After much prayer and thought...we have decided to move back into the old homeplace house BUT we need help! The old adage about "it takes a village to raise a child"? Well it takes a village to make a disabled man safe and as independent as possible. If you can help or know someone who can, please contact us.
*Rick needs a recliner. Preferably an electric one. He has trouble getting down into the chairs as well as getting up.
*The floor around the toilet needs repaired or replaced. As does the toilet. He needs a higher toilet, and one that is secure on the floor.
*We have 3 doors that need screen doors on them.
*Screens on the windows.
*Ac's need to be taken to car wash and cleaned then oiled and put into the windows.
*We have no refrigerator - must have one before we can stay there.
*He needs a ramp for the side door and for the back door.
*Shower hook ups are in the bathroom but no shower. He is not allowed to take baths due to the catheter, but he needs a way to be clean!
*In order to have hot water we need propane.
*He needs grab bars at several places in the house.
I prayed A LOT before posting this. Counseling with a very wise woman as well. We are not sitting here with a hand out saying "gimme gimme" ...but Rick has worked for the public since he was 12 years old. He is one of the most giving men i have ever known. He is in a battle for life and health. As much as i would like to be able to do all these things for him, i cannot. I have talked to some and am making applications to have some of these things done. No guarantees that we will be accepted. But i am asking and seeking and knocking.
If you know of an organization or a church or a grouo that helps like this PLEASE let me know. My whole purpose and focus is to give my husband the highest quality of life and the safest life possible. He needs his pride and his dignity. He needs to be independent. Please pray for us as we seek this for him.
Thank you. GOD BLESS YOU. I LOVE YOU!
Not sure what God has in store for us from here ...
*We are 99.99% sure that our time at Coffee Creek RV park is over. We were terminated as work campers there ... and now with all this with Rick - ? I cannot do work camping for the both of us all alone + take care of Rick. And with this serious of a surgery, Rick will not be allowed to do much for the next 4-6 weeks. Dr. Dickson has already told him that for the 4-6 weeks that he will be able to walk as much as he can, pee and poop. He said that Rick can begin to stretch and work his upper body, but not the lower body. And then after the 4-6 weeks? Not sure how he will feel. We are praying that there are no complications during this recovery time. So, with all that said, we cannot apply to be workcampers at this time. Not even sure where we would apply any way.
*We are going to stay with Jimmy and Mary Lou (Rick's parents) at least until the 2 week mark when we return to the doctors for Rick's post-op checkup. There is no Internet there. Not sure when or how often I will get to write here ... I will have my phone and tablet (as long as we can continue to pay the bill).
*Joshua is most likely going to take our RV out to his house. Park it next to the barn. Wait for daddy to get better. Wait for us to figure out what we are going to do.
*Rick and I have talked a little about what we want to do with the rest of our lives ... and the one thing that remains - out of all that we have discussed - is that we want a QUALITY to our life. We would like to enjoy the life that God gives us together. We would like to enjoy our times with the kids and grandkids. We would like to be in some kind of service for God.
*What would be "service for God"? We don't know. We have some ideas - ideas that we will be exploring.
*Rick and I have agreed that this is a MAJOR wake up call to us - perhaps the last one? It is beyond the time to lose weight and get in as good of shape as we can. So I will be doing even more research, more prayer, more counseling with others who have been here (overweight and out of shape).
*I think I am going to explore my options in writing as well.
*We may even take some courses to further our educations.
We are praying for God to show us clearly - where HE wants us to be, what HE wants us to be in, what HE wants us to be doing. Please, pray for us.
**Please continue to pray for us financially. Right now we only have Rick's disability check coming in. With me being his primary caregiver (and considering my own health issues) I cannot work. Does that mean that I would be approved thru the State of Texas as his primary caregiver? (Which, he knows that I will do this even without being paid!)
Are we eligible for any financial aid? I don't know. But it is time to knock on some doors and see if we are. Praying that God will open doors and close doors. Praying that God will make the way thru this financial wilderness.
We are facing so many needs! God has promised to meet all our needs according to HIS riches in glory. We don't want to get ahead of God, but we also don't want to be like the man who drowned in the floods ...
--Waters rising, he went to the top of his roof. First a rowboat come along and said - Come on in! We will take you to safety. The man answered - No. I am waiting on the Lord. He has promised to rescue me. Then a powerboat came by and said - Come on in! We will take you to safety. Again the man answered - No. I am waiting on the Lord. He has promised to rescue me. Finally a helicopter flew low and hovered, the co-pilot using his loudspeaker - We are going to drop you a ladder, climb aboard, we will take you to safety. The man raised his voice and said "NO - I AM WAITING ON THE LORD! HE HAS PROMISED TO TAKE ME TO SAFETY!" Shortly after the helicopter flew away - the man drowned. When he got to Heaven, he asked God - WHY? God, why did you let me drown? I was waiting and trusting in you to rescue me? So, God, WHY???
With a voice full of love - God said, "Son, I sent you a rowboat, a powerboat, and a helicopter! What else did you want???"
So, please pray for us - that we will knock on the right doors, and that those right doors will open. But when there is a closed door, that we will not push so hard as to force something that should be closed, open.
God knows what is best. We do trust Him -we just want our life to live out that trust!
Love you all ...
So why "Scattered Feathers" ? ? ?
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