Gary's Home (yay!!) & a little update
& a (kinda long) photo post . . .
Well, the best news of the weekend was that Gary came home yesterday (Saturday) evening and he actually went to church this morning and took Delaney to practice (although I really didn't want him to do that). He's trying to get back into the swing of things, but he's still VERY tired!!
The doctor finished all of the tests they wanted to do on him Friday, so they were able to send him home yesterday. Gary was excited to leave the hospital--to say the least!
He's very tired today, though, and is still having some trouble speaking. Sometimes he's able to put together a few sentences in a row and then at other times he just gets completely blocked and has to stop and think about what he's trying to say. We're hoping that this side effect will soon get back to normal, but we're not sure about how long that will be.
We have an appointment with the neurologist on Tuesday and I hope that he'll be able to give us some insight into why he has now had three strokes--when he is apparently in "perfect shape"! That's the worst part of it all--not knowing WHY he's having these problems.
We trust, though, that he's going to be just fine and that God will continue to watch over him! Gary and I both have very strong faith and we know that God has gotten us through many more difficult times in both of our pasts. He is here with us right now, there is no doubt about that to either of us. So, don't worry about us--we are FINE (actually, MORE than fine because we are so blessed with a wonderful marriage, amazing families, and beautiful friendships!!!).
He will take off work for a few days and get some well-needed rest and I will get to be his Constant Nurse Who Dispenses Aspirin EveryDay!!! LOL
Now, even before Gary had his stoke and just disrupted our plans (ha!!!), I knew this weekend would be VERY busy. We had our Scrapbook Day at church yesterday to benefit the youth's Student Leadership University trip this summer to Europe. We didn't have as many people as I'd hoped for, but we had SO much fun and I think that everyone who came just had a blast (so much, that they all want us to do it again!!). McKenna was amazing at helping all day long (she is super-organized and loves to plan things, so she was very much in her element!) and everyone else really helped pick up the slack for me (since I was so tired that I'm sure I looked like a Zombie most of the day!)
A few pictures of the day for those of you interested . . .
McKenna getting ready to go . . .
Sydney hung out most of the day with us, since Gary couldn't babysit until later in the evening, and she was a trooper! I think she entertained everyone . . .
Sydney especially liked drawing the names for the door prizes . . .
I wanted to win this cute scrapping bag (but for some reason they said I couldn't!! LOl) . . .
Adrienne came up later in the day and taught a really cute "Love is" Mini Tag Album. It was so cute. ..
The only picture taken of me during the day was this one, taken by McKenna. I say THANK GOODNESS it came out totally blurry. You can't really see the dark circles under my red eyes (and I did actually get three pages done; I might share one or two of them later on this week) . . .
It's always fun to just share our albums with one another (McKenna was checking it all out and getting great ideas) . . .
There was paper, and albums, and glue, and supplies, and everything else everywhere . . .
Delaney showed up to pose for a picture . . .
We even had a few kids come by and do some scrappin...
And a boy who was fascinated by the Sizzix (well, it IS a tool! lol) . . .
McKenna was proud of getting some pages done . . .
(Speaking of scrapbook stuff, I did want to mention to Telah that my calendar class you are thinking about coming to is not this Tuesday but next Tuesday the 20th! So, let me know if you gals might still be interested in that! We are gonna have to meet up one day or another for something!!)
Well, now it's time to get ready a for a week full of red & pink, hearts, love, and lots of candy!! I'm not sure what we'll do for Valentine's Day--it really just depends on how Gary is feeling. Do any of you have big plans? I do have a few fun Valentine's Day-themed posts for this week, so we'll see how that goes.
I do think that it's a good day to get started thinking of those people and things you have in your life that are special and make you feel loved. Sometimes it's just a small thing--in the last few days it's been something as simple as a hot bath to rest my weary body, a special hymn, an unexpected hug from a daughter, a sweet call from an old friend, a husband to bug--but we ALL have things that we can be grateful for this week and every week!
Have a great Sunday and I hope your week starts out well. Feel loved today--because you deserve it (if I haven't told you so already!!!)
(For some reason, I don't watch Awards shows like I used to. I used to be ALL ABOUT the Academy Awards and the Grammys and such, but not so much now! But I did see that Christina Aguilera won a Grammy for this song tonight. One of my faves from the past year!)