We’re Home!

I will give You thanks with all my heart;
         I will sing praises to You before the gods.

I will bow down toward Your holy temple
         And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
         For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name.

On the day I called, You answered me;
         You made me bold with strength in my soul.

All the kings of the earth will give thanks to You, O LORD,
         When they have heard the words of Your mouth.

And they will sing of the ways of the LORD,
         For great is the glory of the LORD.

For though the LORD is exalted,
         Yet He regards the lowly,
         But the haughty He knows from afar.

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me;
         You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
         And Your right hand will save me.

The LORD will accomplish what concerns me;
         Your lovingkindness, O LORD, is everlasting;
         Do not forsake the works of Your hands.

I’m overwhelmed with gratefulness to our Lord tonight!  Daddy is home from the hospital; not only home, but here with a good report! 

We were actually supposed to come home on Saturday, but somehow the physical therapy Dr. S had ordered never showed up Friday.  The point of the physical therapy was to observe Daddy’s heart rate during and after exersion.  Since that didn’t happen on Friday, Dr. S said we had to stay so he could be observed Saturday through at least one PT session.

Daddy had been getting better each day.  Well, physically better.  His memory became terribly clouded, but he was aware it was happening.  He asked several times each day and night where we were, sometimes asking the literal question, sometimes asking, “Are we in the hospital?”  He also began to get more and more depressed.  He simply forgot that he was doing physically well, so he would say things to indicate he thought he was failing rapidly, or perhaps would not get to leave the hospital.  We had to continually remind him of how well he was doing.  I do think he began to accept our words, although I’m not certain he really believed them!

Saturday, a physical therapist came in and took Daddy for a walk down the hall.  Oh, how he didn’t want to go, but he did it fairly willingly.  He actually took 3 passes down the hallway!  That is truly amazing, given that he often doesn’t make it all from his chair to the bathroom at home!  After he came back to the room, he sat up in the recliner for quite awhile.  The cardiologist covering for Dr. P came in shortly after Dad got back from his walk, and checked him out.  He was truly impressed!  Dad’s heart rate did just fine through the exercise, and the Dr. said it sounded VERY good for only having 30% functionality of his heart!  Daddy was also not gasping for air, nor panicking in his breathing. 

I can’t even begin to tell you how encouraged Jeanne and I were!  Now, as I said before, it may take us awhile to convince Daddy that he is doing well, but we are commited to doing just that!

Lest anyone get concerned, I am very aware that my Daddy is 90+ years old, and not in good health.  What my thankfulness is stemming from is that FOR HIS CONDITION, Daddy is doing very well.  God is so very gracious to allow us a bit more time with this precious man!


Now I am going to leave you with some photos from our church Valentine’s Day Banquet!

I don’t remember if I shared that I was able to attend our Valentine’s Banquet with my sweet hubby.  Jeanne stayed with Daddy for the evening, and Bill and I, along with Dannye Reigh acting as event photographer, had a lovely time with precious church friends.  What a fun time we had!  Because I’m just not certain how everyone feels about their images being splashed across the internet, I am only publishing photos of Bill and I, and the young people whom I’m pretty sure won’t mind. 

Gorgeous decor!

Beautiful music

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Me and my Lovey, taken by my very talented daughter!

I am sooooo enjoying the visit with our dear, dear friends and pew neighbors!

Can you tell?

My wonderful hubby enjoying the meal and the company

I asked Dan, “What in the world?” She reminded me I was telling a Ruly story!

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We played a game called “Hymn and Her” to see how well we knew each other.  The answers were all titles of hymns.  So funny!

Our servers and musicians – what a precious group!

Same group, but with my Dannye Reigh joining them.  We truly have precious, loving group of young adults in our church family.  The beautiful lady in the center of the group was the director of the banquet – just a precious, godly lady who truly helped make our evening lovely!

Well, that’s all for tonight!  I’m off to get Daddy tucked into bed, and then head that way myself.

God bless your day!



About Petty Bunch

The Petty Bunch is what we have called our family since Bill and I (Janina) began our family back in the early 1980s. We have gone down many roads together - homeschooling our kiddoes, enjoying the freedom of entrepreneurship many years, working at "real jobs" other years. Through it all, we have been loved with God's everlasting love, and have found that underneath are His everlasting arms! We are blessed to have been married for over 36 years, and have 3 incredible adult children, a wonderful daughter-in-law, an amazing son-in-law, and SEVEN grandchildren: four precious granddaughters, three handsome grandsons - so far. We are empty nesters, still enjoy the life of an entrepreneur and the freedom it gives us to continue enjoying our kids and now, their kids!
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6 Responses to We’re Home!

  1. Glad your dad is home!!!  Great pictures; I was glad to see you having so much fun!

  2. AuntGen says:

    Love the pictures, especially love the “Ruly story” one!  I am so thankful to have Daddy home, and his routine back in place. I had to assure him that he was well enough to come home & that the home nurse was going to check on him a few times a week. We’ll have to keep reassuring him that he’s ok, and that he can improve. See you in the morning!

  3. I loved the photos of the banquet! We were scheduled to go to one this year but work and sickness interfered. I love those times to celebrate love and reconnect!And I am SO glad you get to be home, and with a good report!

  4. Crazy4Photos says:

    I’m so glad that your dad is doing well! LOVE the banquet pictures! Dannye did a wonderful job!

  5. I’m smiling from ear to ear! Thank God for your wonderful news. I know that every single day that your Dad is feeling well & you have with him is SUCH a blessing. I’m so very glad he got a good report. You tell him to keep up the good work!Your Valentines Banquet looked like so much fun. I’ve really been thinking about church lately. I think it would be so good for me but I’m just so hesitant to go. I want friends (church family) like that! Your an inspiration to me. The pics of you and hubby are awesome. Your daughter is a wonderful photographer.Hope your Monday has been terrific. Love and Hugs to you XOXO

  6. pettybunch says:

    @fortheloveofblogging – Church is something I cannot imagine doing without. The key is to realize that your fellow church members are people just like you, and don’t have “saint” expectations of them.  I just want to encourage you to visit churches, and don’t be pulled in by programs.  Rather, find a true Bible-teaching church, then look for the other characteristics you might want.  The first couple of visits are the hardest, but once you find the right one, you’ll never want to leave!

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