Thursday, January 27, 2005

small family, big challenge

Ernie and I took the afternoon off yesterday to be with my niece Bonnie, her husband Duane and baby Adele. They’ve spent the last few days at Children’s Hospital, having Adele’s eyes checked. You see, at 4½ months it’s obvious she’s not seeing. She does respond to light a little, but her eyes don’t track or focus.

What a lovely little family they are - both parents so good with their daughter and taking everything in stride, baby sometimes crying, yes, but then falling asleep with her fingers in her mouth, a picture of sweet contentment. They got a diagnosis on this visit, and I think that helps. Now they have some idea of what they’re facing, and can read books and check the internet for information.

We filled in the five plus hours before their flight to Fort St. John with a trip to Ikea, a drawn out coffee at The Pantry, a drive along the beach and finally dropped them at the south terminal with hugs and lots of time to spare.

These kids face a huge challenge in the days ahead. But I know they’ll be okay. Because in addition to their naturally optimistic outlook, they have a strong faith in God.

4 comments:

rebecca said...

Aaahh! So difficult, what can I say, except God is faithful.

violet said...

Thanks, Rebecca, yes He is! Last night I grabbed my bedside Bible for a nightcap, happened to flip to the back and found some quotes I'd copied years ago. In the context of the day, this one was especially meaningful: "Everything is needful that He sends. Nothing is needful that He withholds." - John Newton. (So, faithful indeed - even in helping us process others' problems!)

Catez said...

I don't know why, but there is something about knowing what it is and being able to read up on it. This is a moving post.

violet said...

So true, Catez. And if you happen to think of them in the days ahead, could you say a little prayer...

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