for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even
the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may
have her young-- a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my
God. 4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.
Even before they arrived the heart and soul of many was being put into their home. Friends from Newnan First United Methodist Church filled their empty pantry and fridge with home cooked meals, desserts (Oh my goodness that pound cake was delicious – Oh wait, that was for Jessica and Jason…I only had a small piece.), and easy to cook prepackaged meals. The voices of their children, Savannah and Ella, and Jessica’s siblings rattled the rafters with joy at being together. Hugs and tears where shared as once again we were able to see and embrace each other again.
People have started stopping by to offer support and love. The Sheriff's Department of Troup County built a wheel chair ramp and planted flowers at the front entrance of the house. This gift makes it possible for Jessica to get in and out of the house. And the Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff even stopped by recently to let Jason know they were there for him (He works for the Troup County Sheriff’s office.) Other individuals and friends brought pizza and sat around and just talked with them. Friends have played with the girls, watched them in the swimming pool, and helped with the girls, laundry, and more.
MD Anderson and Houston are wonderful. We are so thankful for the medical care and expertise that Jessica and Jason found there. But, it just isn’t home. Coming home was hard. There were fears and concerns. Would Jessica be well enough to stay so far away from her doctors? Would she be able to get the right chemotherapy here? Would she be able to keep the house clean? How would she be able to manage and care for the girls? How would Jason be able to keep up with all the house work and laundry (neither of which he enjoys at all!) and work full time?!?
Family and friends have been there! Not that it is as perfectly clean or kept like Jessica would have kept it. But, they have turned the house into a real home, a place where life is experienced, hugs and tears are shared. Together is always better. You have brought Jessica and Jason much comfort, encouragement and strength.
Thank you for welcoming them HOME!!! And please feel free to continue to visit, call, send cards and encourage them, because its together as family and friends that life makes sense.