Sunday, April 22, 2007

Pretty Days

We hope wherever you were this weekend you were able to enjoy the wonderful spring weather. We had such a nice weekend. Katy was not doing very well, and could not make it to anything she had planned, but we gave her some surprises. On Friday night around midnight, Paul Burton returned from a wedding rehearsal. He came to the house and we all went up to Katy’s room where she was sleeping and quietly got ready for Paul Burton’s birthday party. We had the cake and ice cream, gifts, and soft lighting, and then woke her up to join us. She was so surprised. We all sat on her bed and talked about all kinds of things. Paul Burton always has some funny story to tell. After an hour we turned out the light and slipped out of her room quietly. The next morning when she woke up the first thing she said was, “That was a wonderful party last night!” On Saturday we made arrangements to put her soaking tub out on the back deck where she could soak her aches and pains away to the sound of birds singing. We filled it up with piping hot water and got her settled into the tub. While I worked on a painting project nearby she chatted with me. It was great to have her there soaking in the shade of a tree, listening to the birds. Paul Burton made the remark that it looked like a “redneck hot tub”. We all laughed, but I got to wondering what he meant by that!

I wish I could say things are great for Katy physically, but she is not there yet. Please pray for her doctor, who has been tirelessly researching ways to help her. He is going to be trying something this week that may give her some relief from all the muscle and bone pain. Pray for his family, as he is investing this extra time on research. We appreciate his help so much.

There are so many things we are thankful for tonight. These pretty spring days are right on the top of our list of praise to our God. I was on the back deck this morning looking into the woods. There is a woodpecker going after an ant colony in one of the trees on the hill. I was imagining banging my nose on the side of a tree for an entire day, and I just had to laugh and say, “Lord, I don’t know how you hold all this together but you sure have given us interesting things to ponder!

  1. Karen Tillman Says:

    I’ve often said that God has an awesome sense of humor!!! I am sry that Katy isn’t doing well, and my prayer is that her doc will find some answers to the question we all have, and that is: how to best control Katy’s pain. At this time I request prayer for traveling mercies as I have to fly out at 6:30am Monday for a hospital visit, I am not really looking forward to as there are some questions that need answering, and I am hoping the answers are to my liking otherwise my procedure may not be so pleasant. I will try to keep up with you sweetie, but please forgive me if it is awhile before I post. It will all depend on the time factor, and how I feel after a long day of poking and prodding. I know if anyone can understand that it is you. Don’t worry though, as I will continue to pray for you in my quiet time.
    Love always
    Karen Tillman

  2. Jes Says:

    Good morning!
    I’m sorry that Katy isn’t doing so well…Dawn - you guys never cease to amaze me with the creative ways you come up with to keep her spirits up and keep your family united! You really are such a great role model for the younger moms! Thank you!

    Josh is traveling this week again - we only have 5 more weeks left and I’m so thankful for our friends who are keeping us going when the days get long! Please pray for us - it’s hard but we are making it! :)

    We love ya’ll! Looks like another beautiful day!

  3. Patricia Says:

    Gollu, you are so creative!!

    Living here next to Arkansas, I can elucidate you relative to redneck jokes: people there do all sorts of things in weird ways, from the perspective of the rest of the world (???!!) People from that state are called “rednecks.” Anyway, a redneck hot tub wouldn’t mean she had a red heat ring around her neck. No, it would mean that a tub filled with hot water, outside, not hooked up to any jacuzzi mechanism (hot jets) or even to a spigot or electricity, would be an Arkansas red-neck’s definition of a “hot tub.”


  4. Jennifer S. :-) Says:

    Hooray for redneck hot tubs! I wouldn’t mind one of those some days! :-) I’m sorry you’re still not feeling well, Katy, but praise God for a relentless and determined doctor! I’m sure he will find a way to help you. God will guide his searchings just as He guides you each day. Enjoy this lovely weather and thanks for keeping us updated!
    Love and prayers,
    Jen :-)

  5. Patricia Says:

    P.S. Paulie was just using the sanitized, politically-correct terminology for a hill billy jacuzzi….but it’s PC-incorrect to use the term hill billy these days….as I’m sure those of in the Appalachians are well aware.

  6. Aleah Yunger Says:

    I’m so glad you got a chance to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend - it certainly lifted my spirits. I was so hoping to hear you’d been doing so wonderfully better, but I know the Lord has you in His hands and that is always comforting. Praying for you on yet another beautiful day! Love to you all, Aleah

  7. andrea russell Says:

    Hi ,

    I am so sorry to hear that you are not doing well. IF aint one thing its another :( I will be praying for you and your doctor that he will find out what is going on.

    Also I can picture you guys in the yard with the “redneck’ tub…lol

    Love and Blessings

  8. Lillian Oliveira Says:

    Well, Katy, dear, you and your family keep soldiering on, waving the victory banner of the Lord Jesus in spite of unexpected “ambushes” and disappoinments. Thank you, Dawn, for keeping the “positive” in brighter perspective, with the surprise midnight birthday party - imagining Katy in a hot tub on a lovely WARM spring day serenaded by the birds - and the woodpecker doing the drum beat, I assume!

    I ache for your continued pain, Katy, but know that Jesus has His wonderful purpose, and the reward will be GREAT in Heaven. I pray for relief soon. “In all our affliction, He is afflicted and the angel of His presence saves us”…something I have quoted before.

    I will probably have a couple more comments, but keep in mind that Uncle Tony and I will be gone to Brazil to visit his family in Rio and our friends from Seminary teaching days in Sao Paulo - from May 1 until May 31. I may be able to get on the blog a couple of times with family/friends there with the ‘net. Then June 7th, Lord willing! to your place!

    Love much, Aunt Lil, for Uncle Tony, too.

  9. Doris Harriff Says:

    Just had to comment on Patricia’s second post - that’s Paul Burton, not Paulie! Paulie is his Dad!