This week Matthew turned 32, meaning I have known him for exactly half of his life. This week there have also been three incredible blessings as far as his health is concerned. About a week ago he called me in tears, because he could actually hear me over the phone with his bad ear. We’ve been experimenting with rubbing essential oil behind his ears, and will continue to do so. Last weekend, he was able to see all 3 (out of 4) ENT’s at Jefferson hospital in Philly. The ear guy is pretty sure his constant infection will clear once his sinuses get under control. The nose guy agreed, as long as the throat guy thought putting him under was no longer risky. After scoping him, the throat guy saw improvement from last time in his subglottic region and agreed to doing surgery. So, on the 28th he is scheduled for a thorough cleaning out of his sinuses, and another balloon dilation of his stenotic area. Today, he saw his rheumatologist who oversees his blood-work results and is in charge of his treatment. He told Matthew he saw “Nothing but good things”, for which my heart is leaping with joy! After surgery, he will begin weaning himself off of prednisone. This all-too-familiar road is marked with many promises of God’s presence and goodness along the way. We praise Him for today and the ability to live and breath and have each other! This was the best birthday present ever!
This week the crocuses started to show their happy faces in the garden! When we were outside, unbeknownst to me, Betty picked all of them into a purple bouquet. She came running over to me with a HUGE grin on her face. I was very tempted to scold her for picking the ONLY flowers in our garden. God spoke to me in that moment, through her joy and smile, and told me I would crush her spirit if I corrected her in impatience or anger. So I knelt down and met her joyous face with my own smile. Gratitude for her love gift made it even sweeter.
Amidst the sweet, there is also the crazy. If a video had been rolling of our dinner the other night it would have looked a little bit like this:
Jack was karate-chopping carrots intermittently with a knife and then his hand. Next to him, sat Elsie, singing “Let it Go” at the top of her lungs. I looked across at Nadine, making crazy faces while Elijah went on and on about how her hair looks in the morning. In addition to his narration, he continued to blather nonsense about gaseous terrain on the planet Venus. Not to be undone, Betty stood in the middle of it all, crying with her stuffed animal in hand, because she didn’t like what was being served for dinner. Matthew and I looked at each other.
Sometimes this is how life rolls. It’s rough, it’s silly, it’s beautiful. Full of good things.