Friday, October 31, 2008

Jason's sister Emily

Jason's sister Emily just gave birth to her 5th child, her 4th daughter. On Tuesday,a couple days after the birth, her femoral artery ruptured and almost killed her. She coded on the trip from her local hospital to Dallas. She is stabilized now after 2 surgeries but not out of the woods yet. Needless to say, it has been a very difficult 3 days for us. Jason's entire family is in Dallas or Quinlan to help her husband Luke and the the kids and to be with Emily. It is difficult to be on the other side of the world and feeling so helpless. It is a very similar feeling to when my best friends came to Prague and had to leave after 6 months to return to Texas for their son to undergo chemotherapy for a bone cancer. They have since returned and it was a wonderful reunion but during the over a year they were away, I felt helpless. I am a servant by nature and I want to help by doing. Give me something tangible to do, work, that is helpful. So, with all this going on in Texas I can "do" very little here. I know prayer is very important, and I am doing that but as a servant I want to be there to watch the children, clean the house, drive someone somewhere, cook a meal, anything to feel like I am helping.

I am reminded in this situation how quickly things happen, and people go from this world to the next, or go from healthy to sickly. Life is a very tenuous thing. It is fleeting. We are reminded of our mortality. Do I need to do something now that shouldn't wait,because I may not be here tomorrow.

Please pray for Emily. She is a wonderful mom, wife, daughter,sister, and friend and she has a precious new baby, Sarah, waiting for her at home.


Marcy Faye Hallden said...

Hi Cheryl, I don't know if you will remember me, but it's ok if you don't--I know you guys through Jeff. I have been thinking about you and Jason a lot and praying for you guys specifically. I just got on Becky's blog to try to track down Jason's blog, and I saw yours. I spent 2 years in China and now I am living in Canada. I can honestly say it's one of the hardest things being away from family during the crisis. I have thought of you guys often and prayed. I know you want to be there--sorry that you can't. Just wanted you to know I was praying.

amy wright said...

I've hated that you and Jason have not been able to be there for Emily. I know that it has been extremely difficult. I'm so sorry!
We love you guys.

Lindsey said...

I can't imagine how hard it must be for you, feeling like everyone is in Dallas with Emily but you (and me, and Amy, and Becky...). They're feeling our prayers, and God's answering. I'm sorry you can't be doing what you love for the people you love the most. We love ya'll.