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Trust & Obey

For there’s no other way. But to trust and obey. This photograph was taken one year ago today.  A few hours after the vent was removed, following open heart surgery, my husband began to wake and once again I saw the mercy of the Lord.  I marveled then and...
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songs for seasons

Just recently I was sharing with my church family the many times the Lord has given me a song for a season — songs playing in the theater of my mind in different seasons.  Through the years, here in this blog, I’ve shared clips of songs or meaningful words...
Heart-Attack-recovery my story Potpourri Slices of Life

The recovery road

All the information, booklets, visits from the different therapists and the remarks of different doctors in the days and hours prior to leaving the hospital following my husband’s open heart bypass surgery didn’t prepare me for the recovery road.  Yes, I’d listened intently. Yes, I’d taken notes and appeared...
Heart-Attack-recovery my story New Year Potpourri

Looking ahead, looking back

I glanced down at the clock as I pulled into the parking garage.  I rounded the corner and pulled into the same space I’d vacated just 7 hours earlier.    Knowing the segment queue was on the :20’s, quickly clicking through the radio stations, I was hoping to hear...
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Homeward bound

As I write this, I’m sitting in a large dining room, high atop a mountain overlooking a sweeping valley, many miles from home.  In many ways, it feels strangely reminiscent of the time we spent in the hospital.  Looking out over the valley, the sun streaming in through the...
Heart-Attack-recovery

Forever changed

Very early the next morning, as the week began, I realized with that new day, things would necessarily be different from here on out. Triple bypass surgery meant that, in many ways,  life forever changed.  It dawned on me that through the many years of our marriage, when one...
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A new day

Throughout the seemingly long afternoon I received surgery updates from the nurses and soon I would hear the words I longed to hear:  He’s doing fine.  After Dr. Ryan explained a few specifics about the surgery, he said Wes was very cooperative throughout the surgery.  I still wonder what...
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Then came the morning

At some point in the night, I went from the chair beside Wes’s hospital bed to the couch at the window… the shade was down to darken the room but I was suddenly aware of the bright overhead lights in his hospital room.  The morning had come — and...
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with thanks to Providence

I am grateful to the Lord for using the hands of these gifted men and women to bless my life in caring for my husband and saving my husband’s physical heart… Dr. Sheridan… for the heart cath and straight talk, Dr. Gardner and her encouragement, Dr. Austin for diagnosis...
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Our times are in His hands

On that Friday afternoon it seemed we were leaving with more questions than answers — more of a dilemma than a solution.  Strangely, as I look back on the whole sequence of events, it wasn’t necessarily the wisest thing to do—to leave the hospital.  But at the time, it...