Sunday, August 30, 2009
I just have to say....I'm so impressed with the amount of prayers that have been said in behalf of my dad. He's on at least 6 temple prayer rolls, had candles lit for him, and on prayer lists for many other religious congregations. In a world with so much religious turmoil, I love that we can all come together and pray in our own way for someone. It's very uniting and such a blessing when we feel like we can't do anything but wait. He had a priesthood blessing by my uncle and their neighbor before the paramedics even arrived. After the second stroke on Thursday night, my mom, sister, brother, nephew, and niece stood around him in the ICU and said a family prayer for him. It was such a wonderful peace at such a scary time. 2 hours later, things got as dark as they had been as he was rushed into emergency surgery. We had all thought he was gone. Knowing we had had that moment of peace together was very comforting to me. Bill gave me a blessing that night to calm me down (this is all so fun while 8 months pregnant and emotional...my mom will kill me if I go into early labor) and he had given my mom one earlier in the day. It truly got me through the night. Luckily, he is improving, though slowly. I really like being there with him because I know he's in there working his hardest to get better. We are not sure of the future, but know we are supported. My mom is a rock and doing great. My brother, Mark, flew in and has been taking up the slack for all of us. So, in a nutshell, we are all doing pretty good. Just hopeful for progress. Thank you for all your concern and I don't mind to ask you to still keep praying!