Last night Donna and I slept for eight hours for the first time in a month. In fact, Donna and I woke up at exactly the same time, exchanged loving smiles, we kissed and wished each other a happy anniversary. Twenty-nine years ago on this day, we were married at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Spartanburg, S.C.
Had it not been for that monumental day, we would not be here in Augusta at Doctors Hospital, because Aimee never would have been born. Had our marriage never happened, I am convinced that today my life would be a filled with loneliness and misery. Donna was an answer to my prayers and Paige and Aimee were answers to our combined prayers. God has been good to us by filling our family with the love we share. I can’t explain why Aimee fell ill to that horrific bacterial infection. I would love to be able to go back to the day of Aimee’s accident and undo everything that has been done, but I can’t do that, so why dwell on it? I am simply thankful to have enjoyed a fabulous family life over the past twenty nine years.
2 Corinthians 12:9 is correct in stating that “’My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” That scripture hits home with us. In fact, we see the scripture in action every day.
One of the first letters we received after Aimee’s accident was from Deanna Hilgemann of Galveston, Texas. Deanna wrote a beautiful letter and shared her personal testimony of how she made some mistakes in her life, but she confessed her mistakes and advised Aimee to hold her family close and further offered encouragement to Aimee to use her experiences for God’s greater glory. Dea