Is it really possible that Spring is here and that summer is on the way? I know, just by writing these words that I have jinxed it and we will have snow by the end of the week. But I am so excited by the nice weather. Things are turning green. Our trees are leafing out and some of our bulbs are blooming. With the warm weather we get to add two activity to our list of daily activities: Walking outside and sitting on the deck. Both of these are things that we enjoy a lot. Fresh air and sunshine can cure all sorts of issues! We even got the fountain/pond working so we have the nice sound of trickling water in the background.
We have started ordering Joanne's meds directly from the central Kaiser pharmacy. they send us 3 months supplies of meds that we had previously been getting a month at a time. One corner of our kitchen looks like a full blown pharmacy. I had no idea prescription bottles came in such large sizes! We literally have a dozen massive bottles of various medications. Anyhow, it saves us from running to the pharmacy every couple of days so that's a good thing. Joanne is still on about 10 medications ranging from anti-seizure meds to children's aspirin and everything in between.
The girls are in their last push to the end of the school year. Audrey has a trip to South Dakota in a couple of weeks with her class that she is very excited about. They are going to have a blast but I tell you , you couldn't pay me enough to be a chaperon on that trip. I LOVE these kids and have known many of them for years, but you put 4 boys in a hotel room 500 miles away from home and get them hopped up on sugar and you have a problem on your hands! Hopefully they will be able to wear kids out during the day so that they actually get a little sleep at night. God bless those chaperons. You will be in my prayers.
Before Audrey goes, we need to get her a root canal and a crown. When they told me what it was going to cost I literally lost my breath! Still not sure how we are going to scrounge the money together but I am praying for a solution. I really feel like God has provided a way to make it through these tough times and that he's not going to let us down this time. It is a real test of faith but an honest and good test (as much as I would love to avoid this test).
In a couple of weeks I get to tell our story at a National Day of Prayer event. I think I have about 20 minutes to talk about what our family has gone through in the last year plus. How do you take a year's worth of spiritual/practical lessons and pack it into 25 minutes? Fortunately my mom has helped me process a years worth of lessons into some cogent form. I will post a blog with the four points I plan to make in a future post. Hopefully I don't bomb! My only other presentation about this stuff was two a bunch of middle school students who were more excited about what Joanne's scar looked like then what I was learning in my prayer life!
Speaking of which: I have been asked to be the graduation speaker at the 8th grade graduation next month! It was student selected and that makes me feel like a million bucks! But I have to think of something genuine yet motivational to say. I'm not sure that my, "Life if hard, get used to it" talk is really appropriate. Again, this is another source of great prayer for me. I want to bless the socks off these kids as they move to high school.
So I guess that's about it. Joanne is hanging in there but we are struggling with "what comes next."We are sort of transition out of a season completely focused on therapy and moving toward a more laid back approach to life. Complicate to figure that one out and to strike a balance.
1. We will find out about the girl's financial aid pack in the next weeks. We are desperate for a good package so we can keep the girls in the Denver Christian system. Pray for favor as they review our applications.
2. Pray that God would provide a blessing that will help us pay for Audrey's dental work. We are talking thousands that we will be investing into her little mouth.
3. Gran is headed to England for a few weeks. Pray for a fun and safe trip for her!
We covet your prayers and appreciate your care and friendship.