For those of you playing catch up, he'd driven to Miami from Dallas with a couple of men from our church taking some supplies to our new campus there. He'd stayed in a hotel with them for a few days till they flew home on Sunday and then he stayed with a church member there, that Casey said was an amazing Christian (his name is DiDo), until today. Casey flew from Miami to Houston and then home to Dallas.
I am so grateful for the wonderful men that God has put in Casey's life this past year since his dad left. Our church really stepped up when they found out Mark had left us and some amazing, strong men of faith have been there for Casey. I'm so thankful that he has had positive male influences in his life this year, it's been such an important year for him...his senior year and all that goes with it. There are four or five men that call him, invite him to play basketball, to come over for video games, and to go to the movies. I wonder if they have any idea what an influence they've had on him. I wonder if they know what a blessing they've been. Each time I thank them, I nearly break down and cry. These men all have families of their own, and their families have welcomed Casey into their homes with open arms.
When I took Casey to meet the men he was driving to Miami with last Thursday, there were some men from the church there to see them off. One of them said to me "Do you realize what an awesome young man of God your son is?" and I told him "I realize it every single day." I've thought back to that man asking me that question several times since then, and I keep thinking how thankful I am that there are some real men...strong men, faithful men, around Casey that see him as I see him; and not only that, but they let Casey know that they see him that way.
God has blessed my family. He has given my sons positive role models in a time when they have desperately needed it. I am so thankful....so thankful.