After many days of little to no sleep, I got to bed around 11 pm last night, talked to Daniel for a little while, and little Eliseo didn't wake me up until 5 am! Even then, I just snuggled in bed with him for another hour...The Lord is so good to give us rest when we need it. Daniel slept good all night too. Eliseo woke him up this morning too, but I got him a cup of water, he took a few sips and went back to sleep :)
The doctor told us that we can call tomorrow after 5 pm and he'll give us the initial results of the liver biopsy. We are looking forward, as is the doctor, to hearing what is causing the trouble. Yesterday was a full day. Daniel just rested and was so glad to be able to eat a little bit and keep it down. Throughout the day, he would just try to eat a tiny bit here and there...a soda cracker, a few little pieces of watermelon, a little dry toast, and in the evening ate a little chicken broth. He is still battling with a lot of nausea, but he was so happy to not "lose his lunch" yesterday. I don't remember if I mentioned it or not, but one of Daniel's great friends from the states flew in to be with him. When Daniel is awake, it is great for him to have Jeff there to visit with.
After getting Daniel taken care of and the children fed, we (the children and I) got into the van to run errands. This was all so new to me as Daniel normally does all these things, but the Lord was so good and I was able to acomplish all we needed to. We had to go into the bigger town, go to the bank, pay some bills, go to the post office and then bought some groceries. The children were so very good and helpful. After we finished everything, we went back to our town and I took them out for a treat. Benjamin's birthday was a couple weeks ago, and every child gets to go out to icecream on his or her birthday with Daddy. Since Ben never got to go, we stopped at a icecream shop, started with a healthy lunch of nachos :), and then I got each of them an icecream cup...Ben got a 4 scooper since he was the birthday boy. I saw lots and lots of very messy faces and smiles! :)
We got back home, did some chores, and Jeff played games with the children while I did laundry and started supper. A couple hours later, the people who own the store at the end of our street stopped by with their children and asked if we wanted to go watch them pick up some pigs and a cow for butchering. So we all piled into the back of the pickup and went out to a couple of ranches. The older boys got to rope pigs and pull them into and out of the trailer. The little ones loved seeing all the animals. I was thanking the Lord for giving the children another special treat after having such a hard week. He is so good.
Today will be much the same. Lots of rest for Daniel and the children and I will leave this morning again to do more errands. One of Rebekah's parakeets died yesterday. Oh, the tears that fell...Beka is so sensitive and even more so through all that has happened, so what could I do other than promise her we'd try to find another friend for her remaining bird today. I need to pick up more pain medicine for Daniel and need to get some of the children caught up on their vaccinations. There are so many diseases here that we don't really have in the states. The Lord is so good to always care for us. The starter is going out on the van too; Daniel was telling me where I could take it to get it repaired. I may do that today or tomorrow too. There is a park one block from the mechanic shop, so I'm thinking I could pack some sandwhiches and take the children there while we are waiting.
Thank you all so, so much for your prayers. I look forward to sharing when I can of the many things the Lord has taught us and how He's worked in our hearts through this.