Saturday, August 20, 2016

Life Lessons

The past month we had two unexpected "adventures". Most would not be happy to take these journeys and many would only see the bad aspects of them. However, there are many things to be learned from them and many things to be thankful for in having gone through them. The first one I didn't write about right away because it took time to tell family about. We were in the midst of a wonderful visit with Scott's parents. The kids had been enjoying the following activities:

Playing outside and Making Lots of Applesauce!

Painting For The Fair and Making Crowns!

Picking Cherries With Grandad and Pitting Them!

Tea Parties, Etc...

It was after a busy day of work and visiting Great Grandma at the Manor(pictures to come in a later post) that the "accident" happened. We had eaten a wonderful supper, followed by the kids favorite Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream. Grandad had bought a large tub of it to share with us:). The kids went out to play and we sat around the table to finish up our dessert. I looked out and felt led to pray for the kids safety as they played. They've played in the treehouse ever since Elyssia was big enough to climb up in it. It's been up for at least 30 years. I had just gone down to get a book I was planning to read when Addie ran in. "Caleb's Funny!" He's Pretending to Sleep In The Grass". I said, no, he's not. She said, yes, come see! I went out to door and immediately saw that Elyssia was trying to do mouth to mouth on him. That has never happened before. I ran over and laid the baby in the grass while I tried to assess what had happened. The kids had been playing and when Caleb tried to catch Addie he "fell" out of the tree house. That's about a 9 foot fall. He was knocked unconscious and was moaning. My mother in law called the ambulance and we "tried" to get Caleb to stay still. "Tried" being the operative word:). Caleb's a go getter and doesn't like to stay down. He was uncertain about where he was, what had happened and kept assuring us that he was "fine" and wanted to go inside. It took a good 15-20 minutes for the ambulance to arrive. They checked him out and it was amazing! The Lord had spared him of any broken bones, dislocated collarbones, etc. He has a small bump on his head and seemed to have a bit of amnesia, but he seems to remember everything other than the time surrounding the fall. We took him in to see the dr. just in case and he said he probably had a mild concussion, but was otherwise good to go. Praise the Lord! He said the next couple days Caleb might feel sore and have some headaches. He took it easy the next day and had 2 mild headaches. Since then he has not experienced any other symptoms and thankfully has taken things a step down from his usual crazy whirlwind style:). We thank the Lord for sparing Caleb's life, since I've mentally pictured the worst case scenario in my mind. It is a reminder to treasure each day and never take our children's lives for granted. It is also a way to remind Caleb that God isn't finished with him yet. He must have something that He wants Caleb to do for Him and he doesn't want to miss out on that!

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand. Psalm 37:23-24

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