Friday, July 17th 2009, will always be an important date to our family. This was the day we moved to Kissimmee, Florida from Holland, MI (aka home).
It was a grace-full drive. Seriously, the kids were wonderful, my parents and Rob’s parents were with us and an enormous help and encouragement! We estimated it took us 27 hours from beginning to end. Not bad with an almost 2 yr old and a 3 month old. 🙂
Moving in wasn’t bad either, hot, but not bad. We had a lot of help from the church (Bible Baptist Church, where Rob is now Director Children’s Ministries) and our parents to unload boxes from the trucks and such.
The house is much bigger than our house in Holland. The main floor is actually over double the size, but there isn’t a basement and very minimal storage, so we will have to be creative (and I would love suggestions). Plus we found out that we shouldn’t really use the garage for storage of anything that could mold or mildew!
Monday, July 20th 2009, will also be an important date to our family. My dad, while here in Florida helping us move, was taken to the ER because of a massive headache. It turned out that he had multiple aneurisms on the same artery in his brain. One of them burst and the blood on his brain caused him extreme pain.
The surgery to repair the artery lasted approximately 9 hours in all, and it was overnight. Needless to say, we didn’t sleep all that much while we were waiting to hear from the surgeon.
Tuesday morning my brothers arrived from Holland and we all went to the hospital to be together as a family. I think that’s the first time in a long time it has just been us five.
My mom and brothers found a hotel next to the hospital and set up “home” there. Someone was almost always with dad.
Wednesday morning I woke up severely ill. I was running a high temperature and unable to walk or lift my own glass. That evening I was able to get on an antibiotic and have been getting better ever since.
So my family and I weren’t able to visit the hospital until that Friday, and we found dad well cared for and in good spirits.
Sunday was Rob’s first time teaching children’s church here and today was his official “first day of work!” We couldn’t be more excited! There is still so much to do – everywhere we look – but we are so thankful for our health and our family and our church.
This has been an amazing process because we have such an awesome God who knows us and cares for us in such intimate ways. Thank you to all who have been praying, and please continue to pray for my mom and dad as his recovery is going to be long and difficult.