Nashville, Tennessee, Feb. 17, 2012, 10:41 a.m., C.S.T.~
Wayne Wright here. Hope this finds y'all well and rsasonably happy.
Sorry for not writing; work has been keeping me busy (still working at Nashville Memorial as an anesthesiologist), as have church duties and family obligations. I hope you understand: I am a very busy, busy man.
Healthwise, I am doing a lot better since I had my kidney transplant nearly two years ago (gosh, has it been that long already??). I feel so much stronger and healthier than I have in yaers, since my kidney issues first began.
It's been a huge blessing for Sarah because she can concentrate on caring for our children (and not worry so much about me). We have eight children now: four girls and four boys. We recently adopted two, twins, a boy and a girl, from Kyrgzystan. They joined our family back in June and are delightful youngsters. Their names are Parker Dean and Paisley Dawn and they are three years old. Both have learning disabilitise, but we are confident that they will be near their peers by the time they begin school in two years.
We now have four boys (Rheese [our own], Mwugwu, Xaviar, and Parker) and four girls (Emily, Brooklyn, Paisley, and Prmise).
Sarah is working from home on a part time basis: she is a certified homeschool teacher. We pulled the older kids out of public school after they (the local school board) decided to remove God from the pledge at their elementary school. There was a big stink about it from parents and other believers, but the school board decided to do it anyway, for "fear of offending those who don't believe". It was a terrible battle and we, as Christians, were incensed, so we, the parents, decided to pull Em, Brookie, Mwugu, Xaviar, and Promise out of public school.
It turns out that it was the best possible decision we could have ever made because we can now teach the children the way we see fit, without worrying about "offending somebody". In addition, children who attend Eastview Elementary School are no longer allowed to bring candy canes, Bibles, or anything else related to God, Jesus, or Christianity to school, or they will be severely punished. If they don't comply by the rules, then they will be permanently expelled from the school.
Have you heard anything so ludicrous in your life?? That's political correctness at its finest, folks, and it is destroying our once great nation, one freedom being taken away at a time, thanks to our esteemed government. What's worse? Our innocent children are being punished through no fault of their own. UGH! :(
Politics aside, it seems the children are a lot happier than they were in public school. And thney have more time to serve the Lord, as well as serve their community.
Our church has grown by leaps and bounds. Over 2,000 families call Christ Community Assembly of God home and it is great to see the Lord working so mightily in the lives of the church and in the parishoners themselves. God hsa brought a mighty wind of revival to our church and as a result, souls are being saved, and people are being touched by the love of Christ in a powerful, mighty way.
The weather here is beautiful today: sunny, with highs in the fifties (forties in the hills and mountains). Rather chilly, but then we may have snow by Sunday. The local weather board is saying snow showers, but I personally think we may get more; seems that ingredients are coming together for a possible winter storm for our area, so the forecast could very readily change.
My good friend (and co-worker), Louie Sandusky, and her husband, Bill, are getting ready to add to their burgeoning family as well. They are adopting a little three-year-old boy with autism from Japan (Arihiko, I believe his name is), and a little six-year-old girl with Down syndrome from Haiti; her name is Bastienne Camille, but Louie and Bill plan on calling her Camille. They are very excited and I am very excited along with them! Camille and Arihiko will probably be with the family within three to six months, but I am sure the kids will be with them even sooner than that.
Her son, Johnathon, got married this past October; he married a fine Jewish lady named Rebekka, and the two young lovebirds are extremely happy. They live a few miles away in the same apartment complex where his two older sisters, Dianne and Melizza, call home. It was a big wedding; over 1,000 people came and the tears flowed readily. There was not a dry eye in the house! It was truly beautiful!
I am in no way ready to marry off my daughters as of yet: Brookie and Em are in their last year of elementary school!
Her son and daughter-in-law (Anh Kim and Thu) gave Louie and Bill their 11th grandchild, a gorgeous little beauty they rightfully named Bella Thu Grace. She looks just like her mamma Thu. She's gorgeous! I saw her at Christmas when they came to church and I got to hold Bella in my arms. I felt like a proud grandpa!!
Bella is now three months old and is just getting prettier and prettier, if that is possible.
Well, I am going to meet some friends for lunch, so I will sign off for now. I pray and hope that you are overwhelmed by God's mercy and grace and that blessings pour out on you over and beyond. Until later, this is Wayne Wright saying so long; take care and God bless you as much as He's been blessing me and my family!