Sunday, September 9, 2012

Rough Day and a Little Happily Ever After

It's been a rough day....not horrid, just harder for some reason.

We've been weaning Jael off prescription pain meds during the daytime (not at night), per doctors instructions.  We kept her on around the clock pain meds longer than they suggested (though they left it up to us).  She seemed to need it. 

She's done really well today rotating Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen.  She didn't complain much and it wasn't excruciating when she did.  She was still very active.  We do think the prescription (Tylenol with Codeine) may be effecting her like is does me.  It makes me mellow and tired, BUT it also makes it so I can't really sleep well...fairly restless.  She took a solid nap today, which she hadn't since we had her on the prescription around the clock. 

We did receive a wonderful sign today when we changed her bandage!

 We saw this.

That may not look like much to most of you, but to us it's a celebration.  The color and lighting aren't very good, but it is dry and clean.  There was no drainage, even from the latter healing leg.  We have the beginning of real healing my friends.

This is good, very good...

We had the world intrude a little today though.

I think the emotional toll on us is just showing through for a couple of kids.  Two made some not so wise decisions and face consequences...urg.  It's just part of life and parenting. 

Some may jump to, "It's because you have such a large family."

You know, you may be right.  Multiply my childhood or teen drama by eight children and it may occur a little more often.  How do I get it not to happen?  Do I decrease my blessings?  That's exactly what it would take (smile).  Not gonna happen...

It is exhausting, but when I compare it to the blessing...SO worth it. 

So it's been a rougher day.  Little miss is asleep after having some fun with her siblings....

My husband and oldest are out driving and talking.

Sarah is trying to catch up on homework that this crazy blessed week kept her from doing.

The dark and quiet made me remember the sign that I took a picture of and texted to my husband.  It made me think of him.

Really this is a story of my husband and all of our children.  This is especially the story of our walk with Christ. Our life seems ordinary...until we truly know HIM.

Fairy tales are not easy.  I can think of poison apples, murderers, thieves, bandits, liars, hurtful family members and just about everything (oh, and a wolf now and then).  The cool thing about them is that they end happily ever after.  At least in the good ones they do. 

Heaven is an amazing happily ever after.

Thank you again for your prayers. Go enjoy your fairy tale...where every hard thing is a lesson to learn from and growth from God...where children are all blessings...and where we end up in God's arms.


Please keep our little girl in your prayers (as well as our family).  Please pray that infection is kept out of her system, for healing, and for pain control.

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9


  1. Real life has deep valleys, rocky roads, smooth trails and flowery fields. In a bigger family, we can have them all in one day:) Joy comes in the morning and His mercy is new every, single, day! Yay! Love Y'all

  2. Yay for the clean bandage!!! Praying for more healing, no infection, and continued gumption & grace for all of you! I think the mistakes some of the kids made are just proof that life is still normal around there, right? Part of the fairy tale. :)
    Praying Jael can get sleep more peacefully. Tylenol 3 (as it used to be called) makes me have very weird dreams and hallucinations. blech.
    Love you. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


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