Monday, September 22, 2014

Josie's Accident

I thought I would take a moment to share with everyone what happened with Josie this weekend. I know many of you may know a lot of this story from Facebook, and prayer requests, but I wanted to write it all out in one location so everyone can get the whole story.
Sunday morning we were all getting ready to go to church. Josh had to run the sound that morning, and Josie likes to go early with him so she can help Grandma Joyce in the kitchen with setting out snacks for the downstairs service.
Josie was helping daddy get out the door on time, and one of the things she likes to do is make the coffee.  We were very generously blessed with a gift of a Keurig coffee maker a few years ago (if you don't know what that is, it is the kind where you just push a button and it brews you one cup at a time). Josie just made daddy his cup, and was putting the lid on the cup when the whole cup tipped on her, burning her right side.
I want to take a moment right now to say that this could have happened to anyone of us. She is a very capable 9 year old girl, who has been making our coffee for a number of years. She has always wanted to open up her own coffee shop for as long as I can remember, and even has a special name for it: Cuppa Jo. We let her do a number of things in the kitchen, one being the coffee, because it is her dream. Never in a million years did we know one cup spilled could do so much damage.
Josh was right in the kitchen with her when the coffee spilled. He took her right to the sink and got her clothes off and poured cold water on her. I was upstairs at the time, and heard these blood curdling screams, so I ran down as fast as I could (as a pregnant woman who threw her back out a few days earlier).
That is when I saw her skin just falling of her leg. My poor darling girl was in more pain than I could have ever dreamed of.
As Josh was getting cold water on her, I found his keys and started his car, and yelled for Emma to grab Josie's bathrobe and shoes. Addie was in the dining room with Isaac, just trying to keep him out of the way.
This is where I can only list off how thankful I am, and how much worse things could be!
-I am SO thankful this was on a Sunday, and not on a school day. Josie was wearing a skirt and shirt that was easily removed, and not her uniform pants that would have been impossible.
-I am SO thankful Josh has been trained well in various first aid situations. At the ER, they said that he did the very best things for her: removing her clothing, getting a towel soaking wet with cold water to  put on her burns, etc...
-I am SO thankful that we live one block from the hospital! Josie and Josh were reflecting on many of our dear friends who are missionaries in remote locations around the world. Josie immediately wanted to pray for our friends, the Hatton's, who don't have an emergency room to run to when things get bad.
Josh took Josie, and I stayed home with the rest of the kids. I tried to find someone who could come sit with the kids so I could go too, but everyone was off to church with various commitments, and so I stayed, waiting, for what seemed like an eternity.
I finally heard from Josh. It was bad. 1st and 2nd degree burns on her arm, torso, and thigh. They needed to give her two doses of Morphine, and Tordol just to help her stop screaming. My poor baby! The drugs really helped her pain. I am so glad she got some relief.
She was able to come home after only a few hours there, and I was so glad to see her again. We made a little bed on the couch for her, and tried to make her comfortable. With bandages on a good part of her right side of the body, she can't really wear clothing, or walk a great distance, and we knew that sleeping in the top bunk in the upstairs just wasn't going to work. 
We had a good rest of the day. One of the Pastors at our church, Pastor Rob, came by and visited Josie, and brought some very special treats. That meant so much to her! Our good friends the Mundens came by as well, and helped us figure out some medication stuff for Jo, as well as bring Josh a nice treat. 
Josie is on some heavy doses of narcotics and Ibuprophen, so was feeling better than she really was. I didn't realize how much so, until it was the evening, and time to change the dressings on her burns.
I can't even write this part without crying. She is such a tough, and brave girl, and I was shocked to the core when I saw just how bad the burns were. We used up what was left of the silver sulfadiazine on just her arm and leg, so we would have to wait until the next day to change the dressings on her torso. Josie and Josh spent the night on the couches. It was a very long night with needing drugs every few hours. I wasn't able to sleep on the couch because of my back, so Josh took the whole night shift. He is pretty amazing if you guys didn't know that already.
I called at exactly 8am to her doctor the next morning, and they were able to see her within the hour. Josh took her to the appointment because it was too close to my chiropractor appointment to risk them overlapping. While there, the doctor was able to look at her burns. She thinks that there is the possibility of 3rd degree burn on her upper thigh. She prescribed more silver magic, and referred us to the burn clinic in town. We have an appointment tomorrow afternoon.
Josie has been such a trooper through all of this, but she is feeling very discouraged. She loves school, and loves her teacher, Ms. Campbell. She is very sad to have to miss the big field trip to Art Prize this week in Grand Rapids. She is also nauseous, has no appetite, and cries a lot. I think a lot of that has to do with the drugs she is on right now.
We can't thank you enough for all the prayers you have said for Josie. They really are an encouragement to her. To all of us really. What a scary thing to go through, and to know it could have been so much worse. We are so thankful to the Lord for His protection of our sweet little girl.
Please keep praying for our little Jo Jo, as this will be a long tough time of recovery for her.


She may be hurting, but she is still smiling! The drugs do help!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Our Time at Blue Gable

We have had the joy and privilege of visiting Blue Gable for many summers now as a guest of dear friends. It has refreshed us in many ways, and this year was a little headquarter hub for some partnership development time as well.
I missed having Josh be able to relax and unplug, and unwind, but it was a good week full of fond memories. 
I love that this little spot on the lake has made it's way into my children's fondest memories (and mine too!)
Here are a few pictures of our time there. As always, it was much too short! It always goes by way too fast.


The cute little cottage. Such a welcoming sight.


Turned 25 weeks pregnant with baby #5 this summer. Just relaxing on the dock since the fish wouldn't bite for me this year.


One of Ike and Daddy's many walks to see the cows. I think this was the highlight of the day for Isaac.



A family soccer game.



Isaac hiding in the corn. Don't go too far buddy!



Mornin' Moos!




A little tradition. Gotta get a picture in front of the sign.



Not a wonderful picture (my eyes are halfway shut!) but I wanted one of all of us together. 







Friday, September 5, 2014

Summers in Ohio

Ever since Josh's parents have moved down to Ohio several years ago, we like to go down for at least a week of time with the family for a Mathew family reunion, camping in their back year, and just spending time together.
This summer looked a little different. The Bible Institute was under a major renovation, and we didn't feel right about leaving to do our own thing while there was so much to do. We missed the reunion, and several days with family, which we are bummed about, but the kids got to go and see everyone!
Josh's parents came and picked up our kiddos (Isaac's first time away from home without mommy and daddy!) and brought them down for the family reunion, and playtime with the cousins. They had so much fin!
We were able to come down and share our gender reveal with some of the family that were still here, so that was fun. It was just too short on mine and Josh's end!
Here are some pictures of when we were there.


Bubby loved his pancakes. I never knew a kid that little could eat so much!




Grandma had an idea of how to make little dolls out of acorns and sticks. The girls LOVED that!




Isaac was more interested in what snacks Grandpa had.




Working hard on the acorn doll.




One of the finished products. I think they turned out pretty cute!




Here is my newest nephew, Knox. Isn't he a cutie pie??? Look at how he just smiles at his mommy!








Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Our Happy Expanding Family!

A few weeks ago we were spending some time in Ohio with Josh's side of the family, and the date of our ultrasound came!
Josh and I went and saw the sweet little one growing inside me, and we learned the gender!
We decided that we wanted to share the news with the family in person in a fun, memorable way.  There were lots of fun ideas, but we settled on silly string. 


                                 
Our little one. Only four more months!



                                  
Ready, set, spray!!!




                                 

It's a boy!!!!

Friday, July 4, 2014

News Worth Sharing

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. How many thousands is this one worth?

One Incredible Winter

We had the most amazing winter this year with record cold temperatures and record snowfall! It was so much fun! I'd be amiss if I didn't share some of our wintertime fun! 










Friday, May 9, 2014

Our Daughters and their Diverse Interests


As the girls grow, their interests and abilities have really grown with them. I am so excited to see the gifts God has given them. 
Josie has become really interested in art, particularly in painting. She is pretty good at it too! She recently had two peices in an art show. 

                                   

Emma started playing the clarinet this year in fifth grade band. She has really grown in her ability and got a one (best score) at solo and ensemble this year! I am so proud!



                                     





Adelaide still has interests in dance, and after taking a year and a half off while we moved and had Isaac, she hasn't missed a step. She has added tap, so now she does ballet and tap. 


                                   



All three of the girls love AWANA. They have worked hard saying verses and look forward each week to going. Emma completed another book, and next year will be her last year. 


                              



Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Figuring Some Things Out

I know it's been a while. No excuses. I am trying to make time for blogging, but busyness happens. 
We found out Isaac has an allergy to sulfites. He has had three really bad cases of hives in the last two months, so we had him tested for allergies. Since he eats eggs and peanut butter, and drinks milk regularly, it was hard to figure out the problem. We narrowed it down to dry fruit (raisins, in particular) so I did some research and learned that sulfites could be the problem. They tested him, and lo and behold, it was those pesky sulfites! 
Thankfully, he seems to be only sensitive to them in dried fruit form (because it seems to be in EVERYTHING!) We also don't eat a whole lot of processed food to begin with. 
I am so glad we were able to find out the problem. 


                                
Ugly case of hives indeed.




                                           
They were so big and raised.





                                       
Everyone thought he had some catchy disease.




                      

Here he is, getting tested for allergies.