Sunday, October 01, 2006

Sabbath Day

While we were at church, Aunt Julie was here this morning to watch over Katy. Julie was prepared to have a little “church service” but Katy slept through it! It has been a rough couple of days. The fever is back as of this afternoon and the pain in her stomach is back with a vengeance. It will be a relief to see the doctor on Tuesday and hopefully there will be some explanation. Until then, she is turning down stronger pain medication for fear of becoming dependent again. It is so hard to see her suffer, but she does so with her lipstick on and smiles anyway.

When we drove into our driveway after church, Uncle Dan was here, too. I said, “Paul, I’m so hungry and I have no idea what to fix for our lunch.” We opened the back door and the fragrant aroma of baked chicken and rice was enough to make us weak! Julie had made fresh salads and a whole meal for us to enjoy together. Dan and Julie not only created this website, they have stepped in when we were just too tired to continue. Thank you Dan and Julie.

Years ago when we went to adoption classes, our social worker had us draw a diagram of our support system. She had all the adoptive couples think about the emotional support they would need while raising a family and where that support would come from. At the time, we didn’t live near any relatives. Paul’s sister Jackie and her husband John were the closest and they are two hours away. So Paul and I talked about that with each other on the drive home and concluded that in the body of Christ, we would never lack for the love and support we may need. We trusted Him to provide. Over the years, God did bring family to Virginia and they are a source of strength. It is also true that God has blessed us with precious friendships, and we only hope we will bless your lives as much as you have blessed ours. “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” Jn 13:35. We know tonight may be another wakeful night so send us your prayer requests and we will be happy to pray for you.

Comments:
  1. Dan Wensley Says:

    Yup, we were there alright. There is nothing like the fellowship of believers. It is amazing how God provides everyting we need, and how He knows our needs even better than we do. We are a blessed people. Praise God, for He alone is our rock, our refuge, and our strong tower.

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    One thing we have no shortage of in the HPS community is prayer requests. I had a rough weekend, but am feeling much better now. As you know, Donna and crew have been down in Puerto Rico today educating and doing outreach. There are going to be people there who are finding out for the first time they’ve got HPS. There will be others who knew they had HPS, but didn’t know all that it could involve and might be feeling a bit overwhelmed tonight. They were doing pulmonary function testing on site, and there are probably people who might have been surprised by their results. And, there are people in Puerto Rico learning about the drug trial and debating about whether they want to try to participate. For many, it’s a scary decision because they’ve maybe never traveled away from Puerto Rico before - and they’re being asked to go to a hospital in a strange land where they don’t even speak the language. They’ve got to muster up the strength to be very brave to go to NIH (even though NIH takes great care of them when they arrive.) And then there’s Donna. She’s like the HPS mom to all of us. I know her voice is probably very strained and the trip has probably been very draining for her. So, if you all are up tonight, these concerns could really use your prayers. And I’ll be praying for all of you as well. Thanks!

  3. Julie Wensley Says:

    We are praying for a much better day today. I didn’t want to call this morning in case you are sleeping. Please call me if you need anything. I should be around all day today.

    Katy, seeing you smile through your pain and discouragement yesterday just made my day! You are such a blessing and a gift.

    We love you guys.

  4. Linda Kochendarfer Says:

    Katy,
    I just beamed when your mom and dad shared news about your trip to Washington! Candice and Crystal must have been truly surprised, as were Joe and Karen. The close up picture of you all “dolled up” looks like a glamour shot! I have already prayed for you and your family this morning; I will also be asking God to bless your doctor’s visit tomorrow. Would you remember our dear Nathan in prayer? Wellspring loves you and thinks of you constantly. Trusting you will have a better day today.
    Mrs. K

  5. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy, I’m praying even now that you will feel better. & that your dr. will have wisdom concerning pain management. I’m excited about our day together & I pray nothing will hinder it.
    Placing you in the Shepherd’s arms,
    Trisha

  6. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dearest Dawn,

    It is with a heavy heart that I send you this comment or request. I am sitting in the Volunteer office at Moses Cone Hospital today, filling in for our secretary. we learned at 10 amish that our Asst. Director Sharon Dixon passed away, after suffering for many months with cancer. People here are really grieving as she had such a sweet spirit and kindness towards others. My request is that you pray for her 16 year old daughter, a brother, and a dad, that God will give them the strength to fight the battle.
    I have also been thinking a lot about Katy this weekend, but have been extremely busy having a little fun. Which everyone who knows me agrees I certainly deserve. Btw…..if you would like to see more on the genetics or genetic tree of HPS you can log onto my website at www.myspace.com/karenshpskorner
    Please tell Katy I am thinking of her, and hope that all will get back on track soon.
    Love
    Karen Tillman

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