Saturday, May 24, 2008

At Last

Four AM will come awfully early Sunday morning, but for a good cause...we're flying home!!

After nearly six weeks here in the States seeking help for Caleb's severe abdominal pain, we are able to go home. feels so good to say that!

The treatment is taking effect now, though the doctor says it will be 4-6 months before the pain is completely gone. But going from an 8-9 in pain every day (on a scale of 1-10) for the past few months, to a 6-7, and even an occasional 5, is progress!

This has been a long ordeal for us, but at the same time, very special. God has met us in so many extraordinary ways, and we have deeply experienced His love and care for us. It's not one of those experiences that you would choose, but also not one that you would want to miss - we really have tried to soak in all that He's had for us during this time.

I feel both tired and refreshed after what we've been through. I told Dave that a two week vacation with the family in Hawaii about now would be good! He laughed and said, "How about a trip to the States??"

It's crazy, but we've had a five-week trip planned there for the past 9 months. So we will leave together as a family on June 6th to be in Colorado for a Patty family reunion, to Michigan for a family conference at Gull Lake where Dave is speaking, and then on to Chicago and Indiana. Who would have ever thought it would come on the heels of six weeks here for medical purposes?!

A man can plan his ways, but the Lord directs His steps...we're sure finding that to be true these days!


  1. Great News! I am a bit bummed though. I wanted to take Caleb, Noah and Jacob to Prince Caspian! Maybe when you get back we can all go see it again! :)

    Take in Colorado for me! I really miss it even with all of the tornadoes!

    Did you hear? I am an aunt! David Conrad Robbins!


  2. Got your email and read this too! I'm glad you'll get even those 10 crazy days as a family before you head to the US. By the way, I love your hair in that shot with Caleb! (something shallow but sisterly!)

  3. Yeah!!! I am so glad that you can be at home for even a few days in 'normality' before you are back in the US. Praise God for progress in Calebs condition and for the endurance he is growing in you all through this. He is good and He is faithful.

    There was a man at our church who spoke yesteday who has cancer. He spoke beautifully about walking in the valley of the shadow of death... if they post it i'll send you the link.

  4. Thanks for keeping us posted. We have been praying and will continue in the months ahead. Can't wait to have you both back on this side of the ocean.