I am going to keep this short as I only have a couple of things that I want to share with you. Andy’s second surgery went really well and he has been recovering nicely, thank you so much for all of your prayers. He found the return to therapy quite difficult at first, but he is definitely getting back to his normal self again and the muscles are returning! Being in a different hospital was tough, we are so glad to be back.
Andy and I have a few events coming up this summer and I am so excited! I have had these as goals since before Christmas and it seems so crazy that we are now here. We have been getting out and about over the past couple of months, trying to ease Andy back into normal activities, spending time with friends and family. We have had some great days out, but they do not come easy. We know that this will become more normal and a little less hassle, but right now, we are learning. As I am pushing Andy, I am constantly thinking about everything; the road ahead; if there is anything I need to avoid; how long we have before we need to get back; is he feeling okay? In addition to this, I am trying to have a conversation with a man that has limited speech. So, if you see us and I seem distracted, I am!
By making our lives so public in the way that we are (through this blog), we are opening ourselves up to a lot of conversation when we are out. People want to encourage and thank us for sharing our story (Andy listens and approves the majority of posts). The reason I am sharing this with you now is because I want to ask you to please, give us our space at upcoming events. Andy has been in hospital for nearly eight months and has not had many times in large crowds since. He has been to church twice, the first time was a big deal for our church community, Andy was welcomed and it was all wonderful and emotional. The second time he came, I was being interviewed about our life, how we met, the embarrassing first date we had, and what we have been through in the past year. It is kind of a given that Andy felt a lot of attention on him again in this moment, leaving him not so keen on returning too soon. So basically, I am trying to find a nice way to say, please do not overwhelm us, we know that everyone means SO well, and hearing your encouraging words can really lift us both, to remind ourselves that people are still praying. However, we have a number of weddings to attend this summer, weddings that I feared I would have to attend on my own. My fear now is, that if Andy is bombarded, I will still have to attend those on my own. Although the ins and outs of his life are recorded by myself (with his blessing), Andy is not that kind of guy. He is super friendly, knows a lot of people, but he is private and the only reason things aren’t private now, is that we believe God is really calling us into this. We have only seen a small glimpse of what God is doing through the words He gives me for these posts, but it has been incredible to hear about this. So please, please do not think I am being rude or that we don’t want anyone to ever be in contact with us, I am just asking that it is at appropriate times.
It has been so hard to write anything this week, after the horrific events of Monday night in Manchester. Our social media is plastered with stories of amazing people that tragically lost their lives, it is so heartbreaking. I cannot even begin to imagine how the people of Manchester are feeling, for those who lost loved ones, sustained injuries themselves, or who were there to witness it all. The events of one night have changed their lives forever, and for some, there is so much uncertainty about the future which is so hard. My prayer for those people is that they will trust fully in God, that He will be their comfort, and everything they need at this time. That He would give them a peace that passes all understanding and that families will unite through this, becoming stronger than ever before. One thing that I have learnt over the past eight months, is that with Jesus there is hope, hope in the midst of our heartache.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” Psalm 147:3