Sunday, April 6, 2008

Prayer Request

Joe has been admitted to the hospital after his third trip to the emergency room within the week. He will have tests tomorrow and will probably need to have his gall bladder removed, although we don't know when and where. He is in a lot of pain, but is still managing to crack jokes even feeling his worst. Joe's mother has come into town and friends have the children for now, so we are managing well. I know that you are all so faithful to pray, though, and just in asking you I feel comfort because I know that you will.

Even in the worst of situations, there is always something to make us smile. The girls had taken off their Sunday best when we got home from morning worship, so I hurriedly dressed them so we could take Joe back to the emergency room. Mary Ashley always wants to wear dresses, so I chose one that didn't need to be ironed: a cute turquoise and white seersucker sleeveless dress with round collar. Matching shoes and hair bow were nearby, so this was easy. Confident I would get no complaints, I said, "You do want to wear a dress, right?"

I know that I shouldn't have opened this up for discussion, but didn't think about it until she replied, "Um, no, I think this time I want to wear pants and a shirt." Realizing I shouldn't have asked her opinion, I slipped it over her head anyway and told her that we really didn't have a moment to spend choosing something else.

Immediately her eyes filled with tears, and I could tell she was trying not to cry. "But, Mommy," she began, voice breaking, as she looked down at the dress. "It doesn't even have a monogram!"

"Well, Mary Ashley, sometimes in an emergency, we just don't have time to worry about monograms." So, you see, we are all pulling together and making sacrifices for the sake of the family -- even the princesses among us. Thank you for your prayers!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

You have a prayer warrior here~Nancy

sweeter and the bubbas said...

AWW, she's a girl after my own heart! I will be praying. Poor Joe...I hope he can stay comfortable during the time before the surgery(if that's what it is). We will be praying...Call me when you have an update...

Kristi said...

No wonder she was having such a bad morning today! She was sweet enough to help me say the memory verse for everyone and even helped put some characters on the felt board for me. Keep us posted on Joe - it's no fun to have Dad feeling so bad!

Anita McFarland said...

He's in my prayers...

Too funny about the monogram. Pray for me that Lily isn't a "princess". :) She'll be out of luck with a mom like me.

Three plus Me said...

That explains more about Christian's comments in class on Sunday. He said his dad was out of the hospital now and that he had broken his back. He then proceeded to tell me that dad broke his bottom one time too!

My philosohy on children's comments: I won't believe half of what they tell me, if you don't believe half of what they tell you.

Your in our prayers...call if you need anything!

Melanie said...

Your family is in our prayers. Hopefully, Joe will have his gall bladder removed, (I know this pain from experience...not fun.) and Mary Ashley can go back to wearing Monogrammed dresses!:D Isn't it wonderful that God gave us a sense of humor? What would we do without it? ...OR HIM?????!!!

sweeter and the bubbas said...

Oh my Julie, that is SO funny! Kids are hilarious! I'm sure that made Melissa laugh!

Rebecca said...

You will be in my prayers. We are close by if you need anything!

Robyn said...

I'm praying for Joe and your family. I know how stressful the hospital is and then the recovery of a sick loved one. Please let me know if there is anything you need.

Anonymous said...

Melissa, prayers are going up on Joe's and your behalf. Love and blessings to you all!
Kama

Louise said...

We will be praying!! Please let me know if I can do anything!! I would be happy to take the kids off your hands for a while if you need!!

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