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Challenges…….

July 16, 2009

Last night at our neighborhood swim meet, I talked with several people…………..

One family whose daughter just had her 2nd heart surgery. She is 6 months old. She has one more surgery to go.

Another family is recently divorced. Augh on so many levels.

Another mom just had a hysterectomy. Her daughter was sad she could not be there. Her other daughter passed away very unexpectedly just a few months ago.

Another mom walked by crying. I have no idea why. She was smiling later. But not her normal, full-faced smile.

Another family’s grandfather just had his surgery delayed for the 3rd time because he has an infection in his toe. This surgery is to put a shunt in his brain. He likely needs to have that surgery sooner than later.

Another family is waiting for news.

You never really know the burden someone is bearing. How their hearts are bending and breaking and trying to mend.

As I sat with one family, we talked about how we take for granted living in the same house with our family. How we just assume that we will always be together under the same roof. That we will wake up and eat breakfast at the same table. Whether it is a hospital stay or a business trip or even a simple sleepover with friends, there are nights we will spend apart.

I am looking forward to getting my family all back together under one roof. It’s been too long.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 28, 2009 1:12 pm

    Carpe diem quam minimum credula postero
    seize the day and place no trust in tomorrow, or something to that effect.

  2. Oma permalink
    July 17, 2009 8:39 am

    Your email said it all. We can not take life for granted. Life can and will change for all of us in a moment. One day you can be on the top of the world and the next day sadness hits you hard….. Enjoy each day ..

  3. Tottsmom permalink
    July 16, 2009 8:53 pm

    The little girl? Does she have HPLHS? I have a friend that lost her first son to it after 231 days in the hospital, and her second son is due for his third surgery sometime this year (he is three now), God Bless them they put their faith in HIM and He gave them a thrid HEALTHY boy. I try to think of them whenever I get to down with life. I know how you feel, wanting the family together. My oldest goes off to running camp next week. I have sent her to church camp for the last 4 years NO PROBLEM, but this is different. I do not know anybody at the camp.

  4. pamj permalink
    July 16, 2009 2:14 pm

    life is 2 short!!!

  5. July 16, 2009 11:51 am

    Yeah, you just never know. (I’m still glad the boy is finally at camp, though!)

    When will you all be under the same roof again?

  6. July 16, 2009 8:22 am

    You never know. Thanks for the insight.

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