Saturday, April 23, 2011


We just returned from a trip to Michigan. The trip began unlike any other as we left a few days earlier than planned when we heard that Emily's mom was headed to the ER. We packed in 10 minutes and were then on the road. It was a long 13 1/2 hour drive and the pouring rain didn't help. To be completely honest, we didn't know what to expect. But I'm quite sure we (at least I) didn't expect to be where we are right now. Emily's mom is doing much better and the family is once again in awe of the healing power of our God and amazed at the power that prayer truly has. While Emily's mom is still in the hospital, we are praising God for where we stand today!

With that being said, you can imagine that a majority of our trip was spent in the hospital. We played countless rounds of the card game Golf. We talked, laughed, cried, played, ate way too much cafeteria food (you would have thought we actually liked the way it tasted), we drank gallons of crappy coffee (I'm not trying to be rude, but the nurses affectionately called it Gut-Rot). We also had the opportunity to realize the importance of life and how lucky we are to have such a great family (both sides) and friends.

You may wonder, after reading the first couple of paragraphs, why I titled this blog Celebration. Well for starters, with the amazing progress in Emily's mom's health, we CELEBRATED life in and of itself.

We CELEBRATED multiple birthdays. One family get-together was held to celebrate 5 birthdays (mine, my brother and sister-in-law's birthdays-they share the same birthday - crazy, my sister's birthday, and her boyfriend's birthday) that all happened (or will happen) from the first of March to the end of April. Emily even got in the action, even though her birthday was a few months prior.

We CELEBRATED Sarah's, Emily's younger sister's, birthday in the hospital cafeteria. We overtook one corner of the cafeteria and promptly started the celebration - complete with balloons, presents, homemade lasanga, Costco cake, friends, and even mom was able to partake.

We also CELEBRATED with Scott and Sarah at their wedding. It was a great time of reuniting with friends and just letting loose (emily more so than me... but the Killian's helped me out a little bit).

And of course, we CELEBRATED in the fact that we could spend some quality time with Evan and Truett, we are blessed to be able to call them our nephews!

We even woke up to snow the second to last day and we CELEBRATED.... we celebrated that we would soon be leaving to come back to 85 degree weather.

So, looking back, this trip was not at all what we anticipated when we made plans for it a few months ago, but it truly turned into a trip full of CELEBRATIONS!