I just got home from my church’s women’s retreat. It was really an incredible weekend, God moved powerfully and I was blessed to be a part of something that I believe will have eternal impact. (Maybe I’ll post the Saturday night message I preached sometime in the future because it was a really cool time for me to step more fully into God’s will for my life.) All of this is relevant because I got home today around noon and Joel wasn’t feeling well. He felt warm, and we took his temperature. Since Joel has an internal port, if he ever has a fever above 101 degrees we have to take him to the emergency room for blood cultures to be sure he doesn’t have a line infection. When I got home his temperature was, 100.2, then within a few hours it was up to 101.5. So right now Joel and Ryan are driving to Children’s Hospital.
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I was pretty bummed because I had just gotten back home from 3 days away, and it was snowing really hard. (I think we have about 9 inches of snow now.) I was also annoyed because Ryan won’t be home until 9 or 10 tonight at the earliest and he could stay several days if Joel’s immunities have been impaired by the chemotherapy he was on. Also, I was going to go to a pretty cool Oscar party where I got to dress up fancy and win prizes. We already had a babysitter, and it would have been fun.
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Then, it hit me, if Joel’s fever had happened just 24 hours earlier, I would have gotten a call at the retreat, a few hours before I was scheduled to preach, letting me know that Ryan, home with our children, had to leave with Joel for the emergency room. I know Ryan, and he was so excited for me to be at this retreat and get to speak, (he was really proud of me and encouraging, so I’m sure he would have found someone to watch the boys so I wouldn’t have to come home. Regardless, I’m sure I would have felt so torn about being away while Joel was not well. It was neat to see how quickly I could go from discouraged and irritated that Joel had a fever to truly thankful that God had preserved Joel’s health while I was away. Now Caleb, Isaac and I can play Sorry in the living room and wait for an update from dad together.
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God is really good, and I’m glad He points it out to me when I fail to notice on my own.
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Please pray for Ryan and Joel to be safe on their snowy drive to and from the hospital, and that Joel does not have to stay the night there!
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I’ll update here when I know more.

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