Christmas was really good for Harrison. We didn’t think that would be the case after he had such bad days Thursday and Friday. He couldn’t even play with his cousins or enjoy opening gifts. It made the day and night tough for Ginger and me as well: was there a setback? The emotional roller coaster continues to be a nightmare.
But Sunday was a completely different story. He woke up feeling fine, and spent the day enjoying family. We shared the story of the Angel of the Lord’s announcement of Jesus’ birth to the shepherds. We gave thanks to the Lord for the gift of eternal life. And for the gift of a great day. We all slept better.
Another gift is the manner in which Lachlan and Blakely have responded to this challenge. They both continue to encourage me to believe God for Harrison’s healing. They both treat their brother well, without “baby-ing” him.
They both have refrained from complaining about the changes they’ve had to make, and will have to make. We missed our annual Christmas trip to see loads of family in Mobile. Lachlan missed his hunting trip to his uncle’s place where he killed his first deer last year. Blakely missed seeing her cousins. We’ve had to cancel our planned trip to Scotland next summer, Lachlan’s first time to his place of birth. While they are disappointed they’ve not once made Harrison feel responsible. They’ll never know how much that has meant.
I regret that their lives have suddenly and dramatically changed. I regret that all three of my kids will miss so much this spring. But I am grateful that they are responding with love, grace, and patience. The Spirit’s work in their hearts is obvious.
Tomorrow we go for another treatment, including a painful lumbar puncture and bone marrow biopsy. Please pray for Harrison. Please also pray for good report from the blood and marrow tests.
Blessings to you.