Update on Daughter - Night of the Hummingbirds
Friday, June 14, 2013
As many of you read, my 14-year old daughter was in a rollover car accident in late February. First, thanks to all of you who reached out to me whether via response to my blog, sparkmail, or prayers...all are appreciated.
Many of you have asked how she is doing, so thought I would catch you up. My baby is dealing with the scarring really well. It has healed quite a bit, but not enough to get anything surgically done about it yet. It is much too early according to the surgeons. She is probably looking at another nine months before they will be able to see what they can do. That hurt her spirits to some degree because if she could, she would get this taken care of now....and when the doctor told her about the timeframe, she started crying....but, as has been her nature, she was fine the next day and her smile was back. Her friends and family continue to be very supportive, though her brothers have definitely gone back to being the irritators that they are so good at being. Ah, life is normal again! We go back to the surgeon for another checkup in about 5 months...we are actually looking to work with someone who is an expert in the field that our insurance will cover....it'll happen. My daughter just finished her freshman year at high school with awesome grades...just came back from "cowboy" camp, whatever that was, and will be headed out for "church camp" in a couple weeks...needless to say, she is living life as a normal teen! Blessed, indeed.
Her joy, her resilience, has helped remind me to take special notice of life and the things that just happen...so a couple weeks ago, while we were at the dinner table, my baby looked outside and said, "look a hummingbird...oh, wait, there's another one....there's FIVE of them!" We all went to the windows to look....they were on our roses, in our trees, on the fence...it was beautiful, watching them, listening to their adorable noises and the whir of their wings....all told, 15 hummingbirds were visiting us that night. And we all made darned sure to take in their beauty and the gift of their presence.....because on that summer night, a very special memory was made.....
May we all make sure to take advantage of those moments to stop what we are doing, to stop thinking about what stresses us out, to stop working, and just breath in the beauty and wonder of life. It is precious.