then he truly realized what was happening. In the split seconds as I was taking
everything in, I saw blood around my
husband’s head. Thankfully, it was “just”
from a broken nose. I say that because
seven years ago he had a major brain
trauma (but even then, by the grace of
God, Rich suffered no lasting issues).
Read our story in the July/August 2014
issue ( http://bit.ly/1PyDV6S).
Needless to say, I was praying that
there was no brain trauma this time. Our
friend called his wife, and she drove me
to the hospital and stayed with me. Another father in our homeschool group is
an emergency physician in that hospital’s
emergency room. He was just coming on
duty, so he was checking in on Rich when
he could. All throughout our stay, we met
people whom we know God placed in
our path for a reason. Our eldest daughter was allowed to bring her harp into the
ICU, and since she is a Certified Music
Practitioner, she was able to play some
relaxing and healing music for her dad.
The curious nurses and doctors were
blessed by this and they kept stopping
by the room to see what was happening.
So many wonderful people in our home-
school group signed up to bring meals
that we had enough food for two weeks
and there was a waiting list to bring more.
We were so blessed with desserts that I
would bring extras in to share with the
hospital staff. (They were very apprecia-
tive!) We had so many people praying for
us from TOS to our homeschool group to
churches far and wide!
Rich spent 21 days in the hospital with 11 rib breaks, a broken nose, a
broken shoulder, and a punctured lung,
diaphragm, spleen, and stomach. It took
two surgeries to fix everything, but since
he was an athlete already, the healing
has been more rapid than normal. The
bright side to all of this is that our family has grown even closer, Rich cherishes
his time with us even more, and we all
completely realize that we can do nothing without the Lord. We are definitely
grateful for His Hand upon us!
Former Director of
I was concerned about
an invite to an Ameri-
can Girls (AG) birth-
day party where every-
one was encouraged to
bring their favorite AG doll. I was wor-
ried about how expensive they were, and
even if we could afford one, should we
really spend that much on any toy? Well,
after a lot of great advice, we bought her
a similar doll from WalMart for way less.
We both survived the party, and we’ve
moved on. However, a friend who has
been blessed with a young daughter late
in life like me, found herself buying two
dolls last month. She brought the second
one over for my girl! Wasn’t that sweet?
We are giving it to her for her birthday,
and I know she’ll love it. Some people just
seem to be blessed to be a blessing!
to the Publisher
I remember one of my
girls wanting a dress
from JCPenney one
time—definitely not in
the budget. A week or
so later we found the same dress in her
size at a garage sale! God is so good!
Remember: His hand is on your head,