Again, life gets in the way of blogging. Max has been doing physical therapy 2 or 3 days a week. That keeps us very busy. While it's not as far away as Columbia, it still takes a good chunk of time going, working & coming home. The good news is he is getting more muscle mass in his left arm. We had to go to Columbia today to get his straps lengthened and his splint adjusted so he can use it.
My Dad had surgery June 15th for an aortic aneurysm. It was a strange things because it's the first time I wasn't able to take Dad to surgery. He was already in the icu recovery room and it was the same icu that Max was in. There were several nurses that were there when Max was there. It was nice to see them again and thank them for all they did to keep him alive. Ray stayed with Dad for a few days, we couldn't convince him to stay with us.
We went to Bushnell, IL for the Cornerstone Festival July 2 - July 8th. Talk about having to grow....there is no way to get all the tents, etc... in the van. So I had to borrow my Dad's trailer. I have never pulled a trailer, never wanted to pull a trailer, dreaded the whole thought of pulling the trailer. Well, when push came to shove, I did pull the trailer all the way to Bushnell, IL. Max and Zack's favorite thing about the drive up there? Hey Mom, is the trailer still back there? Of course I had to look, of course they had to laugh! We had this silly song on a loop that the kids said I would get tired of....they got tired of it before I did! Ray said well, I guess we can still have fun. The whole trip was worth it, just so they could see we can still have fun. Things change but they don't have to change who you are.
It was hot, hot, hot in IL. The kids stayed on the grounds in tents, we stayed at a hotel about 30 miles away. We did pretty good until the last day (Saturday) it was just to hot to stay out and listen to the bands. We left early but the kids had a great time. It was neat to see them working together. I was worried that the heat would bother Max but he did great. There were times he went to see bands and all I wanted to do was stay at camp and read a good book instead of standing out in the sun!
We are slowly getting back into blending our old life with our new life. We started going to the food pantry once a month and helping out. Max was worried there wouldn't be anything for him to do, but they found him a job and forward we go.
We once again are helping with the summer lunch program. It fun to see the kids come in and be able to serve them. Kids always have fun things to talk about.
We did have to get rid of most of our outside animals. We tried to round up all the ducks, turkeys, and chickens. We still have 8 guineas and 1 chicken. We couldn't catch that last chicken. She had been attacked by an owl and she's very good at getting away. The funny/sad thing is now every time we walk out the door she runs away squakking! Oh well, I miss the turkeys, we had them 6 years but the animals made such a mess on the porch that it was hard to get Max into the van without getting stuff on his wheels. Not really a smell you want following you around!
We finally have time and are together so we can go to bible study on Wednesday. It's nice because the kids love to come and learn with us. God is good and he always provides just what we need.
I pray you all are blessed and take time to count your blessing. Life can change so fast and you never see it coming. Never take your loved ones for granted!