Monday, December 5, 2011

Delac's Christmas 2011

Hello and Merry Christmas to you all!  I hope that this blog finds everything well with you and your family.  The Delac's have had a crazy year full of ups and downs and ups again.  I wanted to share with you some of our goings on. 
We started the year in Johannesburg, South Africa where we were finishing our 3 year term as missionaries with the International Mission Board.  The children were still being home schooled and we finished the school year and went stateside in April, right after Emily turned 13.  We stayed in Orlando at a mission home and met many wonderful people from Delaney Street Baptist and First Baptist Orlando.  We got to go to Disney and Universal Studios and had a great time.  
In June, Leah slammed her thumb in the car door and we had to make a trip to the ER to have it stitched up.  We found out that she had broken the finger also.  Two weeks later we travelled to North Carolina for a vacation and Emily's appendix ruptured.   The doctor had to do emergency surgery on her and by Monday she was released from the hospital.  During this hospital stay Micah turned 9 and had to celebrate his birthday by driving back and forth to the hospital.  We started driving back to Florida on Wednesday and drove the rest of the way on Thursday.  By the time we got home Emily was getting sick again.  We drove her to the ER (they knew us well by now) and on Friday Emily had another emergency surgery to unblock her intestines.  While the doctors were doing the surgery they found that Emily's appendix was still intact.  A lot of you prayed for Leah and Emily through all of this and I wanted to say a heartfelt thank you.  Leah's finger has healed well and Emily has a big scar but she is healthy and we are blessed that it was something that could be fixed easily. 
During our time on stateside we had been praying about where God was leading us and what would be the next chapter in our lives.  After much prayer David started applying for jobs in the US and in August he was hired as the Assistant Finance Director for the City of Roswell, GA.  We were very excited about this opportunity and David moved to GA in late August while I stayed in Orlando with the children.  We were in the process of buying a house.  I started home schooling the kids again just until we could move to GA.  In the middle of September I started feeling sick and after a few days and a pain in my right side that only hurt if you pushed on it I went to the ER. (yes again)  Turns out I had a ruptured appendix myself.  What are the odds?  Again, we felt your prayers and I was released after 4 days feeling very blessed that it wasn't anything worse. 

During this time we were supposed to move to GA in September.  That didn't seem like God's will for us.  The first house fell through but in God's way we got a different house that was better than the first house and we moved in October.  The kids got into schools and they are all doing great.  All have made friends and like being in GA.   We have just joined Eastside Baptist Church here and we are so excited about the ministry opportunities we will have at this church.  David is loving his job and I am loving putting our house together.  I thank you for your friendship and your prayers and for all of you that helped us out during our time of need.  We are truly blessed with a wonderful family and friends. I pray your Christmas is filled with Jesus and may you and your family be blessed throughout the New Year!