For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven

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We got the house! I mentioned a property we were looking at in East Texas back in August in one of my posts, and I am happy to announce we will be moving to Lindale in just a couple of weeks. After 12 years of marriage, 4 babies, lots of traveling to and from Latin America and living for 3 years in Mexico, we are putting down roots and purchasing our first home! We are excited and yet nervous to be moving away from Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and to be heading back to our friends and family in East Texas. I felt led to write about what this move means for us and quite a bit about ministry, but I turned out THREE pages of stuff and found it fit better on our family ministry website. So here is a (not very great) picture of our house-to-be:

And if you want to read my ramblings about home and ministry, you can find that here:

www.familyafair.org

Gratitude Abounds,  ~Amey

About Amey Fair

I am Amey Fair, wife to Nathan, and home-educating Mom to Benjamin (9), Averic (7), Deacon (4) and Phoebe (2) . Phoebe was diagnosed with a rare childhood malignant brain cancer called Atypical Teratoid Rabdoid Tumor on January 1, 2012. She had complete resection surgery to remove the tumor on January 4th and began chemotherapy using the Dana Farber protocol on January 26th. A few weeks ago I was sleeping in the chair next to Phoebe's bed in the hospital when I heard her little voice drawing me out of sleep. It was 3 am and it took me a minute to shake off the slumber. "Mommy I'm a mean girl" I thought she said. "No Phoebe, you're a nice girl!" I replied. "No Mommy, I'm a MIRACLE!" Phoebe said. "I'm a MIRACLE, I'm a MIRACLE, I'm a MIRACLE!" she continued on. My tears welled up and spilled over as she made her declaration. Phoebe doesn't know the word "miracle" nor the concept, she's only 2. It was as if the Lord was speaking through her like a prophetic utterance. She fell right back to sleep and I sat there awake, lingering in the magical moment. Less than 40 children are diagnosed with Phoebe's type of cancer in the U.S. each year. This is why it's called "ATYPICAL Teratoid Rabdoid Tumor". So, I have titled this blog in honor of Phoebe, our "Atypical Miracle". We are YWAM'ers, serving in missions through Youth With A Mission since 1998. Before returning to the states 1 year ago, we lived near Guadalajara Mexico for 3 years. It was during our year of agricultural missions training in Waco, TX that Phoebe began exhibiting symptoms from the pressure of the tumor on her brain. Weight loss, lethargy, extreme thirst and vomiting were her symptoms. We have been granted sabbatical during this time to focus on Phoebe's intensive chemotherapy treatment and are renting a home in Dallas near the Children's hospital where Phoebe is being treated. Like the woman who touched the hem of Jesus' robe in Luke chapter 8, we cling to Him, knowing that He is Phoebe's healer. If we can just touch Him, be near Him, bring Phoebe to Him each day, we have hope. He is our hope. Thank you for coming along on this journey with our family. It's therapeutic for me to write it all out, and in so doing, I hope God will use it for His glory.

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  1. Extra prayers the next couple of weeks Amey for all of you at the start of this new chapter of your lives. The house and land sound wonderful. Thank you for sharing your past, present and future adventures with all of us. May God continue to bless each of you and your ministry!
    Blessings,
    Peggy

  2. Thank you so much for continuing to share your journey – both the heartaches and the gratitude! I continue to pray for you as you move forward. I am excited about your new home and the potential that you see in it. Many blessings, Christine

  3. Ahhhh, home at last! My selfish heart betrays me in it’s gladness that home will be so close! Prayers for your move, for Phoebe’s continued stability and for this home to be a sanctuary for your family. Please, please let me know if I can help in any way! Love you!

  4. Amey, the house is Beautiful! We are so excited for you guys! Life goes on with prayer and thankfulness and we know this is truly a blessing for you and your family. We can’t wait to see pics of the kids all running around out there on their own little piece of Texas! We keep you all in our prayers and are so very happy for you!

  5. Congrats!!!! I am so happy for ya’ll. This will mean a lot to you to have a place to call your own.
    Love you guys!!!!!

  6. Amey…you don’t know me…but I am the Pastor over the LittleChurch Department (birth – 3 year olds) at at Living Word Christian Center in Brooklyn Center, MN. My staff and I got connected to your blog through a friend of a friend…and thus your sweet little family through prayer.

    We started praying for you all right away…but it wasn’t until your past entry and your notes on ‘home and ministry’ did I really know your full testimony. I trust that the comments responding to your blogs are encouraging to you…but I wanted to know how truly inspirational your testimony is to me and I am sure for so many others.

    As if the family and life committment for you to leave the comfort of the states and become the missionaries and precious advocates to many wasn’t inspirational enough…the stand you’ve taken for Phoebe’s life but yet not let go of the desire of your hearts to continue to reach out to others is simply ‘over the top.’

    So I sit in the comfort of my office so grateful for people (and families like yours) that keep fighting…and that keep standing strong when too tired to fight…that show us that are frustrated by nothing more that high demands and busy schedules on how to really live life.

    You live life, loving your family and friends…but not only loving yours…but loving God’s too!

    Thank you!
    Ginny

    Pastor Virignia Shunkwiler

  7. So grateful and rejoicing with you the time to come home with this treasure is here. What a special home. I know not a moment goes by that you don’t carry such a thankful heart for all of your children. Memory making straight ahead……welcome home to East Texas.
    The Sewell family

  8. Wow loved reading both updates. Amazed and remind how God even leads us in silence and closed opportunities. I’m so thankful for your perspective through this all- truly inspiring Fair family!

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