Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Good Company

This weekend, we were blessed with the company of Shawn's cousin, Troy, who flew in
 from Arizona to spend a few days with us.  To say I feel eternally grateful to Troy would
 be an understatement.  He was a blessing in disguise to us the day of the accident:
 inviting me to switch vehicles and ride with him for the second leg of our trip, thereby 
saving me from being in the accident.  He was the first to hear about the accident on
 his headset, remaining focused and calm as he drove me to Shawn.  He stayed with me 
at the scene, listening to me as I barked out orders and keeping us all on task.  Troy and 
his mother, Aunt Lisa, drove me to the hospital as Shawn flew ahead of us on the
 helicopter.  They stayed with me during one of the longest nights of my life, keeping me 
sane and providing me with the strength I needed to go on.  He helped me give Shawn 
his first bath, stood by my side as doctors came and went, took phone calls when I 
didn't have the strength to tell the story one more time.  Troy came to the 
hospital throughout the 3 weeks we were there, bringing us food and good cheer.  He
 was there for us during one of the most difficult times we have ever endured and 
continues to do so today.  He will forever hold a special place in our hearts.

The weekend was spent much like every other weekend has gone these last few weeks: 
our family together, the kitchen busy and full, time outdoors, chaos and noise, work and 
rest.  We spent time out in the yard as soon as the girls woke up, attempting to beat 
the intense summer heat that has long outworn its welcome.  Shawn and Troy took 
over dinner duty on Friday night and gave me a break from the kitchen and I honestly
 didn't know what to do with myself.  As much as I love to cook, having a break from time 
to time is priceless.  I sat at the kitchen table while they prepared a delicious Mexican 
feast, propping my feet up with a cup of tea.  We watched movies, drank cold beer, 
and enjoyed each other's company.  It was a great weekend.
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Our friends and family often ask me what they can do to help us through this time.  
My answer has been consistent from day one: just be there with us.  Give Shawn a call 
and an encouraging word, let him know you are thinking of him.  Drop by for a visit, tell us 
all about your day.  The best way to help is just to be present.  We have been so blessed 
that the people around us have happily obliged.    
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Hilary@BabyMooHoo said...

such a nice reunion!  so glad that you guys got some time all together in your own home post-accident.  shawn's cousin must have been feeling so happy to see you all reunited in one place!

Sara said...

What a wonderful family you have. So much love and support from every angle. Also, I love to see your smile still shining bright. :)

Kara Motts said...

Your hat and swimsuit are so cute!!! Glad Shawn is in good spirits!

Olivia said...

Thank you!! He is doing it, working so hard and having so much faith. He is a fighter!

Olivia said...

Thank you!! We have so much to smile about, even through the tough times.

Olivia said...

It's so true!! We had the best time being together at home, just living and enjoying ourselves. What a blessing!

MalloryMusing said...

So I am just getting all caught up on what your family has been through lately. I am so sorry that all of this has happened but I am also so happy that everything seems to be heading in the right direction. I can only imagine what this whole ordeal has been like for your husband and your family. A million high fives and hugs for being such a strong woman through it all. And a million more gentle hugs to that hubby of yours for being such a fighter.

Jodi Hall said...

So glad you had a wonderful weekend! You and your family are still in my prayers..