Saturday, January 02, 2016

sweet things

First and foremost, thank you so much to everyone who has lifted up our sweet Kathryn in your thoughts and prayers.  Last night I was on the phone for a few hours with my cousin Margaret, and she indicated that at that time, Kathryn was still unconscious.

Margaret was planning to spend the night at the hospital with Lisa so she wouldn't be alone, and as she told me about the people who had been with them throughout the past 36 hours, I got so choked up thinking about how powerfully awesome families are .... and have the ability to be.

Not since this accident happened has Kathryn been alone.  While the crash happened on a deserted country road, thankfully it was witnessed and she was quickly rescued.  And since then, she has been surrounded by love from her parents, her siblings, her cousins, her congregation, her friends, and so many people she may never have the privilege to meet.

Over night, Kathryn opened one eye and responded to her mother.  And the most recent update - just a few hours ago - is that she is off the respirator, alert and coherent.

Can I get a Hallelujah?!

Considering what she has been through, it is nothing short of a miracle.  While she still has a long way to go in her recovery, I'd like to thank the power of prayer ... and the ability of a strong young body to heal.  Lisa has updated her blog, so please stay plugged in for further updates, and please continue to keep her in your prayers. They do work and are felt by the entire family.

In other news, this is how we decorate a gingerbread house at our house...


We'll need more frosting over here!

We'll also need another two weeks off from school.  The daily baking, lounging, and game playing has been insanely fun and rejuvenating.


The jury is in, and the consent is unanimous.  We're not quite ready for the holidays to be over and schedules to resume.