Today was a beautiful day. One of my wildest dreams came true. Today, one year after having his legs amputated, Ian went to the beach!!! And he didn’t only walk along the sand, he got right in the water, fake legs and all!
I remember thinking that we would probably not go to the beach anymore after Ian had his legs amputated. If it meant that he would have to scoot around on his knees, that wouldn’t be much fun for him so we just wouldn’t do it anymore. I LOVE the beach, so it was a sad realization, but in the big scheme of life, not a big deal. I’ve always thought that his prosthetic legs should not get wet. I also know that sand and salt water are not good for the metal and other parts they are made of. Such a bummer! But… who cares if we can’t go to the beach? My kids have a daddy, right?? Right!
A couple of weeks ago, we clarified with our prosthetist and he said that Ian could get his legs wet! I couldn’t believe it! He said, “Sure, you can go to the beach. They will be ok. Just rinse them off really well with fresh water each time.” Woo hoo! It didn’t take me long to start looking into a little beach trip. Ian’s good buddy and his wife own a beach house, and they have been so gracious to let our family and close friends stay for a few days. Just two days ago Ian went in to see his prosthetist to have the screws in his legs replaced with stainless steel screws so that they won’t rust. They also drilled holes in his fake rubber feet so that water can drain out of them. I bought him some water shoes and we were ready to go!
And now here we are… The anniversary of the day that he had his legs amputated. I told him today that I thought that day last year was the worst day of his life, but he disagreed. Then I reminded him of the agony he was in and all the pain that he felt following the surgery and agreed just a little. 🙂
We spent the morning out on the beach watching our kids play in the sand and waves. Ian and I took the kids as far as they would go before they were too scared. We sat in the sand and played for hours. It was soooo nice! I couldn’t believe we were at the beach, standing in the water, together. After lunch and naps we went out on a boat ride for dolphin watching. It was really fun and we actually got to see dolphins! We ended the day with dinner at a seafood restaurant. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the breeze while eating delicious fish and shrimp. Overall, a wonderful day!
God has an interesting way of working. I never pretend to understand it, I just accept it. I accept His will and trust it completely. Isn’t it amazing that He gave us such a wonderful gift today?? He provided us an opportunity to marvel at the beauty He created. He gifted us with memories with our children and friends that will last forever. He reminded us that He is able to restore all things and make them new. Today on a day that reminds us of something painful in our lives, we choose to be grateful for life. He has restored us. He has brought us joy that can only come from Him. What a beautiful day!!!!
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. Romans 8:18
You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth. Psalm 71:20