Merry Christmas to you all!
Here in Australia it is 12:40 a.m. Christmas Day. It was so odd to think it was Christmas Eve last night when it was a really hot and humid day.
As I write this, Jon is HOME!!! He’s already asleep, poor guy is wiped out. Lots of PT today. Visits with his ortho docs and some talks of what his rehab will look like for at least the next six months. He has a lot of work ahead, but they are already pleased with how it’s going. Just need the vac off. Pray!!
I have to take him back to the hospital to get his vac changed on Friday, but then he gets to stay home until Sunday night!!! After his vac is taken down again on Monday, they will re-assess his wound. We would love to see his leg ready for a regular bandage, but we’ll take it as it comes along. God knows best!!
Wednesday was a non-typical day. I didn’t go anywhere, did some baking, baby-sat, waited for the air conditioner repair man to show up, and puttered around getting cleaning done. It was nice, but my heart ached to be with Jon and I honestly felt overwhelmed. I kinda knew it was one of those days that just needed my built-up tears to flow. So, I had a good cry on Michelle’s shoulder. And then felt like I could take on the day again. Crazy how it helps, but it sure does!
Gavin and Sue Schwass and their daughter Amanda stopped in. It was a blessing to see them. When you don’t have any family nearby, friends become like family to you. What a really great thing to have here in Cairns!
Then, the boys, Steven Thompson, and I picked up Jon and cleared out his things that he didn’t want to leave at the hospital for the few days he would be home. I was going get all “fancy” and make him a fun Christmas meal. Then, I thought, why stress? Let’s call up Dominos! So, good old $5 pizzas and watermelon for our Christmas Eve dinner and it was great. The boys loved it!
We had our sweet friends, Wilsy & Ole, stop in. What a treat to see them and just chat together. This family has become so dear to us here! Such caring folks. Truly a blessing!!
The boys requested to play Wii with their Dad and a movie. Now, we are happily all tucked in bed, hoping everyone sleeps in tomorrow morning!
If this all sounds like the picture-perfect day, it wasn’t. Making sure Jon can make his way around the house, getting his things set up, hooking up his vac & figuring out how to get it set up right, positioning him just right in bed, getting his things lined up next to the bed like his Kleenex box (allergies), meds, computer, etc., was just a little part of our evening. These are new beginnings, to a new way of living. Before we know it, it will be routine, and Jon will get into his groove. He will know just how and when to turn around all the corners and hallways and rooms in our house. As with anything new in your life, it only takes a little bit of time to get accustomed–and then it’s natural. Pray for us as we all find & learn this new way of life!
Merry Christmas, dear ones–near and far!!! Enjoy your time spent with family and friends wherever you are, and may you find contentment in Him who give us HOPE.
No matter our circumstances we have joy in the knowledge that this life is temporary. Live life fully and love big and love much. Life is too short to waste it with bitterness, anger, and most importantly without a personal relationship with the God of the universe who loves you so much! Hugs, you guys!!
“In the day when I cried out, You answered me, And made me bold with strength in my soul. Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch out Your hand Against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O Lord, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands.” – Psalm 138:1, 3, 7, 8