If you asked us Monday if we'd ever be able to say that this is genuinely a happy Thanksgiving, we would have said "no way." But Nicole and I are able to say that. There are many things to give thanks for. Our parents and in-laws made it in safe last night, and proud grandparents were very glad to meet Evangeline. "Auntie" Adrienne came down yesterday morning to spend the day with us, and her pressence was a blessing; her's along with many other kind visitors who have prayed with us and spent time with us.
Nicole and I begin this day feeling well. We are greatful to my friend Dave Healing for putting us up last night at his house here in Lincoln Park. So far we have not yet been able to sleep back in our own apartment. For one, even when traffic is good its a 20 minute drive. But perhaps more difficult is the fact that all of Evie's things are as we left them on Monday morning when we thought we were off to a routine pediatrician's appointment. At this point, we're not ready to be there again yet. We do believe that after Evie's surgery we can return to our house and sleep peacefully, as we would then just be joyfully waiting for her recovery. It would be like the waiting during the pregnancy again. Indeed, this surgery is Evie's second chance at life. Thank God for second chances.
I'll remind everyone again that her surgery is now scheduled for Monday. Many members of our North Park community had planned to fast and pray for Evie on Friday to coincide with the surgery. I'd encourage them to still do that on Friday, God's faithfulness is not bound by time :) Some have asked about how they can help or if we could use a hot meal. At this point, we spend about 21 hours a day here at the hospital so hot meals will likely go cold at home. We will probably be most grateful for them next week after the surgery when we will likely be spending more time back at home while waiting for Evie's recovery. Everyone's thoughtfulness warms our hearts. This is a happy Thanksgiving.