It’s hard to know what to write as a follow up to Vicki’s last two posts. Clearly, there has been weariness, confusion, and sadness as they have journeyed through the process of planning their future. On the other hand, there has been relief, hope, and joy as well. Or maybe that’s just me. But, in all seriousness, it has been very difficult to see Conrad and Vicki (and their three beautiful daughters) hurt and experience the uncertainty and tension they have experienced. It’s never easy to see loved ones hurt, but the intensity of the past several weeks and months surprised all of us.
I’m sure there was surprise for many of you as well. And following the surprise, I’m sure the very first question that came to your mind was, “But, what about their blog? How can they be global sisters when one lives in Michigan and one lives in Ohio?” Good question. It’s a question we haven’t yet answered.
Because so much time has passed since my last post, I shall resort to bullet points in order to hit the highlights of the last two months.
- In early November, all three of our boys had surgery to put tubes in their ears. It worked out well that all three needed them at the same time because having three separate surgery appointments was too much for me to handle logistically. We are old pros at the tube thing (this was Conner’s 4th surgery and the 2nd surgeries for both Rylan and Greyson), so we knew the drill and the morning went very well. It helped tremendously that Jon’s parents, Jake and Grace, were able to assist. The boys loved having them there and it meant each boy had someone to snuggle with post-surgery.
- Over Thanksgiving weekend, we went to Goshen, IN to have our family Christmas with my mom. We had such a nice time. I don’t know if you all are aware of the fact that my mom is an artist when it comes to sewing/crocheting. This is something I did not inherit – Jon is the one in our family who sews on buttons. I find it confusing and tedious. Regardless, here are some of her creations that were wrapped for Greyson under the tree:
- The month of December was busy. We baked.
- We had Christmas with our boys. It has been so fun to see Conner grow and mature to the point where he can’t wait for us to open the presents he purchased through his school’s Santa Shop. I made him keep everything a secret from me, too. I told him I wanted to be surprised by everything he got, not just my gift. Imagine my delight when Jon opened his gift. In Conner’s words, “Dad, I knew you didn’t have any Christmas socks, so I knew these were for you!”
- We had Christmas with the Leichty family. Greyson got some great toys, but he was most fascinated with the baby doll set his cousin, Elin, got. He loved nurturing the little thing.
- On the Monday after Christmas, I got a phone call from Jon that I wasn’t expecting. “Hey – Darrin (his brother) just called to say that Dad fell and he’s on his way to the ER by squad.” We were terrified to learn only an hour later that there was bleeding on his brain and he was being flown to OSU for emergency surgery. We were told he may not make it all the way there because the bleeding was so significant. You can imagine our relief and joy when he not only made it to OSU, but the surgery was successful and all signs are pointing toward a good recovery. We have been back and forth to OSU many times over the last month. We are so thankful that Jake is doing as well as he is. You can read the full story here.
- Because we knew that Jake was stable and moving forward with his recovery, we were able to enjoy a weekend with my Dad and Teresa at Splash Village for our family Christmas. The kids loved being at the water park and as always, they were thrilled with the gifts they received.
As you can tell, it was a full season of our lives with many ups and some downs. However, God’s faithfulness through the difficult times and the laughter we experienced through the good times helped us stay grounded and grateful.
Vicki and I are going to have a talk at some point to decide what to do with this blog. For now, we’ll assume some people still want to check in even though our journey may be less exciting with both of us stateside. But, something tells me we’ll still find stuff to write about. Let us know if you come up with a more fitting title. Sisters Gone Global just doesn’t fit anymore. And, for admittedly selfish reasons, that realization may or may not have led me into a happy dance.