I’m at a loss of words for where to start this blog post, so I started it with a picture. The past few weeks have been a whirlwind of events in our home. I am in awe of God for his protection and provision for our family (which started 4 years ago today – Happy Anniversary Angela !). I am so incredibly grateful for my wife’s health and the birth our twin girls. Isabel Hope (left arm – right in picture) and Elliana Faith (right arm – left in picture) were born on May 28, 2009. They were born via c-section weighing 3 lbs 15.8 oz and 5 lbs 10.2 oz respectively. While Elliana and mother were able to come home from the hospital on Monday, June 1st, Isabel remains in the NICU as she continues to grow and catch up from her intrauterine growth restriction due to her two-vessel cord . My heart is so grateful as I reflect on the events of the past week, months, year, etc. My joy in the Lord is as strong now as it ever has been. I can see his goodness in the midst of trial and praise him. I see His protection for His children (my wife and I) as He sees fit to answer prayers according to His will and not ours (Mark 14:36)! I see we have a God who truly answers our prayers and am thankful for the body of Christ and everyone who has committed to pray for us. I’m sure I’ll have more thoughts at a later date ~ but I just wanted to give Him praise, because he is worthy and due all glory, honor, and praise (Revelation 4:11).