Last week I received an email informing everyone who worked at Kanakuk's K-Kountry Kamp that Pete Newman, one of the Assistant Directors, got fired for sexual abusing young boys. This just makes me sick to think about. James asked me if I saw any warning signs while working with Pete. There really wasn't anything that he did that caused me to question his relationships with the kampers. The kids loved him. Pete's wife, Katie, and I did Bible Studies together and my heart breaks for her. How do you respond to something like this? The confusion of this seemingly out of the blue event makes me think how much people don't share with loved ones, friends and the world.
I'd like to think that James and I have the kind of relationship that we can share temptations and struggles with each other. When we were out to lunch the other day with 4 of James' guy friends, one asked me if I missed getting hit on now that I was married (a better question would've been did you miss getting hit on while you were pregnant because that's when the attention really stopped, although pregnant women are lucky enough to get other attention). I love answering questions like these and feel that it is important to talk about topics like this with your spouse. Even if we don't feel comfortable telling our spouse that we're attracted to certain qualities or whatnot in others, I'd hope everyone has a girlfriend they can share these thoughts and struggles with. When we are transparent with others, it's almost like we are subconsciously asking them to help keep us accountable for handling thoughts in the right way. Anyway, I'm completely off on a tangent now...
Another thing close to my heart right now is the twin brother of the baby whose funeral I attended two weeks ago. The baby boy got transferred to the Joplin NICU when he was born and weighs 1lb 12oz. He is four weeks old now, and we are praying so hard for his survival, but we know that even if he lives he is going to have serious brain damage and other difficulties. Life is tough sometimes.
In a little happier news, my next door neighbor got to bring her 5lb premie home last week from the Mercy NICU! He is absolutely precious. I can't wait for Parker and him to be friends. That's it for tonight. In good form, I will end with a couple of pictures.
Grandma Betty and Parker (peace!)