Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Big projects.




We took on some big projects the past few days. Today we give a special shout out to all our friends and family in Minnesota...hey! Brock has a oral presentation to give on the great state of Minnesota to all the fourth graders in his class at school. He worked really hard on both a written report and putting a presentation board together. Even though Chip and I were born and raised in Minnesota, Brock felt he wanted to learn more about the state himself. One of his favorite surprises was to learn about the world's largest ball of twine which resides in Darwin, MN. He also was happy to bring the state beverage- milk- and state muffin- blueberry- to pass out to all his friends too. So, hello to all of you reading from Minnesota right now. We miss a lot of you!
While Brock and I worked on the finishing touches of his board, Chip was busy cleaning out our flower bed right outside our front step. Crew absolutely LOVES it outside as the weather warms up. He was all smiles as he watched Chip (and Wyndham) "play" in the dirt. I think Crew has a future in agriculture. Which means he has a good chance of moving back to Minnesota someday. =)
I just want to give you all a few more details as to my previous post and our new concerns for Wyndham. First of all, thank you for so many prayers and support for our family. We will most certainly need them over the coming months. We learned on Monday, that Wyndham will be having double foot/ankle surgery- most likley in early fall. This is something we have felt she wouldn't need, but as the x-rays and orthopedic surgeon confirm, sadly it will need to be done and it will be a challenge too. Not just the surgery, but also the recovery. She will be immobile/wheelchair bound for at least 3 months.
This sudden news really hit us hard. Wyndham has been doing so well in all areas of development. She is a very active and happy 8 year old. It is hard to imagine all the implications that this surgery will present. My heart hurts for the pain and suffering she will have to go through too. They say it's quite painful- we're hoping she has the lesser complicated one too- hoping to avoid the one where she would have bones fused, but that will be determined as she has more procedures done in the coming months. So please feel free to pray for her team of doctors and the wisdom they need to make the best decisions for her care. Also, pray for Chip and me as we have to help make decisions too and be Wyndham's advocate. Pray for us to have peace and be unified when it comes to the things that need to be done. This type of stuff has strained our marriage before- hopefully it will bring us together and force us to grow in new and better ways. Most importantly, pray for Wyndham and all she will endure. She has proved herself strong time and time again, but still, it won't be fun and it certainly won't make sense to her as to why she is healthy and happy and yet still has to put her life on hold and go through this traumatic experience. I am praying that God will just give her everything she needs to be calm, comforted and somehow He will bring helpers into our lives that will ease the burdens of having her confined for so long.
That's sort of the big picture in one paragraph, but hopefully it is enough details to help you both understand why our hearts were so heavy the other day, and also gives you insight as to how to support us- your prayers and thoughts means so much to us! A situation like this is hard to swallow. It is another reminder of how one person's acts have drastically changed/affected our lives forever. It is another chance for us to choose to forgive and let go. But I am first to admit...it's still hard.
You know I will keep bringing updates and details as this surgery gets closer. We are very grateful though, to think that we have a whole summer to "be normal" and have fun. Let's hope it's Wyndham's best summer yet!

13 comments:

Chris said...

I have been to both the twine ball in MN and the one in Kansas. Technically the one in MN is the largest made by one person. The one in Kansas is larger, but it was originally made by multiple people plus the town of Cawker City has an annual Twine-Fest where you can add to it. Or, make a phone call and visitors can add to it at any time.

darcie said...

Greetings from Minnesota! What a fun project for your little guy!

Marie said...

Jody and Chip, you have been in my prayers since I came across your blog. As a former teacher, tell Brock his project board is fantastic! How about an At for the board alone!

Anonymous said...

Jody,
You don't know me....I live in Denver. I will be going through surgery with our 7 yr. old this summer...I dred it for all the reasons you do. One day, happy and full of life, next day, confused and in pain. I know our Lord, Maker of heaven and earth, will hold you, your entire family and precious Wyndham steady. He has a mighty big hand, and you will be held...

mindibz said...

Praying for you all.

Joey&Casey said...

Thank you again for sharing your heart and the details of the situation you are now being faced with. My husband and I are lifting your family up regularly in our prayers and I also pray that God brings all the help you need in the upcoming months in Jesus name. Please keep us posted Jody.

Kris with a K said...

Jodi, never feel that you HAVE to give details; when we pray, Jesus knows what is needed. That said, however, I want you to know that details do help us in praying specifically. Never share more than you are comfortable.

I have always felt that God has a special language and conversation method with those children of his who are not as able to communicate with others. I believe that God and Wyndham have deep conversations, and He will comfort her in ways we will never understand. Prayers for peace and discernment for you all.

Lisa D :) said...

Hi Jody, I love what the previous commenter, "Kris with a K" said about God's special language with children who are not able to communicate. I so agree! I have written all your prayer requests in my prayer journal and will be praying daily for all of you in the coming months, (and especially for Wyndham).
Best wishes to Brock on his project grade! I'm sure it'll be an A!

Lauren Kelly said...

I'm praying in advance for Wyndham!!! Love you all, and of course LOVED the pictures :)

Memaw Barbie said...

I think I have been following your blog for a year or more now, because I remember when Chip cleaned your flowerbeds last spring and you posted pictures before and after. You've had a busy year girl.
My aunt and uncle live in Minnesota and I got to visit once several years ago. Would love to go back. Enjoyed the little bit of time I got to be there.Brocks presentation looks awesome. He has done a great job.
I am praying that God will grant you and Chip peace (as we know he will) about your decisions with your daughter. It is difficult I am sure but know He holds her in His hands. Blessings

Jan Connair said...

So sorry to hear this needs to be done. I will be praying for you all.

Until Journey's End said...

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Until Journey's End said...

"Anonymous"
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