Living the Love

…Whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. Galations 6:10

So many of you have been living these words to the fullest–we so appreciate your love. I was struck by how blessed I am to be a part of a group of people who are so willing to be like Christ, and live their love. In my devotion today I read “we are dependent on each other to function well, to love well, and to struggle well.” I love that “struggle well.” We all have our struggles, and through Christ’s strength and the strength of others we can struggle well.

And that is what we are doing today, struggling well.

Aviana is sleeping now. It was a stimulating morning for her (not so much for me). We got her up to give her a bath. She cried the whole time. I washed her hair, which is one big matted mess. I could get part of it combed out but have to wait for someone to bring us some detangling spray before I attempt the rest!

We need her to walk three or four times today. I told her we could walk from the bathtub to the doorway, but she implemented her strong will. She sat down (which I think would hurt!) and said she knew she needed to walk, but she just didn’t want to. We waited her out a while, and then she walked independently that three feet! That’s the first time she’s walked in over a week. She wanted to be carried everywhere starting last Wednesday. Only two or three ambulation attempts to go!

She’s had a little more juice. She watched a little Snow White this morning, and we read a little from Little House in the Big Woods. Our neighbors (only 3/4 mile away) stopped by for a quick chat, during which Aviana made eye contact. I think. That about sums up my morning. Exciting stuff.

Now it’s just a matter of getting well. Getting her bowels moving. Getting stronger. Getting out of here!

Several people have said, “Let me know if there’s anything I can do.” I’m pretty positive that when we get home both girls are going to be clinging to me like poison ivy beautiful moss. So one thing would be keeping me company at home. I’m sure I’ll be going a little stir crazy, as this will be week three of the cessation of our social life. So if anyone wants to stop in for a visit (quiet and low key though as Aviana’s energy most likely will be lagging) that would be most welcome.

Another thing that would be helpful is a gift card to Merry Maids :-).

I can’t thank you enough for the outpouring of support and encouragement we’ve recieved.

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