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Well, I wrote a post, and then promptly lost it, and typing on my phone is a bit of a painful process, so I’ll just sum it up and leave this link and two screen shots of Jerry’s Facebook post that tells the story better than I can:
#38 — I am SO thankful this little 6 yr old boy is safe and back at home. #39 — I’m thankful Jerry & Laine & Julianne got to have a part in the exciting story. #40 — I’m thankful for how God answered prayer and led them right to this 6 yr old “needle in the haystack” (acres and acres of bush were being searched and miles of back roads all around his home area). #41 — I’m thankful for my own little prayer that was answered, that God would stop the rain before to got to New Fish Creek. (It was raining so hard on my way home from work at 8:20 that I could hardly see where to turn off the road. Yet a few miles north of us, the rain did not start until they had found the boy and gotten him safely into a vehicle.
I can’t imagine what his family felt as they searched for him all day. #42 — I’m so glad he didn’t spend the night outside, because the story could have been much different. #43 — I’m thankful for safety for Jerry, Laine, & Julie as they searched in the dark in the bush with no gun!
The house is quiet…Elianna is napping, and so is hubby. I’m feeling quiet and contemplative. Thoughts of “at this time last year” come frequently. It’s been a crazy full year!
Elianna started off our year by being late. VERY late! Last Christmas I was super-pregnant, puking, close to the end of my rope, and NOT enjoying it! I remember sitting on the couch with Jerry in the light of our tree one evening after Christmas, crying because it felt so much like someone was missing. “Two” no longer felt complete. It was time to be Three and I was soooo ready! This year, I sat on the couch with Jerry in the light of our Christmas tree and cried again. This time because I was so happy to be holding our beloved baby girl on my lap. I felt complete, and so content and at peace. Our little family of three had a WONDERFUL Christmas together! Christmas is suddenly extra special when you see it through the wonder of a child’s eyes again. The lights, the tree, the wrapped presents… I love to watch Elianna and see her taking it all in and thinking and trying to figure it all out. Everything is still so new.
We started out this year in a new house, trying to unpack and settle in and get things organized and fixed up. Now, I have a light over my kitchen table that makes the room feel warm and cozy. I have light covers in the bathroom which make my choice of a bright teal/green/blue color a little less shocking. (slightly. But not a whole lot. But I still like it a lot!) Elianna has covers on the electrical outlets in her room (that’s a GOOD thing!) Jerry brought me home a pantry the other day, so the stacks of pails and tubs down the hallway are tucked away on shelves, and I even had extra space to unpack some of my china so we could set the table beautifully for our Christmas meal! Jerry put up a laundry shelf for me so I would actually be able to see the top of my washer and dryer again if I would just take 5 solid minutes to clean them off!) We still have an addition that looks like a tornado went through it, and paper trim on some walls in the kitchen, but you can’t do everything in one year, can you!?
We started last year with Jerry limping around gingerly, trying not to further injure his knee. He had a CT scan in June, surgery in August, and after 6 weeks time off was back to work again in September, doing harvest for my uncle. He tramped all over in the bush during hunting season, and is threatening to play hockey again in the New Year! We are grateful that he didn’t have to wait till next year for surgery, and that his knee is fine and he can live an active normal life again.
We started off the year with a wrinkled up baby whose hands and feet looked like she was 80 instead of 8 minutes old and 2 weeks late. Now she’s crawling, getting into everything, laughing, eating solid foods, and starting to walk and talk. She said “grandma” during our Christmas in SK, and completely melted Grandma’s heart, I think! She says mama and dada regularly and sometimes even graces the dog with a word. We’re thankful she said mama and dada before she said “Measha”! She is such a joy. Her smiles and laughs brighten our days and lift our spirits and melt our hearts and we are unbelievably thankful for her. God knew exactly what we needed — a little girl to be our ray of sunshine!
Jerry is ending this year with a new job — still an electrical apprentice, but getting much more hands on experience. I was very concerned about him switching jobs, because he had a FANTASTIC boss. But, God has once again provided another absolutely FANTASTIC boss! Jerry’s surgery, time off, and harvest work was an excellent transition to this new job, and we are thankful for God’s hand in events.
We started off this year dogless and catless. Then we were just dogless. So we got a free dog from ½ hr away…and totaled our car when going to pick it up! God provided another vehicle for us at the price we needed, and insurance came through enough to cover our costs and we were thankful. And now had a cat AND a dog. Then we were catless for a while, because the dog terrified the cat, so we gave the cat away. Then we got two more cats who knew what a dog was, so now we have 2 cats, and sometimes 2 or 3 dogs, depending on whether the stray dogs are hanging around!
We ended 2010 by coming home early after the New Years’ Eve service because I was sick of the “WHAT?! You’re STILL pregnant!?” and “Hey, have the baby on MY birthday, Jan ___!” and “Have you tried _____ to get the baby to come?!” comments. We tried going out for supper for my birthday, but it was a royal failure because every place in our quiet little town was closed – other than A&W, and that’s not a very romantic spot for a New Years’/Birthday supper! This year my husband took me out for lunch (much better plan!), we went to the Pastor’s house this evening for an impressive show of fireworks, visited for a while after, and then I came home to put Elianna to bed. She ended my year perfectly by falling asleep in my arms in the light of the Christmas tree. My unrockable-to-sleep baby. The one who hasn’t been rocked to sleep since May. The one who HAS to go scream in her crib before giving in to sleep. My non-cuddly baby.
The baby I longed for as 2010 ended was the baby sleeping in my arms as 2011 ended. Perfect!
1. The way Elianna shrieks and laughs when I get down on the floor and loudly thump the floor as I crawl toward her. She laughs so hard she almost falls over!
2. Time spent with my man — even if it’s on the truck while he’s trucking grain or canola back and forth and talking more on the radio than to me! It’s still good just to BE with him.
3. Elianna’s joy at seeing her daddy.
4. A beautiful sunrise after seemingly endless days of rain.
5. Having one of Elianna’s Aunties unexpectedly show up for a visit — all the way from New Brunswick!
I was emailing a friend the other day, and looking back over the summer, trying to figure out what to put in and what to leave out and realized that a lot has happened this summer!
God has been very good to us. He has answered some prayers and brought a settledness and peace that is a relief. He didn’t answer other prayers, but through those things brought much needed rest and provided for us through it all. Wow!
At Christmas, Jerry (a.k.a. the Angel Gabriel, but in a Westernized form, on a stick horse) jumped off the stage during the church play and injured his knee again. Other times he’s been able to walk it off, but not this time! In March, he saw a specialist who recommended surgery and told us that if we choose to do it in summer, we could pretty much pick the date.
So at the end of July Jerry went in for surgery to fix a torn ACL (it’s a ligament in the knee that keeps it from going sideways) and torn cartilage. This was followed up by 6 weeks of no work, and then another 2 of only light work. God answered prayer in that Jerry did NOT go stir-crazy during those weeks, and He gave me the strength to look after him and Elianna. I didn’t realize before how much I relied on Jerry! Jerry was also able to rest and enjoy the time off work without feeling like he had to be out working or doing something or fixing something! Sometimes, it’s good to have “resting” as your official job!
Since he had to take 6 weeks off work anyway, we decided to head east early for Kimberly’s wedding. Because of that, we had time to go visit quite a few friends from school (wow, did we ever have fun with them!), and even go back up to school and visit friends AT school and on the way back from school (which led to us heading home so late all the gas stations were closed and we drove about 50 km after the gas light came on and were hoping and praying we’d make it home!). It was wonderful to see everyone again, and we had some fantastic visits that were very timely and VERY needed!
We snagged Daniel & Kimberly’s specially-flew-in-from-Three-Hills one day before the wedding for a photoshoot of our own, and were delighted with the pictures he got! This is one of our favorites! Many thanks to the aunties and the uncle who made fools of themselves getting the little girl to smile for the camera!