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Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Covered Porch

It was a full Saturday! I drove one of the patients mom to the airport this morning, so I missed his therapy's. He was up and working early this morning! It was a good thing, because we had an afternoon full of playing to do! :)

After the airport, I stopped at the store and picked out a Christmas tree for Cale's room! It's adorable! He helped me fix the branches and put the lights on! It was so much fun. I usually never have my computer at the hospital, but today was a day I wished that I had it. We needed Christmas music to enjoy while decorating!

When our tree was decorated, we headed over to another part of the building for some festivities! A very large biker group that comes every year, came and cooked lunch, played Bingo, and did a raffle. On the third game of Bingo, Cale won! He was so excited! It was harder than our Wednesday night games. This time we had to have three bingos on the same card before we could yell out Bingo. After the third game it was time to get black out. I've been going to Bingo on Wednesday nights since July and have never won the black out, but today Cale did! Right after blackout it was the raffle and Cale won that too! Yikes! He was a pretty happy man! :) We gave most of the goodies away, but there were a couple ornaments that we put on our little tree and some tiny candy canes that we put underneath. It looks great now!

The fun didn't stop! We left a little early from the Christmas party so that we could get back to Cale's room and bundle him up! Tonight was the Stanford vs. Oregon State game. I think the afternoon fun wore Cale out because we had just gotten to the game and I could tell something was wrong..."Are you ok?" C: "No." K: "Why?" C: "tired." When Cale gets tired from being overstimulated, he kind of shuts down. He used to get agitated though, so this is much better! He had some fun during parts, but when it was time to go, he was passed ready! It was an extra special game because we had TJ and Kristen with us!

I've thrown myself headlong into your arms—
I'm celebrating your rescue.
I'm singing at the top of my lungs,
I'm so full of answered prayers.
-Psalm 13:5

I was sitting outside this morning, drinking a cup of warm coffee and watching the rain come down. I had some time to pray and really look at where Cale is and how great things are. I know that they're not perfect, but I wanted to take time to think about what it is that I'm missing right now in Cale. I know he's very different, but we still laugh and play, we still cuddle, we watch movies and play board games, we eat together and talk. So, rather than thinking about how much I miss him, what's an area that I miss? I'm so grateful for how far he has come and I'm so thankful that he's here and we can be together, but I miss the "man" in Cale. I'm not sure that I can explain my thoughts very clear, but I'm going to try...right now, Cale is more like a child then a man. He's still my husband and I love him like crazy, but it's me taking care of him. I miss him being a leader, being unafraid of everything, being...manly. My attempt to get my thoughts out is failing, so I'm just going to ask that along with the many other things I've asked you to pray for, will you add that? God knows the meaning of my heart even without my words :) Aside from those thoughts...I'm so incredibly thankful for my sweet Jesus and all that has happened in our lives. Cale is making progress (STILL) every day and there are so many blessings that have been poured on us. Our time together as husband and wife is just a part of it!

My time with the Lord this morning was so special! I decided that one day, I'm going to have a house with a covered porch. I want to be able to sit outside with Cale or just with the Lord and watch the rain fall from the sky or the snow sprinkle from above. It was beautiful!


  1. You my darling daughter are the perfect wife and child of God. No matter what lies in your path you still rely on God, no matter what Cale does or doesn't do you remain by his side. The strength & endurance you have shown have made me so proud of you. I remember the day that you accepted Jesus as your Lord & Savior. You were so young & yet you gave every part of your being to Him. Over the years you have continued to grow in your relationship with our Father in Heaven. You are an inspiration to so many who have grown to love you & Cale through this blog, You have shown the true meaning of what the Bible says about honoring your husband & giving all praise to God. I love you both so much & I miss you more than that.

  2. Kathleen!! I truly understand just what you mean, about missing the man, in Cale. For me I so appreciate my husband's taking care of me. You are a special girl and I am honored to be a small part of your life. Marion Tell Cale I am so glad he won bingo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. I understand what you're saying and I will definitely be praying for that. I'm sure Cale misses being The Man, too.

  4. Dear Kathleen,
    I am glad to hear that you two shared a nice Thanksgiving together! : D
    I will continue to pray every day for you and Cale, and I will ask that Cale begins to take the reins and once again, be the strong caring man he was.

  5. I have always wanted a house with a covered porch...I will pray you get yours. Thanks for sharing your blessings and your struggles, your joys and your heartaches....cling to Jesus moment by moment...praying for you both. Love, Kimberly

  6. What you said makes sense, and I am praying specifically for that. You have been so strong, and there has been no option for you not to be in your heart. You are an amazing lady!
    ~ Heather


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