Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Grace

Things move me. Sometimes it is a song. Other times a conversation with a friend. Or a movie. On and on the list could go. I came across a poem the other day. It has haunted me.


He who learns must suffer.
And even in his sleep
Pain that cannot forget
Falls drop by drop upon the heart,
And in our own despair,
Against our will,
Comes wisdom to us
By the awful grace of God.

Aeschylus

Monday, November 13, 2006

Updates

Just a short update. It must be short because sitting at the computer kills my leg.

Ellas is home from the hospital. He is making progress, slowly but surely. His temp is normal. His mouth and throat are still affected by the ulcerated places. The Lord brought us all to the point where we had to trust Him with Ellas' very life. It's hard to watch someone you love be as sick as he was. It is also terribly hard to watch my dearest friend and sister make that faith choice. Kim had more faith than I can comprehend. She is amazing. But praise the Lord, His plan is to let us keep Ellas for a while longer.

My knee is healing. Rehab is difficult and sometimes excrutiating. But God makes a way amd gives me strength. I feel stronger. I'm having some faith issues when it comes to using these cumbersome crutches though.

My friends and church family have taken excellent care of me and my family. Thank you to all of you.

Well, that's all the pain I can stand right now. More later.

Friday, November 10, 2006


My poor sweet boy. Ellas is a very sick little boy. He's been in Children's for 4 days now. The doctors feel pretty sure that he has something called Stephens-Johnson Syndrome. He was put on oxygen yesterday. His fever has finally come down though. It looks like he'll make a full recovery but it might take a while still. Kim and Scott have been told to expect him to be in the hospital for at least 4-5 more days. Please pray for them. Posted by Picasa

My leg after surgery. I'm recovering well. My physical therapist said that I'm doing really well. It hurts like he*%$! Posted by Picasa

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Bits and Pieces

Here's just a few random things to tell you. They are not unimportant, only random.

I saw a cat chasing a car tonight. It was really funny. I needed a laugh very badly.

Ellas is in Children's Hospital. He was admitted today. They are really not sure what's wrong with him. He's had a 104 fever for a day and a half now. His lips are swollen and blistered. The doctor said the swelling was not consistent with only dehydration. His mouth and throat are blistered also. We'll know something tomorrow.

I am having surgery at 8:30 in the morning. I tore the ACL in my left knee. I can't spell the name of it... it's anterior cru...something ligament. It cannot be repaired, only rebuilt. Then lots of therapy afterward. I dread it. I'm such a baby.

When I tell people that I tore my ACL, if they know what that is, I get the occasional response of "Huh. I thought that was a sports injury." What? I don't look athletic to you? Chris thinks I'm athletic. He's always asking me if I wanna wrestle.

I received a lovely card from Amber today. Thank you dear friend.

Bren and I had a deeply philosophical conversation today (quit reading Frank, you might cry). It concerned Jack Black. We find it admirable that people like Jack Black and Will Farrell and Jim Carrey can commit themselves so completely to something. We find ourselves way too concerned with how we look. Those guys do not care one bit if/when they look completely ridiculous. It's really quite remarkable. I wish I could be more like that.

Well, we're about to watch The Benchwarmers. It's always nice when you can go into something with really low expectations that are justified.

It'll be a few days before I post again. Enjoy your life while I enjoy my pain meds. And be sure to pray for Ellas.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006


Here's my favorite picture from our trip to Moundville. The day was perfect: sunny, a bit windy, warm. We had so much fun! Posted by Picasa