The past week has been a blur of events and last night as I lay in the comfort of my own bed, I thanked God that I don't have to walk this road alone, that He is always there, filling me with a peace that is not my own.
Martin's Dad has been in the hospital for the past 2 1/2 weeks. We try to visit as often as we can, but this past week has been a complete fail in that department. It's hard to keep the kids occupied if and when they do join us. Thank God for technology!
Then last week Sunday we got the news that my Grandma passed away. It was something she spoke about. She really wanted to go to heaven to see Jesus, her loved ones, and leave this world with all it's aches, pains, and sorrow. Grandma was 95 and lived a full life, committed to her God. I will be eternally grateful for the legacy she has left.
It was a tough decision to make, but after much juggling and contemplating, I decided to head the 947,234,275 miles to LaCrete, Alberta for her funeral. Thankfully my sister Kathy flew in from VA and joined me! It's a beautiful drive, but very long, with literally hours of hardly seeing a living soul. I literally clapped in joy when we reached Red Earth on our way home! Odd, I know! But it was sooo good to finally leave the stretch of trees, trees, and more trees! (Apparently I'm not as much of a country girl as I thought I was! lol!)
Our time in LaCrete was brief, but well worth it! I got to connect with cousins I hadn't seen in years. All but 9 of Grandma's grandkids were at the funeral. It was neat to reconnect with some of my cousins, and get to know some a bit better. I even had the privilege of meeting sweet Miss S! She may not know it, but she touched my heart in a very profound way and I do consider her to be my cousin. I guess that's the neat thing about family...it's not necessarily defined only by blood, but more by connections and love.
It's an odd feeling to know that I have lost yet another prayer warrior. It really made me realize the importance of upholding one another in prayer. So the challenge I am faced with is this...to pray more often and fervently for those that I know, and for those that come into my life for only a brief moment.
Martin took time off of work to stay with our kids and to take them to the many appointments booked for that week. Of coarse that would be the week where we had 3 appointments in 2 days!
Kathy and I stopped in Edmonton for night and spent a day shopping! It was a wonderful way to unwind and spend time with my sis!
We arrived home in the late afternoon on Monday....exhausted!! My anemia seriously kicked me in the backside!! To those of you who think I should drink coffee...well, you would be very proud of me!! I actually drank 1/2 a cup on the day of Grandma's funeral so that I could make it through the day. The first few sips were disgusting!! But after I added 4 sugar cubes and 2 creams, it was drinkable! lol!
Tuesday morning arrived WAY too early! Jackson had his ear surgery and was scheduled to arrive for 8am. We sat and waited for 5 1/2 hours! Poor Jackson went into shutdown mode.
I managed to get him to color for a bit, but then he started begging for food and water. I decided to take him for a bit of a walk and managed to find a quieter room....
...and he promptly zonked out!
Martin had a dentist appointment and stopped by to see us and to visit his Dad, who is in the same hospital. I'm so thankful that he did stop by. Jackson visibly relaxed when Martin arrived! :)
Thanks to our wonderful anesthesiologist, I was able to stay with Jackson until he was asleep. He dozed off without a struggle and surgery proceeded as planned. He was discharged around 6pm after sleeping the better part of the 3 1/2 hours following surgery.
Today Jackson is doing well, all things considered. He is still on Tylenol to control the pain. This morning he had a rough patch and sobbed for awhile and eventually fell asleep as I rocked him! And that rarely happens!
I'm looking forward to regaining some energy in the next few days; to having Martin less stressed about all the work that is waiting for him (not to mention all the frantic phone calls of customers needing their work done yesterday!), and hopefully I can kick this runny nose/cold creeping up on me!...all before the craziness of next week arrives.
I'm trying not to think about another appointment and Malia's surgery next week...ugh! Sometimes life is beyond crazy! Having said that...we knew it would be crazy when we said "YES!" and we wouldn't change it for anything!! (But that doesn't mean I can't dream of having a nanny!) :)