Greetings Faithful Friends and Prayer Warriors,
It has come to my attention that it has been quite some time since an update on my folks, as well as myself! Things have been super busy lately and I have been going in so many different directions I am not even sure which way is onward!
After moving mom and dad to Springfield, TN in January, I had a couple weeks to get them settled in before I headed out to FL for our winter tour. We had a great trip and saw several people saved! God is so GOOD!
We (The Dartts) returned to Nashville the first week in March, jumped into the studio and laid our vocals down for a new Dartts recording, titled "Get Up and Get Your Shoes On" (Look for an early summer release on Darttmusic.com) and celebrated my 33rd Birthday with friends and family!
From there we headed out on our West Coast tour March 14th starting in Paron, AR and have seen God work in a Mighty way since we have left home. I battled a sinus infection which had me on an antibiotic for 10 days and about drove me crazy, but thankfully I am feeling much better and have it under control with new allergy meds! THANK YOU LORD!!
We have already ministered in TX, NM, AZ and now tonight we begin in CA! We are excited to be sharing new music and great blessings about how AWESOME our God is! We will be on this tour through June 11th...Check the calendar
for tour dates!
Now an update on mom and dad....
Since moving to TN, mom and dad seem to be enjoying their new place of residency. Dad loses a little more of his memory each day and becomes more confused daily, adding an extra stress load to mom. She is so tired and worn out, but for now remains his only care giver. We realize that there is a time coming where we will need to be putting him in a day-care and then on to a care treatment facility, but for now she remains the only help! Due to not having health insurance, everything is out of pocket until we qualify for some funding. TN offers great care funding but there are many hoops we must jump through and we are in the process now. It could be up to 6 months depending on approval....Until then to take him to day-care is $25 for 4 hours or $180 per 24 hours period. We are praying for Gods provision, protection and peace while we figure out the next step in this process. We know He has something special for us but we are awaiting to see what that will be! In the meantime, pray for STRENGTH for mom....She needs so much help and prayer so please be in prayer for her!! For finances to provide help and care so she can have a break....God can do it!!
For myself, I need prayer for direction...I am so confused as to know what to do lately. Do I stay on the road and continue in ministry? Create awareness and raise support for my folks through CD's and love gifts? Or go home and help my mom in the care-giving process? I know God will lead and direct but for the time being it is emotionally wearing on me...I am finding myself completely exhausted each day...When singing every night and traveling from place to place and trying to encourage folks, it is easy for ourselves to become worn out and emotionally withdrawn. I feel I need a charge, a BOOST! I would love to go home every few weeks to visit, but due to limited finances and trying to help mom and dad from here on the road....I am unable to do so. Our tour schedule doesn't allow me to do much extra travel as well, but I have been given permission to go home at any point on this tour for as many days as I need from the Dartts. I would ask you to pray that God would give me great wisdom when making big decisions!
I thank you all for the prayers you have sent up, for the provision of love gifts you have sent out and for the constant reminder that God is with us through this valley. It blesses my heart to hear your kind words of encouragement. To see you at our concerts...the hugs, the tears and the laughs!
Please...continue to lift us up in prayer! It has been so challenging to see such a great man, (husband, father, musician and servant) slip away before our eyes! We miss the voice and the laughs, but we know one day we will hear it once again!! I believe that time is coming soon as the Lords return draweth nigh.
Thank you and may God Bless you as He has blessed us!
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Springfield, TN. 37172
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