Archive for May 25, 2009

The Sweet Side of Life

Today was truly a sweet International Day here.  Dr. Samuel Obeng, Kumasi, Ghana, Tim and Claudia (Dutch/Brazilian) living in Spain, Texans and Californians gathered around the table to break bread together. We are so happy that our children here are having the opportunity to get to know some of our extended family in the Lord.  Dan spent every waking moment with them talking about the love of the Lord, His will for their lives, encouraging them in their Christian walk.  Dan even led a beautiful communion service at our dining table.

Having taken 2 muscle relaxants last night, Dan slept well…which meant I could sleep too.  We have had long talks about our futures when we come to the fork in the road and have to part.   We share brief moments expressing how much we love each other. thanking each other for choosing to walk together with the Lord (only by the grace of God).  These are moments I will always treasure.  We’ve had plenty of challenging times in our relationship, with our families, in our work, in some of the congregations we’ve worked with, you name it!  But God always helps us grow as a result.  Some things didn’t work out like we had prayed for, but sometimes God’s answer is, “No.”  And, remember, God always gives each person the freedom to choose what they do.  Sometimes their answer is, “No.”  

How much longer can Dan’s heart manage the pressure of the ever increasing fluid in his torso, legs and feet?  We bought him some clothes to fit his expanding torso, but they are almost too tight now.  The Cellulitis is still a concern, but is not spreading.  The rash caused by Ativan is still there.  Robitussin is helping his cough loosen up.  My bed is right beside his bed so I can hear every breath, feel the bed shake if his breathing gets rough, or if his coughing gets out of control.  Even that time is sweet because when I open my eyes, I see his handsome face.  One day soon, when he opens his eyes, he will see the Face he has been living to see.  —  Anne and Dan

Dr. Jim and Dr. Lyn came the day after university semester ended.

Dr. Jim and Dr. Lyn came the day after university semester ended.

 

Nurse Amber and Natasha gently scratch his ever itching back.

Nurse Amber and Natasha gently scratch his ever itching back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samuel came all the way from Ghana to see Dan one more time.

Samuel came all the way from Ghana to see Dan one more time.

May 25, 2009 at 6:30 am 5 comments


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