Today I got another letter from my "cousin" in Flora, IN; Megan (she is actually my mom's sister's husband's cousin's daughter... I think that's right...?? ... but we call each other cousins); and she had news about Leah and the kids' family.
Uncle Brian (Leah's husband) has finally bought a house in Flora which Aunt Erma (Leah's mom) is decorating (since home decorating is her specialty :-) ).
Before Aunt Leah died, she and Aunt Erma planted a huge garden and made all kinds of plans for canning and freezing come harvest time. I remember Aunt Erma telling us about it when we were out there for the funeral, and saying that she didn't really have the heart for it anymore. Lately she has been freezing and canning the produce; I can't help but tear up when I think of how they had made plans to do it together, and now she is doing it alone.
So please continue to keep them in your prayers as each day surely brings back old memories and new challenges.
Please pray for the other extended family too. Many of Uncle John's relatives are German Baptist (Leah and Brian, Kenneth and Erma aren't), and recently there was a split in the German Baptist Church because the leaders of the denomination were basically demanding that all members agreed to a long list of regulations that were not Bible-based at all. (Kind of reminds me of the Pharisees of Jesus' day...) Anyway, various members of the family have chosen different paths over this; some have stayed in the GB church, submitting to it's regulations; others have joined the off-branch of the GB church; and others are still searching for a church that really teaches the truth of the Word and such. So please pray for them all to know how to make the right decisions and to honor God through this all.
Thanks so much! :-) Have a wonderful day!!