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Monday 12th February 2018

Let me tell you the story behind this photo.

By now, you probably know that my family has been trudging through a season of hard lately. Dad underwent a leg amputation, and because of complications, he is still in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Mom was hospitalized on Christmas Eve with a life-threatening infection. She’s much better, but still in the hospital. Over the last eight weeks, there have been meltdowns and pleading prayers. We’ve been plagued by worst-case scenarios and – we confess – sometimes we’ve worried about things more than we’ve prayed about them. That’s the bummer part of this story.

But wait; there’s more.

While Mom recuperates at a small rural hospital near my home, Dad has been living with us. I consider it a privilege to care for Dad during these difficult days.

Mondays are laundry day at our house, and on Dad’s first Monday here, I happily washed his clothes. But I couldn’t get over the fact that after I pulled all of Dad’s clothes from the dryer, there wasn’t a single sock match! I mean, this is sort of a chronic problem for all of us, right? One always has to wonder where all those sock matches go. But a whole load? Without a single match? I was stumped.

I told Dad about it, shaking my head, just absolutely flabbergasted and apologetic over the Mystery of the Lost Socks.

To which he raised his amputated leg in the air, laughed, and said, “Jennifer. Jennifer. You didn’t lose the socks. I only have one foot. And therefore, I only wear one sock at a time.”

Amidst the tears and the laughter, God has been teaching us some amazing lessons about life. Join me over at (in)courage to read more about what we’re learning. This one’s for all the people who’ve lost, socks, sanity, or faith. Click here to read more.

#TellHisStory

Each week, I host an encouraging community of bloggers who are telling their stories around the web and across the world. The linkup goes live each Tuesday at 4 p.m. (CT) on my blog. If you are a blogger who loves to encourage others with stories of faith and hope, you are welcome to link up with us.

Each week, I feature one of the writers in our #TellHisStory community. Our featured writer this week is Tammy Kennington. If you love for peace but you’re currently battling anxiety, I hope you’ll take the time to read her blog post. The six action steps at the bottom are especially helpful. Find Tammy here.

To be considered as our featured writer, be sure to use our badge or a link to my blog from your post. That badge can be found here. xo Jennifer


  • Mary

    I smile every time I see this picture. I left you a comment at incourage. Thank you for bringing me such joy!

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  • We learn a lot about ourselves (and others) when we do their laundry. 🙂 I did my daughter’s laundry for a couple of weeks after she had her baby and learned much. ha.

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  • What an incredible attitude your dad has, Jennifer! We can either let the trouble in our life define us or refine us and I can tell which one your dad has chosen! Thanks for inspiring us all and also for hosting the linkup!

  • Karrilee Aggett

    You have been on my heart and in my prayers often over the past couple of months! xoxo

  • Loved reading this post on (in) courage. Left you a message over there.

  • Karen Del Tatto

    Thank you for sharing how God’s grace and mercy has carried you through the hard road your family has been walking through.

    Such a sweet picture of your dad. He looked joyful. What a testimony.

  • Amy Chumbley

    This is absolutely beautiful! I love the reminder that it’s okay not to be okay! And God saying, “I am so glad I gave life to someone who truly appreciated the gift!”This really resonated with me! Enjoy life, live life fully, life is a gift– all words that the Spirit keeps impressing on me!

  • Susan

    I love your dad’s sense of humor! It would be a befuddle on laundry day!

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  • This post, this photo – still moves me to both laughter and tears. So grateful you continue to share their story as well as yours. The suffering and the sweet – all a part of life. May we be grateful for the lessons both bring each day. xo

  • “But wait; there’s more!” Yes! It’s so easy to think that the moment we are living is the period at the end of our story. But it never is. The only period, the only “THE END” is a happily ever after. Sometimes it’s just hard to see in the middle of the hard seasons. So grateful for your heart (and family) today!

  • Rachel Lee

    Love this story! <3

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