In Scripture, as in life, there are periods of silence. Most obviously, there is the 400 years between the Testaments. It’s hard for me to remember that God, although He was not speaking through prophets, was still working. Silence is not absence.
So, too, silence on this blog does not mean nothing is going on. It just means that I haven’t taken the time to write about it! God is most definitely still working in the lives of all the Gromlichs.
Thane is healing. Slowly. Some nerves are reconnecting, but it’s a little discombobulated, and we’re praying that it sorts itself out in time. For example, when Thane scratches just above his scar, he feels it on a spot further up and to the left. Weird. Elimination (peeing and pooping) is no longer painful. We are cautiously reapproaoching the marriage bed (like how delicately I worded that? 😉 with less pain, too. The actual incision sites on Thane’s neck and lower back are still sore. It’s a deep pain that still requires Tramadol and Baclofen (for pain and muscle spasms, respectively) 2-3 times a day. He’s gaining strength, but this slow recovery process is disheartening. Again. It’s the “again” that is so difficult. We were expecting to have him ready to start looking for jobs this summer; now, we just don’t know if he’ll be ready even by the end of summer. But I guess we never knew. Who actually knows their future? Certainly not us. So, we wait on the Lord: His ways are above our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). All we know to do is follow the path, one day at a time.
Brooke is turning 4 years old this Sunday. Sweet, smart, beautiful Brooke. She is a treasure. I’m hosting Brooke’s Birthday Bash this Saturday morning, and if you’re in the Spokane area, I would love for you to stop by! We’ll be hanging out from 9:30 till 12:30 with brunch foods to fill everyone’s belly and hopefully wear out the kids so the grown-ups can be rewarded with a good nap time. No gifts are required, but if you feel like you absolutely have to, we always prefer experience gifts (tickets to Cat Tales, etc.). When you come, feel free to bring some food, but, again, no obligations! We just want to enjoy your company. 🙂 Maybe you’ll be treated with Brooke’s “story time” mode. It’s adorable and impressive how articulate she is.
Evelyn is still her funny, feisty two-year-old self. She started going to the Spokane Guilds’ School 2 weeks ago for preschool 3 times a week. It’s a wonderful experience for her to receive speech, occupational, and physical therapies in a group setting, so she’s not only learning from her therapists, she’s also learning from her peers. And they are really cute peers. So that’s 3 times a week, from 10:30 till 1:00. They feed the kids lunch, and Evelyn is the best eater at her table! You know that was a proud mama moment for me. Just a year ago, she wouldn’t even eat applesauce.
Hope is 10 months old now, and she’s really the happiest baby I know. She smiles and laughs easily, can climb stairs, and is starting to balance well enough to stand on her own for a second or two at a time. If anybody out there likes babies and feels like it, you can have her for a couple hours. I accept cash, checks, and PayPal. 🙂
I was washing dishes the other day and thinking. It was quiet for a moment, and my thoughts wandered into the big cave of “How am I doing?” People ask me, and I never know how to answer. I think I’m still stuck in survival mode. In the past week or so, with Evelyn going to school regularly and nobody being Sick, I’ve been able to enjoy a home routine. That’s huge. It just helps me and the kids feel secure, which helps everyone behave well and sleep well. And a well rested mommy is a happy mommy. So I must be happy. But I’m also on the verge of crying if I think back to the chaos in that hospital room a month ago. School is keeping me busy — more on that later.
Thank you for continuing to pray for us.
Time to take Evelyn to preschool!