We're limping, crawling, stretching...
3 Weeks Left...
#1 - Pretty Girl
Pretty Girl fell off our tramp while wrestling with her brothers and suffered a radial head fracture on her left arm. Consequently, I spent a horrendous day at Primary Children's Hospital.
I hate that place. With the breath of a million scorching suns. So much awfulness, hopelessness, despair. Hate. Hate.
The bone was off by 44 degrees. If a bone is off by 30 degrees or more, the patient is usually transferred right to surgery with resulting screws/pins. But the amazing, talented physicians at Primary Children's decided to sedate Pretty Girl and attempt a manual correction. He warned me there was a very small chance of success. Bless this young man's heart. He mentioned in passing that the head orthopedic surgeon just happened to be in the ER and our doctor was able to consult with him on how to align Pretty Girl's bone at the right angle. Small miracles.
We were so blessed. So blessed. So lucky. I was elated until I realized the dozens and dozens of children around us were not nearly so lucky. Pretty Girl's neighbor was a young boy in a wheelchair awaiting brain surgery the following morning. The look on the mother's face as we were leaving will probably haunt me for the rest of my life.
A sweet friend of mine who lost her newborn last Christmas told me after the episode - "it's so we can see the miracles around us".
Her words changed everything for me.
We were finally out of the woods one week later when the follow up X-rays confirmed the bone had stayed in place and casting could take place. I was so happy I felt like skipping outside in the parking lot.
#2 - Cousins and Friends
I got to hang out with a few close friends and cousins a few times this past month. All these moments make the weeks go much faster.
#3 - More Scout Camp Activities (sand dunes - it was freezing!)
Half way through the windy, snowy, rainy night the back part of his tent collapsed. In complete darkness and with his handy flashlight, our oldest got up, went outside the tent and repaired everything. The rest of the boys stayed in tent. Yeah, he's all kinds of amazing!
PS - He also did not forget his shoes.
#4 - Egyptian Art Fair
I volunteered to run a booth for the art extravaganza night at the kids' school. It was exhausting, but loads of fun!
#5 - Sleeping Arrangements
This just sort of happened - right after Pretty Girl broke her arm. The kids have all started sleeping with Mom. Seriously. And I love it! It's so much better to hear their noises at night and feel their little hands close to mine. Much less lonely with them around.
#6 - A Sneak Peak Into Idaho
I took the kids on an extended weekend to Boise. We inspected Greg's bachelor pad, looked at potential houses, went to museums, explored downtown Boise and prayed lots when the car broke down on a deserted road in Eagle.
We also had dinner with some long-time friends (Larry & Ruthann). We met them our first year of marriage and have kept in touch since. They've been living in Idaho for 10 years. Their kids and our kids meshed well and it was so nice to get their insight into the area.