Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless HIS HOLY NAME.

Friday, October 28, 2011


Definition of a hero:
A person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, especially one who has risked or sacrificed his or her life.

My sister, Ruth Miller wrote about our recent trip that my sisters and Mom made to Chicago. Click here to read about it and see pictures!
Her pictures and writing capture so well the wonderful time that we had.

Between the three sisters who went on this trip, we have a total of 14 children (Sarah's 6, my 2 and Ruthie's 6). You do realize,then, that this trip would not have been possible had someone not been willing to care for these precious children (all ages 9 and under!).

So this post is dedicated to my brothers-in-law, Steve Miller and Jason Knabb, and my awesome husband, Andrew.

My admiration for you three men multiplied by about 1,000. I always knew you were all three good daddies. And I knew you three loved your wives.

But you know what? These incredible men's amazing qualities were magnified this past week when they willingly and sacrificially volunteered to keep these children so the mommies could go on this fun-filled, spiritually-uplifting trip.

These men cooked, fed hungry children, washed stacks of dishes, washed and folded and put away piles of laundry; they cheerfully entertained, disciplined, changed, wiped, hugged, played with, took to church, and put to bed their children; we found they had done some home-improvement work around the house, as well (such as fixing a broken sink, paining a fence, repairing the pump, water-spraying the outside of the house in preparation for painting...and the list goes on and on!). WHOEVER SAID THAT A MAN CANNOT MULTI-TASK?! At least MY MAN can!

When we talked to the daddies and the children at night on the phone, they cheerfully said all was going well and they all seemed so happy!

So while these 4 very blessed ladies were at the Spanish Ladies' Spectacular in Hammond, receiving such spiritual encouragement...mingling with ladies whom God is using in a great way among the Hispanic world...spending money sacrificially given by our wonderful husbands...sleeping in a luxurious hotel...blissfully enjoying a delicious cup of coffee as we read our Bibles early in the morning with no interruptions...

....Our husbands sacrificed a whole week (my husband asked for 10 days off from work so he could care for our children!) just for us!

Yes, these men are my heroes...they have displayed true acts of courage and nobility of purpose, and they definitely took a risk and sacrificed their lives.

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU, Steve Miller, Jason Knabb, and much loved Husband, Andrew Lopez for this unforgettable gift. We made memories to last a lifetime, and our love and admiration for our husbands grew inmensely.

"We did it, and we survived!"


Pamela said...

Loved both of these, Anna! What a wonderful time I know you all had!

Chris, Carole, and Clan said...

How Special! Isn't it wonderful to know that our husbands are willing AND able to step up to the "home-keeping, child-care" plate when we need them to?! So glad that you had such a refreshing time.

Jolene said...

Oh, Anna, that last picture just absolutely cracked me up!!! Thanks for the great laugh today! :-)

And, you're right... we have some pretty great men in this family! Good thing too, with all of the children we have between us all!!!

Tammie said...

I loved the blog post on your heroes. Henry is always so good with the kids. I am so thankful for husband´s like ours! I am so happy for you that you were able to make that trip with Aunt Billie.

Ruth Hanson said...

What a sweet post! My husband just blessed me in much the same way last week by permitting me to attend the wedding (Stateside) of my younger brother. He did a fantastic job of caring for the children while I was gone!

~Ruth said...

Hurray for our Heroes!
We couldn't have done it without them :)
Definitely did a fantastic job :)
Love ya lots,

Tisa said...

That is wonderful, Anna! Thrilled you all had the opportunity to have this time together!

Laura Garcia said...

Awesome Anna! Prayed for your family today!

Anna said...

Thank YOU, Laura, for everything!!! What a wonderful privilege to have been able to spend time with you and get to know you! Y O U were a blessing to us!

Hugs from Mexico!