Surprising Jordan


     Jordan’s room before
(after gutting from Hurricane Sandy damage)

Today was not just a good day—it was a day to feel blessed, thankful and loved, a day for tears of joy.

The Samaritan’s Purse volunteers wanted to surprise our daughter, Jordan, with her finished bedroom today before they drove back to their homes in other states as far as Michigan. I took her out of school early while they waited in her room with cameras ready to capture her surprised smile.

Among other projects this week, these wonderful volunteers painted her room the cheerful green she picked out and finished the floors, closet, door and ceiling fan. To celebrate, they set pink and white helium balloons to hang under the ceiling. They also placed a colorful bouquet of gerbera daisies in a ceramic ice cream cone vase on her desk next to a plate of pink and chocolate frosted donuts.

Seeing her face was the best Mother’s Day gift ever for me. She never complained that hers was the last bedroom fixed. She and her brothers have learned lessons in life that I could never have taught them. They have learned to be patient, to persevere through trials, and to trust God and believe He can do the impossible. They have seen God’s love in action through people willing to travel and give up their time to help us. Nothing can compare to receiving this gift of love.


And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.  Romans 8:28


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