A big thank you to everyone who has been praying for Erin and our family and all who have sent their well wishes, helped with meals, or helped us in any other way. We are truly blessed by your kindness and friendships. I am sorry for not posting in a few days. It’s been pretty busy around here as we have been adjusting to having Erin back at home and helping with her recovery.
On Thursday, less than 24 hours after her surgery the doctors felt she was ok enough to send her home. I was very concerned that it was too early, since she still seemed pretty out of it. However, we got home at about 6 pm on Thursday and she has done great. Erin is still really sore and slow moving, but we are already seeing improvements as swelling has gone down and she has been able to leave the recliner in our bedroom and come down stairs and sit in a recliner while hanging out with the rest of our family. On Saturday night even though we had to keep the kiddos and dogs off of her, it was nice to have her down stairs to watch a bunch of classic Christmas movies together as a family!
I also want to say how thankful we are for our families. My sister and dad have been a huge help in taking care of our kiddos, getting them from school, staying with them, and even taking them to Beattyville for a fun weekend of Christmas parties and sleep overs. Erin’s parents have been a huge blessing too. Her dad brought us a recliner to borrow for Erin to be able to visit with us in the living room and he has helped out with tons of errands too. Erin’s mom Cathy has been a huge blessing staying with us and helping keep things running around the house. God has really blessed us with a great family and we are so thankful for them!
Please continue to pray for Erin this week as she continues to heal and has follow up appointments with her surgeons. Tomorrow she goes back to see her plastic surgeon and on Wednesday meets with her oncology surgeon. Her big prayer is that they will be able to remove her drainage tubes as soon as possible. They are very uncomfortable and having them gone would help her be able to move around.
Lastly, we are again so thankful for how we have seen God work and thank you all so much for everything you have done for our family!
Greetings from Beattyville and we hope you are enjoying a good start to 2014! Our 2014 has gotten off like a roller coaster with ups and downs.
On Tuesday night we held an all night teen lock-in at the Rec Center to ring in the new year. We had 146 teens come out to this outreach and KMM missionary, Scott Brandenburg, shared with the students the story of Zaccheus and how they can just like Zaccheus come to know Christ personally. Please keep praying that the seeds that were planted at this lock-in would lead to us seeing many students come to know Christ as their personal savior.
Since the new year our family has been battling some sort of bug. Finally it got to the point where Andy couldn’t go to work and the kids were totally miserable too. Thankfully Erin had recovered enough to take the rest of us into the doctor’s where we found out we had some sort of virus and given lots of meds, then told to stay home for the rest of the weekend. We are slowly making some progress and with a busy week ahead, your prayers we would greatly appreciate.
I hope this post finds you staying warm and dry. Here in Beattyville between precipitation and cold temperatures it has been one nasty December weather wise. This past weekend at the Rec Center we were going to have an indoor yard sale to help raise funds for the Rec Center. Unfortunately, the weather had been rotten and was predicted to be really bad about the time of the sale we had to reschedule for Saturday, December 21st.
This week is a busy week for our family. On Saturday the Lee County Rec Center is hosting a breakfast with Santa. During this time I (Andy) will be reading the Christmas story and sharing the Good News of Christ’s birth with all who attend. We are expecting around 50 people to attend this event. Immediately after this event, we have a high school bowling match for our Lee County High School Bowling Team at the Rec Center. I will be helping as an assistant coach and also with whatever needs may arise during the match. Once all that raps ups, our family will be hosting our annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Christmas party at our house. All of our middle and high school students are invited out to our home to enjoy games, good food, and lots of fun. When Erin and I, purchased our current home we prayed and asked God to give us opportunities to open our home to our local youth. We are excited to be able to be a witness to them in our house and hopefully show some that come from broken homes love that they need to be shown.
On Sunday evening our family is gearing up for a big first. Maeven will be participating in her first ever Christmas play! She is practicing and is really excited for her role as a cow in the stable where Jesus was born. We can’t help but smile as we remember how just a year ago she was scared to death of cows, but now is proudly practicing her mooing. Judah is still to young to participate, but he loves practicing his cow sounds as well!
Erin is doing ok with her health diagnosis, but has some pretty tough days. Since we have met our insurance deductible for the year and to erase any worries about a scar found on Erin’s brain during her last MRI we have decided to go and get a better contrasted MRI of her head next week. We pray that this MRI will lead to a total conclusion that all of Erin’s symptoms are Chronic Fatigue and Fibromyalgia related and not some more serious brain issues. The relief of finding out that would be a tremendous weight off of our shoulders, so please be praying.
As always, we thank you for your continued support and prayers. We hope that you are having a great Christmas season and are truly enjoying celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!