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June 2, 2007 at 11:20 pm 5 comments

i was laying in bed with mckaela tonight wondering how long i had to stay before she would fall asleep.  and then i realized what an incredibly comfortable, warm, soft opportunity i was enjoying snuggling my daughter to sleep.  very rarely do my children ask for a little extra attention at bedtime.  i usually spend about 2 minutes on dumping them off into bed and moving on to other tasks.  but this afternoon i had snuggled eli to sleep for a nap and found myself doing the same with mckaela.  and i began to relish the preciousness of this year where my kids are just 1 and 3 years old.  i realized it will never be this year again and i see it as a blessing to enjoy.  then i began to stretch my gratitude across to this place where michael is too.  his slow but sure progress has been a delight. but honestly, his very life, this survival against the odds, has allowed a certain perspective that prevents me from taking any piece of our lives for granted.  yes, this year with young children and difficulty with  mike’s scary recovery has had its share of aggravation.  but it has also been an irreplaceable time for our family to be together and to praise God for each day we are.  the usual distractions have been set aside (most of the time) for a basic understanding of the incredible irresistable grace our whole lives rest upon.  so i lay in bed a little longer than i had to just to savor where we are.  this is good.  and i want to not want to hurry it.

oh yeah, the CT at the hospital went smoothly.  it was a simple follow-up and we weren’t meant to get any results about it that day anyhow.  we were not able to get time with a pulmonologist.  i am still checking my possible resources to look into the trach removal potential.  my hunch is that mike’s speech therapist may soon order a video/swallow test and i am willing to go slow till then because the trach could be a helpful backup for that.    so all is good.  we are even trying to provide a little worship night for mike at our house wednesday nights at 7 pm.  no idea how that will go exactly–maybe a few, maybe no one, very impromptu.  but i figure wherever 2 or 3 are gathered God will be there and how can that go wrong?  anyway, thanks & praise, michelle

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  • 1. Janice Rubin  |  June 3, 2007 at 6:57 am

    What a joy to read how God is blessing you by “living in the moment.” Rushed lives cause us to miss so much of the love God showers on us. Thank you for the reminder to Be Still and Listen for God’s awesome whispers that can be heard in moments like yours…”an incredibly comfortable, warm, soft opportunity snuggling my daughter to sleep.”
    Thank you for continually ministering to us!
    God is using you in the moment.

  • 2. Emily  |  June 3, 2007 at 6:57 pm

    As always, I have a lump in my throat after reading your posts….All He gives us is today, and in this very moment, all is well…Thank you for reminding me again, my friend…

    And about the Wednesday worship time…what are you thinking and whom would you like? Give us more info in your next post about that…


    Emily B.

  • 3. Matt Koupal  |  June 4, 2007 at 11:36 am

    Just like the old people told me, my kids would grow up too fast. Now that I am the old one, I can say you are so wise to snuggle while you can. I still snuggle with Luke and he still loves it. Luke, like Mike, makes slow and steady progess and has taught me patience and gratitude for any and all progress. At random times Luke asks about Mike, and wants to come over and watch Bugs Bunny cartoons with him again, like when he was at Manor Care. See you soon?


  • 4. Stephen Martin  |  June 4, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Michelle, I have tried to post several times to the blog but as of yet have been unsuccessful for some reason. Mike and I worked together at Castaway in 1997 as part of the summer assignment team for the month of June. Bob Davidson (a long time friend) told us of Mike’s health some time ago and I have been tracking his progress as best I can every chance I get. I just wanted you to know that we are still praying for you and your family and have been so encouraged by your faith in the midst of all this. Having been through a couple of faith growing exercises myself with premature children I know that the faith you have is hard to explain as it is a gift from God. Thank you for your transparency and for loving your husband so well. God Bless
    Stephen Martin

  • 5. Gail Ebersole  |  June 5, 2007 at 1:28 am

    Dear Michelle, Mike and kids, as I read this late tonight my thoughts are drawn to you all and the unbelievable picture of God’s love for us and the fact that he allows us to rest in Him. I am always amazed and grateful for the words that you write and how they point us all to this amazing God who loves us. Love to you all. Gail


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