|Gorgeous skies blanketed the journey to West Point|
The night before, the three of us enjoyed dinner at Sushi King followed by ice cream just a few doors down the street. Nate was as ready as he could be for the surgery bright and early in the morning.
But at this point, my OS has been told that the equipment might not even be fixed today. The sterilizer is broken. I think that's a good reason to postpone things however, my firstie is hungry, thirsty and frustrated, who can blame him?
Yesterday I found myself counting our blessings, taking stock of the goodness which has resulted through this trial. So instead of complaining which is unproductive, I'm going to concentrate on the positive. This is just a partial list and I hope to later include other blessings which have lifted our spirits.
|Don''t be jealous, get your own ACL surgery ;)|
|Bible Study friends holding a bag of dehydrated apples.|
They donated 40 pounds of apples for my OS!
|Nate now has a ridunkulous amount of dehydrated apples.|
The West Point networks for parents and mothers are extraordinary. Through a parent list-serve and a closed West Point Moms facebook group, I have been encouraged beyond measure. I learned about Mobilegs which is a lightweight crutch alternative. When I contacted the company and told them about Nate's upcoming surgery, they eagerly offered me a military discount.
|Nate trying on his Mobilegs before surgery|
The Mobilegs arrived at his barracks yesterday afternoon.
When we met Nate,
he was grinning and carrying them. "I'm actually kinda excited to use them," Nate remarked to me last night.
|In front of Sushi King - Nate and his |
Zoolanderish brother Aaron
|Mango, cream cheese, crab sushi roll made |
just for Nate - delicious kindness
Another great blessing was Aaron and I drove to West Point and enjoyed a scenic, pleasant trip. We got along 96% of the time and although the last 4% was pretty ugly (we were less than ten miles away from West Point!), our relationship quickly returned to its formerly happy state.
And as if we hadn't be given above and beyond what we even imagined, we had a surprise awaiting us. I opened the small closet in Nate's hospital room and there, tucked in the far corner, I spotted the thing we never expected. A pair of bright red boxer briefs!!! Carefully I pinched the undies with my fingers and wiggled them at Nate! He was, um, speechless! I'm pretty sure an angel had left them there for my boy. It doesn't get better than that, my friends!
|A complimentary pair of undies left for Nate! What great fortune!|