Before long the rest of the clan arrives as planned-----first Shayna, eager to see Zaydie, followed by Lucas who is fascinated by Uncle Matt. Rachel is right behind them, and Jerome is in the van looking for Lily's shoe. In a few minutes he shows up with a barefoot Lily-----oh well.....(grin). We are all together around the table, and Stu is encouraged to see everyone. He starts to tell them all about how this experience has made him realize how much he loves me, and begins to cry himself. It seems to be a kleenex kind of lunch! I tell the kids how encouraged I've been that Dad is starting to show that kind of emotion. And it makes me marvel at the elasticity of our marriage-----truly for better or for worse!
Finally it is time for Stu to be put back to bed in his room (this still requires a Hoyer lift, as he is still unable to sit up reliably by himself.) When the attendants give us the all clear, the nine of us congregate in Stu's room for a final goodbye. Stu requests a family prayer, and we take some time to lift him up, thanking God for the progress that's been made and the faith that is being forged. And then we sing: "Praise God from Whom all blessings flow! Praise Him all creatures here below! Praise Him above ye heavenly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen" How I love that simple doxology-----it says it all!
|the kid's table in the barn, surrounded by Stu's art|
|a handmade card from a young guest|
|my funky ladder decoration|
|They're taking notes for twenty years from now:-)|
Until next time