Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Tuesday Night

We’ve had a nice dusting of snow here in Virginia and the landscape is beautiful tonight. Katy had a marvelous night of sleep last night. It was the deep, refreshing, healing, kind that lasted into the morning. It has been months since she has enjoyed a good night of sleep like that. We think it may be her new medication, but the Rocephin treatments also played a part in this turn around. She had the energy to do a little shopping today in preparation for the trip to New York. We had such a nice afternoon. It was like old times. I had to pause several times to thank God for His mercy. These are the kind of days we long for, and when one does come along, I feel like I can not thank God enough.

I have taken so many things for granted. I remember praying several years ago about ingratitude. I remember confessing before Almighty God that when something good happened in my life I felt grateful for a moment but then my hopes and desires moved on to something else before real gratitude was ever expressed for the things I had been given. Since that time, I have had many times of hardship with one thing or another. It is the hardship that has made me feel so much more gratitude for everything. I was grateful today that Katy could sit beside me in the front seat instead of being curled up with a blanket and pillow whimpering in the back seat. I was grateful that on the way home she said, “I think I could eat something when we get home.” I was grateful to sit down to a family dinner tonight and watch as we all joined hands to pray, and Katy was in the circle. Eight days ago, Katy was not able to eat or stand very long. The hardship of seeing that has made me grateful for everything I saw her do today. I’m grateful for the hardships. Through them I hope I have learned to say thank you for everything and mean it. In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thes. 5:18

Comments:
  1. Candice & Crystal Says:

    Hi Katy,

    I am sorry we missed you online earlier. I am so glad to hear about your wonderful day. How nice it is to be doing things that you love to do like shopping. :) That sounds like fun. We had a better day today. Candice is feeling a little better and was able to eat some more today. Hopefully we can catch up sometime tomorrow. We are packing and getting ready for NY as well. Can’t wait to see you there.
    We pray you will have another good night of sleep.
    Love you, Candice and Crystal

  2. Lisa Patterson Says:

    Dawn
    Thank you so much for reminding us for the need to stop and listen. How often is it that we thank God for something and then move right on in to our wants and needs. I pray that He will help us to stop and listen to what He has planned for us.
    I am praying for your travel to New York, for your time there and that ALL of your needs are met.
    God Bless You
    Lisa

  3. Heather Kirkwood Says:

    Dawn, how perfectly that was said. I’ve had the exact same thoughts through “HPS days.” It’s the sort of thing I wish everyone could understand and I have to be very careful not to get too frustrated with other people who are so blessed, and yet seem to lack thanks for even the simplest of things. Looking forward to seeing all of you Thursday. I don’t know when you’ll arrive, and you’ll probably be very tired from traveling, but I’ll look around for you. I do have a board meeting Thursday night and Friday morning - so if you don’t see me immediately around, that’s why. But, I do hope we get a chance to chat!

  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Katy,
    All I can say to this post is AMEN!!!! God is revealing Himself in wondrous ways to ya’ll. It is such an encouragement to read how He’s sustained you each day. Thank you all for being so faithful to this website!!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)
    ps. isn’t the snow beautiful?

  5. Tiffany Allen Says:

    Katy,

    I’m glad that you are feeling better and were able to get a restful nights sleep. That must have felt so wonderful! Have a safe drive and enjoy your time in New York.

    Tiffany

  6. Patricia Says:

    Amen! ….and praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
    Travel mercies to/from NY! Take time to savor the Big Apple (I am guessing it is NYC to which you’re headed).
    Patricia

  7. Jennifer Blugerman Says:

    Katy,
    I am so thankful that you had a good night sleep for a change!! I am praying that your strength continues to grow so that you are able to make the trip to NY comfortably!
    I declared today a “snow day” (can you do that if you homeschool?) :-) The kids enjoyed a morning of tromping around in the snow with Tyler, Sabrina and Krista. Our neighbor across the street (also a pastor) has a great hill in his back yard just the right size for snow tubing! It has become tradition to head for his yard when the snow hits! After much tubing and snow ball fights, we came in to thaw with a cup of hot cocoa! I’m not sure which took longer, getting the kids dressed in all of their layers, or getting them undressed after we came in all soggy and snow-covered! I am grateful for the snow and it’s beauty — what an awesome God! And I am grateful for a warm house and shelter from the cold! It’s easy to take things for granted in this country.
    Enjoy the day, Katy, and our prayers go with you to NY!

    -Jennifer

  8. Karen Tillman Says:

    Dawn,

    I am so glad that Katy is feeling so much better!!! And hope that this will make your drive tomorrow much easier. Maybe just maybe she can join the gang in my room on a secret project. You can ask at the front desk for them to ring our room # for you. It will be reserved under Tommy Tillman or Karen Tillman
    Take care and God be with you on your journey!!!
    Karen Tillman

  9. Jess Lankford Says:

    Katy!
    NY is just around the corner!!! YIPPIE! I’m so excited for you guys! We are hoping and praying for a safe trip, good fellowship and a productive time learning all about HPS! What a blessing that the new meds are helping you sleep - that’s just awesome! I’m sure that your bed in the back of the van will be top noch - if I know your mom! Enjoy your visit - we look forward to the details! (Reading a post from your mom is the next best thing to being there! I love the way she phrases everything! It makes it so real!)

    We love you all!
    Jes

  10. andrea Says:

    Hi Katy,
    well I couldnt agree more with Jessica. Your mom knows how to write. It is so detailed, that we know what is going on in your home. I am also very glad that you finally can sleep, you surely needed that!!!
    And again I wish and pray for a safe trip to and from N.Y.

    Bless you all
    Andrea