Monday, December 17, 2012

11 months and counting...

I have now been back in school almost an entire semester! Where does the time go? This has been one of the fastest semesters to date! It has also been almost a year since the accident, which is crazy to think about! We have come a long way...
For quite a few months Brad was in excruciating pain pretty much all the time. The every day medicine he has to take, plus the prescription pain medicine, seemed to stop working which was a terrible realization. I asked Brad one day how he was supposed to handle the pain on a daily basis and how I, as the caretaker, was expected to cope with the emotional roller coaster that accompanies chronic pain. Neither one of us had an answer to that question, but kept praying that God would send an answer.
A few weeks ago Brad met with a pain specialist and he suggested another form of pain medicine that isn't as strong as the other he was taken, but that it may work for him. To our surprise, it did work! Last week, Brad said he had the best week he's had since the accident! Now, until you have dealt with this kind of pain on a daily basis, it is hard to relate. However, the entire dynamic of our house changed. The mood was lighter and our situation seemed almost bearable for a time. Please be in continued prayer that this new medicine will continue working and that Brad can continue to grow stronger daily.

Brad shared these lyrics with me the other day:
"Even If" by Kutless...
Sometimes all we have to hold on to
Is what we know is true of who You are
So when the heartache hits like a hurricane
That could never change who You are
And we trust in who You are

Even f the healing doesn't come
And life falls apart
And dreams are still undone
You are God, You are good
Forever faithful One
Even if the healing
Even if the healing doesn't come

Lord we know your ways are not our ways
So we set our faith in who You are
Even though You reign high above us
You tenderly love us
We know Your heart
And we rest in who You are

You're still the Great and Mighty One
We trust You always
You're working all things for our good
We'll sing your praise

You are God and we will bless you
As the Good and Faithful One
You are God and we will bless You
Even if the healing doesn't come
Even if the healing doesn't come

In looking back at 2012, we have been where we NEVER thought we would go, have had to face the unimaginable, and have had to grow up a little too quickly. However, God has put us in this place, though at times it feels like the desert, for a reason. We are ready to move forward and hopefully have a much calmer 2013!
My 27th Birthday!

Our Christmas card photo!