The days have passed and the words for an update just have not come.

Evangeline is healing from surgery. She is perky and sweet and overwhelmingly precious.

Yet her leg just drapes across the bed and hangs unsupported when she stands. It is improving, ever so slowly. She can move it with incredible effort, but so far, it is not useful. Her foot is ice cold, and while she has moved it on occasion, she cannot move it on command.

She is still in the hospital waiting for a bed in rehab. The rehab she is going to is also in Children’s Hospital. Once she gets there, she will have a strict daily schedule and will be kept quite busy. I think that will help.

We are so thankful that she will be able to receive such intense physical therapy.


We moved out of the PICU at 11:00 PM Friday night. When a bed opens, you just go no matter what time it is.


She has a lovely room.


On the weekend, we brought all the girls and had a nail painting party.



They are hoping to have a bed in rehab on Wednesday. She will most likely share a room in rehab which might be better for her because she would have some company, but it will be more difficult to take a bunch of children to visit her.

Today I struggle with the weight of it all.

I am so inadequate to meet the needs.

Yet God is strong in our weakness. He holds our hearts and is using all of this to draw us closer to Him.

It is in our greatest weakness that we are most aware of our need for God.

And really, is there anything else more wonderful than the realization of our need for Him?

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9

We are so incredibly blessed, even in this.

God shines so brightly amidst the disappointment and the brokenness.

Your prayers mean so very much to us.


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  1. Pat says:

    We definitely continue praying. What a wonderful opportunity to rest on the everlasting arms for moment by moment strength and grace. Undoubtedly, it will always be sufficient. Don’t worry about tomorrow- just trust Him for today. No one knows what tomorrow will hold, but we know He will meet our needs today. Sending love from China- along with prayers.
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  2. Rhonda Schuler says:

    Inadequate? You are not that by a longshot! I am amazed by your courage and strength. Mark must be so proud and amazed by how you have handled everything. You have done it with a sense of peace that just blows me away. Everything will work out for the best. I am telling you that but I think you already know that. Sending you and your family love and prayers.

  3. Claudia Huisman says:

    I agree with Rhonda. I have never met you but you are the most adequate mum I have ever heard of! And, as I have said before, understanding and accepting the needs of all your kids is already half the gain! And you can only do so much… You are doing even more despite…
    So glad that Evangeline is walking. Rehab will be good for her. Any chance of having her home in the weekend for a break, did you ask?
    Take care of your self, only then you will be able to continue… Thinking of you, warm regards,

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