As many of you know - Grumpy has been gone from us for 6 weeks now. He is currently residing at a therapeutic residential boys camp. While 6 weeks seems like a long time, the duration of the program is between 18 -24 months in length. Grumpy is "honeymooning" well (we think in the hopes of getting out early for good behavior) but is starting to wear tired of keeping it together all the time and is beginning to exhibit some of the issues that caused us to partner with this camp for him! SO for those of you that are praying...keep it up. Pray for him to get to the end of himself, that in that brokenness he will come to see what Christ wants for his life!
So I digress -- back to the issue at hand - the celebrations of Moms!
Yesterday was the end of his first 6 weeks. It was also the night of the Mother Son Banquet. Here is the letter that my son wrote to me as prior to my coming to dinner:
Roses are red, violets are blue, mom I really miss you.
Roses are red, violets are purple and you love is like a giant circle.
Roses are red, violets are blue, I love you and God does too.
I really like your amazing cooking skills. I appreciate you spending time with me, especially to help me when you could have been spending time with the others in the family. You are amazing because you help me when I am sick, you wash my clothes, and helped me make my room my own. You also spend lots of time keeping the house neat. Thanks for caring about my health and my educatation. Thanks for adopting me and my siblings, Sneezy, Happy and Bashful. You are the best mom in the world and I am proud to be your son.
Well the chiefs at camp thought that Grumpy's letter was among the top 3 letters from the campers to their moms and asked if he would read it at dinner - He was to shy, but he did allow the chief to read it to the group and there was not a dry eye by the end.
To say that I am proud of Grumpy would be an understatement. I am excited and hopeful about what the Lord is doing in his life. I am grateful for the young men of God that stand in my and the Princes absence and teach, and encourage, and minister to these broken boys, each day, 7 days a week, six weeks at a time without a break, because of their love of the Lord and for these boys. The road is long - the journey seems daunting at times, but God is faithful in all things including this !!