Sue's Letter to Friends & Family, part 3
Whatever his failings, Roger was a prince of a man, and I pray this is how he lives in your memory. My deep wish is that Rogerís death may glorify God and be instrumental to His ultimate purpose. He would have wanted that, too.
The hymn we sang at Roger's funeral was one of his favorites: "Great is Thy Faithfulness." That has been the theme of the last few months for us. Through the many challenges and uncertainties, I can absolutely claim those beautiful words: "Morning by morning new mercies I see/ All I have needed Thy hand hath provided/ Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord unto me." I realized soon after Roger's death that I could not continue to homeschool the girls, manage a single-parent household, and teach college English part-time. I needed a full-time teaching job, which meant we'd have to leave homeschooling behind, which I loved. More loss. But predictably and providentially, the Lord had "new mercies" waiting. By fall, I had a full-time teaching job at a smaller private school where Ellee and Erin are enrolled. Emalee will continue on at Trinity Chrisitan Academy where she's been since Roger's death. These close-knit "school families" are a completely unexpected blessing. As a teacher at my children's school, I know my girls' teachers, friends, and parents well, and I have their holiday's off. This is undoubtably another way God is bridging the huge chasm Roger's death created in our lives.
And the providence continues. I was advised to reconfigure our housing situation for tax purposes, and somehow we've found the right place -- much closer to the girls' schools. So in three months, 3 girls, a cat, a dog and a marginally sane woman will load up the wagons and "head west." Countless pioneer women did this without a husband, I tell myself. They didn't even have a microwave or a cell phone! I often find myself attempting to channel the Proverbs 31 woman, who "smiled at the future."
I thank God for the strength and peace your many thoughts and prayers have afforded us over these very difficult months. I thank Him for each of you as precious friends, brothers and sisters in God's forever family. I pray his richest blessings on you all.
Sue, Emalee, Erin, & Ellee