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February 6, 2012

Panic and Paradise

It's been a week since I've been around here and, in all honesty, it was incredibly relaxing and just what we needed in our house after the way things have gone down lately. On that note, to all of you who have been so supportive in thinking of us, praying for us, and sending little notes of encouragement- thank you. Truly, it's been so wonderful for us.

Some of you have already heard, but much of it started out as we were facing this:
Sick Baby
A snotty, miserable baby and another round of sickness, which put our grand total of continuous sick time in this house into well over a month. That was when the bad news began rolling in like a freight train.

First, we learned that my grandmother had been hospitalized with a stroke. It was shocking and completely unexpected. We didn't know if she would pull through, so I spent the next few days away from my sick baby and camped out at the hospital with family. As my grandmother slowly began to stabilize and make progress toward a recovery, those days away from my littlest one came at an unexpected price and my milk supply (just beginning to recover from a bout with Benadryl) tanked again.

So even as I began drowning myself in water and considered hooking myself up permanently to a breast pump, we got more news. Jonathan's grandmother's health was also failing. So we packed up our kids, doing our best to contain the germs, and went to see her one final time.

Because he's a wonderful husband, Jonathan had planned an anniversary trip for us months ago- and it coincided perfectly with all of the trauma and stress that had suddenly landed on our families. With everything that happened within a week's timeframe, neither of us expected that those plans would even be in the realm of plausibility, but our families pulled together- everyone laying out their schedules and what they had to contribute to the situations- and they made it possible for us to take a little time to focus on our marriage and celebrate the three years we've been man and wife.

We really do have the best family.

So with their blessing (and the promise that they would call if there was any emergency or sudden change), we were able to spend a couple days away in our version of paradise.
Little Slice of Heaven
I will be back later this week to share more about the trip, but for now just wanted to let you all know that we're still hanging in there and that we so appreciate your understanding as we go through this challenging time.

1 comment:

  1. So glad that you were able to get away despite what's going on in your lives. Praying for you!