Sometimes it seems tragedy hits in waves. We know one such family that's getting hit in spades.
My friend Tiffani called yesterday. "Even as we speak," she said, choking, "The Dole's house is burning down."
This was shocking enough news, but piled on top of what the Doles have already endured, it seems unendurable.
The Doles are a homeschooling family with eight kids. They lost a baby a couple years ago. Mike Dole lost his job a few months ago and managed to find a minimum wage job in Spokane, an hour's drive away (gas prices - cha ching).
Tracy Dole was pregnant and learned that the baby had a rare and usually fatal congenital heart condition. The baby was born three weeks ago and has already undergone one major surgery; we're not sure he will live.
And now their house has burned down.
What is God thinking?
I don't know, and I can't even begin to guess. I just know these people are hurting and need our prayers.
I believe there is a fund set up to defray the cost of little Jethro's care. I'm hoping it will accept donations for the Dole's physical needs as well. I'll post what I find out.
UPDATE: Here's a news story on the Dole's situation. Donations can be made to: FBO Jethro Storms Dole, Sterling Savings Bank, PO Box 285, Plummer, ID 83851