Tuesday, May 6, 2008

April showers

Have you ever had a time when you just really needed to hear some good news?

I think that's been me for awhile now. Don't get me wrong, I have a beautiful new baby, so there's a constant joy...but there have been some trials lately (and more than just sleep deprivation).

April was my month of trials. Here's the list:

1. Chuck was out of town for 6 days.
2. Chance's boo boo happened while Chuck was out of town. It took me a few days to stop shaking from it.
3. We went on a weekend getaway to Marble Falls, but left less than 24 hours later because Chance was sick.
4. My postpartum visit resulted in the dr thinking I had an abdominal hernia, probably needing surgery (and was instructed to not lift much...yeah, right!).
5. Chuck had a little surgery that left me without his help for a couple of weeks.
6. Instead of celebrating my 29th bday, I spent the day caring for my family. I didn't tell the boys it was my bday because I didn't want to take them to the store to buy a cake (I'm a bad mom!). Thankfully, many family members called, which made it special...
7. My aunt died somewhat unexpectantly.
8. I had a CT scan for the hernia, had to pump and dump for 24 hours and bottle feed Chandler. He didn't like that much, so he woke up every 1-2 hours. Little stinker ;)
9. Some very large hospital bills unexpectedly rolled in. I had thought we wouldn't owe anything.

Ok, so I feel funny even listing all that. I feel like Eeyore, "Woe is me." The greatest trial of all for the last few weeks has been keeping my mind on things above and being thankful for the many blessings I have, chiefly a relationship with God, and a wonderful family.

Then, the calendar changed to May, and suddenly things are looking up!

1. I heard from my insurance that there was a mistake on their part...which means we owe nothing!

2. We also had expected to pay back a loan, but found out it was forgiven as well.

But wait, it gets even better.

3. Chandler started skipping a feeding at night = more sleep for me.

And there's more...

4. Yesterday I met with the surgeon. I went in hoping to be able to put off surgery for awhile, because I can't handle recovery and caring for 3 little boys at the same time. But the news was even better than I could've imagined. The tender spot in question is not herniated yet! It's on its way, but it's possible that my body will repair itself = no surgery! I go back in 2 months to see if it's better, but the best news is I have no restrictions on lifting.

This verse has been ringing through my head lately:

A twinkle in the eye means joy in the heart, and good news makes you feel fit as a fiddle.
Proverbs 15:30, The Message

SO, have you had any good news?


Kelly said...

Wow, tough April, and it was a short month too! But I'm glad things are looking up for you... I'm sure everything that's happened has been just huge sighs of relief for you. Here's to tons of full nights of glorious sleep! Everything is better when you're well rested!

Mells said...

Oh Angie!! The last part is the BEST!!! I know I have been praying for your hernia to be healed or gone. God is so good! He is answering our prayer group prayers! I am so happy to hear your good news! :) Love, melony

Austin and Ashley Evans said...

Wow, you have been through so much this month, but so glad to hear that things are looking up - God is oh so good! Love you my sweet friend!

Kathy said...

Oh wow! What a load to carry
(I can somewhat understand, my husband has been working 12 hour days since Sol was 2 weeks..God has sustained me though...seriously)

I totally get what you mean about sounding like a Debbie Downer (read my prevous statement:)) but those are some very tough things.

Praising God for the good news!

Chandler's a champ!