Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Things are constantly busy. We usually have several people stop in at some point during the day. Some are here for information, others have a child in one of our programs. We spend alot of time trying to teach and help the families we serve understand how to best care for their child with a disability. Sometimes we wonder how we can impress on these parents, mostly single moms, the importance of doing things a certain way instead of what is easy or familiar to them. We have spent a great deal of time this past month trying to find the best meds for Rebin, and getting his mom to make the commitment to follow through with her part to keep him healthy.
Brian is still the most involved with the ministry, but this year I have already seen the kids take a more active role when possible. Jonathan helps daddy on various projects. Rachel and Faith are involved in the preschool on some days when their school work is done. Andrew is more friendly and they are developing friendships with the neighborhood kids. The kids are all doing well with their Spanish and can usually get their point across. I am on call to play nurse when someone show up with infected bug bites or boils. I hope to start sewing lessons soon with Rosa and possibly another girl who can't attend the entire class we have here as she is expecting a baby in a few months.
So in all, we are thankful for the opportunity to work here and excited to see what things God is doing here. Thanks so much for all your support and prayer cover and encouragement.
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
After a number of examinations, the doctors still cannot understand what is going on inside Brian's father. However, we seem to have turned the corner. He has more range of motion in his legs and feet as well as in his arms. He is still very weak but the doctors are very encouraged and so is Mom. His doctor thinks that the worst is over. He had a good day today and several visitors and I know that that was a boost for them. Dad is a real people person and you can always find a party when he is part of the mix! The doctor says they will spend the next few days weaning him off the steroids and other meds. Pray that he will continue to make progress. We are praising God for every step toward full recovery.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
I also made some things for us. We needed a curtain that covers the whole window in the bedroom after we took the old AC out of there. I also made a curtain to go under the counter Brian built in our "kitchen" to cover up the open shelves. I made a "baggit" thingy to hold extra bags from shopping and sewed a shirt for Rachel. And lastly, I made a dog bed. In a place where alot of people don't even have beds, I am a little embarrassed to say our dog now has a comfy place to sleep. But I was really tired of him digging up my pots and spreading the dirt all around the porch for a bed. So, all in all I felt like I got some thing accomplished yesterday!
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Brian starts his trip back to us today. Lord willing, he will get here Saturday evening. Today is Father's Day in Honduras and the kids are wishing their daddy was here. We will all be glad to see him. We've missed him, but I'm glad he was able to spend this time with this parents during this hard time.
We are fine here and still seeing God's protective shield around us. This morning I dropped the dish drainer half full of clean Corell dishes right on my foot. You know the unbreakable kind that when they do break, they shatter like glass. My flip-flops and the entire floor were full of shards. I have a few tiny cuts, but nothing bad. Thank you Lord!
Thank you for praying for us all. Please continue to pray for safety for Brian as he travels and for healing for his dad.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Update: When Brian and his mom got to the hospital today, they had moved Dad back to the ICU because he has a fever and is less responsive. They are doing another MRI and plan to raise his blood pressure again. That did help with the swelling in the spinal cord last week. Depending on what they say, Brian may need to change his travel plans.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It's not very strong, but I'm not carrying things around in it. It's main purpose is to corral bananas, limes, and grapefruit. Many grow right here on the property. I am still searching for a place where a flexible vine grows that can be used for basket making. This is a craft I would like to share with the ladies here, but without access to the right materials, it will be difficult.
The other thing I wanted to show you is this picture of the wild flowers that the kids pick and display in old glass coke bottles. All the guests that we have had so far this year have had their rooms decorated with love... and weeds from our kids.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Dad had a successful surgery on his spine last Tuesday and was recovering well. He was moved to another hospital last Saturday to recover and, for a few days, was making good progress. He was moving his arms freely, feeding himself, and beginning to walk. On Monday morning he woke up and could not move at all. Nobody is sure what happened. Scans show that his spinal cord is swollen, causing this paralysis. Dad is on a course of steroids to reduce the swelling. They installed a drain in the spine to reduce pressure. they are also elevating his blood pressure to promote more oxygen to the affected area. He was placed in ICU last Wednesday and yesterday was moved to a special care unit because he was progressing. As of today, Sunday, Dad can move his legs better at times but this progress is inconsistent. He is gaining strength in his left hand and can pick up his left arm about an inch off of the bed. So far no movement in the right arm or hand. We are hoping to speak with the doctor tomorrow in order to come up with a plan. There is talk of moving him into a regular recovery room tomorrow. Progress is
very difficult to see. There is no way he can come home right now. So far the doctors anticipate a very slow recovery. Please pray for healing in Dad's body and for a quick recovery. For wisdom in dealing with all of the decisions that are looming. Also pray for safety as we travel back and forth each day. Pray for Sara and the kids as I am away from them. That He would keep them safe and provide all that they need. Most importantly, that we would see how to bring glory to God in all of this.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Please pray that tomorrow they will see much more progress/alot more movement in Dad's arms and legs. Pray for peace and comfort for all of us. Back here in Honduras, the kids and I miss "the leader of our herd"(as Faith says) but we are glad that he is with Grammy and Gumpy. Pray for wisdom for the doctors and skilled minds and hands if they need to operate again.
In the midst of all this going on with our family, we have had a group here from ACU. It has been great that Mark and Brenda were able to help Jeffery with the group after Brian left. They pulled out early in the morning. It is always great to have people here, but I have to confess I am looking forward to a little quiet time today.
Please cover our family in prayer during this difficult time. I'll try to keep you posted.
Friday, March 6, 2009
The rest of our time has been eaten up with getting things ready for our first group of 2009. Brian and Jeffery are in San Pedro Sula tonight. The group will get in tomorrow and they all will be back here in Trujillo Sunday morning for church, Lord willing.
I think everything is ready. Brian and Jonathan built another bunk bed for the dorm and the new septic tank is finished. Tomorrow, Maybelline and I will make all the beds and make sure everything is in order. If their lucky, the ACU students will even have vases of flowers to welcome them. (The kids pick flowers/weeds and fill old glass coke bottles. Tropical weeds are much better looking than plain old regular weeds like we have back home in the states!)
We're all looking forward to meeting and spending time with more of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Pray that this week will be a life changing experience for the ACU students and that we can be an encouragement to them and they to us!