Kristin and I left last Saturday for a trip to the Gulf. We ended up staying in Orange Beach, AL and it felt as if we had the entire Gulf to our lonesome...well, maybe a few more families. However, it was nice to relax for a few days without a bunch of people around...even though, we were blessed to see some people from Campbellsville staying in the same set of condos. The water was clear and there were no signs of oil. We highly encourage anyone looking for a quick getaway to go to the Gulf as you can get some sweet deals right now because of the lack of tourists traveling to the area.
Even though it was nice to getaway, it was difficult to return home. We were greeted by all of Luke's stuff and it once again broke our heart's into pieces. I get so mad when I look at his pictures because I see a perfect little boy...I have to stop and remind myself how sick he was just to calm down. However, the Lord is near and we are certainly comforted by the Spirit.
Upon our return we were also greeted by a lot of mail...cards, letters and doctor's bills! One of Luke's nurses told us a HLHS patient is a million dollar baby...I realized that nurse knows what she is talking about! We are blessed to have very good insurance...so, when we get the crazy bills we try not to let it stress us out. We have also been blessed by the outpouring of love from our community, friends and family. We have experienced the true meaning of Christian love and it has inspired us to do even more in the future for families during difficult times.
Some people have asked in the comment section about the Sexton 3 t-shirts. My band, Steadfast, is selling those shirts. You can look up Steadfast on Facebook, or you can visit our website at http://www.steadfast1558.com/ to place orders. Also, the college where I work is selling Luke 1:37 bracelets; if you are interested, put your email address in the comment section and I will make sure it gets to the appropriate people.
Kristin and I will take next week off work to continue to try and get back to a somewhat normal life. We have a lot of things we need to accomplish, many of which involve insurance and legal stuff for Luke. However, we both miss our office families and look forward to our return the first week in August!
My intentions were to take the entire month of July off from traveling with the band, but those plans were quickly changed. I will join back with Steadfast tonight as we sing at a benefit for Austin Adams in Campbellsville. Austin attended our youth group several times over the past few years and we have grown to love him. Several weeks ago, Austin was diagnosed with cancer. I still do not understand sickness, and why babies, children, teenagers and adults have to face unfair diseases, but I do know that we can lean on the Lord for comfort. Austin is a fighter and his attitude is amazing! He loves the Lord with all his heart and he is glorifying God with all that he has within him. I can't wait to be a part of such a great event tonight!
Continue to pray for our friend Sarah, http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/sarahgardner. She is in rehab now and still kicking her cancer in the butt! Read her blog and find out all the cool stuff that happened on her birthday! Phone calls from Dolly Parton, Rascal Flatts, Jeremy Camp and the Kentucky Headhunters!
Keep praying for us and that God continues to use Luke's story for His glory! God is opening doors for us to share His word and we are excited to see where this ministry will go.