Saturday, February 10, 2007

My brother-in-law

I love my brother-in-law. For anyone who knows my history with David, it is clear that this is a miracle. I asked God for many, many years to change my heart toward David because I couldn't even fake liking him or being kind to him. Last year David saved my husband's life by being the bone marrow donor he desperately needed. Of Damien's siblings, David was the only one who had a perfect match for Damien. He needed David's marrow to live. The doctors at Johns Hopkins made sure that happened last year at this time.
It is David's birthday today and a group of us took him to dinner and bought him some presents. What makes this so special is that he has spent the last 5 weeks at a rehab to stop drinking. He has never looked better and is feeling better than he has in years. He is an amazing person. Very bright, extremely extroverted and with a new hope about the rest of his life. May God continue to bless David with sobriety, a clear mind, and a new heart.


Kiko and/or Vincent said...

Aunt Kate,

Kiko and I just read your latest post. We, too, rejoice that my father (and Kiko's "dad," as she calls him--which, naturally, he loves) is laying his love for the bottle aside to pursue the Lord, and the sobriety His love provides. I see clearly the way that the Lord has worked in His heart, and in yours to bind it to His during the last year. I don't know for sure what's ahead for David Howard. I do know that our prayers and support will be behind Him. Christ does the hard part, as you know full well. Kiko and I love you, Aunt Kate. We chuckle when we think of you there in MD keeping those Howard men, straight (We're working on your finished project here in Tennesee, ha!--and he's working on us too, if you're reading this Lowen). You certainly got more than you bargained for with us Howards. But the Lord has strengthened you for each new trial. And look how far we've all come.


ukrainiac said...

Praying for ALL of you in Ukraine! (I was just remembering the coffee service to our church back in the day!)