Coming home from Gatlinburg on Thursday I received two pieces of terrible news. The first was from my friend Susan. She called to let me know that her niece, Emily.....was not going to make it. Susan asked for prayer and the group in my car prayed with me as we went down the interstate heading home. Once we got home I thought of times we had visited Chuck and Susan and Emily would be part of the mix. She was such a darling little person with such a big heart and smile. Susan had asked that she not suffer. That was the hardest part of praying....for a child to not suffer any more. I prayed....and I watched for emails and got a couple that said she was showing no brain activity and one that said they were taking her off the tube. That night at 8:24pm Emily Houser went to be with the Lord. She was 14 years old and for the last 5 years of her life has dealt with the side effects of a brain tumor that was removed. She was a gracious, beautiful (inside and out) little girl who delighted in doing for others. God showed His divine mercy by allowing her to go quietly as she slept. She left a huge void in their entire family but especially for her parents and two sisters who are 10 & 11. Please pray for strength and peace for all and celebrate with me that she no longer hurts and is doing things all in heaven that her body would not allow her to do here on earth. A friend of theirs put together a wonderful tribute video I would love to share with you here. RIP little one. You will be sorely missed Emily!
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.