The Leedahls Update – Dec. 24, 2014

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!!

10868009_10152621325952252_631808488679576365_nI 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

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17 thoughts on “The Leedahls Update – Dec. 24, 2014

  1. Patricia Hodge

    May God bless you every minute of every day. God is so good. Praying for all of you. Healing from God is on the way. Merry Christmas. Sent from my iPhone


  2. Bud and Edna Gensel

    Always praying for you and trusting that your Christmas Day was a joyous one even though it was not a typical one! So thankful you were able to shed tears. God sees every teardrop and treasures them and each one of you. Be assured of our prayers for each one of you. Here in California we like warm Christmas Days!

  3. Sharon J Fry

    What a great attitude and joy your emails are to me. Only heaven will tell what a blessing you continue to be. I don’t know you personally and you have never heard of me, but I have seen much sorrow and disappointment in my life. I, too, like living life to the full and loving those especially who are unloved and shunned, forsaking bitterness and resentment and zeroing in on God’s promises. May the Lord Jesus continue to restore Jon to good health, give Adie encouragement daily, and may your children see how great our God is through your struggles.

    Thank you for all your reminders and emails.

    Sharon J Fry

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    Your words are such a blessing, Adie!!!! I am glad it was a good day, and you could have Jon home with you. It is so important to have those days where the whole family works together and glorifies God together. I am glad that each day Jon is getting stronger and you are there to be his helpmeet. I love you so much!!!!!!!!!! Love, Ory Sent from my BlackBerry® PlayBook™www.blackberry.comFrom: “Jon & Adie Leedahl, NTM” <>To: “” <>Sent: December 24, 2014 11:51 AMSubject: [New post] The Leedahls Update – Dec. 24, 2014

    Jon & Adie Leedahl posted: “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”

  5. Phillip & Olivia

    Hi Jon, hi Adie,
    Glad u r doing better. We have to remember that just as The Lord knows exactly how many hairs we have on our head, He also knows exactly how many tears we have shed……. for he knows our sorrows.
    We hope you have a wonderful Christmas.
    Lotsa love from California

  6. Alastair D Sutherland

    Psalm 138 is a GREAT chapter!

  7. Sheryl Edwards

    Merry Christmas! Just seeing a long note full of ups and downs and smiles and tears brings such joy today! Bless you all!

    Sheryl Edwards

  8. Anonymous

    Merry Christmas from PA! Thank you for the encouragement that you are. I really appreciate your real ness and humility and it is a blessing to be a part of your life through prayer. May God continue to heal Jon and strengthen your walks with Him. Heidi

  9. Anonymous

    Awesome news!

  10. Tina brinkley

    Merry Christmas!!! I know you are overwhelmed. With both positive and negative feelings. I encourage you to take life one hour, one day at a time. Do not worry about tomorrow. I

  11. Marilyn Mason

    So happy that you were able to have Christmas Day with Jon home – a tiny bit of “normal” is pretty wonderful! Praying that the vac will become a thing of the past really soon!

  12. Thank you for making the time to write these updates. People around the world that you don’t even know continue to pray for you–and it’s clear that our Lord hears and answers as he leads you down this difficult path.

  13. deb

    Our little church here in Maine has been praying for you. Isn’t it a blessing to know we have so many sisters and brothers praying. So glad Jon is able to be home. Have a blessed Christmas. Deb

  14. Tom And Sandi Chambers

    Sandi and I are good friends with Brian and Shara and have been following your blog and praying for you.We are thankful to the LORD for the courage and strength he has given you. As the New Year comes on may you continue to grow more and more in love with your Savior. Isaiah 41:10 fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 49:16 Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands… The LORD spoke through Isaiah to the day that Christ would die on the cross with the nails in his feet and hands and die for our sins.
    With much prayer
    Tom and Sandi Chambers

  15. Wes + Min Ovre

    Very Merry Christmas to you all there. It is such a blessing to know that you can be home a few days at a time. Always a good sign when the rehab starts, too! Wonderful to see how many brothers and sisters in Christ are uplifting your family in prayer. May God continue to bless and strengthen, and light your path clearly ahead.

  16. Donna Burns

    Merry Christmas to you and yours. May the Lord bless your time together at home for a few days. I pray you all keep your positive attitude through all this. Tears are healing. Nothing wrong with that. Yours hearts are what I feel as you keep us posted. Praying daily for you, for healing, and God’s love to just surround you and that you feel how close He is.

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