Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Wednesday 29th July
We are having a few warmer days here and there now. Spring will be here soon.
James came in this morning to tell us that his finches and budgies are all starting to lay eggs. It reminded us of one time when Georgie was little we went over to the chook yard and watched a hen in the nesting box and the hen stood up and out dropped an egg. "An egg!" Georgie exclaimed in surprised delight as she suddenly realised just how the eggs got into the nesting boxes! Aren't kids great how they believe things magically appear.
Ange, Em and James went out to Nyngan for the weekend and had a great time catching up with the Youngs on their farm who are enjoying a good season.
Georgie had been very sick but Ange really needed a change of scenery so we convinced her to go. As they drove off I laid it all out to God expecting Him to do something but also knowing that Georgie was almost sick enough to need to go back to hospital. (Anges Mum told me later she had basically prayed ALL day)
Georgie was chesty, had a temp and had been sick and showing all te signs of recurring pneumonia and I didn't know how I could cope but then almost as soon as I'd prayed her temp disappeared, she did not cough once all weekend, no more being sick and I got her out for about three hours sunshine in the afternoon. Almost straight away when I took her outside a mass of black cloud came up threatening to block out the afternoons sun and wreck our chance of getting Georgie into some fresh warm air and sunlight. I just kept praying and asking God to give us sunlight. The big cloud mass never went away all afternoon but it just kept parting and moving around the sun so we had almost continual sunshine all afternoon. God is good and His mercies are new every morning.
Ended up being a very good weekend and was much refreshed by it for all of us.
Read Romans 8 and learnt that both the Holy Spirit and Jesus intercede for us.
"The joy of the Lord is my strength" Nehemiah 8 v 10

Monday, July 20, 2009

Monday 20th July.

Dear friends Monday to Wednesday were the best 3 days together that Georgie has had at home. Very peaceful , somewhat awake at evening times and just looking around and much more reactive to touch than usual and very minimal seizuring. What started out as an excellent week went downhill rapidly and on Thursday Georgie was coughing and breathing a bit funny and by Friday evening (Georgie's 11th birthday) as I was driving Emily and friends back from their week at CMS camp at Katoomba Ange rang and said "I think Georgie has pneumonia". It was pretty bad so we got her things together and I took her in to the hospital where we were able to care for her better. I carried her inside and found a wheel chair right at the front door which someone had discarded and put her in that and was met by a friendly nurse half way down the hall who helped me get her sitting up better and got her down to the ward quickly where the nurses had a room waiting. The nurses pretty much left me alone to do what I needed to do and just checked in on us from time to time. By the next day Georgie was breathing well and very peaceful so Sunday lunch time she came home again. (before she caught any other bugs in hospital) So far so good since then.
I spent all that Friday night beside her praying and asking God to do what He wanted to do and by the morning she was breathing fine and off oxygen. James said he woke up all through the night and got out his bible to read and pray for Georgie.
I texted just 3 or 4 people and a pastor friend texted me the next day and said "I have alerted some prayer teams and by tomorrow night there will be around 800,000 people praying around the globe" - What a family we belong to!!

With her in hospital on Sunday morning Ange and I were able to go to church together for the first time in ages with Em and James. Iris May and Margaret from Parramatta Baptist had come up to see us too which was great.

The weather is warming up a bit now which is great.

Have been reading "The purpose driven life" which is quite helpful. It was interesting that 3 times from different sources earlier last week we received helpful notes etc about being tested and also about trusting God.
I had last week off work which was great as it was the first week we've all had at home together for a long time.
Ange and I spend a lot more time together talking and reading and praying than we ever have which is really good.
Well thanks for your continued prayers.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Friday 9th July

Hi all. Georgie has a had a much more settled week this week which has been nice for all of us. (She does have a cold but has not had any temperature with it)Her good and bad weeks seem to be quite cyclical.
The nurses are starting to get to know her a bit better I think and so are a bit more relaxed.
A friend came for tea last night with her kids and one of the girls was one of Georgie's very closest friends. It is hard for these little ones to see their friend now as she is. Sleeping, sometimes seeming to be awake but probably not really awake and unable to speak. It is still really hard and our hearts are heavy for them.

Ange looks the best she has since coming back to Dubbo.
Em and James are well and Em and some of her class mates went and gave blood yesterday. Em and a friend are going to a Missions camp at Katoomba next week.

We went to a memorial service of the late Dr Ruban Arumugam at the childrens garden at Dubbo hospital yesterday afternoon as a colleague of his had specially rung to ask us to come. We were able to meet with his family and talk with them about Ruban and tell them how we were grateful as how twice he had worked with Georgie on her worst two nights one at westmead and one here and how she was home with us now.

I have recieved this scripture twice already this morning from different sources so thought I would put it down as it spoke very directly to me about being patient in hope.
1 Thessalonians 5 v 16 to 18.
Be Joyful always. Pray continually. Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.

Friday, July 3, 2009

Georgie not too bad the last few days all in all.
Weather too cold to get Georgie outside lately but knowing Dubbo there will be plenty of warm weather just around the corner....

Have been reading Psalms to Georgie again lately.When she first went into hospital and had a pressure monitor put onto her brain the nurses commented that the pressure in her brain came down when she could hear me talking to her. When I read Psalms to her it stayed down. (some staff thought we were religious nuts because we were always reading the bible to her! - I can think of worse things to be accused of anyway!)

I felt to pray this for Georgie as I read it to her this morning
"Consider and hear me, O Lord my God,
Enlighten my eyes,
Lest I sleep the sleep of death;
Lest my enemy say,
"I have prevailed against him";
Lest those who trouble me rejoice when I am moved.

But I have trusted in Your mercy;
My heart shall rejoice in Your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord, Because he has dealt bountifully with me.