60 years is a long time. Full of hard and wonderful moments, and a kind of refinement into one through the covenant of marriage few have the opportunity or courage to endure.
I am so thankful for you Grandma and Grandpa, and your legacy of Love.
One of the (many) lessons I've learned from my grandparents is the discipline of prayer. Almost a year ago, we went through one of the hardest seasons of our life. I was overdue and sleeplessly awaiting Samuel's birth when Kent (Geoff's sister's husband) tested positive for Ebola. I learned from others how much my grandparents especially were praying and interceding for us that week - during a time when emotion overwhelmed and words failed us when we prayed.
We are so thankful that Kent and Amber were willing to embrace the emotional roller coaster and spend valuable time to record the details of their calling and the incredible journey that it required of them during the Ebola outbreak.
I have been able to read most of the book ahead of its official release (family perk), finding a few minutes here and there as Samuel allows. I don't cry too easily, but I cried through most pages of this. It was hard to relive that week. But so wonderful to know more of the story than was possible even with all the catch up conversations and precious moments we've had together since.
So many of the details and updates we received a year ago that we couldn't share with you in their present moments are included in the book. So many details that I missed out entirely are recorded as well (that whole giving birth partway through that week of crisis caused me to miss a few details...).
Samuel was, naturally, very excited to see his aunt and uncle in the bookstore tonight.
It is an incredible story, of Kent and Amber, but also of many other heroes in this story. Those caring for the suffering in the Ebola outbreak, those who cared for Kent directly, and those who cared for our family and handling everything from a "Black Ops" evacuation, to simply knowing when to take the kids outside to play when things got tense.
The book would be entirely too long if all those who sacrificed love, care, and service to our family were featured. I personally know of countless stories not even mentioned. But many such stories are featured in Called for Life, and I encourage you to read of their honor and service, and to be inspired to love your neighbor likewise.
Love. It's a calling for life.