Back to Life as Usual

Today Nora had a special visit from her friend Mariana! Nora was a little disagreeable about having her picture taken since that meant she had to hold still for a second.

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These precious, beautiful little girls are truly gifts from God. It was so sweet to have them together! Thank you, Barbara for coming to visit us!

Later in the afternoon I took Nora upstairs for a swim in the tub. She got tired waiting for the water to fill and fell asleep.

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After a brief reprieve (5 minutes) bath time was back on again!

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Nap time resumed on our evening walk to the mailbox. Please pardon all of these interruptions!

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We had a nice visit from Nana, Papa and Oma this evening too. We all missed each other!

As the weekend draws to a close I am becoming exceedingly anxious. The possibility of a few night’s stay in the hospital is at hand, which has me extremely uneasy. William is very busy at work this week and can’t be as accessible as he’s been in the past. I’m scared, nervous, disappointed and sad… tired… trying to hold it all together. This time last week we were settling in for our first night in Michigan. How fast time flies.

20 thoughts on “Back to Life as Usual

  1. HI AGAIN, THE GIRLS TOGETHER LOOKS SO CUTE. NORA WAS TRYING TO TELL YOU “I WANT IN THERE WITH MY FRIEND, SHE LOOKS MORE LAID BACK THAN ME”. THE PICTURE OF NORA ON THE BED IS SO GOOD. SHE NEEDED JUST A LITTLE “CAT NAP” BEFORE HER SWIM. THE FIRST PICTURE OF NORA IN THE TUB IS PRECIOUS. SHE IS ACTUALLY SMILING WITH HER EYES. LOOKS LIKE SHE IS SAYING “OH YEA, I’M LOVING THIS”. I THINK SHE REALLY LOVES TO BE IN THE BIG TUB WITH MOMMY. SHE IS LIKE ME, WHEN I GET IN THE WATER, I GET TIRED AND HAVE NO PROBLEM FALLING ASLEEP AFTER I GET OUT. SHE IS SUCH A SWEET LITTLE GIRL. I CAN’T BELIEVE I HAVE WRITTEN ON YOUR BLOGS STARTING THE 26TH THRU THIS ONE, IN ONE EVENING, AND STILL HAVE THINGS TO SAY. I GET EXCITED WHEN I READ YOUR BLOGS, THEY JUST MAKE MY DAY. WELL IT IS 3:47 AM, SO I HAD BETTER BE GETTING READY FOR BED. MY HUSBAND AND SON HAS BEEN ASLEEP FOR HOURS, BUT I COULD NOT STAND NOT KNOWING HOW THINGS ARE WITH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. SO GLAD THINGS ARE SO MUCH BETTER. PRAISE GOD!!!! GOOD NIGHT AND GOD BLESS.

  2. Many blessings your way. I have SO much faith in God’s GOODNESS, and His absolute DELIGHT and PLEASURE in your (His) wee family. Lots of love, grace & hope from ‘down under’. He will keep in perfect PEACE those whose minds are stayed on Him xxxxxx

  3. Praying for you this week! Nora looks so sweet in all your pictures- even when she is less-than-happy. I know it is easier said than done, but please don’t let your anxiety and worry take over. You can do this- and better yet- HE can do this!
    I don’t usually read The Message translation, but I like it for Phillipians 4:6
    “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

  4. You are in my prayers as this weeks begins. Remember the unknown is the scariest. Don’t let you mind wander too far down that path and sieze the day today! God will get you thru this week. Just remember to ask him for help and let him have control! I will be praying for you all (especially you and Miss Nora!).

  5. Thanks once more for sharing such beautiful memories in photos. I love that photgraph means “painting with light”, because that’s what you are doing when you post a photojournalism blog of your beautiful family; you are painting with God’s light – in His image – these beautiful children that He has given all of us. Know that I pray for you every night before I fall asleep; sometimes I think I fall asleep while praying for you, your family and Nora! Our little daughter who will be three years old in August prays with me when she sees Nora’s pictures on my phone…she says, “Jesus, please heal Nora!” It is the sweetest thing ever! I cannot imagine your particular set of circumstances, but I just keep thinking of the words to one of my favorite Jason Upton worship songs…”I don’t know what to do…but my eyes are on You, Jesus”. Try to keep your eyes upon Jesus, sweet one…you are His beautiful Bride, and he adores you, I know, and he calls you his dove. A dove’s eye can only focus on a single object at once. He has equipped you to focus on His face. All the love I have to you today and throughout this week! There aren’t adequate words to describe how deeply your written word, photos and faith have touched our hearts.

    The Lord bless you and keep you,
    The Lord make His face to shine upon you.
    The Lord lift up His countenance unto you,
    And be gracious unto you,
    And give you peace.

    In Jesus’ precious name!

    Robin Jennifer and family

  6. I have been following your story now for a couple months. Nora is just precious. I just wanted you to know that I think of you all often and try to check in and see how everything is going. Last week walking into work, I saw on 2 different occasions, 3 birds sitting a top of the building. Everytime I see birds or 3 birds it reminds me of you and I say a little prayer.

  7. Photo #6 is by far my favorite…bath tub with the pink wash-rag! Her lips are so perfect and her gaze is spot on…pure happiness to be staring at momma and full trust in you as well.

    I can understand that your days are tough and tiresome. I am positive that friends and family offer help all the time… TAKE THEM UP ON IT! Some people may cook, bake, grocery shop, clothes shop (back to school), clean, babysit…allow them to use the gift God gave them to help you!! And by all means, ask someone to go the hospital to help you and help Nora. This will allow a second ear to listen to the doctor’s advice and also they could sit with Nora should you need a break. They can also be a shoulder to cry on and lend an ear to listen! And a partner for you…

    I really wish lived closer so I could help you in any way! I will be praying for you all! Loves and kisses to Nora, Gavin and Greta. And when ever you have the chance be it only 1 hour, take some time with our hubby. And then take time for you.
    :)

  8. Hiya! Are you going to be staying at childrens? If you don’t mind random strangers i’d be happy to come keep you company! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and am always so inspired when i read your daily comments. I live just outside of cincinnati proper. anyway, just thought i’d through it out there :)

  9. I have remained faithful in keeping up with your family. I thought about you and your family visiting the cardiologist the same day we were there, just two weeks ago. I have always wanted to visit Michigan since we have learned that is a frequent and popular vacation spot for many in your area. It was wonderful to see you all enjoy a family vacation. You continue to help me put much different difficult issues in perspective, and I have also been very angry about many aspects of my own personal difficulties. In fact, I made an announcement several weeks ago that I had fired God. Of course I really didn’t, but to read your honesty and your transparent entries about being angry, God understands and really if we are not comfortable with saying, He is all knowing, so I really am busted when I have these feelings. but I picture God shaking His Holy Head at me as I struggle, but I don’t want to struggle without Him. Just as you don’t, and the great thing is we won’t. I will pray for this hospital stay and more specifically for Gods peace in all of the unknowns. I wish I knew how not to fear and worry, but I fail most days in this area….blessings to you and your entire family. I pray for all of those hands who care for sweet Nora and will care for her. We were so far away from home, but during our stay at children’s, I truly left part of my heart there and it will forever be a part of my life journey. In Christian love, your Tennessee a prayin friend. Susan

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