Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Spunky Katy

Katy had a very sleepy day. She had to cancel her fall classes at Mary Baldwin, which changed her plans for graduation. Making this decision made her sad, and she just ran out of steam by late afternoon and had one of those deep sobbing cries that somehow cleanses the soul. One of her doctors called me around 7:30 at gave me some good advice about finding something that Katy could do that would lift her spirits. I had already had my friend, Amy Collins, bring us some of her beautiful hand made cards to get started on THANK YOU notes tomorrow but one of the nursing staff had an excellent idea to lift her spirits tonight! We are at this minute in the nurses lounge (just 50 feet away from Katy’s room) and she is going bananas reading all your messages. She is bright-eyed and cheerful! I’m sure many of you can probably understand how miserable it is to feel trapped with no end in sight, but by your encouraging notes, her spirit seems downright spunky! I will have Colin post the picture I just took of her and you will see for yourself. I don’t remember where the proverb is found but the truth is, “Good news gives strength to the bones.” Thank you, friends and family, for being so wonderful to us.

  1. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey Katy!!!!
    I hope this doesn’t sound creepy, but the more I learn about you the more in common my experience back in 1993 is with yours. When I got sick enough to be in the hospital for, well, a while, it was about midterms my second year in college. I had to withdraw from all of my classes, and it crushed me. I was one of those weird people that actually loved school and I was so disappointed. But, God had a great plan. I had lived in Germany for many years, more than 5,000 miles from my grandmother. While I was sick, my grandfather had also passed away and my grandmother was alone for the first time in more than 50 years. I didn’t know her that well because I only saw her once a year when either they’d come to Germany to visit, or we’d come back to the States. My mom had missed months of work coming back to the US to be with me when I was sick, so she had to fly home only two days after I got out of the hospital. So, I lived with my grandmother for six months while I got my strength back. Things that would have driven me crazy about her had I been feeling better were suddenly non issues because we were moving about the same speed. We really got to know each other better. My hobby was painting (haven’t finished one in two years now) and I painted and wrote short stories for six months. It was GREAT! I also decided I was going to journalism school during that time, which is another story for another day! Grin! Don’t worry too much about school - it will be there when you’re ready. And in the meantime, who knows what God might have planned. Keep your chin up girl!

  2. Julie Wensley Says:

    Hi Katy, I’m so glad to hear you’ve been able to read your posts. So many people love you! You have been a blessing to me and so many others with your sweet spirit. I can see Jesus in you! Even though you haven’t felt very cheerful the last few days, I know God is still using you. I love you. I am praying you have a very restful sleep tonight. Tomorrow will be a brighter day!

    ~Aunt Julie

  3. Whitney Dobyns Says:

    Hi there Spunky Katy!
    I know it’s very disappointing to have to put your school plans on hold for the time being, but God sees and He hasn’t forgotten you. He has a way of taking things (sometimes very good things) out of our hands only to fill them to overflowing again. (I’m sure you’ve thought of Job more than once in the past few weeks.) The Lord will use you wherever you are. In school, in the hospital, wherever He places you, I know He will not let your bright mind and loving heart go to waste.
    On a brighter note, I’m so glad you’ve had some good rest lately. I’m going to pick up a small harp tomorrow I’ve bought for my students to use. I’d say it’s just about the right size for your wee room. If you like, I’ll bring it by and we’ll try harp therapy. :-) I’m praying for you!
    Love much,

  4. Rhonda Goad Says:

    Hi Katy,

    I wanted to let you know that I am praying for you. I know this is a difficult time for you and am encouraged at your progress and your uplifted spirit. Hang in there gal! God is using you and is with you all the way. He knows your coming in and going out, and has plans not to harm but to give you a hope and a future. You’re a blessing to so many. May you continue to experience His grace and love. Continue to let your light shine bright!

    With Love & Prayers,

  5. Alicia Says:

    Katy!!! I am glad to see that the Lord has lifted your spirits. He is a faithful and loving God and for that we can be thankful! Miss you and miss playing Literati…..sometime soon we’ll play i hope!!! luv ya

  6. Grandma & Granddad Says:

    Katy, we will try again to send you a message. You look good in your picture. We aretrusting you to our Lord Jesus, with complete confidence.


    Granddaddy and Grandma

  7. Danae Says:

    Here’s a joke for you. I heard it on the radio this morning and thought it was cute.

    What the difference between a teacher and a train?
    A teacher says stop chewing gum and a train says choo choo choo!

    Have a great day!

  8. Dan Wensley Says:

    Patient: Doctor, I have a serious memory problem. I can’t remember anything!

    Doctor: So, since when did you have this problem?

    Patient: What problem?

  9. Dan Wensley Says:

    Patient: Doctor, I think I need glasses.

    Teller: You certainly do! This is a bank

  10. Miss Lita Says:

    Sweet Katy,
    I’m sorry that you had such a bad afternoon. But your tears are not in vain! I like to imagine the Lord holding your bottle of tears (Psalm 56:8) in His hand and He says,”These tears belong to my Precious Katy- I love her so” We miss you, Katy, and we pray daily for you and your family. Love, Miss Lita

  11. Aunt Judy Says:

    Dear Katy,
    We will be coming to VA tomorrow to stay at Grandma and Granddaddy’s. I hope we can somehow get down to Roanoke to see you. It would be a shame to come all that way and NOT see you.

    I check your blog every day - sometimes more than once. I am so moved by all the prayer that is going up to the throne of God on your behalf. What a wonderfull work the LORD is doing through your trial - He doesn’t just take lemons and make lemonade He make a lemon icy smoothie! I know this is hard for you ( I remember when your uncle Dave was in the hospital for six months all those years ago how many people he was able to touch for the glory of God) but we will just keep praying for strength to get through and for the Lord’s name to be glorified.

    Love you much Katy,

    Aunt Judy

  12. Barbara Walker Says:

    Hi Miss Katy,

    You look great!! I should look so bright eyed!! Each time I read your update, things just sound better and better. You must be tired of the hospital routine but it sounds like you’ll be returning home before long!

    We’re praying for your full recovery and the peace and grace to get to the other side of this!

    Love in Christ,

    Barbara Walker

  13. Tim Geiger Says:

    Dear Katy,

    Please don’t laugh at how outdated our website is above.

    Early this morning I was called in to RMH. I stopped by your door and prayed for you at around 4:30 am. We are glad to see that you’re gaining weight!

    We all pray for you very often. Anita never forgets to include you in her prayer when it’s her turn.

    your bro in Christ,
    tim geiger
    Col. 3

  14. Sara Says:

    Hi Katy!
    I just wanted to tell you that we love you so much and that we are praying for you everyday. We are so encouraged by your progress and strength.We look at your blog at least two times a day.One of the names our Lord has is Jehovah Shammah,which means The Lord is There,1Chron.28:20.He is there with you always.Proverbs says,A joyful heart is good medicine,But a broken spirit dries up the bones.Pro.17:22 And Pro.15:30 says,Bright eyes gladden the heart;Good news puts fat on the bones.I’m glad to see you smile and Laura and I are encouraged to see the lipstick is still in place.We love you and miss you so much.There are people here in our church praying for you also.Keep the”Spirit”up,
    Sara,Rich, Laura and James

  15. Carrie Thompson Says:

    Dear Katy,
    I hope you enjoyed my funny anecdotes I posted the other day. Here are some more:

    “April 15, 2006
    Last week, my 13 year-old brother and I were studying appositives in school. My 4 year-old brother Jeb was curled up on the sofa listening. Mom gave us an example: “The Volvo, Dad’s new car, has six seats.” Then Mom asked us, “What is the appositive?” Jeb blurted out, “No, Mama! It has five seats!” We were studying grammar, but Jeb was doing math!”

    On the 10th at the supper table Adam was talking about his room they were finishing off in the basement & casually said, “Yeah. We’ve got Randy’s foot mark on the ceiling.” Boy, did that make some commotion! “How is that?” Mom asked. Adam grinned, “Randy stepped on the drywall sheet while it was on the floor & then we nailed it on the ceiling.” ;-)

    I love you,

    A song of ascents.
    “The LORD will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;

    The LORD will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.”
    Psalm 121:7 & 8(NIV)

  16. The Williams Family Says:

    Dear Katy,
    We continue to pray for your complete recovery. We were so glad to get the good news that you had gained some weight and strength. You look wonderful in the picture that your mom took! :) We look forward to news that you are home and making steady progress. Our prayer is that God will ease the disappointment of dropping your classes and delayed graduation. We don’t always understand God’s timing; but we can always trust His wisdom. Jeremiah 29:11 There is a song (I don’t remember the title) that says when you don’t understand God’s hand, you can trust His heart. He will show you the path He wants you to take. You are continually on our minds and hearts.
    Andy, Maronda, Stephen and Effie

  17. Jen Larson Says:

    Trust His Heart
    by Babbie Mason

    All things work for our good
    Though sometimes we can’t see
    How they could
    Struggles that break our hearts in two
    Sometimes blind us to the truth

    Our Father knows what’s best for us
    His ways are not our own
    So when your pathway grows dim
    And you just don’t see Him
    Remember you’re never alone

    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When you don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His heart

    He sees the master plan
    And He holds the future in His hand
    Don’t live as those who have no hope
    While our hope is found in Him.

    We see the present clearly
    But He sees the first and the last
    And like a tapestry, He’s weaving you and me,
    To someday be just like Him

    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When you don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His heart

    He alone is faithful and true
    He alone knows what is best for you

    God is too wise to be mistaken
    God is too good to be unkind
    So when you don’t understand
    When you don’t see His plan
    When you can’t trace His hand
    Trust His heart

  18. Crystal La Brie Says:

    Katy, I felt as if I could hear your voice as I read your comments. I am glad to read tha you are continuing to make good progress. My family and I have been thinking about you a lot. You really look great! We are praying that you will get stronger so you can go meet with the Dr.’s in Maryland. Hugs and kisses to you!

    Crystal, Mike, Mikey & Mariah

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