Going home…

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Isaiah 58.8-9a & 11

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

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Romans 8.28

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for

the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.IMG_5821

21 days ago Mom entered St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  On that day the above two verses were in my devotional.  I did not read them until today…that day, June 12, was a little crazy!  But, again God knew what He would provide and it would be perfect timing.  Isaiah 58 talks about healing and strengthening mom’s frame…this is EXACTLY what she needs.  Then Romans 8.28 is our family verse and one we cling to.  We know this is all part of God’s plan and we are trusting Him through the next phase.  Home is our next mailbox. 🙂

Home is where we are headed today – Bella Vista, Arkansas. We will leave her team of many WONDERFUL doctors, physicians assistants, nurses, patient care assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists,  and speech therapists behind.  God truly blessed us with amazing people who cared for mom as their own.

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We are so blessed to have had Jason, Dave, Ben, Jill, Nicole and Tessa as well as others who are not pictured.  Our thanks will never be enough! They did wonderful things with mom! Loved her, cared for her and helped her in many ways! Thanks Mom’s Rehabilitation TEAM!
For the next month mom will have dad and me. 🙂  Mom and dad will learn a new normal.  She can not drive for 3 months…so I have told her I will be kidnapping and babysitting her car until she can use it again. It needs some TLC. 🙂 But, of course I will only drive it in Arkansas. 🙂
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Mom will follow-up with her surgeon in one month to see about replacing her bone flap.  She will be sporting her fancy helmet until the bone flap is replaced.   Then she will  follow-up in two months with her rehabilitation doctor to see how things are going and discuss the possibility of driving again.
We are excited about going home.  It will bring new challenges but will also help mom and dad resume life.  They will be creating new pathways to normal.  The doctor feels she will have a full recovery within a year.  Mom said this morning, “boy, how things can change in an instant.”  We are so thankful to be where we are at this point.  Mom’s instant changed things…but she is alive and well and getting better every day! Praise the Lord!
God is teaching us along the way.  He is showing us what patient endurance looks like.  He is helping us truly rely on Him because His strength is sufficient.  He is showing us what faith in action looks like.  As we start this next phase, we want to thank all of you for your continued prayers. We feel them! Thank you for your cards and emails.  Thank you for the beautiful flowers.  Mom has been encouraged every step of the way.  We covet your continued prayers during next journey.  Our team is smaller but we are strong. We can do this…mom is doing it and we will do it with her.
So…here we go – HOME!
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Hebrews 12.1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Mom’s one regret during this 21 day ordeal – is that she doesn’t remember the helicopter ride. 🙂  So, here is a memory for her…
IMG_5827So thankful for these men and women too…we don’t know who they are but are thankful for their job and ability to get mom to Springfield safely.  Now we are headed home by car….Praise the Lord and thanking Him for His blessings!!!

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  1. Muriel Albers

    Eddie Lou! Jacquie shared this email with me – and how grateful I am that she did! So happy to know that you are doing better and able to go home. What a wonderful witness your daughter is to be able to share your family’s faith in such a simple yet beautiful way. It has touched my heart! God continue to bless you every step of the way of your recovery. Muriel Albers

  2. Jane Bidlack

    Eddie Lou, I heard about your illness from Vicky Dearing and I’m thrilled to know you are making such fantastic progress. I will keep you in my prayers and hope you will make a complete recovery. Much love – your daughter’s blog is wonderful!

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