Saturday, January 19, 2008

Please pray...

We just got news today that another Georgia family's little boy passed away in Ethiopia. We are truly heartbroken for them. Tears streamed down both our faces when we heard about this. Baby Samuel was in the same orphanage as Brighton, so as you can imagine, we are truly feeling their pain.

We ask that you lift this family up to the Lord in prayer as they go through this difficult time. As we have said before to many of you, we are not the first or last family this has happened to. This family needs our support and prayers.

Our hearts ache for the loss of their precious son...and he IS their son.

God bless you Samuel.

Here is their blog if you would like to leave them an encouraging word: What a Wonderful World

Friday, January 18, 2008

The Beauty of Enormous Things


Lately Laura and I can't get enough of David Crowder and his album Remedy. It has really supplied us with the strength and encouragement we've needed on multiple occasions.

So it was with little surprise that I found these lyrics of his running through my head as I rode up a ski lift this past week in Colorado (looking at that view above):

"My eyes are small but they have seen
The beauty of enormous things
Which leads me to believe
Theres light enough to see (oh that)
You make everything glorious
You make everything glorious
You make everything glorious
And I am yours"
It's neat how people can have different take-aways from words like this. I always took it to mean the gigantic things in nature that God has made. The things that I see and that just scream "God made this!" to me. But Laura takes it to mean the enormous things that people can do and will do - the enormous good in people.

Well - this week I saw both. I saw the enormous good in people. I saw an enormous outpouring of love and support from people all over the planet. And it was quite beautiful to witness.

I also got to see that picture above in real life - and man it's like God just said "Tymm - look at this. Look at these mountains. Look at the sun, the earth, the hills and snow around you. I made this in the blink of an eye. Do you not think that I have my wonderful creation Brighton right where I want him?"

It was peaceful. It was beautiful.

It was enormous.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Difference Makers

The last 5 days have been surreal. They've been hard. Trying. Confusing. Difficult. Sad. Overwhelming. We've felt mad. Angry. Guilty. Selfish. Sad. Mostly sad. Sad pretty much sums it up.

We've had some moments where we've almost felt normal and then those emotions come rushing back at us. But we have managed to keep our faith (I think it's grown even) in God. And tonight our faith in human nature was strengthened quite a bit.

We had our regularly scheduled community group tonight with our small group from church. This is a wonderful group of people who have shared the excitement of our journey with us from day 1 and tonight they showered us with the love we needed. Instead of meeting in someone's home like we usually do tonight they asked us to all drive out to one of mine and Laura's favorite spots - the trails that we love to run on. We met in a field there and all huddled up in the cold. They did this for us - so we could be somewhere that they know we love to be. Somewhere that we feel closest to God - and tonight we felt closest to Brighton out there.

After Laura and I shared a little bit about where we were and what was going on - they went around the group and everyone had brought a special bible verse that meant something to them. They had written them on small cards and after reading them to us and giving us a LOT of encouragement they gave us these special notecards. They then presented us with a small chest that they had engraved with Brighton's full name on it and had his photo inside - a place for us to store all of the verses they had so thoughtfully brought for us. Check out the chest below. We absolutely love it and will cherish it forever.



Our small group leader then led us in a great prayer for us and Brighton that offered us peace, strength and encouragement.

Our church has a purpose statement that says:

North Metro Church exists to build a community of Christ followers who will be difference makers in their world and the world for Him.
Tonight our community group epitomized that statement by being difference makers in our world for God.

We are proud, privileged and blessed to call them all family.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Lifting Us Up...

We want to take a brief moment to say a loud "THANK YOU!" to everybody who has called, emailed, text messaged, commented and visited us. This absolutely unexepected outpouring of love has really been what has kept our chins up over the last 36 hours.

It really goes to show how far Brighton's reach was. We have heard from so many people and it has literally just amazed us. We have had phone call after phone call and we seriously couldn't even keep up with answering them. If you called and didn't get us - don't think we are ignoring you. And don't think it didn't touch us. Every single one did.

Prayer works. We firmly believe that. God gave us a method of seeking Him and asked us to use it. Man we have. And for those praying for us we are forever grateful. We want to continue to pray for the following:

  • Clarity - we really need it
  • Emebet - our agency representative in Ethiopia. She was with Brighton a lot and she is grieving as hard as we are. She is an incredible woman doing incredible things and could use the lifting up
  • The country of Ethiopia
  • Our agency
  • Brighton's friends and family who know just how real this little guy was - they are all dealing with the loss just like we are
We know that this hurt will take time to heal - I can honestly tell you it has not gotten one bit easier to look at his picture on my desk. But we are forever thankful for the time we had with him and we will continue to seek the positive purpose in this and allow it to be heard and seen.

Thank you so much. Those words don't seem like enough for what everyone has done for us with prayers and kind words. But it's all we have right now - thank you.

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Brighton Asher Hoffman


We want to let everyone who has been praying for us and our son know how much that means to us. This has been a pretty hard week and without those prayers I do not know what would have gotten us through it.

This morning our son, Brighton Asher Hoffman, went home to be with his heavenly Father.

Some people’s race is shorter than others – at 2.5 months old Brighton touched our hearts in ways we never would have imagined. We are thankful to God for allowing us to have him in our lives for the short amount of time He did.

Thank you so much for your prayers. Please continue to pray for the country of Ethiopia and the wonderful children and the people who care for them.

God bless,

Tymm & Laura Hoffman

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Update

Hello,

We have no update on the health of our baby, but we do now feel much better about the communication questions/issues with our agency. We had a 2 hour meeting with them today and talked openly about our questions and concerns. Our confidence in them is back...thank God.

Now we just need to point all our prayers to the baby and getting him well, strong and healthy.

We hope to hear something in the next couple of days on his status and will let you know what that is as soon as we can.

Thank you again for all your love, support and prayers.

Love,

Tymm and Laura

Monday, January 7, 2008

Very ill...

Hello, everyone...this is to our prayer warriors.

We just received word that ebaby has been very ill and was hospitalized for 9 days. He has been out of the hospital for 1 week, however we are just finding out today. To say the least we are in a world of hurt, questions, and confusion.

Please pray for our little man right now as he needs a good dose of healing from our wonderful God and maker. May God hold him close tonight as he sleeps.

God is good...

Laura & Tymm