Today started out well. I got to sleep in until 8am! The kids played nicely all morning. At 10 am the little ones had school in mommy and daddy's bedroom while Eryn had her music lessons in the school room. Elijah wrote his name all by himself. He sat and colored while I taught a lesson out of the book of Numbers. And our math lesson seemed to capture his attention. Thank you Jesus. After playtime outside, a yummy lunch of curried potatoes and a lively story about George Muller, Elijah ran to the toilet. Within 1 minute he had a fever of 103. A rapid malaria test proved what I thought was the case, the poor little guy has malaria. Please pray for a quick recovery so that we can begin extensive testing--hepatitis, infection, etc. He also has a hard mass on the upper left part of his belly. I called the dentist today and the soonest they can get him in is at the end of the month.
On a side note, the Lord had been revealing a lot of chaff in my heart. We have always brought home cute little babies or toddlers--easy to cuddle and love on. Now, the Lord decided it was time to burn away some chaff and so he brought me a 7-8 year old boy, with a head covered in fungus, stinky toe nail-less feet, a mouth full of rotten teeth and no idea what it means to show love nor receive it. To be honest, I cried the first night he was home. I pray that through this precious soul we have named Elijah, I will decrease and my Jesus will increase.
P.S. Notice the new blog header photo :-)