This upcoming week will mark the two year anniversary of Ian’s amputations. As a matter of fact, as I’m typing this I’m realizing that at this time two years ago Ian was about to have surgery to amputate his fingers. His legs would stick around for another five days, until July 11th.
Call me crazy, but I just can’t forget that particular date. It’s a big day for me. July 11th marks a day in our lives that changed our paths forever.
Last year we were at the beach for the first time since the amputations on that day. This year, God has blessed us with the opportunity of another trip. This time we will finally be taking our kids to the much anticipated Carsland in California. Woo hoo! I’m not sure who is more excited, the kids or me.
This time of the year is a time of reflection for me, and I’m thankful for some fun time with my family.
I have to share an amazing way that God continues to provide and bless us. Several months ago Ian had started working again (yes, it took two years!) He is a freelance software developer and gets paid through PayPal sometimes. He logged into his PayPal account after over two years and discovered that there was money in his account. He immediately freaked out and wondered if he owed that money or worried that he needed to pay taxes or something else. After looking into it he figured out that it was income he had received that January before he got sick. Amazingly, it was money that was legitimately ours to spend.
Like any other wife, it didn’t take me long to find something to spend it on. It was a no-brainer. When Ian got sick we promised the kids we’d take them to Carsland when daddy got better. Well, daddy’s been better for a while, and we still haven’t taken them. We could not afford to go on a trip like that, so it was obvious to me that this newfound money was supposed to be used for the trip.
As our trip draws closer I am more anxious and excited. In many ways this little trip will finally close a chapter for us. The last chapter of the story will be complete. Once we follow through with this promise it will mean that daddy really is better and we can move forward.
I’ve known for months that we are at our new normal, but this will be a marked milestone, sort of like crossing the finish line actually. I’m thankful that we made it!
Thank you, Father, for your love and provision. Thank you that you have always been by our side strengthening and encouraging us to move forward. Thank you for preparing our children and for giving them the accepting and loving natures they possess. Thank you for Ian’s spirit and never-ending determination. Thank you for choosing me for this that I would have never chosen for myself. I am grateful.
California, here we come!