My monkeys!

28 Feb

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Today was a day off from the hospital. It’s a real treat to spend a day away from that environment. It is bizarre to think how much life has changed, and that this fact is exciting. It was cooler here today, only in the low 60′s, but windy. I won’t complain as that is nearly summer compared to our current Ohio temperatures.

Each morning mom and I have enjoyed time together in The Word. This is not a normal occurrence for us at home, and has been a highlight to our days together. We ventured out in the wind for a brisk walk. Then allowed for some pampering and painted our toes with hopes of spring weather. We enjoyed lunch with some new friends and had the best vegan meal ever! My new friends Lana and Debbie are friends of friends, yet so easy to be with. We have been shown such love and generosity here. I have found a convenient and welcoming place to stay while here for treatment. Lana and John have a garage apartment, living quarters just 2 miles from the medical center which allows for easy access to MD while in treatment. I am amazed at how He continues to provide for our present needs.

Mom and I ran errands and acted like we knew our way around Houston. In the midst of our adventures I was in the restroom washing my hands, I wash them a lot these days! A tall woman with a short pixie haircut was next to me. She looked at me and said, “I like your haircut.” I looked around to make sure she was talking to me. I replied, “This isn’t a haircut”. She said it again.” I used to have long hair and I cut it like this, but I really like your haircut.” I was baffled, and we didn’t stop there. “I wish I had your haircut.” “You may like my haircut but not what comes with it, I have cancer.” She seemed shocked, as if this was surprising that a bald woman would have cancer. Many people tell me I have a good face for being bald, but no one has gone to the extent to wish for my hairstyle!

Adam sent me these fun and maybe a little risky pictures of our monkeys! I know many of you have to be laughing, because I did! These made me smile. The kids are doing well with daddy, but the absence of mom is evident. I think adam would tell you that the days are going well, but exhausting while doing everything alone. Any single parent can relate to this draining routine. Adam shared with me that tonight the girls were preparing the play room for “school” and he didn’t show up to school at the time Paige expected him. He heard her exiting the room in tears, there were lots of tears. Adam quickly joined her trying to leave the other girls downstairs, but with little crowd control, was rejoined with all three monkeys. He tried to discover the cause of tears. Within moments Paige blubbered, “nothing is how it is supposed to be…mom is in Houston and we are here!” It amazes me how their emotions are felt hard and deep. Her sweet spirit was deflated because daddy didn’t show up on time, but her heart felt so much more emotion. This mom sure wished she was there with her girls to comfort the many uncertain feelings. I long for these girls, and Adam to feel and know the depth of my love and care for them! I wish I was there.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. (Psalms 23:4 ESV)

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11 Responses to “My monkeys!”

  1. Ashley Belden March 1, 2013 at 8:17 am #

    Allie, I praised God for you this morning. This verse psalm 119:50 came to mind and reminded me of you, “this is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life.”
    On the last blog post you wrote how your ultimate hope is in Jesus, not the drugs or doctors and that was very encouraging to me. I think it says alot about you and your faithfulness to Jesus that you could still feel that way after almost a year of fighting this disease. I am sure days are hard, but I think you are an encouragement, that you are following Jesus even now at the hardest point and not just when life is going better. To see a Christian still walk with Jesus during intense affliction and not shun or walk away from The Lord is huge for me! Thank you for loving Him so faithfully. The ups and downs you have had but your hope in Gid reminds me a lot of David as he wrote the Psalms. Praying for you this morning.

  2. Brad March 1, 2013 at 10:29 am #

    From the Show Me State:
    Really the other way around young lady! You have, and are showing, your incredible love you have for the Lord on this journey in your life. Especially since this latest set back(I shed a tear!) Your day to day testament is unparallel. I apologize that I have not been in communication better, but that does not mean my prayers and thoughts have not been their each and every day! Family and Friends holding hands through pray, circling and encompassing you in the Lords Love! Thanks for showing the way! Big Hugs and Peace!

  3. Ellen Johnston March 1, 2013 at 11:43 am #

    Oh, Allie.
    Your post brought laughter and tears to my eyes. Praying for you and Adam and your sweet little monkeys. I overheard my little Mary praying for A-wie Aumstwong this morning.

  4. Tina Wilson March 1, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    Praying for you and thinking of you daily!

  5. Brit W. March 1, 2013 at 4:58 pm #

    I LOVE YOU! We have been singing Sovereign Over Us lately in chapel, and I pray for you each time we sing it. I was thinking about the fact that we were wondering if God gets tired of us asking the same thing over and over, and last night before bed, I was reading Luke 18, and v. 1 says “Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up,” and He tells the parable about the persistent widow. And then in v. 8, Jesus says, “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” I think He loves our faith. In fact, we know He does! Hebrews 11:6.

    Love the pics of the monkeys!! I pray you can see the girls & Adam ASAP. Tell Tana I say hi!

  6. Aunt Sue March 1, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    I love you

  7. Lesa March 2, 2013 at 8:47 am #

    Hi, Tana and Allie! So happy you are together.

  8. Beth O. March 2, 2013 at 11:03 pm #

    Allie…I too laughed and cried at this post. Laughed: The Title ” My Monkeys” followed by a picture of your beautiful mama! Cried: I know how much the girls miss you and you miss them. YOu are always in the top of my mind.

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