In a nutshell, between the months of October and December, every member of our family has been in a car accident of some degree. The last accident was just days before Christmas when our son tried to take evasive action and instead hit another vehicle. While we are so very thankful that everyone "walked away" from the accident, our daughter sustained severe injuries.
She was hospitalized with 2 fractured vertebrae requiring a spinal fusion of 3 vertebrae. The following morning saw her re-enter the Operating Room as they performed emergency surgery, trying to determine the cause of the fluid in the abdominal cavity. She remained in hospital for 16 days while they (1) waited for enough healing to take place so they could make her back brace and (2) dealt with an infection.
Our plans for Christmas? put on hold while we sat in her hospital room trying to encourage her and keep her company.
Now that she is home, we have had to adjust her pain medication. HomeCare visits take place regularly as they care for her incision.
We are tired. Slowly we will regain strength. Slowly our daughter will recover. Slowly we will return to our daily routines.
But for now. Our best laid plans have gone up in smoke. We realize once again how fragile life is and we remain grateful for the prayers of many across North America who have upheld us in prayer. God is faithful. God is in control.
Although we have no idea of the "why", we trust that God knows and for now.... that is enough.
What an incredible reminder to us that:
- our children are in God's Hands
- we really have no control over what happens each day
- we do have a God who is in control of all things
So where from here? If God wills, we're planning on having our Christmas celebration tomorrow!!!