Thursday, February 21, 2013
Counting our blessings
You will be happy to know that we have had heaps of blessings this week. First off, we got the wonderful news that Jonah was allowed to come back to the hospital. After being apart for a month, my boys have absolutely mauled each other. When Jonah came in, he immediately climbed up in Caleb's bed and they just hugged and hugged. Then immediately Jonah pulled Star Wars guys out of his backpack one at a time to show Caleb; they had important things to catch up on.
Then yesterday, we were informed that an apartment here at the Ronald McDonald House was available. They have 6 of these apartments for transplant families. Normally you move in post-transplant, but we have been here so long that the staff is allowing us to move now. Unless you have ever lived in essentially a hotel room for 4 months, you can't even imagine how much of an upgrade this is. Don't get me wrong, we are incredibly thankful to have a place to stay together, but it has been a strain to only have a public lounge to spend time in together. Now we have our own bathroom, kitchen, living room with a tv.... It feels like we have the world! Having some privacy back, and being able to spend the days together, is heaven.
And it gets even better... As you may know if you have read my blog for some time, I have always dreamed of moving into a bigger house. Since we got married in 2004, we have lived in a happy little 900-square-feet house. And we have tried to move, but over and over it hasn't happened. We always felt like God was telling us to be patient and wait for His timing, and we have. And now that makes perfect sense, because we are getting ready to move into a beautiful home. It has 5 bedrooms, and it is down the street from my in-laws (who, incidentally, are going to be able to help with our boys when we come home). It is so wonderful that every time I walk through the house, I can hardly believe it's going to be mine. The amazingly generous people who are selling it to us have given us such a gift; because of Caleb, they are selling us a house that they have personally renovated, at their own cost, and selling it to us for a personal loss. Otherwise we would never be able to afford this home. You can probably imagine how it feels to be waiting in the hospital but have this wonderful new home to look forward to. God's timing is so perfect in every way! We are moving Saturday and I am so glad we waited for the house HE had for us.
God is so good to our family. We are growing and learning, and hopefully teaching our kids to have a thankful heart. As Jonah reminded me last time we stopped by the new house, "Mommy, we're really blessed." Out of the mouths of babes.