Yesterday after church Alan and I drove over to visit Iris…I mean to pick up my car, which Kathy and Carl had borrowed until they were able to buy another one (a sleek, black Hyundai Sonata) last Thursday.This living so far away from our kids and grand kids is tough! Praise God for cars, jet planes, kids, and grand babies to visit!Iris wasn’t exactly sure what to do with Grandpa,but Grandma knew exactly what to do with Iris!We were also eager to see how Carl and Kathy were faring.Carl broke his ankle and leg in four places seven weeks ago but had gotten a “walking cast” last week, so Alan wanted to check out progress.A “walking cast” doesn’t mean Carl can actually walk on his foot yet, but it does mean that he might be able to walk in several months if he’s a very good patient and does well during his thrice-weekly, strenuous physical therapy sessions.This is very gross (so look at the picture below instead if you have a weak stomach), but you can see why he’s not just dancing for joy yet. (The back side of his leg is just as bad with a long scar running down it too.) (Picture was a gift from Mikki Cooper to remind us of our little Iris.)
Carl was supposed to be leaving today for a two-week video shoot in Israel, but he’s had to give that up (although he’s been invited to go with them again in October if his foot can handle it).Iris empathizes. She’s just daydreaming about the day when her daddy can carry her around!Meanwhile, even though he has to use a wheel chair, Carl’s been back at work full time to take care of his family! He’s a brave man!Kathy’s holding up great too. Alan and I are really proud of both of them!All our lives—even the happiest of lives—are full of challenges, aren’t they?But I wouldn’t trade mine for anything, would you?
“Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Praise him all creatures hear below.
Praise him above, ye heavenly hosts.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.”