Monday, January 5, 2009

We are home!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To quote a very special man, Martin Luther King,
"Thank God, we're free at last!!!

This banner was waiting for Will, made by Coach's wife, Donna. She had some great
pictures on it and there is even one of an artichoke, which is Will's favorite food.

We didn't make it home until 10:15 tonight. We finally got out of the hospital at 6:30 p.m. Remember I told you it would be hospital time. I woke up this morning and I knew what kind of day we might have so I prayed for some extra patience. About 2;30 I had to bow my head and ask for some more patience because I don't think God gave me enough this morning. It was just one mess after another. But it's all good now and we are home. I forgot to mention that my phone is fried, so if any of you have been trying to call me, try Will's phone. I will be going into Twin soon and getting another one.

Here is Will sitting in his favorite recliner with his favorite animal, Bella. For the first hour he couldn't quit smiling.

Here is Will all chillin' out with his sister. Notice the cat holding onto Will's leg. We had some great people waiting up for us. Coach and Donna, Brent and Stacee, Kim, and of course, Angel and Aaron. Then a few minutes later his Aunt Karen came out because she picked up Will's pump and supplies for his tube feed. Thanks again, Karen.

Here is Will eating a bowl of cereal with me.(notice the cat again, she wouldn't leave Will) Well, I was eating some great homemade chicken soup made by Donna. We have some great friends, some of our good friends, Carrie, Judy and Donna, (and Angel too) came over this morning and did a great job of cleaning up before we brought Will home. It has been a year and half since he has seen his room so it felt strange at first but he's sleeping now. Is still think he's smiling

It's 2:45 already and I've just got about everything ready for tomorrow, all his meds, his schedule and his feedings. So things are a little organized. It took us forever to get everything out of the car. I am going to school but I will probably take Tuesday off so we can both take Will the first time he has to go to dialysis in Twin Falls. I will have some more pictures for you tomorrow. It was kind of scary and sad leaving the hospital. 10 1/2 months somebody else has been helping take care of Will. Now it's our turn, plus it's hard leaving all our friends in the hospital. There were a few tears shed on both sides.

I know I have been happy like this before, but I really can't remember when. When Tom and I were standing over Will's bed right after surgery praying for him to wake up, talking to him constantly, we promised if he woke and he was ready to fight that he wouldn't have to go it alone. We would be with him every step of the way. I know how lucky we are that we were given the chance, really the blessing, to fulfill that promise to him. We also know that Will's journey is far from being over. His new life is before him and we have no idea where that will lead Will. He will have challenges but knowing the inner strength that Will is known for, he's ready for what ever door God is opening up. WHERE THERE'S A WILL, THERE'S A WAY.


I do have a very special prayer request tonight. Our really good, good friend who we lived next door to us for 20 years passed away last night very unexpectedly. Jim Henslee was one of the best people we know and we loved him very much. He leaves behind a very large family and they are hurting right now. Please pray for comfort for them. He's going to be missed by the whole town. Thank you so much.


Miss W said...

Will - what a great bunch of pictures. It is so awesome to see you and Bella together again. You can sure tell that she missed you and is glad to have you home again.

I am saddened to hear of Jim's passing. I will never forget him verbalizing his displeasure at one of Mecale's or Mindy's (the mind isn't as sharp as it used to be) Glenns Ferry basketball games. I think he was more upset that I wasn't jumping all over the referees. I just told him that he was doing enough for the two of us. He just smiled. Oh the memories . . .(To the Henslee family - We keep you in our prayers!)

Have a great week, Will!

Julie said...

Oh my gosh!!!!!
I just heard that you’re home!!!!
We are all sooo ecstatic! Congratulations, kiddo. You fought like a champ and you deserve every bit of good there is. Way to go and we are continuing to send happy thoughts your way. Come and see us when you can…please?
Love—Julie Stokes RN, CM, SIACH

Dixie said...

It is so good that you finally get to be home in Hagerman. Now you can sit back and relax and enjoy this next step in your amazing adventure.

Dixie and James