a quick update…

So…again I wonder why it has taken me so long to update. Sometimes I think I am moving backwards in the grieving process, and some days I feel like I am moving forward…..and the rest of the days I feel like I am at a stand still.

I do know this. When I am more connected it God’s Word and am open to being used, I get a rush of energy and comfort. When I choose to ignore the promptings, I easily and quickly get discouraged. The worldly pain is too much. A lot of people lately have said, God never gives you more than you can handle….I wonder. My prayer today and probably in the days to follow is to thrive in this storm. To dance in the rain. To rise above Sanfilippo because this is the only healthy place for me to be.

Sunday I was baptized at church. I went to church first service and 4 people were getting baptized. I couldn’t stop thinking throughout the first service that I needed to get baptized. I accepted Christ my freshman year of high school, and began walking with the Lord in 2002. I realized that I was “sprinkled” at 12 and needed to take the plunge. So, I decided to be obedient to the prompting, and asked between services if I could be baptized. Normally you write your testimony and take a class…and also bring clothes to wear. I didn’t do any of that. I went to the skit closet, found a t-shirt and pj pants and got in line. It gave me a rush to be immediately obedient…a lesson I have been learning in the past year although I am historically stubborn.

Some news about the kiddos:
Jayden is doing well in school. This week is spirit week and so far he has had crazy hair and worn his clothes backwards! He is beginning to recognize a triangle and speaking more every day! He still has been having trouble with his left tube…it is clogged with wax. Jut thinks it came out today so that is good. He is also back on antibiotics for a sinus thing.

Brooklyn had her early intervention follow up evaluation and is meeting all her 8 month developmental milestones! Praise God! She is also scheduled to get tubes put in April 7 due to multiple ear infections. We are hopeful that it will also improve her speech in the future. She is about ready to crawl and has 2 teeth cutting through. Amazing!

We now have a secondary insurance, All Kids. They originally began coverage in Feb so when Jayden had tubes put in it was not covered. I requested they back date the coverage and it was approved! yay! now we may get help paying our deductible!

We have new exciting news about people still helping us. Thank you to Del who graciously volunteered our names to be the beneficiary of the Warren Volleyball teams effort to raise money for us every point they score. One of our own youth group students, Tyler Brooks is even on the team! Now, we are torn to cheer for Uncle Tyler and another student, Erik Ness on the Zion team or the Warren team! Guess we can cheer for both!

Ashley (and her friend Kim) are working so hard on the benefit. I think they have over 30 baskets donated! I don’t even know if there is enough people to bid on the baskets! They have a coach purse, sports baskets, starbucks gift cards, key lime cove stays, hotel nights, and a ton more. I am even “donating” some paintings that Jayden did. They are so sweet and have worked really hard with Bee Street to do the benefit. We are so excited. Although we never thought we would be the family on the receiving end….still hard.

We also met with Denis and Leah. They are doing hoops and dreams in July. They have a cute logo and everything. We are overwhelmed that so many people have signed up to walk with us through this and have not given up on us…

Which leads me to say….whoever is praying for rest in our home, thank you and DON”T STOP! Our children are sleeping through the night…Jut is resting much better. There have even been mornings we have to wake Jayden up. Unheard of in our home!

Also, thank you to Sue Anderson and Karen Hamilton for the meals….and Leah and Debbie cleaned my house! We are still receiving donations weekly, some even from people we don’t know. Thank you for loving us….
we are truly blessed by your hearts!

2 Corinthians 4:8-10 (New International Version)
We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.

3 thoughts on “a quick update…

  1. Hey Stef! I know we haven't talked in awhile, but I just wanted to let you know that you and your family are always in my thoughts and prayers! You are constanting amazing me in your trust and faith in God! You are truly an inspiration!!!

    Also, I thought that I would let you know that my brother (Kevin Ness) is on Warren's JV Volleyball team. The varsity head coach didn't have alot of information regarding your family or what was going on, so I gave my mom your website to send to him! The boys have been fighting hard in every game! I hope to maybe see you at some!

    In Him,

    Diana Ness


  2. Stef, I am so excited to see God working for your family! I will continue to pray for you like I always do! I am so proud of you for getting baptised! What an awesome decision! I love you so much! And, of course, I have your back in cheering for Warren!! 🙂


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