February 25, 2017

Even though the surgery took longer then expected . . . things went well.

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Our patient has been released to the care of her little sister.  . . who I often say to,  “with all the time we spend around doctors and hospitals who knows . . . your future maybe in medicine. Listen up. Take notes. . . and she does.  

 It’s onward and forward from here. 

We will know more about the results in a few months. . . I’ll keep you posted. 

Love, 

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being here

dinner made & hugs from sister in laws

first visits from granma so nice

a day spent w/ the fisherman

telephone calls about photo inquires

holding hands through the night with her

cuddling with the youngest

beautiful mornings

big dogs scared of little cats make me smile

big brothers & a midnight run for curly fries and milkshakes for his little sister

phone calls and concern from big brothers from hers & mine

good medication to ease pain

little sisters watching over

best nana’s making sure a day worried is filled with fun

many messages to answer of how’s she doing 

 

there are . . .

There are extreme headaches, petit mal seizures, simple exhaustion . . . some days,  and a surgery Friday for hearing. 

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There is youth group leadership, studying hard for the next level of education, & her job that she likes where her cousin is the manager. There are best friends, amazing mentors, brothers who love, parents who dote, a little sisters to protect, a best nana who spoils, now a grandma so close, aunts who relish, teachers who care, people who pray, music to share,  eyes that sparkle, and a smile . . .  that simply shines.   

and THAT’s our girl

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photographing her

blooms from a bush that was planted all wrong

coffee with her

settling

time for me to study

new tires for him

healing

morning rain

coffee made right

progress

dreams shared

A 2017 update on our Girl

It’s past a year now since you prayed her well.

         and she is amazing.

Thank you Jesus! 

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From that accident, a year ago, with fractured skull – there was hearing loss on left side.

A year later, a new doctor tells us he maybe able to reconnect hearing bones and all should go well.

However . . . there is a tiny, ever so tiny chance he could brush nerves that control the face. . . and then facial paralyses could set in once again.  

My teeth clinch,  and I feel them shift. 

He assures us he’ll stop if he feels he’s to close 

and so she trusts and wants to move forward with this operation. 

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There was another accident two months ago.

Her fault.

She was stopped at a light. . . and that was all she can remember.  This time, nothing was hurt a Fisherman dad with magic hands, and dedication to his girl couldn’t fix.  

and we blew out a whole breath 

The next day this girl and I sat down to talk about what had happened . . . she was frightened because she didn’t know.   No more driving we said . . . until we check this out. 

more doctors were added and more tests were done – the results  Absence Seizures

We thank God only cars were hurt and doctors are on it. 

and once again we focus on the good. 

Because really. . .  what else is there? 

Time and time again we hear just how amazing she’s doing. . . and we rejoice

With her daddy as her morning chauffeur – today she started school again – out the door 6:45 sharp . . . and she’s excited for this life. 

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Gifts

the  historian visits arms & heart full with gifts

clean sheets

an art show, an afternoon spent with the best Nana

visit from the man with the big laugh

late night baking scones

a coffee date five years in the making

lunch with the girl with curly hair,  her wonderful friend & her little sister

house up early before sun

heart filled conversations in the cold

belly laughs from the youngest. . . she thinks I’m funny

excitement in the air

Grace unfolding

 

 

a normality to life

She called to say the best friend in the whole world’s mom wanted her to spend the night yesterday.

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She said, “she was a little nervous because the last time she spent the night it wasn’t the night that gave her trouble – it was the early afternoon.  

I took a deep breath and said, “you’ll be okay this time.” “You go and have fun but, be smart and careful, and drive slowly wherever you go.”  

What we really want to do is: wrap her in bubble wrap, drive her everywhere and never let her out of my sight. 

But that. . . might drive us both crazy. 

Before bed I took note of the normal for her, for us . . . and then the little sister asked,   Can I sleep in her bed? 

and this life. . . moves on. 

Thank God 

 

Happy 4th from down South

Gifts:

having that extra car because Auntie loves so much made life easy the past month

talking to the girl with the brown eyes about her plans for the future

attending a different Mass of the  Byzantine rite

helping little hands

hanging out in the kitchen talking and drinking coffee

early morning

that smile

 

settling dust

It’s been two months since I picked up the new camera.  Early morning light calling me & I grab the Nikon before the light moves.

Dust settles in.

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It was a busy week last week with five doctors appointments to fill our days.

The girl who loves to dance is the one who knows where we are going and who we are seeing.  When they ask who’s in charge of the eyes . . . she knows the name and place of practice.

She’s keeping us straight.

The consensus of it all on our girl who loves music   . . . the dust is still settling.

Settled dust will give us more information.

But, over all . . . She’s doing well.

In fact I would say she is doing very well.

The face is coming back, and the eye guy gave a happy dance.

The ear guy says there is lots of fluid that needs to be drained but. . . “we must wait for dust to settle”.

So we wait.

and dust settles

and we move on

and she moves on

and

She’s moving on well.

All kinds of therapy starts tomorrow at Roger C. Peace . . .  a place for the injured. I know they will love her there. She will work hard and do what they ask of her.

She’s a fighter this girl. She’s strong. She’s ready to roll.

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Gifts

light calling me, streaming in

beautiful sky

notes  to me from the best friend ever

good morning hugs from the youngest of us

songs that make us dance in the car

listening to stories to be told from strangers

a phrase that makes her say, “now we have to listen to that song”

she discovered Bob Seger

clean laundry

celebrating birthday dinners with the brown eyed girl

stillness

walk in the woods

strength

 

Beauty Tips

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For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; for poise, walk with the knowledge you are never alone.”  Audrey Hepburn

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1001 Gifts:

398.) final exam week and they study, study, study

399.) my little reader

400.) dancing feet

401.) peace

402.) crickets & frogs serenade as we finish up a school day on the back porch

403.) making plans

404.) color in the fisherman – feeling so fine

405.) hard days work – leaving us tired @ night

406.) the fence project

407.) clean linens

408.) lipstick

like I said yesterday

It’s not unusual for us to have a house loaded  with kids.  They eat and then  as  I said yesterday. . . 

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after dinner someone grabs a guitar. 

Oh! by the way, 

Do you want a puppy

 

Does anyone want a puppy? 

NO! REALLY??  Does anyone want a puppy?

a new day

Yesterday proved to be a very stressful day for us.  Kathryn’s Daisy was missing and we couldn’t find her anywhere.

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We looked everywhere  

and Kathryn cried

and cried

and cried

. . . all day. 

Later on  in the evening Mark, Liz and I were off to Charlotte.  Matthew was flying home from college. His college roommate , Levi, was with him.  Levi will be staying with us  for the summer. 

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Kathryn and Stephen stayed home in hopes  Daisy would return.

Kathryn called in tears many times  to report  Daisy still had not returned.  .  . 

and she cried

and cried

and cried

. . . to me on the phone

and there was nothing I could do. 

On the way home from the airport . . . Kathryn called again:

she  was joyful this time because had found her Daisy behind the house. 

In a little corner we failed to look into. 

Kathryn had found her Daisy,

and with Daisy

there were six new pups. 

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Project 52

the music in my life

It’s been a world wind week with little time to post:
a visit from much loved aunt’s, an impromptu recital, a surprise visit from cousins, a  Passover party, an Easter Celebration, and a 16th birthday for the girl that keeps  music playing in my life. 

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