Friday, February 20, 2009

back from Cromer

We arrive back from holidays in Cromer in better shape than we left. I kept my promise to rest my fingers. Pads gained strength and optimism, has truly accepted the feed tube - the benefits are very obvious. Bo learned to serve at badminton. Ash had to recover from 3 days with a high temperature before he and I made a new personal-best (47) at keepie-up with the beach ball in the pool. Moli enjoyed the food, female company, the telly and the pool. Pads was really quite active - he wandered around the Henry Blogg Museum, the Muckleburgh tank museum, played badminton, did jigsaws and was generally bright all week. They all enjoyed a turn at steering a boat along the Norfolk broads - not everyone enjoyed Bo's grasp of navigation!
One bit of telly that we stumbled upon in the week was the fascinating documentary about the Amish. Ephraim and Jesse Stoltzfus and their wives were 'saved' and their lives shone with love for Christ. Not only that, but when Ephraim's young daughter is diagnosed with leukemia, their reaction is typical of those who know that 'all things work together for good to those who love God' (Romans 8:28). The Telegraph review hardly does it justice. We were amazed at how this film got past the normal anti-Christian editing - rare it is to find an American Christian being portrayed positively on broadcast TV. It is still available on iPlayer but the clock's ticking...
Here's a photo or two of us on one of our walks along the coast (you can click on it to enlarge - I liked the way that the cloud and shoreline diverge):


Ruby Tuesday said...

We watched that program about the Amish, it really was lovely to see.
I've not commented on your blog before but I've been reading it for a while now. I'm glad Pads is doing well with his feeding tube and you had a nice break as a family.

Mike Johnson said...

great to hear from you, Ruby's mum. That Ephraim puts me to shame with his witnessing! My sister has visited that part of the USA and was amazed at the documentary.
Whenever discussion arose about other kids having tubes, it was always said that the parents, no matter how initially apprehensive, were overwhelmingly positive about it afterwards. As soon as this talk was directed with P in view, we were keen to go ahead and now we can add our voices to those who would encourage anyone in a similar situation to 'go for it'.