Thursday, August 10, 2017

A pretty crazy week......Thankful Thursday #137

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Before I get started... just an update.
Dad is still in the hospital... he has kept loosing blood & they ended up finding ANOTHER spot where he's bleeding from - only after a few days of pumping more blood in him. Sigh.
So today, they're hoping to repair that area...
So please continue the prayers for him...
It's been a doozy of a week

This week I am Thankful For:
{Numbers go with my One Thousand Gifts Journal / just ignore}

519 / Our little Zoe.
Our baby girl turned 12 last week.  I remember when we found her. Such a little thing. She was the youngest of the 4 dogs for the longest time... & then Harvey Dent came along & shoved her out of being the baby... but no one really shoves Miss Zoe anywhere. She's the littlest force you've come up against. Love this little sassy girl.  Next year, a teenager.  Amazing.

520 / My Brother
He got my dad to the hospital at 2am in the morning when the bleeding started. He's been so good at tag teaming with me at the hospital as well as taking care of dad's horse.  I cant imagine being an only child in this moment.

526 / Eat with mom
Last Friday, after they did the first procedure & said they got dad's bleeding stopped, we took mom home & got some dinner & sat outside & ate with her. It was so nice sitting on their porch, with that view, & the temps was 66 degrees. The only thing that would have made it better is not having dad up at the hospital & having him join us.

527 / Scripture from MSM girls.
How PRECIOUS is it when my girls start ministering to me?  They were sending me scripture on Jesus being near & healing the sick & not loosing hope.  Their messages made me cry.

528 / Best baby award.
Baby sessions are hard work. I dont do them typically... only for close friends ... but then you meet a baby like this that sleeps through the entire thing & is an angel, it makes you think you can start doing more of these.

531 / Great MSM
Loved our talk on how different we all are, but how much we are alike & need each other.

533 / Dad up!
First time they got dad to sit up after 4 days.  It was wonderful (if not for a short time... he didnt know at this point he's be back down in the bed for awhile)

535 / Blood Donation
I never give it much thought before - but a HUGE gratitude for people that donate blood. Dad is in double digits with needing blood... I dont know what would have happened if people hadn't given so unselfishly.

536 / Such nice nurses.
Dad had has THE BEST nurses in the Critcal Care & Intensive Care Units. They have just been so caring & attentive.

537 / Timing!!!!
So Tuesday, we're up with dad when mom looks at me & says, "Take me down to the ER"... so without dad knowing, me & mom head downstairs. She was in such dire pain with her back. & they took her BP & it was around 247/168 so they immediately took her back to help her.  There was some MAJOR confusion on her admitting paper work (They had her down as another patient - such a mess) & we were down there for an hour & a half just getting her paper work done.  So I go upstairs when dad calls me wondering where we are at.... so the run from one floor to the other started.  & then mom's sister & brother ended up coming up & sat with dad... & I run back down stairs & the elevators open & mom's other brother is on it.  He ended up going down to the ER to sit with my mom. The timing of everyone being there was just God-timed - I'm sure of it.

538 / Precious sweet friends.
I had posted in my Joyster bible study group about all the chaos happening with dad & mom being on separate floors... & I get a text from my precious friend Chasity & they were parking in the parking lot.  They came up to do whatever I needed & especially just to pray with me & my family.  Have you ever?!?!? Its not like the hospital is close either. They packed up their whole family & made the trek to show support. It's things that like that is worth more than gold in this world.

539 / Friends that know your coffee.
I'm telling you - I never thought about it before - but friends that pay enough attention to know what you drink at Starbucks??? That's a blessing. I'm going to start noting what others order... because when friends show up with your order when you are run down & need some pep in your step - it makes a difference!!!!

540 / Found other bleeding
Like I mentioned before - with dad still bleeding & them checking the original clamps & they looked ok, we were getting concerned where this new bleeding was coming from... they did a scan on him that had his blood mixed with a chemical & some weird stuff & thank GOD they found this other area... which praying... is fixed today.

541 / All the prayers & visitors & well wishes
All the people who come up to visit dad, or sit with the family, or lifted prayers, or called, or text or questioned or sent well wishes & comments.... you dont know how much that stuff is needed in times like this.  THANK YOU!!!

What are you Thankful For today?


  1. Oh goodness -- mystery bleeding is so scary (well, any bleeding is I suppose). Yay for blood donors! Keeping the prayers going for you and your family ...

  2. How crazy that your mom and your dad are both in the hospital! I hope both issues are resolved and they can come home this Weekend.

    My Baylee is going to be 12 this year too. I can hardly believe it. It seems like just yesterday we brought her home. This life is going by way too fast!

  3. OH my gosh, I am behind on my reading! I'm so sorry to hear that your family is going through health issues right now! How scary! I am just grateful that you and your brother are there to be with your parents, and help them with what they need right now. It is so wonderful that people give blood, I agree. My father in law is truly amazing in his giving of blood. He's given so much that his blood has been marked "Safe" for newborns. Which I think is so amazing. I'd like to do something like that someday. Grateful that others have done it too allowing your dad the blood he needs! Thinking of you all! & that newborn baby is just adorable! Great photo! XO - Alexandra

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  4. Even in the midst of trouble there is still so much to be thankful for. Praying for you and your family.

  5. Wow I'm so thankful for how God has watched over and care for your family, your mom, your dad in such incredible ways this week. I'm so thankful that there are people who will donate blood to so that others can receive that blood that need it.

    And your parents live in a GORGEOUS place; wow, that looks so peaceful.

  6. You (and all) have had a tough week. Hope your mom is doing better and that your dad will be repaired and healed and headed home soon. Scary stuff!! Love & hugs!!

  7. You and your family remain in my thoughts and prayers, Rebecca Jo. I'm so glad your family and friends have been their to offer support and help - it does truly make a difference.

  8. I'm so sorry to hear your dad is back in the hospital again :( You've been in my thoughts since I saw your email with that information. I hope that he and your mom are both better soon.

  9. I've been praying for you and your family! What a week for you! Stay strong! Hugs!

  10. You have been through so much lately! Well, your parents too, but goodness! I hope & pray that your dad gets the bleeding stopped & that your mom gets her BP down to a reasonable level & they help with the pain.

  11. Happy Birthday, Zoe!!!! I was thinking about you and your family the other day and I thought...I wonder how Rebecca's dad is doing?? If I lived closer to you, I would be bringing you all the Starbucks, girl I am sure you need it right now!!!

  12. You certainly have had your hands full with Mom and Dad both down. Prayers for their recovery and strength for you to provide the help they need.

  13. That baby picture. So cute. I always donate every 8 weeks and your dad is the reason why. I hope he is doing ok. I have been thinking of you guys a lot lately.

  14. This is my first time linking up here. Thank you so much for allowing me to join in. So sorry for all that's going on in your life, but you're still able to count your blessings. Prayers for your Dad!

  15. I've been kind of scarce this week, but I did catch the news about your parents on FB and have been praying. So glad to hear that you have been finding blessings and that there is good news for your dad. Holy cow on that bp!!! I hope that is under control now.

  16. oh hun. so much going on. thinking of you and your parents, hope they are both better very soon! i can't imagine how stressful this is for you. we have another blood drive next week and i'm going to try and donate blood again. hugs girl, let me know if there is anything i can do! i know you have a tribe of friends and family who love you, but i'm here too if you need anything!!

  17. All the perfect timing and right place at the right time and wonderful angels in your life make me want to cry. I'm so, so glad you have such a strong support system and such a large family- whether it's blood related or MSM or Joysters!! And your eternal bright attitude and praise is most definitely 100% infectious. I hope you all are home and out of the hospital soon!

  18. Oh sweetie, sending you prayers, Your mama's porch sure is pretty!! Precious Zoe. Wishing you a peaceful weekend!!

  19. Sending good thoughts to your dad. Happy birthday, Zoe! That view from your parents house - wow! Such a beautiful yard. Ahhhh squishy baby, so cute! If we ever do newborn photos again, I am doing way fewer settings and props. We did so many, we were all worn out. I hope you hear something good soon.

  20. I am definitely having flashbacks to the beginning of our year, and it is just SO HARD and so wearing to have a parent in the hospital for so long, when every moment seems to have eternity hanging in the balance, and the news changes every hour...

    It's just hard.

    But it's in those toughest of moments that you see the angels all around you (seen and unseen), and when you feel the comfort that can only come from faith in the One who has been through it all.

    I'm sorry your family is having to go through with this; I'm grateful you have people seeing you all through. Wishing your dad (and mom) all the best in their recoveries.

  21. Prayers for your family.

    Happy Birthday Zoe!


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