Thursday, June 29, 2006

My Sister

I love my sister! Well, I love all my sisters and though I only have 2 biological ones I have many in the Lord. They have stood by me through thick and thin and I can't thank the Lord enough for them....however....right now I am particularly grateful for one of my biological sisters... She is 8 yrs younger than I and we grew up in different worlds so she has always been a bit seperated from me...just by practical dynamics. Still she has won my heart and we are sisters in two realms which is by far the very best kind of sister to have!

She moved into my house to live when she was 18. I had 3 small children so to them she was their radiant big sis. Always time to play and bringing them presents and such. When we left our home town and moved 1000 miles away to Philadelphia, she came with us.
When I couldn't get to the class party for one kid because of a sick one at home..she went...
when I could only get a few simple gifts for Christmas or birthdays because of the demands of a house and family...she bought great surprises.....she always had time to read stories or go shopping or to the movies with them and some of my kids' best childhood memories are of her and her hubby taking them out, playing games with them, or taking them to MickyDs...

She was the "emergency" number on my kids' lists at school and strangely enough...each time my youngest, Kate, needed someone in an emergency, I was away and my sister was called. She has been there and held Kate in crisis many times. Through hospital trips and stiches as a child to broken hearts and trying circumstances as a teen, to baby sitting for Kate's own baby when she as a single mom had to get a job and go to work at the tender age of 18.
Now in this crisis, she is there...acting as my surrogate once again...standing in, standing by, supporting my baby, loving her and loving me in doing so....bringing cash for food, books for Jada, calling me and filling me in as an objective voice when my little girl is overwhelmed and stressed beyond her 21 yrs.
Thank you Lord for always having her nearby when Kate is in trouble, for providing a second mommy for my little girl who has had so much life dumped on her door step at such a young age. Lord, you are good! We are so blessed! You are there in that hospital room with my girls in many ways.... one is in the form of my sister.

Jada update....
They are still keeping Jada in the hospital. She is getting 2 antibiotics by IV and her face is red and swollen but then whose wouldn't be with a stick stuck into their sinuses...yuck! If there isn't significant improvement by tomorrow they plan to do a CT scan to make sure no pieces of stick or rock candy are still in her nose/sinuses.
She is feeling fine and dandy and very tired of the whole hospital experience. She keeps asking to go home. So does her mommy. :) The hospital brought round a goodie bag with play doh and coloring books to entertain and they have an awesome playroom at Wolfsons Childrens Hosp. where she is so they are surviving. It is a hard and stressful time but surely they will send her home tomorrow...how could an infection even get started with all that antibiotic?! Thank you all so much for your prayers...we need them/Him still.

6 comments:

Bek said...

thanks for the update, i've been checkin' in and thinkin' about you. also, love the tribute to sister. my little one is 6 years younger, Joy, and she just turned 21 yesterday. i just love her to pieces.

Bar Bar A said...

Sounds like your blessed with a wonderful sis!

Poor Jada and Kate! They let me stay with my son when he was in the hospital for five days (he was 8) and I remember how comfy sleeping on a cot was - NOT!

Hope she's able to come home tomorrow!

Belizegial said...

Praying for Jada's complete recovery from the infection. May the forces be with all of you at this time.

Gina said...

Oh Cheryl, I didn't see this last night I'm so sorry you and your family had to go through the scare. But am so relieved that it looks like little Jada is going to be just fine. I dread the inevitability of those ER trips. I'll be praying for Jada's full recovery.

Tammy said...

So glad that she's doing O.K. and that there is someone there to stand in the gap for you...gotta love those people! God is good!

Sissy B. said...

You are so blessed to have family..although I have three sisters we are strangers to each other. Praying for a complete recovery for the little one and many blessings of comfort for you and her mom.