It amazes me how much the Lord loves us. Through this week, he has worked out each little detail and directed each step so clearly.
The Lord has us in His hands, and I get to hold my hubby's hand. Rather than going to La Paz last evening, Daniel will be going this morning around 7 am. He is home sleeping right now. Oh how wonderful it was to sit down as a family tonight; Daddy talked to the children, let them ask questions, and then we all prayed and hugged Daddy a lot.
He really wanted me to be with him through the next day or two. As I shared, my heart yearned to be with him too, but of course thought of the children and really wanted to let the Lord lead. Daniel without me knowing had talked to the lady from our church that watched our children when I had Eliseo. She was more than willing to come over and stay for however long was needed. I still felt hesitant when all the children, to my surprise, urged me to go with Daddy. They "didn't want Daddy to be alone" and knew they could "take care of everything for you mommy just like we did when you had to stay in the hospital with Eliseo". Then the Lord gave us a plan and a peace. I will be going down with Daniel in the morning, stay till the late afternoon/early evening, and then take the bus back home so I can be with the children for the evening/night. And we'll wait to see how the Lord leads for the following day.
Just to clarify, this is what we know:
*He has a mass in his gallbladder (seen via ultrasound)
*His white blood cell count is very high
*He is very jaundiced...skin and eyes
*He can't eat at all...one bite gives him pain and nausea
*He was rehydrated at the hospital and felt much better and has been able to take little sips of water this evening without feeling too queasy
*He is the most handsome, wonderful man I know :)
*Next step is to get a CT scan in La Paz tomorrow...this will really let us know a lot more
*Most probably followed by surgery that day or the following
Since I will be down with him tomorrow, I probably won't be able to update until the evening...unless I can find a signal down there...possible since it is the capitol city.
Tomorrow we should know a lot more.
The children are doing well. The younger ones (5 yrs on down) don't really understand...just know that Daddy is sick and as Noah says "Daddy throws up a lot".
The older ones are sad and each dealing with it in their own way. Timothy is sensitive...has been crying at little things all day. I keep encouraging him to cry to Jesus and he knows just like Daddy has taught him so much, that God loves and will take care of everything. Elijah is quiet...doesn't want to talk about it...I know he hurts. He wants to be strong. Rebekah goes from "taking charge" by helping with everything, serving everyone, trying to do anything she can to help to suddenly crying. Benjamin is Mr. steady...he takes it all in stride, understands, and sat down to write Daddy a letter to help him feel better. Abigail is all girl...she wrote tons of love letters to Daddy to make his hospital room pretty. She wanted to hug him and rub his hands tonight. They love being with Josefina so tomorrow should be fun...they planned their menus and assigned out mommy's chores and planned activities too (playing church, making cards for Daddy, watching a Moody Science DVD, playing inside and outside).
I can't tell you how very humbled and encouraged we are to hear so many who love us and are praying. Oh, the Lord is hearing and answering. He's given grace for today and will for tomorrow. He is so loving and good.