christian. We were grateful for any job at that point, much less a dream job!
  • One year since I went back to school to study English and creative writing. My therapy goal was to see if I had the cognitive focus/learning retention to pass a class with at least a “C.” It’s a struggle with everything else we’re up against, but I’m still in school and still passing classes! This experiment is also an example of God providing way in advance. We had no idea I’d return to being housebound and unable to handle a lot of visitors, but reading lots of books and setting daily goals is my lifeline to staying sane and happy!
  • Around one year since Ivan began his doctorate. We thought he’d need to shelve such an enormous undertaking until our lives evened out, but God provided the right opportunity, the right means, and just the right amount of endurance to jump in and stay in. Turning in papers at midnight in the emergency room, anyone?

This list is only a flyover of the two amazing Mays we’ve had thus far, and I’m positive we’ll have more to add to our “thank you” list next year. We’re almost half way through my time at Stanford, and although we don’t have updates to share just yet, I’m thankful for how hard my family worked to get me there – and the fact that somehow we were assigned to the best doctor they have. Only in God’s world!

Milestone Mays would also not be possible without each and every one of you. Your commitment to cover us with prayer is an  instrument of grace in our lives,  and we’re unbelievably blessed by the support we constantly receive. Thank you for walking for us and with us every step of the way!

 

6 thoughts on ““Everything He Does…”

  1. Dear Grace and Ivan,

    You two have certainly learned the secret to contentment and the pathway to peace! Phil. 4:4-7 is well-known, but few see the promise there that both of you are living every day. To boil it down for those who haven’t seen it: Rejoice, be gentle, don’t be anxious, bring all of your requests to God with thanksgiving. The promise? “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” That is the miracle that He’s doing in both of your lives, and encouraging all of us to see!

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  2. So glad you can see some progress in the two years. I’m sure it seems so long but God is working in your lives and those who help you. Keep on keeping on. God has your story.

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  3. So blessed to hear how you and Ivan have handled a life-changing experience in the power and strength of the Holy Spirit. God’s had has been on you both and you have walked in that assurance. May God continue to go before you and your helpers as life progresses for you both until “the NEXT MAY”.

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  4. Grace, it is always an inspiration to read your posts . I watch your family walk through this journey with hope, practicality, humor and strength. We continue to lift you up in prayer as we are so blessed by your writing.

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