What a crazy week it’s been. I haven’t seen Phoebe in seven days and I miss her so much. Fortunately, a dear family friend of ours had already loaned us a week at her time share here in East Texas, so last Sunday I loaded up my sick boys and came out.
Deacon started the week off pretty rough and Ben followed suit soon after. They have both been on antibiotics for several days and seem to be doing better although Ben still has some residual coughing. Averic had some symptoms but never really got it full-on, and I didn’t want to be a party pooper, so I got sick as well and am currently nursing my own cough and congestion.
I am so done with all this sickness and ready to be with my girl again, and I know Nathan is ready to be with all of us as well.
I can’t complain too much, because if you have to be sick, the piney woods of East TX and a nice swimming pool are a perfect setting. We coughed all night and slept in each morning and then headed to the pool for the afternoon where I got to do a lot of reading and relaxing. One of the perks of being a home schooling family is that when everyone else heads back to school, they leave resorts and vacation spots empty. So, we enjoyed a very quiet pool with a couple of younger families with toddlers and another home educating family. It was very nice.
Nathan and I took endless pictures of the kids that were with each of us and sent them back and forth on our phones. Taking a family vacation without half the family was more than a little sad, but God provided for our needs and we at least got to “enjoy” our mandatory quarantine. It was also good that Phoebe was close to the hospital since she needed a transfusion and platelets.
Phoebe was released from the hospital tonight and her Grammy is there to help take care of her so Nathan can get some rest. My Mom stayed with her a couple of nights this week as well to help out. I can’t imagine doing this without the help of our family and friends and even the generosity of strangers. A kind stranger that we met at the time-share this week, paid for the boys and I to enjoy a day at the indoor water park there. I found the tickets pricey and didn’t want to spend the money, but God used this man to bless my boys and I.
And I guess the other most exciting news, is that we are looking at buying a home in East Texas! We have found a little house on some land and we are praying through the process of buying our first home. I will share more detail when I know more, and when I am feeling a little better, but we are very excited. Moving will mean a lot of things for our family; we will have to transfer Phoebe’s weekly therapies and get set up for blood labs at a local clinic who will work with Children’s Medical Center in Phoebe’s care. But it also means that we will be back at home with our church family, we will live 10 minutes from Nathan’s parents and we will be with our YWAM Ministry family. We have been feeling the need for that kind of support for some time, and at least in a few ways it will allow us to move on with our lives. The boys can be a part of the local home school group and we will have grandparents and friends in town to help out.
Moving away from the hospital is nerve-wracking in some ways, but we feel the Lord’s leading in this and that gives us peace. Please pray for us as we try to make this transition; first and foremost that everything would fall into place with the house if this is the one He wants for us, that our finances would come together and all of the details of Phoebe’s medical care would be taken care of with ease. It has been so difficult to make a BIG decision in the midst of all this but making it feels right.
We are all hoping to be together again by Monday if we are better.
Thank you all for praying for us these past several days, and here’s to everyone being healthy again soon!
P.S. She took SIX steps BY HERSELF today!!