February 11, 2012
Dear Family and Friends
Thank you for your many prayers for us over this past week. We were blessed by them. David and I travelled six hours by train to our friends, the Potts, in Mittersill which is just minutes down the mountain from Jonathan who was at our church youth retreat. We all had a great week. It was good for us to ski together on the anniversary of Warren’s accident. To celebrate his life. The ‘mountain’ took excellent care of us. We were given lift tickets and lunch on the mountain by the company that runs the lifts. The fine people at our ski school, that the boys attended for the last 6 years, welcomed us with open arms. Their chins almost hit the floor when we walked through the door to rent skis (which they wouldn’t let us pay for). Last year when I said good bye I told them we would not be coming back. hmmm. I am glad God changed my mind. At lunch David’s ski teacher from last year spotted us and was very pleased to see us and find out how we were doing. We skied to the site of Warren’s accident and I was yet again amazed at how flat the slope was where the accident occurred. It was a very emotional moment for me. I took a picture of Warren’s last glimpse of this world which is attached above. I also included a picture of the boys wrestling in the snow. They actually did more wrestling than skiing. And one of me with Heidi from our ski school who took such loving care of us last year and this past week.
Thank you for those who sent notes to share with my boys on the anniversary of Warren’s death, Feb. 14th This is a very important day for me as a mother. I want my boys to receive their father’s teaching and catch a glimpse of heaven. Thank you for your help. Please pray for wisdom and insight as the three of us spend the day together.
THERE IS STILL TIME IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOMETHING ABOUT WARREN THAT I COULD READ TO THE BOYS ON TUESDAY. YOUR THOUGHTS ARE WELCOME!
In December I had to write a report on my plans and goals for the next two years (special thanks to my editor Nikki who helped me turn my diagrams, pictures, schedule and ideas into a concise report). One point that was very clear for me is that discipleship and mentoring (I like to call it ‘Adventuring’) of women in leadership and women who are wives of leaders should be a main focus. Just two weeks ago a new Bible study group of young women started meeting in my home. Three of them I have known since they were children, and now they are married and have children of their own! Yes, I have been around awhile. It is a privilege to have this precious time with them.
We are blessed to have you in our lives!
Leanne, Jonathan and David