09-24-18 Friendship

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A friend from church offered to watch my kids this evening. I’ve had a cold for a few days and we’ve spent a lot of time at the hospital, so daily household chores have fallen to the wayside, so I jumped at the offer to get some time to go grocery shopping. I got everything that I needed and when I got back to her house she offered me some dinner. I hadn’t eaten most of the day, so I eagerly accepted. And there we sat at the island in her kitchen, while I completely unloaded all the concerns and trials of the past few weeks. I think I hit every stage of anger and grief as my words poured out. She listened to every word of it. She hugged me as I cried.

Days like today, I am extra thankful friendship.

Thank you for your continued prayers. They are much needed.

09-23-18 Peace

Have you ever had an experience in your life where you looked back and saw God working in a situation months or years in the making? I always love those moments when the picture becomes clear and everything comes into focus. You can see the plan. You can see the steps. In retrospect it all makes sense.

It isn’t often that I can look at the end of a day and have that same reaction, but today was one of those days. Today was hard. But when I look over the past twelve hours I can see how God set things in motion. I have tangible answers to prayers I prayed mere hours ago. I woke up this morning with a pit of anxiety in my stomach, but tonight I feel a very welcome peace.

Thank you for your continued prayers, dear friends.

09-22-18 Perks and prayer requests…

The perks of being married to a wood finisher- custom colored bunk bed is in the works! Tim took the boys back into the shop for a few minutes today so that they could see the progress that he has made. I’m posting in black and white so I don’t ruin his reveal when it is complete! 🙂

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Our little family would like to continue to ask you for prayers. I’m not at liberty to elaborate, but we are navigating some things that we weren’t expecting and we could use wisdom, patience, healing, and peace for all of us. Thank you!

09-20-18 Long lost cousins

The last time I saw my cousin from California was shortly after she got married in 1992. Yup, it’s been over twenty-five years! Yesterday evening, her and her husband were able to drop by and spend some time with us and then we met up for lunch again today. It was so wonderful to see them and the perfect distraction! We’ve kept up on facebook over the years, but it was nice to be sitting together and catching up with each other in person!

My dad showed some improvement today and we are hoping tomorrow goes even better. Thank you again for all of your prayers!

Tim and I are battling nasty colds, which means I don’t feel comfortable going to the hospital to visit my dad, he’s got enough on his plate that he doesn’t need the sniffles too! But I am longing to see him, so I’m praying we heal up soon so we can pay him a visit!

 

09-19-18 School

It was a good feeling to have us all around the school table this morning. We learned more about explorers, made foil boats and set them sailing in the bathtub, did some art, letters, and math.

Still no update on my dad. Thank you for the continued prayers. We greatly appreciate them!

09-18-18 Day 18

It’s late this evening, but I just finished our lesson plans for tomorrow. We’ve been off of school for two weeks, but it is time to start back up before we fall too far behind. Besides, I really need the distraction of a schedule right now. No new news on my father this evening, they are still keeping him in the hospital for observation. Hopefully we will know more tomorrow. If I’ve learned anything over the past few weeks, it’s that hospitals don’t live and die by a clock, they run on their own time.

We were invited to spend the morning with friends from church and the kids had fun playing and decorating cupcakes. Poor Big E took a tumble, so we cut our visit short, but we had a great time. I love that we are making friends out here and getting the chance to spend time with them.

Thank you for your continued prayers as we navigate this current hospital adventure. It makes it easier knowing there are so many out there praying along side us. Thank you, dear friends.

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Almost done with my friend, here. I just need to learn how to backstitch.

 

09-17-18 Day 17

We could really use your prayers again this evening. At some point last night my father started to not feel well. This morning we made a bunch of calls and in the end the hospital asked for us to bring him back in. They haven’t really figured out what is going on. They’ve offered up a few hypothesis, but they haven’t narrowed it down yet. In the meantime, they are keeping him overnight, adjusting his medications, etc.

My prayers are that they can lock on to what is causing him problems, that his body and mind can rest, and that our family will be showered in God’s peace. We are storm weary at this point and this has been hard.

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09-16-18 Home

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I got a text from my mother as I walked into church this morning that the hospital informed them they were discharging my dad. What a happy day!

The past few weeks have been difficult with all the waiting, the uncertainty, and the tension. When Dad made it through his surgery so well, we all let out a collected sigh of relief. Now the healing can begin. With him home, his job is to rest when he needs to and walk whenever he can.

With the kids back in town, we will be picking up with school in the morning. I’m really excited to get back into a routine that doesn’t involve an hour commute to a hospital. We could all use a little more structure.

When I look past at the last few weeks, I am incredibly grateful for so many things. My dad was in a great hospital close enough for us to visit daily, he was seen by some wonderful doctors, and the nursing staff was phenomenal. My in-laws were able to keep our children for ten days so that we could focus our attention on where it needed to be at that moment. We had an army of people praying for my dad, and so many people reached out to us to make sure we were ok. We had family come from out of state to visit and spend some time at the hospital and we have an incredible church family that stood by us and encouraged us along the way. Most of all I am thankful for our Father in Heaven who walked these few weeks alongside us, who gave us strength and peace when we needed it most.

 

09-15-18 Day 15

We have survived day 15 of our hospital marathon, and while we are all extremely exhausted, we are excited to see God’s hand at work during this time. My dad is doing great at meeting and passing all the milestones he needs to get done before they send him home. He’s been walking quite a bit, even through the pain of recovery. I’m very proud of his relentless spirit, and he’s a favorite on every floor he has been on.

We went and picked the kids up this afternoon. It’s lovely having the five of us under one roof again. Good night, friends!