this can sum up the past 7 weeks accurately. eric turned 40 on October 8th and I was busy planning a pirate bash to honor him. normal life continued on the home front; trips to colorado for appointments, regular meetings, etc. in laramie. eric's party was a huge hit on the 9th, thankfully!
chaos would begin the morning of the 10th.
it all began when I caught a bug off of nash's pjs at 330am. this bug was the answer that doctors and allergists couldn't explain. we'd been hauling nash to doctors for over 4 months trying to find out why his skin was hived and so rash covered. this bug, one i'd never seen before happened to be a bed bug. YES, a bed bug. there were hundreds in his room. there were several in sister's bed too.
we were grateful we now knew what was ailing our boy, but oh my; how bed bugs wreak havoc on your home! after an immediate clearing of the 3 bedrooms, an exterminator, propane and space heaters, a gigantic mess throughout the house, and two weeks of waiting we received a clean inspection. eric thankfully is knowledgable and was able to heat the rooms to 130 degrees in order to kill the eggs and any living adults. we had to say goodbye to some memorabilia along the way.
that same day we received the clean inspection we also received word that my brother-in-law jeremy would be admitted to PVH on the oncology ward. he has leukemia. wow. there aren't words…
our energy immediately became dispersed as to how we could help my sister and her family out. this involved caring for our niece and nephew when need be. the kids and I would begin taking trips between burns and laramie frequently.
november 12th my twin brother was to be married. this was his second wedding, shannon's first. eric was also being honored for becoming a master mechanic in vegas. johnson controls was flying us to vegas for three days to take part in this celebration. it happened to fall on the 11, 12 and 13th of november. we were to miss my brother's wedding. leaving the kids was huge. originally they were to be left with my sister. she was now residing at the hospital full time. my mother was willing to keep the kids. my heart was heavy.
in the midst of all of this…God was ever present. friends provided us with food to help as our home was total chaos during the bed bug cleanup. our lives were covered in prayers from so many. the peace of Christ continued to pour out over us during each and every moment that my heart was overwhelmed. friends came to our home, loved on us and our kids, no judgement. this was huge! God's hand continues to be ever present. we know full well that jeremy sits at His right hand already. Christ has ALREADY conquered the grave. He is the author of this piece, we simply traverse while here on earth.
by the love of those in our community. the grace shown. the love given. the continued covering of my family in prayer. the constant ask from those around us if there's anything they can do beyond what they've already done. God's constant grace. His ever present authority and sovereignty. what a blessed life I live.
Christ loves me unconditionally, faithfully, wholly.
I am overwhelmed!
Thank you to each of you for loving us wholly, for being such a beautiful glimpse of Jesus! We are incredibly grateful for your involvement in our lives!