Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Update 12/15/09 Day 37

Dear friends,

Frosty the Snowman is on the DVD. As usual, my kids are going to bed too late. I've accepted this TEMPORARILY. My goodness, how I love them! I am so blessed just to be with them, all together at home, watching that adorable fat snowman march around with his broom. Contentment is the word I'm looking for. I miss my man, and everything is not alright, but I am actually content tonite. It has been another whirlwind day, but it's just about over. And this night I am sleeping in my new bed! No more couch for this potato!

Stephen's leg is fine. The wound specialist took a look at it. She gave the thumbs up. He felt much better this morning. He's got some nerve, after all the energy I expended on worrying. "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ?" Matthew 6:27. The wisdom of that Book is stunning. So simple, so sure.

On Thursday, the "king of the castle" as Ralph Kramden would say, is making a test run to the house with the therapists to see what he needs here to accommodate his non-ambulatory status. The wheels are already in motion, and the amount of gray matter in the brain of Mark the Lion Hearted makes me wonder why he's not a nuclear scientist. He thinks of everything. I'm quite sure given enough time he could find the lost city of Atlantis. Terrific Tom has already begun ripping off my molding (I think he's going to fix it?), to widen doors for wheelchairs and walker contraptions. I'm actually applying for a handicapped parking permit, another new experience in the life of Loriann Smith. My daughter thinks I'm the one who needs it.

My chimney got swept today by Courageous Kevin and his junior sidekick. (By the way, how does a person sweep a chimney?) I was mad I wasn't here when he did it because I was going to make him sing and dance to "Step in Time", and I was going to be Julie Andrews. I love Julie Andrews. How in the world does she hit those high notes? Now isn't it ridiculously wonderful that God even provides an experienced chimney sweep to take care of that need. I'm telling you, the Great One is simply....well...GREAT.

Woot Woot, as Hannah and Lauren say! Hannah gets her teeth tomorrow. Now, lets all pray they fit ok. How I wish she still had her own precious teeth. But that option is not available to us, so I'm thankful for the new set.

Hannah was tutored in English today by the excellent Mrs. A. Miss Rejoice loves English. Isn't it a cause for a hurray, that 5 weeks ago the girl was intubated with a subdural hemorrhage, and today she's beginning to read The Odyssey? Woot Woot is right!

I had another house full of helpers today. The movers extraordinaire, the computer expert, the folks finishing my bedroom. Now when you visit, and I hope you do, you will think you have taken a left and wound up in a lodge in the Adirondacks. Not too many details, as Smitty is reading this blog and I want him to have his WOW moment. But needless to say, well, needless to say. (That's rare for me as I find very little needless to say. That is my problem. And my passion).

Time for a cookie, tea and then that wonderful new bed! Thank you for the prayers for Stephen's left leg. I appreciate the way you have stuck with me through this whole thing. I'm sticking to you like glue. Please pray for my dear sister-in-law Bettianne. In the midst of all this, and starting a new business, she just lost her dad. Thank God "weeping endures for a night, but joy comes in the morning". We've got a mighty big God. Mighty good, too.

Your friend on the pilgrim road,



Anonymous said...

Hello Smith Family,
You do not know me. I live in East Greenbush and heard of your terrible accident. Somehow the internet led me to your blogspot and you have moved me more than words can express. First let me say thank the precious Lord that you are both here and doing well. Your family is truly amazing and courageous, and strong. You have led me back to God in ways you can't imagine. I know me stumbling across this blog was God's work and felt compelled to write here. Thank you for being who you are and please know my thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless and keep keeping on.
A friend

Donnie said...

Remember our time alone...last Friday,after the kids were in bed.How we talked about where we were and where we are.Well at the moment,isint a wonderful where we are?Always in my heart ,always in my prayers...your little brother on the pilgrim (and Monarch butterfly) road,Donnie

johandav said...

Dear Anonymous,

You will never know how much your post means to me. I too know what it is to stumble on the pilgrim road, to lose my way. It's He who never lets go of US. You keep climbing, friend. Jesus is right there and He is incredibly faithful. His love for you CAN NOT fail.

Your friend on the pilgrim road,


Anonymous said...

I have read all your beautiful blogs with feeling your concern, anxiety, emotion and joy. You have been such an inspiration to me and my family, sharing your deepest emotions and fears, your insights and miraculous faith experiences. You have taught me much about the power of prayer, community and love. Love conquers evil everytime. You must be so proud of your children and husband as they have supported one another during this most awful yet amazing time in your lives. Amazing because it is so obvious that the King of Kings and Lord of Lords has surely visited you in your need and provided each of you with an abundance of His grace and mercy and because of that you will never be the same.
Can't wait until you write your book as I said at Albany Med.--this whole experience will make an incredible story to bring hope to many. Your gift of expression will surely touch hearts and bring troubled souls to seek the Lord.
I also wanted to say I cried when you quoted the Grinch, remembering how your mother used to recite the whole story when you were little and it just made me see the hand of God in all things.)
Your cousin, Sharyn
P.S. My mother just moved from the hosp. to rehab after many setacks but is making some progress! PTL

johandav said...

Dear Sharyn,

Thank you for your kindness! Tell Auntie Evie I love her and continue to pray for her. I know this: All things work together for good for those who love Him.

Your cousin on the pilgrim road,


Anna Bray said...

Dear Loriann,

How I love to read your blog each day! You're able to write down what so many of us feel but few have actually gone through to the same degree.
Hopefully, you'll be making these daily inspirations, emotions, life experiences and God moments into a book because God definitely has a plan for you to touch so many lives. What Satan has meant for evil, God will turn to good.
Love you and am in your cheering section!