Thursday, June 27, 2013

Life at Home

We've settled into our temporary (prayerfully!) 'new normal' here . . . it has taken some adjustment, but the days have been good ones! With my limited endurance and strength, it has been something quite new to me to sit quietly by and watch the busyness of my family as they tend to our home, garden, and the animals. Little by little, I've been able to start helping with things such as doing some laundry, helping with dinner, and washing the milk jars/pails/etc. which has been nice! Earlier this week, I was even able to go out in the morning and pick some peas and weed some in the garden, and this morning was able to prime a set of beehive boxes. It has been enjoyable to do things such as this, though it leaves me quite tired afterwards!

Despite the difficulties and adjustments, the past few weeks have been good for me . . . especially considering that just shortly before I became sick, I was beginning to be overwhelmed by all that needed to be done, wondering, and yes worrying a bit, how everything that needed to be accomplished would be . . . interesting timing, isn't it? :) The Lord knows my weaknesses and through illness and this time of convalescence, is teaching me some important lessons. I can see His hand on my life and His work in my heart so clearly in many areas, and how thankful I am for that!

As far as the rest of my family . . . their love, care, hard work, cheerfulness and so much more is amazing. They are taking such good care of me, and my heart overflows with gratefulness and thankfulness for them! I cannot put into words how very much they mean to me! How did I get so blessed?

In Mom's spare time, she has been working a lot in the vegetable garden, and it is looking so much better! She's been weeding, mulching, staking tomatoes, hoeing, harvesting, and accomplishing so much in not much time. She is a talented gardener! And this is a labor of love as she knows that the vegetable garden is something I love to work in and keep neat.


The garden as of this morning . . . I wish I had a photo of it before Mom began all her work after we got home from the hospital!


Mom busy mulching the walkway between the mangel beets and potatoes

During my walks out there to admire her work and the growth of the plants, I am amazed each time at how much she has accomplished (and Leah, too! - she's been helping when she can.) During the week we were at the hospital, the weeds flourished in the garden thanks to a lot of rain and warm temperatures. Yet she's been quickly gaining ground (literally!) over the weeds . . .

BEFORE:

It doesn't look like a garden, does it?!

AFTER:


Much better!

And here are a few more photos of the garden that I took this morning . . .

A narrow row of beets between two rows of tomatoes

There are a lot of tomatoes on the vines now! A promise and hope of what is to come :)

A beautiful nasturtium flower

Oriole Orange Swiss Chard . . . a new variety this year

The celery plants have done very well so far!

We've been able to enjoy fresh from the garden salads now and fresh-picked blueberries as well . . . delicious! And there is a lot more growing in the garden that will be ready to harvest before long. (And I took a lot more photos than these, so maybe I'll be able to get a garden update post ready to share soon.)

Leah has been very busy as well with many things including animal chores, milking, helping in the garden when she can, keeping up with house cleaning, and filling crochet orders for her Etsy shop. Yet there's always a smile on her face no matter how tired she gets. :) Her cheerfulness and sunshine are such a blessing!


Making dinner

Dad has been very busy as well, and one of the smaller projects he did recently was assemble the beehive boxes that arrived a few weeks ago (the ones that I primed this morning) . . .


Ready to prime and paint

He was also often the one to bring me to my afternoon antibiotic infusion treatments, and I loved that extra time with him! We had a lot of fun together, and good discussions as well. These appointments took a big chunk out of his day (several hours), yet he was always so happy to bring me and never complained but instead always made me feel like there was nothing he would rather do. :) The times that Mom or Leah had brought me in were always enjoyable as well!

And speaking of infusion treatments . . . this past Tuesday was my last one and my PICC line was removed, too! I saw the Infectious Disease Specialist on Monday, and while there are still a few puzzling things going on with me (my slow regaining of strength and lymph nodes that swelled up again partway through the treatment [but thankfully, they are shrinking again now]), but he believed it best to take me off of the antibiotic for now and see how I do without it. There are still some questions and uncertainties, and it will be interesting to see what the coming weeks bring.

I have to say, I was a little nervous about getting off of the antibiotic with how I was feeling physically . . . what if the antibiotic is only holding whatever 'it' is at bay? What if I begin losing my ability to walk again? Yet those doubts/fears were quickly quelled when I remembered Who is holding me fast in His hand . . . what if those things happen? He is more than capable to bring me through them and to use them for my good. 

So now we are just watching and waiting, and are thanking the Lord for each new gain I make. And yesterday was another unexpected day of marked improvement! As I went about the house cleaning, outdoors to get the laundry off of the line, and out to see the goats, I couldn't help breaking into smiles again and again, tears in my eyes, as I thanked the Lord over and over . . . what progress had been made so quickly! I was cleaning! I was able to have endurance to be up on my feet doing things for quite a long time! Yes, I was moving slower, and I am tireder today because of doing more yesterday, but it was a big step forward. :)

Once again, thank you all for praying! It means so much!

13 comments:

Anne said...

Hi Sarah!
Thank you for your sweet comment.
It's so good to see a blog post here, as that means you are feeling better. :-) Take it slowly, and you'll get your strength back. I recently did a post on the little word IF. Oh, that doubt that creeps in! He can and will take care of you and see you through. I know you know that.
God bless you,
Miss Anne♥

Karen F said...

Praise to the Lord! Great post Sarah! I enjoyed the positive update! You've been in my prayers. :-)
Love and hugs,
Karen

7 Eagles said...

Sarah...thank you for the update. I have thought of and prayed for you often. So good to know that you are improving every day, and keeping your spirits up!

It wouldn't be a "Betsy-comment" without a few questions, so here I go!:-) On the before-after shots of the walkway between the beets and potatoes, I'm curious as to what the gray covering on the ground is? It almost looks like some kind of bag?

Then on the shot of Leah cooking, it appears that her hair is quite a bit shorter. Did she get a trim recently?

On the subject of Leah...I agree, it seems that every time she appears on your blog, she is smiling. Has she always been so serene and cheerful, or was this something that developed in her over time?

Your family has certainly been a blessing in this difficult time, and I imagine that their positive, cheerful attitude has contributed greatly to your own positive outlook on the whole situation. It's a wonderful reminder to me as a parent that my responses can elicit good or bad reactions from my children.

~ Betsy

fiona said...

Oh Sarah so happy to hear from you

You are all blessed to have each other and I know you would do the same to help if roles were reversed

Lovely to see all the growth in the garden

Praying for your continued recovery

Many blessing to you and all the family

Fiona x

Amy said...

That's wonderful, Sarah! I was sorry to hear that you weren't well, and I hope and pray that you will steadily improve more and more.

Love, Amy

Updated by Lila Huggins (grandmother) said...

Sarah,
My family has been praying for you and are very happy you're doing so much better. I think sometimes we all need a wake up call to let us know of HIS love for us!

We're thinking of you and will continue to pray for your full recovery!

Agape Love,
Miss Lila

Sarah said...

You’re welcome, Mrs. Anne, and thank you for your sweet comment! It brightened my day.

That post was good! What a comfort in knowing that we need not worry, but can simply trust Him to help us through. So encouraging!

Blessings to you as well!

Sarah said...

Yes, indeed, Karen! How good He has been. Thank you so much for your prayers! And I’m glad you enjoyed the update! :)

Sarah said...

You’re welcome, Betsy! And thank you so much for your prayers. I am getting better and better and am so thankful for the progress that is being made!

Your “Betsy-comment” comment made me laugh. :) In answer to your questions . . . the “gray covering” is feed sacks that were cut apart. We’ve been putting them down underneath of the mulch, and they really help with the weed suppression.

Yes, Leah did cut her hair! But not as short as the photo implies. :) She learned how to cut her own hair and to do a very simple technique to layer it so the hair around her face is shorter but it's still quite a bit longer in the back. It looks really nice on her!

As long as I can remember, Leah has been a cheerful and smiley person . . . and she’s grown even more so as she got older. She’s really a blessing with her joyful heart!

My family has indeed been a great blessing to me through all of this! I cannot even begin to describe how much!! And yes, their cheerful attitudes have been a great help as I recover. I am so very thankful for them!

Sarah said...

Your comment brought a smile to my face, Fiona! I am glad that you enjoyed the post. And thank you for your sweet words! My family and I are so blessed to have one another . . . I am so thankful for each of them!

Thank you for your continued prayers! Each new day seems to bring progress which we rejoice to see!

Sarah said...

Thank you so much, Amy! Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

Sarah said...

So nice to hear from you, Miss Lila, and thank you for your note and for your prayers! It means so much . . . what a blessing to have so many caring and praying. And it has been wonderful to see how the Lord is answering those prayers!

speiro said...

Hi Sarah,
I'm so sorry...I haven't been on blogger in quite some time and I just now saw these posts! Wow, sounds like a scary ordeal! Thank the Lord you are well and improving! I will say a prayer for you! Blessings to you!
Shannah