Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Tuesday Night

I’ve had inquiries today about the website for Whitney’s Harp CD. On the right side of this page you can click on “Whitney Dobyns’ Harp Website” for more information.

We are happy for our warm home tonight. Paul Burton worked at the hospital until after seven o’clock and his dad got home tonight shortly before that. I made a big pot of hot chicken soup and it seemed just the thing for a late meal on a cold night.

Katy and I had to work through some discouragement today. We read Spurgeon in the morning, then spent time reading promises from the Bible and praying. Although our faith is strong we weren’t mentally ready for a step backwards last night. We did find comfort in our prayer time and had a quiet day. We had planned to go to a baby shower this afternoon, and Katy was really looking forward to it. Her body just didn’t cooperate and she struggled with her feet most of the day. We cried and blew our noses a lot. However, we have been treating our noses to Puffs Plus and the tears don’t seem such a menace anymore. After a three hour nap into this evening Katy is feeling a little better and hasn’t mentioned needing anything for pain. Our desire is to see Katy whole and strong. After nearly five months, set backs are a little harder to take. However, a good cry and refocusing has helped tremendously. “Looking to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrew 12:2

Thank you to those who called today just to encourage us. When Mom Campbell called tonight she told us that the ladies at her church prayed for us today and it was so uplifting to know that while we were a mess and blowing our noses, prayers were being said on Katy’s behalf. It means everything to us.

  1. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    I’m glad that you’re feeling a bit better today. I’ll be praying that you recover quickly, and don’t have any more setbacks like last night’s.

    Isn’t Spurgeon wonderful? I read Morning and Evening and it seemed like every time I opened it, the reading somehow fit my state of mind or a situation I was in. It was so encouraging!

    Hang in there Katy. We love you!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  2. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Hey there! Sorry I haven’t been posting as much. I’ve been a bit under the weather. I’m so sorry to hear about the setback, but don’t look at it like that. Think of it as a speed bump on the journey. I hope you’re able to find the cause. I really don’t know what to tell you there except that coming off of steroids can do all kinds of wacky things. Hopefully that’s all it is and Katy’s body will readjust to the lower level. But, I’m not a doc! I’m glad to hear you got the HPS conference info. I can hardly wait to meet all of you in person!!!!! And thanks for adding the harp site. Karen called me tonight to give me an update about her friend in ICU and said she checked it out and it’s WONDERFUL so tomorrow I’ll have to do the same. For now its to bed for me.

  3. Lynda and Jim Says:

    We are meeting with a very small group of believers in our neighbor’s home and we have been praying for you. Last night we prayed for you again and shared the website. You will likely have a few new visitors to the blog. Lynda asked me to share that her students, who have also been praying for you, were absolutely THRILLED with the card you sent them and that you had sent it. They wanted to write back right away, but were told that that might send germs to Katie since several have been struggling with viruses. So, they are praying with renewed zeal and appreciation. We love you, sister.

  4. Barbara Walker Says:

    Dear Katie and Dawn,

    I cannot commend you two highly enough that in the midst of a disappointment like you have had that you still go to our Precious Lord with your prayers and praise. You are glorifying God even in the down times and that sometimes is so hard to do! What an example you set for the rest of us reading this Blog. Thank you.

    Love in Christ,


  5. Trisha Ferris Says:

    Katy, Dawn, & All,
    It’s quite refreshing to see how honest you folks are about your “down” times. Too often, in the Christian world, we act as if everything is wonderful all the time. But the fact is we are not home yet & until the New Heavens & New Earth, we will suffer. Thank you for including your tears in your accounting of this story of yours. We who read it & participate in it are encouraged.
    Love in the Lamb,

  6. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    AMEN to Trisha’s comment - hope today was better!

  7. Cynthia McMullen Says:

    Hi, guys! I just wanted to let you know that because my mother doesn’t have access to the Web, I’ve been sending her your blog entries since the beginning. I e-mail her a few of them a couple of times a week, and she LOVES receiving them because she feels she hasn’t kept up with you as well as she should. She’s delighted Katy’s doing better — well, until this last batch of updates, but I’m sure that will change soon! :)

    She’s also delighted to hear about the baby!

    Part of the reason she hasn’t been in touch with you much is that she doesn’t want to bother Dawn with all that’s going on there. I TOLD her she should feel free to give you a call once in a while, anyway, and that certainly you would let her know if the timing wasn’t convenient!

    Another reason she’s been sort of incommunicado is that my father isn’t doing very well right now. He fell in the tub about a month ago. And while — thank God!! — he didn’t break anything, I guess he jarred himself badly and is feeling extremely frail. She has to help him even in and out of bed because he’s so afraid he’ll fall again (and because with no cartilage left in his “good” knee, the pain is pretty intense). He has an appointment with the orthopedist Dec. 14, and my mother’s hoping SOMEthing can be done to help the arthritic pain, even if temporarily. Cortisone doesn’t seem to help him a lot.

    He’s 89, so it’s not like he shouldn’t be aging. But it’s just hard to see so much change in mere weeks. (As you well understand on a much younger level!)

    Sorry about the length of this message, just thought I’d catch you up with “Mama Helen.” Thanksgiving at our little cabin in the woods was OK, though it made very clear to us what all my father has done all these years. My Ohio brother and his family weren’t there this year, and my Harrisonburg brother was out hunting (read: communing with nature with a gun lying beside him!) most of the time. So my mother and I carried in the wood, stoked the wood stove every couple of hours, carried buckets of water uphill to the outhouse to “flush” it and so forth. Not to mention the usual cooking on the Coleman stove, having to heat water to wash dishes, etc. It was a real pioneer holiday for us! :)

    I do hope and pray the current situation clears up rapidly. It’s amazing how things can — SNAP!! — change just like that. For worse AND for better. :)

    I’ll let my mother know I offered this comment as she also has been sorry not to be able to communicate with you this way (given that, as I mentioned, she doesn’t have a PC).

    Happy Wednesday night! Hope it’s a particularly good, relaxing one for all of you.

    With love from us.

  8. Doris Harriff Says:

    Dawn and Katy, I brought the new problem to our church’s pray meeting tonight.

    And, Katy, thank you for the lovely card. It brought tears to my eyes.

    Aunt Doris

  9. Sandy Says:

    Every once in a while, when I’m talking to someone, they’ll say how they were very ill for a week or maybe two, and now they know what it’s like to be sick like I’ve been at times in the past. I try to explain to them that it’s not really the feeling sick that’s the hardest part, but it’s the chronicity of a chronic illness that is hard because it wears you down so much emotionally. So as you say, “after five months of this…” it’s just harder. And that’s so true and so real and so much what the impact of an often-demanding chronic illness is. I haven’t had exactly the same problems as Katy has, but believe me, I’ve “been there” as far as just being worn down and tired of the struggle. Hang in there.

    You all continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. And I send lots of hugs and extra Kleenex.

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