Friday, June 8, 2012

Let's get reacquainted.

So, you know how when you haven't talked with somebody for a super long time, you just can't wait to get the opportunity to catch up with each other? And over that long period of time, you constantly thought of things you'll need to remember to discuss when you finally get the chance? And how you think that the reuniting conversation will be hours upon hours of filling one another in on each of your lives? But then, you know how when you do actually see each other or make that phone call, the chat session falls quickly short because you both realize you don't know what's going on in each other's lives anymore, so you don't even know where to start? You both say the typical "I'm good. Family is great. Work is the usual. Everything's about the same." because there are simply so many missing details that it's difficult to find that common ground again.

Well, that's how I've felt with this blog lately. It has literally been months since I visited, and nearly half a year since I truly posted anything with effort and substance. I've kept on thinking, "Man, I really need to blog again!" But every time I got the chance, I have felt like I somehow forgot how to do it. I have simultaneously felt overwhelmed by the sheer amount of the "catching up" I need to do, and underwhelmed by the lack of truly interesting things to talk about.

But I've missed all of you and this aspect of my life so much over the last few months, that I just can't bear the thought of this awkward silence lasting any longer. It is time to break the ice. So, please, let's get reacquainted.

Hi! How are you? How has your year been? Have you enjoyed your summer, so far?

Let me go ahead and fill you in on what updates 2012 has brought me.

First, I was initially distracted early on with my typical busy season at work, which always pulls my attention away from here, so that was not unusual. However, overlapping with tax season was a major family emergency back in March. If you are friends with me on facebook, I'm sure you know from my weekly, sometimes daily updates that my dad was involved in a severe motorcycle accident on his way to work one Monday (the 19h to be exact). At that point, the rest of my world either fell to the back burner or stopped altogether. Brad and I dropped everything and drove to Indiana. I don't want to get into too many details, just because it's so much, but basically he broke part of his back, a few ribs, his cheek bone and bruised his lungs in addition to some superficial scratches and bruises. Thank the Lord that he survived the accident and was not paralyzed at all. (Hallelujah!!) But, it's been a long couple of months since then.

Dad's closest companions for weeks.

He was dependent on a ventilator, feeding tube, and heavy sedatives for over a month, as he remained in a coma-like state. Virtually the entire family stayed there the whole first week while his survival was still in question and as he endured various reconstructive surgeries. I returned to work and tax season the following week while Brad stayed for another week to be with him in the hospital. Since then, Brad and I have travelled to Indiana every weekend to visit. After a month, and conveniently right after the tax deadline, our visits became more productive as Dad finally began to wake up. I stayed another week with him as he was weened off the ventilator and sedatives and started to interact, drink then eat, sit up and even walk again. Shortly after that, he was moved to a rehab facility and transitioned into being more mobile and independent.

I am very pleased to say that God has been healing him at such a rate, that Dad is now back home!! He is slow and sore, but mostly just very, very blessed! :)

Needless to say, it has been a looooong few months for my entire family. Brad and I are about to enjoy only our second weekend home since the accident, which is why I'm just now beginning to feel like my life is calming back down. In fact, this weekend, my hubby and I are experiencing Nashville in its truest form at the CMA Fest! Holla! We went to the first night last night, and can't wait to hear all of the other great country acts throughout the weekend!

Sitting waaaay up high in the stands of LP Field!

In other update-news, we still aren't pregnant, but are trusting that God's plan and His timing are both perfect, and He knows much better than we do about what's best for our family! Patience is a virtue (that He is teaching me about the old-fashioned way). In the meantime, I can't get enough of the one baby boy that we do already have in our lives!

On one of our many roadtrips to visit Dad.

So there. Now that we're reacquainted with each other and got this awkward interaction out of the way, let's allow our relationship to flourish again! Tell me all about how you are! I've missed you!!


Kimberly Washer said...

I'm so glad you are back!!! I've missed reading your blogs! I'm glad your dad is recovering well! Can't wait to hear about what's going on in your life. You can always shoot over to my blog too :).!

Welcome Back!!

Dad said...

I'm happy that you have settled down enough to update your blog! My apologies to all of your faithful readers for pulling you away.I SO look forward to "catching up" with you on your blog!!

Kristen said...

Mindy! I've missed you! So glad we're Facebook friends, though - I don't feel too far behind on your life b/c of that. Very glad your dad is doing much better now.

Hope we can visit Nashville again soon! Or better yet...our guest room/bathroom are now complete, sooooo it's YOUR turn to visit us! After you've had plenty of weekends at home first, of course. =)

Pam said...

Welcome back!! I've been wondering where you've been. ;)

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