the Vernon Journal

Serving the Kingdom in Southeast Asia

Above Jewels

Proverbs 31:10 (NASB)

Description of a Worthy Woman 10An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.

Maybe it's the weddings I've been going to. Maybe spring comes early in Thailand. But I have found today, that even after 9.5 years of marriage, I am head-over-heels *in love* with Lori.

She's seen her life get more and more difficult as pregnancy turned into an infant and now a two-year-old, and yet she continues to shine in ministry, as a mother and as a wife.

Right now she's in the bathtub with our energetic daughter, after working most of the afternoon on her computer with Abigail nestled in-between her body and her mouse-operating right hand. We're working on getting Abi to go to sleep with me and she's becoming more and more independent as she grows up, but there's no substitute for mom when things are hectic - which is more often than not in our world.

Sometimes as a father, I feel pretty helpless - I just can't comfort Abi like Lori can - and, therefore, more often than ever I am being called off in one direction to work and to serve while Lori continues our services of ministry locally, while continuing her role as a mom.

Through it all, she's been incredible, and is a priceless addition to my life.

Last month, when the Ruggles' were with us, they captured some of the many roles that Lori plays in our life - and I wanted to share them with you.  (make sure you hover over the pictures for the insider descriptions of each role)

Wife and MotherCounselorSurrogate MotherFriendHostessSeamstressCamp CoordinatorMinister

...and all of this doesn't even cover the professor / nurse / teacher roles that fall in her actual job description.

I love you, Lori. You are simply incredible.

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