Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Serving your spouse...

This surgery has been a pretty big deal, but it's not without it's joys.  There's something so beautiful about being able to help and serve your spouse in a very personal and physical way.  No nursing staff can care for my loved ones like I can, and what better way to show your love than by doing the unlovely things in a lovely way.  It's a poignant acting out of our marriage vows, a renewing of our love and commitment.  To serve and be served together, to show the weaker spouse that you're going through all hardships together...it's one of the true joys.  What a beautiful thing real love is!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Scott's First Tee Ball Practice

With sweat sprinkled across his brow and his arms pumping vigorously, Scott rounded third base and ran for home.  He ran as fast as he could, he pushed himself for even more speed.  The field dust began to billow in a cloud behind his nimble, Thomas the Train-clad feet.  With a grunt, he dropped to his knees and slid into home base.

"Safe!" he yelled, after rolling in the dirt for a second or two.  He stood up and dusted off his shorts, smiling to me in the bleachers.

Then he had to go...the coach was ready to start the practice.

I think he's got the whole adrenaline-packed rush to the base thing down.  Some things don't require a coach!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Back To Normal...

This title is a goal rather than a statement of fact for us right now!  I have good news...my husband's very difficult surgery was successful.  It took 7 1/2 hours, and I think it traumatized the surgeon a little as things were much worse than he expected when the surgery really got under way.  My poor husband was opened in the abdomen to work on the spine from the front, closed up, flipped over, then opened up from the back to do more repairs from the back.  He's got a lot of hardware and cadaver between his three lowest vertebrae, and with God's help, he'll fuse together and not have to go through this again.

Recovery has been what we expected...difficult.  Don't get me wrong, Andy's doing amazingly well.  I can't comprehend dealing with the pain and difficulty of a surgery like that myself!  Now that we're a few weeks past the surgery, things are getting somewhat more back to normal for us, and I'm finding that some of the longer term difficulties are beginning to weigh on us.  We're physically and emotionally drained.  In fact, the reason I'm posting now is because I'm unable to turn off my mind to the marathon hardships facing us.

After a too-long-abstained-from cry out to the Lord, I feel much better.  There's something so sweet about a much needed quiet communion with Him when you're feeling at your weakest.  I've been reading Psalms 30-32 tonight and I feel so comforted...I know He understands.  Although the severest of the traumas in this journey has been successful, He knows the needs I still have with the more subtle difficulties of discouragement and exhaustion.  Psalm 31:7 says "thou hast known my soul in adversities."  Isn't it amazing how sweet the fellowship with Him is during the hard times?  There is no one who can fully understand what each of us feels but Him.  He knows our souls more than we do.

I've been reminded He is there for the long term.  I've been reminded how much we as a family have to be thankful for.  He has been so good to us, to me.  How can I stay discouraged?  He is my hiding place.