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1-2-3, A-B-C

I know it’s been a long time. I apologize. I feel quite busy lately, and I also don’t really have a lot to say. Let’s see…

With my dad, each Wednesday the doctors and insurance company have a battle. Today’s the day. We’ll find out if Dad gets to stay at Mary Free Bed one more week, or if he has to be discharged. When the insurance company gives a final “no,” they have 48 hours for him to leave. Right now it looks like he’ll go to a nursing facility if that happens.

He’s doing well, always improving. Praise the Lord for that! He seems to really be improving cognitively. He’s not as confused when he’s tired now, and he’s been remembering the kids’ names a lot better. The down side of being more aware is that he seems to be very aware of his limitations. He’s been sad, and I asked why. He said it’s because “life is hard” and “I can’t do everything I used to do.” He was a very capable man before, and now he’s having to rely on others for all his needs. I can’t imagine what it would be like to be “trapped” in your body – where you know you should be able to do things, but you still can’t. So, please pray for continued improvement and some peace and JOY in his heart. Also pray for my mom as she’s going to be making some big decisions in regard to his care.

In Rumley-ville, we’re doing well. Caleb’s about to sprout his third tooth (top right middle), and we’re working on his ability to stand by himself (without holding onto anything). Grace is smart – she can say “1, 2, 3” and “A, B, C” now. She’s learning to count and recite the alphabet. Not bad for barely-2, right? Luke took her sledding last night while I was at our church’s Ladies’ Christmas Tea. We have some super-cute pictures of her in her snowsuit, but I can’t get them up here right now. (Luke, you wanna post one?)

Next on the agenda: HAIRCUT! I’m scheduled for a haircut on Friday evening, finally! It’s probably been a good year since I got it cut. Yikes! I’m donating this mop to Locks of Love. I’ll be sure to post before and after pictures. Anyone have suggestions for the new do? Ideas? Feel free to help. If you know me, you know I’m at least slightly cosmetically/aesthetically challenged. Thanks!


Birthday, sickness, Thanksgiving, Christmas…

Grace’s family birthday party was great. It was nice to have everyone here (except “Papa” Liabenow, Betsey, and DanO). We had pizza, snacks, cake, and ice cream…a simple menu! But she had a great time and just LOVES the gifts that everyone got her. She’s been playing with her puzzle, tea set, and bike every day. And she loves to read her new books, and color her new coloring books…I’d say her party was a hit! (Thanks, family!)

This past Wednesday, we took Caleb to the pediatrician, because he had a fever and was super crabby. And he has an ear infection in his right ear. DaRn! So, we got his medicine and headed to Indiana…When we got there, his temporal artery temperature was 106.1! Wow! We got him undressed and gave him some Tylenol, and put a cool cloth on his head, and it came down to about 103.5. I still called the pediatrician’s office, and the nurse said if it went above 105 again to go to the ER, but it was probably so high because he was bundled in his car seat all the way down to Indiana…Still, it was scary. So, we kept tending to poor Caleb, and by the morning, his fever was gone. He has the sweetest disposition, though. Even through his sickness and fussiness, he’d take time to stop and smile at us. He has such a sweet little smile!

Thanksgiving Day (and Elyse’s 7th birthday!) was good! We had some great food and fun times with the whole Rumley clan. We number 12 now! An even dozen with two parents, six kids, two in-laws, and two grandbabies. Crazy, huh? Makes for some entertaining times at the Rumley house.

A tradition at the Rumley Thanksgiving is to say what you’re thankful for. Grace is too cute – she says she’s thankful for the Bible (a completely unsolicited response from a two-year-old — not bad!), and for her friends Luke, Noah, and Kade. As for me, I have SO much to be thankful for, but a huge thing that I’m thankful for this year is my dad’s life and recovery this far, and I’m thankful that I’ve been able to learn such valuable lessons at such a young age. (Such as, God is good and sovereign no matter how awful my situation seems.)

We came home from Indiana on Thursday night, and Caleb had a very high temp again, but we got it to disappear by morning again, and he hasn’t had one since. Thank you, Lord!

I did go shopping a little bit on Black Friday. What a crazy day! I got some good deals, but I’m not sure it’s worth it to get up at 4:30am and brave the crowds. I’m sure I’ll go again next year, though, just because I can’t pass up the amazing deals.

Christmas is coming so soon! I feel like I have so much to do to get presents and everything ready, let alone making candy for the Ladies’ Tea and preparing for Christmas festivities! I love all the fun-ness and craziness of Christmas, but I also just love the peacefulness of sitting in the living room with the lights dim, listening to Christmas music, and looking at the lit Christmas tree. It’s then that it’s easiest to remember that it’s not about presents and candy and family get-togethers. It’s about Jesus!


7 more days…

The insurance company has granted Dad 7 more days at Mary Free Bed. And so begins a game where they say “7 more days,” and then we wait the 7 days, and then we fight for more time. And then (hopefully) they’ll say “7 more days” and the cycle will continue until Dad is well. We’ll see how it works! We might really only have 7 more days left, or we could have more time. Hopefully the doctors can be persuasive with the insurance company! Either way, praise God for more time! And thank you for your prayers!

Tomorrow is our family get-together for Grace’s birthday. It’ll be fun! Pizza, chips, cake, and family! Who doesn’t like that?


Please pray!

My mom just called to tell me that their insurance company is trying to send Dad home already. They apparently think that he’s ready to go home, even though the doctors and therapists say he’s not! (Or the truth of the matter is that they’re ready to stop paying for him to be there, even though he needs more care.) Mary Free Bed is fighting with them to allow him to stay, and we should know something by the end of the day today.

We know that God is still in control, no matter what. Please ask Him to allow my dad to stay in rehab, so he can have more of a chance to get well! Thank you!


Two years ago…

…a beautiful baby girl was born. Read the labor story here.

This is a picture of her when she was three months old:
Now here’s a picture of her yesterday, on her second birthday. (We got her a play cell phone.):

I told her yesterday, and it’s true, this has been the best two years of my life! Praise the Lord for His gift of our children!


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