Sunday, February 21, 2010

Day Fifty Two

I'm not even kidding!!


Making scrambled eggs this morning...
I cracked the first one and said, "ohh, twins!"
But they kept coming! 
I'm not a farm girl, this could be completely normal, but I don't think so.
All ten eggs from one carton. The other two I had used before were normal, I think...
I'll let you know if anyone grows another head or something.

Day Fifty One

Home again... decompressing... processing...
promises on paper...

Isaiah 43 

Day Fifty

Out of the hospital!!!

I finally moved my ISO from 1600 to 100 for a picture of her flowers


but I forgot to move it back again for this triumphant moment. 
That's okay, though, because Dad's face says it all!!

Day Forty Nine


And the brother made a special cupcake, just for me...

Day Forty Eight

A regular room is so much nicer than the ICU!
The view from the hospital window

Day Forty Seven

There are friends who are closer than family. We have some of these friends. 
They went to the emergency room to comfort our daughter while we were still hours away. They opened their home to us and told us to make it our own. They fed us and visited with us. At this moment, my girl is there while she gets strong enough to return to her dorm. In the past, they have counseled us and have attended every life event since we've met. They mean more to us than I could ever express in any blog, but the heart of these friends is shown here. In the middle of worry and stress, everyone needs a little of this...

Day Forty SIx

The family waiting room for the Intensive Care Unit is not a place I want to revisit anytime soon. Sure, we were worried about our daughter, but we were surrounded by mourning families, slowly saying goodbye to people they love. I made conversation with Faye, whose husband had been in a coma since his triple-bypass five days before. They are to celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on March 17th, which is the day my husband and I celebrate our twentieth. I pray that they have this day to enjoy together.
This is a dog that visits with his trainer to cheer people up who are in these sad situations. The cute kid is Faye's great- grandson.

Day Forty Five


Our daughter's roomie and sister created some art for the room in ICU while we waited to see if she would keep her spleen... 

Happy Valentine's Day!!


Day Forty Four

Bicycle accident...

View from the ICU:

(her little brother brought his favorite, George, to comfort his sister)

Our daughter has been away at college and was enjoying a Saturday bike ride with her roommate. She hit something, got all tangled up, and flew off of her bike. She landed hard enough to break her spleen, almost in half. We made the two hour drive over the mountain pass (no snow this time, thank you, Lord!) with words like, "internal bleeding" and "embolization" running through our minds. In times like these, I cannot follow the "what ifs" to the end, so I think in song. This song was one I'd "given" to her about a year ago when we were going through a hard time as a family. It was her graduation year, and when I hear it, I think of her. I also think of or Father's love for us...

I Will Show You Love 
I will show you love like you've never loved before
I will go the distance and back for more if you just say the word
You will come alive again, call the trying times your friend
The pain that you have suffered through will never get the best of you 
You will hope in something real that won't depend on how you feel
When you call my name, then I will answer, answer

And I am on your side, 
Though the wind and waves beat against your faith
You were on my mind when the world was made
Trust in me, my child...

Walk out on the water when you have no control
So scared to death of failure you sacrifice your soul, please let that go

You have climbed an uphill road. You have worn a heavy load
You have cried through endless nights, nearly given up the fight
Watched your dreams like falling stars
The heartaches made you who you are
Now looking back you see that I have always been there...

Where you gonna hide- where you gonna hide from me?
Where you gonna go- where you gonna go that I can't see?

Cause I have heard you cry
And it breaks my heart, 'cause I love you so
I would never lie.
This is not the end, there is still a hope... 

                                                                   - Kendall Payne 

Day Forty Three

The Calm Before the Storm...


...Just another Beatles' Rock Band night, Dad doing an assignment, me fulfilling my 365 "obligation"...
who knew what tomorrow would bring?