As you can imagine, I receive a lot of inquiries about our family and how things are going. I could never adequately express to you how much that means to me. Your prayers for our family are deeply appreciated, more than you will ever know. So, here we go:
My mother, Rita Barnes, is doing pretty well as she approaches her 90th birthday on December 18. In recent months, she has broken bones in her back and injured her knee. She has recovered from both, and recently her physical therapist gave her permission to go back to using her walker in her room. My brother, sister, and I feel very blessed to still have her.
Some big news in our family is that it grew on November 9. Titus Cooper Barnes joined the family. He is healthy and cute as a button. A picture is worth a thousand words:
Our grandson, Nathan, gave us a little scare last week. For the first time in over a year, he had seizure activity. (Nathan had spinal meningitis when he was one year old and deals with effects from that on a daily basis.) He got to make a quick trip to Nationwide Children’s Hospital. They determined that the seizures were the result of an ear infection. The good news is that his MRI showed improvement, so the big picture is good. Nathan’s mom and dad are dealing with important decisions about his education, and we are grateful for your prayers. Here is one of my favorite pictures of Nathan in one of his favorite places, the Tim Hortons across the street from Nationwide Children’s Hospital:
No real issues with these last two, I am just proud of them. Nehemiah is approaching his 12th birthday (believe it or not, a pre-teen), and Caleb will be 10 on December 18. (He shares a birthday with my mom.) They are both doing well in school, sports, and Bible Quiz. You may detect in the photo below that they are a little less enthusiastic about posing for pictures at this stage in their lives:
In these days before Thanksgiving, you can be sure that all of the members of our family are very much on my mind. Diane and I are SO BLESSED! Thank you so much for caring about the people that mean the most to us.