Friday, November 4, 2011

Ups, downs, and everything in between

The last five weeks have been so full of celebrations and sufferings that I have had very little time to rest, reflect, and record. I am making the time today because I do not want to forget the recent events that have brought joy and sadness to our family. I have felt the Holy Spirit guiding us through all of it.

Several months ago, my grandmother was hospitalized and then eventually placed in a nursing home for rehabilitation. While she was there she became stronger and better able to care for herself, and October 6th was set as the day for her to return home. While my grandmother was in the nursing home, my grandfather finally retired from his job so that he would be able to care for my grandmother when she came home. On October 5th, my grandfather was taken to the emergency room because he was having trouble breathing. Fluid was removed from his lungs, and he was admitted to the hospital for testing. On October 11th, my grandfather was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. He has been given one to twelve months to live. My grandfather celebrated his 89th birthday while in the hospital, and he finally came home on October 20th. My grandparents are together again. They have beds side by side in their family room. They need a lot of care from their family. Most of our family members have been working hard to make sure they are comfortable and happy. It is not always easy, but we make it work. 

My Grandparents, Christmas Eve 2009

Early in the month of October, Chris received an answer to a long-held prayer of his. This special intention was answered in the most positive way, and his spirit has been renewed. We are so grateful for the blessing he has received. Chris and I celebrated our wedding anniversary on October 12th. We went out to dinner, and we enjoyed this rare treat. Mid-month I had surgery to determine the cause of pelvic pain I have been experiencing for the last two years. My doctor performed a laparoscopy and hysteroscopy. My doctor found adhesions and polyps. She was able to remove them. Several days after my surgery, I noticed that I was not healing like I should, so I made an appointment with my doctor. Turns out that I had some internal bleeding and infection. Thankfully, antibiotics and a little extra time were all I needed to feel better. I am finally pain free! My doctor said that everything looks good, and she feels good about the possibility of another baby in our future. That news made Chris and me very happy and hopeful. Yesterday, we celebrated Chris's birthday. He turned 37 years old. As usual, we celebrated with a carrot cake from the bakery. Chris loves carrot cake!

This picture is from Chris's birthday last year. I forgot to grab my camera last night, but he and his cake looked almost exactly the same!

With everything that has been going on, it is hard to believe that the boys are getting any school work done, but they are managing to get almost everything done on time. There have been several days that we have had to play catch up, but we have made it work out. Unfortunately, we have not been able to see our homeschool group friends as much as we would like, but we hope to change that soon. We did take a trip to The National Zoo on October 21st. We had a great time with family and friends. Tomorrow is Thomas's last soccer game of the fall season, but basketball practice starts next week for both Thomas and Holden. This week we had two Halloween parties to attend. The first was an adult party with old friends from high school. It was nice to see several people that we do not get to talk to regularly. Then we had a family party at my sister-in-law's home with all the cousins. We had a blast! My favorite memories are of these family gatherings. We are very blessed to live so close to our extended families.

Thomas and Ralph, Halloween 2011

With the Thanksgiving, Advent, and Christmas seasons fast approaching, I know that we will continue to be busy, but I hope that I am able to make time to write about our activities here. In the years to come, I know that I will be so thankful to have a record of all these events that have made our lives so full.


  1. Erica, oh my goodness. I can't believe how much you have gone through over the last month. I'll be keeping you all in prayer.

  2. Stephanie, thank you so much for the prayers.


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