Sunday, January 8, 2012

New Chapter

To the few people that read this, you probably know what has been going on the past semester. Starting with the night of July 28th...if not, then you can search for the Friends of Kate group on Facebook because frankly, it would take a good 10 posts to update you on the events that have transpired and I'm not quite sure I have the energy for that. :)
Below is the latest update that yours truly just posted on the group. It's my hope to start writing on here again. After my accident, my writing ceased and I've missed it. God has been putting it on my heart to get back into it, and after much resistance, it's time. I can't promise it will be often but hopefully more than once every 5 months!

Here's the post:

In just 2 days I’ll be packing up the car and heading back to College stay. Wow. It just seems like yesterday that this day seemed so far into the future and now that it’s here, I’m flooded with a wide variety of emotions. I’m giddy, anxious, overwhelmed, ecstatic, and unsure. But most of all, I’m thankful. There have been a few instances the past few months where going back to school this semester was questionable, but God has blessed me tremendously with giving me the strength to make enough progress for my team of doctors, therapists, and parents to feel comfortable with letting me go back. As I spend my last few nights at home, I reflect on everything that has happened since July 28th. Just in church this morning, I shared a sweet moment with my mom when they played a song called “Blessings” that has been our “theme song” the past few was a great reminder of God’s continual faithfulness and sovereignty He’s had in this hard time. All the more meaningful because the person singing it has been a constant support for my family (Thank you, Marcia!). Teary eyed, we held onto each other with an unspoken peace, trusting that He will continue to hold us in His strong grip. It’s been a whirlwind of activity the past month or so with the holidays. A quick update- hand therapy continues to be very painful. However, it’s been indescribably encouraging to see the progress that has been made. There are a lot of times I walk out of the door after a grueling therapy session and feel frustrated at the lack of function being gained back and the hidden light at the end of the tunnel...but even now, as my thumb is stubborn to move and bend and function, I have confidence that in His timing, perfect timing, I’ll have full use of my right hand again. Will you pray with me and my family? That my thumb will stop procrastinating and move really soon? That I will push myself during hand therapy and at home, even when I’m tired and hurting? That the Lord will provide a great physical therapist for me in College Station? We have been given the best medical team here and it deeply saddens me that I can’t pack them along in my suitcase and bring them with me. We weren’t anticipating needing a therapist when I went back to school but because of the slower-than-hoped-for progress, I will need to continue physical therapy down there. I’d also appreciate prayer as I start back into a now unfamiliar routine of classes, studying, building relationships, etc. Pray for diligence and discipline as I get back into the swing of things with the “new normal” my family and I have been adjusting to the past 5 months.
I want to end with what seems to be repetitive and insignificant thanks to all of you. Those of you I know, and those I don’t. I can never have the words that adequately express what your prayers, words, support, and love have meant to me. At the risk of sounding overly cliche, we couldn’t have been as strong, optimistic, and encouraged as we were without y’all. I look forward to seeing what God has in store next and I greet this new chapter a little nervously, but expectant with hope in God’s presence and promises. Love you all.