Friday, June 15, 2012

A Week Ago Today

A week can change so much.  Last Friday at this time Dennis, Brooke and I had a lunch date at Mullens in Watertown.  Just a fun time at an old fashioned ice cream parlor.  Only God knew the path that was ahead of us.  

We are home and enjoyed being in our own beds.  It was so good to be with Brooke last night too.  She was very glad to see her Daddy and Mommy home.  Last night when she prayed before going to bed she thanked Jesus for Daddy getting better.  We are being open with her about this and we've told her Daddy has to get stronger but then he will be taking medicine that will make him feel bad for awhile.  We will talk about each step as we go.  We were able to talk with a children's expert on how to address this before we left the hospital and our adoption agency also has staff we have talked too.  

Dennis is doing well today.  He was up most of the morning, took a shower and is resting now. We are finding it much easier to focus on the positives now that we are out of the hospital and not thinking too far down the road.  Often my mind and heart goes back to a verse I memorized as a child.  It says this:  

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Phil 4:8

It helps me to focus my thinking on those things that are true and of good report. Here are a few I keep repeating:
  • From the first night in the emergency room, the doctor told us that with brain tumors, the more they can get out, the better the possible outcome - they got all of the tumor out in Dennis' case.
  • Your overall health and age play a part in recovery - Dennis is in good health and is not old.
  • His evaluations by various therapies were very good.  The tumor did not do lots of damage.
And of course, there are so many of you who are encouraging us and praying for us.  We are overwhelmed by this.  We are so blessed to have you in our lives.


  1. Ellen,

    So glad to hear you are home and getting some much needed rest and family time with Brooke. We will continue to pray.

    In Him,

  2. Glad to hear you are home and able to sleep in your own bed, our prayers are with you all and a very Happy Early Fathers Day your first of many enjoy your sweet girl!!!

  3. Here from RumorQueen - thinking of you and praying for strength for the days ahead.