Tonight I am thankful for the brief moments of play, rest, and friendship the Lord gave to us today. It has been a tough, tough day for Ashley Kate. She has been so uncomfortable for most of the day and night. Nothing I have done helps to ease her discomfort. I really think that once the chest tube is removed she will feel much, much better. Hopefully that will take place tomorrow. Even now she struggles to rest.
As I said earlier I am concentrating on the good things that happened for us today. We did play for a brief moment or two(not lasting for more than ten minutes or so). We did rest for a brief time this afternoon. The only sleep she has had since 5 this morning. She has wrestled with her drain all day long not allowing herself to sleep. We did have visits from friends today. That was such a blessing. In those brief moments we laugh and try to forget the heaviness of the day. What gifts of friendship the Lord has given to us here in Omaha.
We are both so tired from today. I was constantly trying to make Ash more comfortable. We would rock for brief moments, walk for brief moments, sit for brief moments, and then lay down for brief moments. I describe them as brief because none of them lasted. She just aches and I am left helpless.
We spoke with Dave and the kids briefly tonight. Blake was going to bed because he has a baseball tournament tomorrow in Lufkin and Allie has a soccer tournament tomorrow in Longview. Dave was already asleep when I called as well. He is so tired from all the running he does with the kids after work. Tonight they made dad's famous pumpkin seeds and I know they enjoyed that. They absolutely love this time of year because of all the special treats that come along with the season. Last night Nan made them frito chili pies after ball practice and they enjoyed that as well. I can't wait for Ash and I to return home so we can be a part of all that is going on.
Speaking of brief moments, we are still praying that our time here will be be brief. It has been four weeks now and I know we will be here a minimum of two more. We still keep count of the weeks until Christmas hoping in our hearts to be back home in time to celebrate. We have held on to that same hope for the past two years and did not make it, but perhaps this will be the year that we do.
It sounds as though Ashley Kate has drifted off to sleep and I think I should try to as well knowing that our time for it will more than likely be brief. In the midst of all the discomfort today we were blessed by sweet moments that will last in our memories forever. A few grins, some cuddle time in the chair, laughter with good friends, and another day together. Overall I would have to say that God has been good to us on this day. Good night my friends. Trish