Thursday, May 4, 2017

Time to Catch Up

Thank you for all the love and prayers yesterday, as I remembered the 6th anniversary of Chris going to Heaven. It was a bittersweet day. I had an impromptu gathering with some dear friends (following a doctor’s appointment) who are mighty prayer intercessors, among many other gifts, and they blessed me deeply with much prayer. I cried many tears, but I truly believe they were tears of healing, and I know God collected each one (Psalm 56:8).

I’m sorry I’ve been quieter than I would I have liked here lately. There’s just been a lot going on…not all bad…just a lot. Let me quickly catch you up:

  • You may or may not know we still had our house on the market in Asheville when Joel went Home to Heaven. Paying two mortgages is tough enough, but losing the primary income in our family and having to deal with that is almost more than my feeble mind can take. Prior to Joel entering the hospital, we had a few showings but nothing seriously promising and definitely no offers. Less than two weeks after Joel died, I received an offer! And…the house closed last week! I am finally down to just one house again. Praise God!
  • My foot saga has NOT ended, but it’s looking much more promising. Just to recap, I was scheduled for a minor foot surgery revision (of a surgery from seven years ago). It went fine…or so we thought. A week later, I had an emergency second surgery to try to stop the source of the bleeding, and a baseball sized blood clot was removed. Two more weeks passed, with very little healing taking place, and the wound splits wide open! Back in for surgery just over a day later. At that time (on March 31), a wound vac was installed. It was AMAZING! If you’re not familiar with wound vac therapy, look it up…it really is astounding. I say all that to say…it did it’s job and was removed last Thursday. Now, we’re waiting for the rest of the wound to close…hopefully not too much longer. Needless to say, three foot surgeries during the month of March while heavily grieving the loss of my precious Joel just a few weeks prior…too much…just too much!
  • Joel’s oldest two kiddos – Amy and Justin – and their spouses, Wes and Virginia, came down last weekend to spend days simply doing project after project in this house. I was beyond elated and overwhelmed with all they did to serve me, the kids, and their dad’s memory. I can’t tell you how proud Joel would have been to see those precious bonus children of mine work their tails off with a complete heart of service! What a joy to witness!
  • Oh…and probably one of the most gut-wrenching pieces…I had a wreck a few weeks ago. Totaled the car Joel drove most often. It was my fault. It could have been very, very ugly, but God’s protection was over both cars in a mighty way, and we all walked away with nothing more than a few aches and pains from the angled, head-on collision. Praise God for His mercy and grace! I’ve had to wrap up the details of that with the insurance company – fun (not!). Now, I have to face the ticket, and I’m praying it will be erased completely with no implication on my driving points or insurance rates. I’ve been told that’s very possible considering my squeaky clean driving record. Would you join me in praying for His mercy to abound in that very specific way please?
  • I start counseling today. Long overdue, I’m sure, but I’ve felt very “trapped” in my home due to my foot issue. I’m able to start doing a little bit more, but very small steps. This was at the top of the list. I need this, and I need this for one of our kiddos specifically. I’m praying this gal is a good match for one or both of us.

I’m sure there is much more I can share, but honestly…my widow brain is a bit foggy at the moment. It seems it doesn’t stop…the “stuff” to do, that is. That’s just life, in general, but it feels very revved up for me right now. I continue to ask God for a dose of His strength, as I feel extremely weak right now. He promises to be strong in my weakness. I’m counting on it!


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