Life At Korthuis Manor

Life At Korthuis Manor
Captain Randy and his First Mate!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Ski to Sea race!

This weekend was busy and somewhat "normal". Nathan's friend Heidi came up to Lynden for the long weekend and hung out with Nathan. It was so helpful for me and enabled me to get a lot done for the team barbeque on Sun PM without feeling like Nathan was sitting back there by himself! I don't spend all my time with him, but I do try to go back and sit with him pretty often when I'm at home.

We headed to Riverside Park about 11 to watch our biker come in and hand off to the canoers. Then we came back home and cranked out appetizers and a salad. BIG THANKS to Jeff and Kathi for helping us! They joined us for the race and were a GREAT help in the food/party department! GREAT FRIENDS! We left home about 1:30 to go to Squalicum harbor where Randy dumps in with the kayak. He got the handoff about 3:10 and he did the 5 mile leg in just over 1 hr. It was so windy and he said there were about 3 foot swells off Boulevard park - but he got it done!

After cleanup we headed to Jeff and Kathi's to sit in their hot tub - ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Today will be a fairly quiet day. Randy and I are going to grab coffee and go return the rental kayak up to Canada. Heidi will probably swing by to say goodbye before she heads back to California and Sunshine (jealous!!). Emily is hanging out at home (a rarity) and Brandon is having some friends for a barbeque tonight at 5pm.

Nathan's birthday is coming up on Thursday - what a birthday it will be - a celebration of life!!!! Nothing big planned - but this momma will be rejoicing all day that God spared her son and allowed him to see turning 22!

Friday, May 28, 2010

Bring on the rain......or is that pain?

Physical Therapy today was good for Uncle Steve (he enjoys inflicting pain - I always tease him that this is why he became a PT), but painful for Nathan. This is a good thing because it means he's being stretched - literally :-)

Pray for Nathan as PT is going to be ramped up to 4 times a week!

This weekend is the Ski to Sea Race and Randy does the kayak leg for the Mt. Baker Ski Patrol C team. It's always so fun. Nathan has a friend flying up from California to visit so he will have someone to enjoy while we are off gallivanting about the race. Afterward we always have the team for a barbeque - and it will be nice for the team to see Nathan - he was on ski patrol with them for 5 years.

I'll get a picture this weekend so you can get an updated peek of Nathan. Can you believe we've had him HOME for 3 weeks already? Again, time flies when you're having miracles. There's not a day that God doesn't amaze me with his faithfulness. We were working on figuring out Nathan's bills and had called WECU to inquire about the balance on his personal loan, and the teller told him it was 0 - nil - zilch - nada, you know - NOTHING!! Parents of one of Nathan's friends had paid off his loan - PAID IT OFF!! Made me cry!! God continues to take care of our needs before we know we have them!!

Enjoy your weekend - I know we will!

"And my God will supply every need of yours according to HIS riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Phil. 4:19

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


People are so precious and ask me if Nathan is making progress. This is a hard one for me and I told Randy that I don't know how to answer that because nothing seems to have changed and it's going to be SLOW progress. He still can't handle the wheelchair for more than 1 1/2 hours at the longest, he still is in his bed most of the day...............I know he's healing inside, which is HUGE, but progress??

My precious husband reminded me of the most significant progress we've had - Nathan has cut his pain meds back by almost half from when we came home and he is having less anxiety and we are starting to see more of normal Nathan - laughing, humor, teasing, grateful.............the things I've missed most! With encouragement from Uncle Steve, Dr. Caldwell, and us, Nathan has chosen to really work hard at getting off these meds!! Praise the Lord!

The two biggest things I would ask you to pray about right now, are his knee and his pinky finger on his right hand. The knee is only bending about 30% and it really creates pain in his femur! Pray for wisdom for physical therapy and that his knee will loosen up and start bending - this is HUGE. On the pinky finger, the top half is bent down and Nathan can't bend it up, again- for wisdom for Uncle Steve and that this would start working.

Last night Nathan had a couple friends come by and hang out and I heard him laughing like I haven't since before the accident. Salve to a mother's heart!!

For me - I was thinking the thing I miss most is when Nathan (tall boy that he is) would come up and put his arm around me and lean on me - oh how I miss that! I will so rejoice when he can do this again! He always gave me hugs and was very loving - can't wait!!!

Thank you for continuing to check on him - thank you for praying!!

A verse from my dear and faithful prayer warrior Susi -
"Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Heb 11:1

Sunday, May 23, 2010

1 month ago today........................

Can you believe it? 1 month ago today(almost to the minute as I'm typing), I got the call that a mother NEVER wants to get. Nathan had been in a motorcycle accident. The call came from my sweet sis in law Robin and she told me that they knew for sure he had a broken leg. Call it instinct, or whatever you like, but somehow I just knew it was going to be worse...........I mean we are talking MOTORCYCLE accident.

For all of you that have followed the blog, you know how the story has progressed and I can't believe it's been a month...................time flies when you're having miracles (my new mantra:-)!!

I thought I would post a picture of the accident site.............................

This is the path that he skidded along - I don't know if I said this before, but we've been told that when it's a single vehicle accident, they don't mark it with paint unless they expect the victim not to live - pretty sobering!

This is the curb that Nathan's body broke out (someone has put the pieces back in place)...............................Do you see how close he came to hitting the telephone pole? I'm afraid he would not be with us had that happened.

This is where the motorcycle came to rest and the gas was leaking............

This is a 1/2 mile from our home so I drive by it almost daily - and every time I say outloud "Thank you Lord". My God spared my son without a doubt!!

I am excited for the future and for what God has in store for Nathan, and us! It has been a privilege to get to know God in a deeper way, and have grown to trust Him and his sovereignty even more!!

Thank you for loving, caring and PRAYING! Keep praying - as wonderful as his progress has been and as many miracles as we have experienced, it is still a long road ahead with a lot of unknowns. The only thing certain - is God did not bring us this far to leave us now!!!!

Without FAITH it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that he exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Heb 11:6

Friday, May 21, 2010

A Good day to watch cartoons..................

Wasn't yesterday a beautiful November day?!?!?!?

Nathan was kind of having a rough morning - we both were. LONG day the day before, I didn't sleep more than 2 hours because of the wind and noise outside, Nathan was having anxiety, etc.

About 9:30 Tanya showed up with Ethan to watch cartoons with Nathan (Ethan has been talking about this for weeks!!!)...........................
Ethan just crawled right in and sat for about 2 hours and watched cartoons. Tanya and I had latte's and played with the new Ipod touch Nathan got me for Mother's Day. A wonderful quiet morning. It picked Nathan's spirits right up, and mom's too.

Thanks so much Tanya - if you had called to ask to come, I would've said no because Nathan was having a rough morning, but God knew just what Nathan needed................Ethan and cartoons!!

Last night G'pa and G'ma Korthuis brought dinner and ate with us. Nathan got up in his chair and joined us. It was fun to sit around the table together and the food was FABULOUS - thanks mom - nothing like meat and potatoes!!!

I went over to a friends house about 8:30 for 1 1/2 hours to say goodbye to a precious friend who is moving away. It was good to sit and visit with friends who enjoy laughter..........and rolos!! :-) I think if Nathan gets physical therapy twice a week, I should do this once a week for emotional therapy!!

Today we have PT, this is always somewhat exhausting for both of us. Randy got home last night - YEAH!! When he's home I do the first 2 meds of the night and he does the 2 early morning ones - such a help! Tonight I will do the 12:30am and then I AM SLEEPING IN!!! No school, no work, no nothing, just sleep (now let's hope I can actually stay asleep!!)

Thursday, May 20, 2010

On the road again................

Yesterday our chauffeur (ok - ambulance),
picked us up a little before 8am and we headed back down to Harborview for a clinic with the "Green Team". Nathan actually had the blue, green and red teams all work on him, but the green team handled his clinic yesterday.

They took the stitches out of his knee and hand, and this means that OFFICIALLY there is not a staple or a stitch left in his body!! Woo hoo! They put his left leg in a brace that will allow him to bend his knee, and removed the cast from his right arm and put on a removable splint.

We had thought they were going to do xrays, but they didn't do anything like that. Just the knee and right hand were dealt with.

We headed home at 3:30, traffic and weather were horrible, and it took over 3 hours to get home!! A VERY LONG DAY!

Nathan is now going to Physical Therapy twice a week, and I anticipate things to start getting a little tougher in that department, as I know Uncle Steve is ready to start pushing him through some tough stuff and on to the road to recovery. He is still struggling with anxiety and this is huge, so please continue to pray or him.

Yesterday as we were leaving Harborview, the driver of our ambulance told us they had just brought another motorcycle accident in by medflight. He said that it didn't look very hopeful for this guy. How I am reminded of the hope that we have in God, and when things "didn't look very good" for Nathan - our God knew the plans he had for him..........................
Jer. 29:11,12
For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you," declares the LORD,..........................

Monday, May 17, 2010

Not a lot of news

So sorry I haven't posted, but honestly, not a lot of news these days - which is a good thing.

Emily and I had a good trip over to Spokane, and it was SO good to see my Brandon!! The weather was beautiful, and Emily even got some highway driving in!!

Nathan got a haircut Saturday - YES!! I'll talk him in to a picture soon! We had lots of visitors on the weekend and that really helps pass time and keep his spirits up.

Today we had a Dr. appointment, and the Medical supply came with a gel seat for the wheel chair - thanks Uncle Steve!!! Can't wait to see how it works for Nathan tomorrow!

Tomorrow we go to Dr. Korthuis/Physical Therapist (and Uncle :-), for the first time. Wednesday we have an ambulance picking us up at 7:45 AM to head down to Harborview to meet with the Ortho team, hopefully get the left leg into a brace that bends, and get the cast off the right arm.

Please pray that things look great and that the bone in the femur has started growing back - this would mean no bone grafts. Nathan is really stressed out about possibly having to have more surgeries - I'm not thrilled at the thought either - but God is Sovereign and we rest in HIS plan for our lives.
Psalm 108:1-5
"My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
I will praise You, O Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of You among the peoples.
For great is Your love, higher than the heavens;
Your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,
and let Your glory be over all the earth.
Save us and help us with Your right hand,
that those You love may be delivered."

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Steady as she goes................

Another day, another nurse, another physical therapist.......................

I must say I never know what a day is going to look like ahead of time. I am learning to "roll with the punches" and realize that my schedule is just that MY schedule, not anyone elses :-)!

Yesterday, I was going to run to Costco in the AM real quick, come home, and then head to work for a couple hours, but between the nurse and the physical therapist that kept changing what time they were coming - by 5:15 Em and I were just heading to Costco.

Nathan got ALL the rest of his staples out and that left only the stitches in his left arm and left knee UNTIL dad got home and he took the stitches out of the arm............NOW, don't get all excited (like I did ), the Dr. was going to take them out on Tuesday, but Nathan was too worn out and needed to get home and out of the wheelchair, so Dad just took care of that. I hope he plans on going with me to Harborview next Wednesday so he can explain himself! I'm a rule follower - I did not do this!!!

The physical therapist told Nathan that he needs to be up in the wheelchair for 2-3 times a day for a minimum of 30 min. We have not been doing this. He's been up once a day (one day not at all) and not for very long. So today we will ramp it up a bit (no pun intended :-). Pray for Nathan as we work on this. He gets light headed and he starts to hurt. Think about sitting on a repaired pelvis, hip, tailbone, etc............................doesn't sound like a party to me.

This afternoon Em and I are heading to Spokane to bring Brandon home - I am so excited to see him and have him home for the summer.

Pray that things go smoothly while I am gone.

Psalm 145:9
The LORD is good to all, and HIS mercy is over all that HE has made!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Finding a rythym..............

Just another day today. Randy was gone last night, so I was up every 3 hours to do meds. When Randy is home, he graciously takes 3:30 and 6:30am - it helps so much.

After I get Em off to school, I work for a little bit while Nathan sleeps until about time for his 9:30 meds.

This morning we had a 11:00am Dr. appt. Dr. Caldwell took out Nathan's stitches from his femur and staples from his front pelvis operation - the staples from the back pelvis and hip operation are still in.

After the Dr. appt we came home, had lunch and I headed to work for a couple hours. I also worked a couple hours yesterday, and it felt good to be back at work - I DO love my job!

The Dr. decided to start tweaking Nathan's meds, so pray that it will go smoothly and that he won't have a lot of anxiety about it.

I am amazed daily - STILL - at God's faithfulness, and am reminded every time I drive by the accident site - 1/2 mile from here - at what a miracle God provided in saving my son and protecting his brain and spine!

Keep on praying...........................................

Monday, May 10, 2010

Back to work...............for me and the Mr.

After an absolutely wonderful weekend, today we are heading back to a little more normalcy.

This morning Randy left for Seattle to start a job down there. He is remodeling 3 bathrooms for Dennis and Michelle - the dear friends who let us stay at their house while Nathan was at harborview. I miss him dreadfully, but he has no work locally right now.

My mom came and spent time with Nathan while I headed in to work at Grandiflora for a couple hours. It felt good to work through the piles and start to get things back under control. I LOVE my job and my bosses have been wonderful and flexible with my absence! Thanks Trisha, LaVon and Jan!!

Tonight, dinner from the freezer compliments of BFF Kathi and sitting and enjoying time with my son!!!

Tomorrow he has a Dr. appt in Lynden, and the Home health nurse is coming to take out his stitches and staples - he is excited to have these gone!

Continue to pray..............................

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!

What a glorious Day! I got to go to church with my daughter and sing praises to my Heavenly Father!

Our friends Doug and Karen brought by their rampvan for us to borrow and we took Nathan to Steve and Robin's for the Korthuis Mother's day party.
Came home sat on the patio in the sunshine with my daughter.
Nathan ordered and bought us Mexican food for dinner.
Craig and Debbie came by to visit.
It is so wonderful to be home.

At this point my biggest request for you ALL - is continue to pray!! Lot's of hurdles yet, rough days, pain and unknowns. We covet your prayers. I will continue to update on Nathan and we would love for you to follow his progress. We are amazed daily!!

Another verse from Katie B!!
Psalm 46:1-3 (This is such a testament to God's power and love) "God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!"

Saturday, May 8, 2010 that's better

Yes - we are HOME!! Yesterday about 12noon we ALL headed home. Randy left early in the van to go get Nathan's prescriptions ahead of time, and Nathan and I rode home in the ambulance.

Here we are leaving the 7th Floor - Trauma Surgery - we're outta here!!
Then they loaded him in the ambulance.......................
After a 2 hour ride - we arrived.....................HOME! The sun was shining and I do believe I heard angels singing :-) !!
We took Nathan in his wheelchair and we all sat out on the back porch in the sun.

We had visitors...........................................
We barbequed on the patio and enjoyed our home....................................
Today, we have just enjoyed being home. Randy worked outside all day. We got more settled in and got Nathan's room set up better. Did laundry. Baked bread. Made dinner. Enjoyed visitors. Took Nathan out for a walk in his wheelchair.

Still coveting your prayers, still some things that I try not to worry about, still pain issues, lots of tough work ahead.......but our son is home!!

Psalm 36:5&6
Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains, your justice like the great deep.......verse 7 - How priceless is your unfailing love!

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Coming Home!

Well my friends - after exactly 2 weeks tomorrow - Nathan is being released! Can you believe it?!?! It still blows my mind that 2 weeks ago we were wondering if he would live and what that would look like and now he's coming home.

Special equipment arrives today, and a "crew" of friends are coming this evening to clean our home and get the house set up for us to arrive!!

Today some Physical Therapy, lots of conversations with Insurance companies, nurses, doctors, etc.

I will continue to post updates - I'm sure we will have SO much to share as Nathan's progress continues.

Please continue to pray - we have some tough days/weeks ahead. Having you all walk through this journey with us has been such a blessing and has contributed greatly to the peace that we have experienced to get through this!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Joy in the pain

Yep - last night was hard - the hardest one yet! When I got back to the hospital this morning, they had the pain more controlled and he was in decent spirits.

Randy and I headed down to grab him some b'fast and when we got back up to his room the Physical Therapist had him sitting in a wheelchair!!!! THE BEST THING I'VE SEEN IN A LONG TIME!!!!! We wheeled him downstairs and outside and showed him the helipad where he arrived almost 2 weeks ago. He was exhausted when we got back - but what a HUGE step!! We have a few more hurdles to pass before we can get him home, but everyone here says we'll be able to do it - lots of work, but they are encouraging us to get him home.

Today my brother Martin, wife Jacquee and son Oscar came up from Portland to visit . Nathan enjoyed chatting with them and it was so good to see them!

Pray for Nathan's frustration level as every day he realizes more and more how broken he is.

Pray for Randy and I as we learn how to do "this".

I can't wait to get home and cook for my family, have friends come by, and enjoy the healing process God is going to bring us all through!!

We continue to covet your prayers! God is so faithful - even in the dark times I am so aware of His constant presence!

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Unbearable pain

It's 10pm and Randy just sent me away to sleep! Nathan said he wished that we both could stay - he is overwhelmed with pain. It was SO hard to leave, but Randy says I have too.

Nathan is writhing in pain, gritting his teeth, moaning,.......................this is the most pain he's had to handle yet.

PRAY FOR NATHAN TONIGHT (and forward), that God will walk him through this. We prayed with him before we left and I said "Lord, you spared his life, not to leave him alone now. Walk with him through the pain."

Pray that Randy will have wisdom, patience and get some sleep.

I know I've posted this verse before, but it's so relevant................................
"You will keep in perfect peace, him, whose mind is stayed on you...."
Isaiah 26:3

Back to his room

It's about 4:30 on Tues and they just brought Nathan back from surgery. The surgeon met with us and said that the patella went back together very nicely and she was happy with how it went.

Now he's resting and we're visiting with Rick and Beth in the waiting room. Hopefully he'll be hungry for dinner soon.

Tomorrow we start attacking physical therapy a little more aggressively - and how that goes will determine where we take him when we leave here. Continue to pray for wisdom.

So many decisions, I keep putting off calling the insurance company - not ready to begin the hassle! I'll call tomorrow - I promise - hold me to it!

Here are words to another song - this is actually the one that we heard in the car that night - It's by Kutless.I'm a little foggy..............................

What Faith Can Do Lyrics

Everybody falls sometimes
Gotta find the strength to rise
From the ashes and make a new beginning
Anyone can feel the ache
You think it’s more than you can take
But you are stronger, stronger than you know
Don’t you give up now
The sun will soon be shining
You gotta face the clouds
To find the silver lining

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

It doesn’t matter what you’ve heard
Impossible is not a word
It’s just a reason for someone not to try
Everybody’s scared to death
When they decide to take that step
Out on the water
It’ll be alright
Life is so much more
Than what your eyes are seeing
You will find your way
If you keep believing

I’ve seen dreams that move the mountains
Hope that doesn’t ever end
Even when the sky is falling
I’ve seen miracles just happen
Silent prayers get answered
Broken hearts become brand new
That’s what faith can do

Continue to pray - I think the pain will be intensified by the physical therapy to come. We have lots of decisions to make ahead.

PS Pray for Brandon, he has a sinus infection, is miserable and is in finals with only 1 1/2 weeks to go.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Surgery #5

I talked Nathan into a picture because all of you loyal friends and family need to see my handsome man/child.................................Tomorrow around 12pm Nathan will head in for the last surgery. Can you believe it? This surgery is to fix his patella (knee cap), it is broken into 5 pieces.

Today went actually quite smoothly and Nathan got over some hurdles. We had a very quiet day with no visitors - the quiet was good but I think we were both going a little stir crazy by 5 - and I don't get any meds!! :-)

Randy will be down tomorrow morning before Nathan heads into surgery. Everytime he leaves me - I am so painfully reminded of how much I need him for strength right now - without him, I am lost!

There is no way to express how loved and cared for we feel. We are counting the days to come home and praying for wisdom in our decisions.

Romans 5:1-5: Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

Leanne N. sent me these verses and added that even tho' the verses are speaking about spiritual sufferings, often times when we are physically suffering Satan attacks and tries to draw us from the one we need to hold on most!

No surgery today

Today has been frustrating - to say the least. Nathan was on "hold" for tentative surgery and couldn't eat. He was starving and they wouldn't give us an answer when the surgery would be, if at all.

This time Papa Bear went and rattled some cages and finally by 11am they decided to wait until tomorrow. We immediately went downstairs and got some food for our hungry boy!

Randy stayed with him last night, and they both slept the entire night except for pain meds coming in, then they would fall right back to sleep! A good night.

Today he is agitated, frustrated, restless, irritated, (are there any I've missed?)and I am here by myself as Randy just headed home until tomorrow. Pray for Nathan and me today...........enough said.

Two days after the accident Randy and I were driving home and this song came on 105.3 - I told Randy that this is definitely our theme song for this definitive moment in our lives - can't wait for Nathan to hear it!

Katie B - sent me the words today - awesome - you didn't even know that we had "picked" this song.

Before the Morning by Josh Wilson

Do you wonder why you have to
Feel the things that hurt you?
If there's a God who loves you
Where is He now?

Or maybe there are things you can't see
And all those things are happening
To bring a better ending
Someday, somehow you'll see, you'll see

Would you dare, would you dare to believe
That you still have a reason to sing?
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It can't compare to the joy that's coming

So hold on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the dark before the morning

My friend, you know how this all ends
And you know where you're going
You just don't know how you'll get there
So say a prayer

And hold on
'Cause there's good for those who love God
But life is not a snapshot
It might take a little time, but you'll see the bigger picture

Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory
Once you feel the weight of glory
All your pain will fade to memory, memory, memory

Come on, you gotta wait for the light
Press on and just fight the good fight
'Cause the pain that you've been feeling
It's just the hurt before the healing

Couldn't have said it better myself......................................

Sunday, May 2, 2010

IIt was a VERY good day!

Ahhhhhhhhh! That's all I can say. Pain managed, a bath, hair washed, he shaved himself (nothing like making a mom nervous that putting a razor in a half way working arm/hand of her son!), put on shorts and a shirt, ate good, got the catheter out, drains out, AND

We got him up in a fancy chair and took him down the hallway for a brief few minutes.Check Spelling

This obviously exhausted him, but it was so good to get him out of that room - he loved it - and my mommy heart was thrilled!

G'pa and G'ma Korthuis, Uncle Marty, Aunt Debbie, Lisa and David, "uncle" Jeff and "aunt" Kathi - all came for visits. Nathan had some special friends visit too - it means a lot to him - he loves his friends!

Looks like we have another night in the private room - PTL - keep prayin' - it helps so much!!

We don't know about surgery tomorrow or not - I'll post as soon as I know!

I CANNOT believe how far God has brought our boy in 9 days - Miracle after miracle.

Psalm 103
"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.
Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits-
{He} forgives, heals, redeems, and crowns you with love and compassion,
{He} satisfies your desires so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not accuse, nor will He harbor His anger forever,
He does not treat us as our sins deserve (thank You, Jesus! editorial praise!)
or repay us according to our iniquities.
**For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His love for those
who fear Him;
as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our
transgressions from us.
*As a father has compassion on His children, SO the Lord has compassion
on those who fear Him, *for He knows how we are formed, He remembers
that we are but dust.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
and His kingdom rules over all.......

4 solid hours!

Last night, Nathan was so miserable from 10pm-2am. We shifted, propped, ate applesauce, etc nothing worked, finally after his 1:30 meds he settled down and we both slept! Ahhhh!

We are still in a private room - keep praying we can stay here as long as possible!!

Today they hope to get him up and in a special chair and we can wheel him around if he wants. He's had 3 drains and from the surgery sites, and those all came out today! Progress, progress, progress.

Watching Nathan consumed with pain is - unbearable. I talk a lot to God during these times. Randy is still here today and we look forward to some family today.

Thanks so much for your continued love, support and prayers.

Saturday, May 1, 2010


I just roared like a momma bear (I was actually quite sweet - just persuasive!) and got Nathan a private room - until they need it - pray he can be here as long as possible! What a difference it makes!

Nathan is healing beautifully - in so many ways!

Still working on pain management - my God can do that!

Randy's turn to go to the house and sleep! My turn to sleep with my boy!
Should be a fairly quiet night - as quiet as you can get in a hospital.

We had friends that were such an encouragement today - we are all feeling overwhelmed by the love and support!

Without faith it is impossibe to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exsists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Trust me - we are earnestly seeking HIM!!


Today the key words are pain and anxiety..........they're both WAY too high!

They are still trying to manage his pain and Nathan is going insane just trying to find a position he can survive in.

Pray today - He is praying too - we pray with him often

I slept good last night, thanks to my precious man and our friends that provided a warm cozy comfy bed.

One day at a maybe one minute at a time................
"Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow has enough worries of it's own." (don't know where this verse is found - I think in Matthew?)