Tuesday, December 19, 2006

We thank the Lord for Electricity

I'm sure if you watch the news you will already know that Washington was hit with a huge wind storm last Thursday night. It was scary listening to the wind as it was blowing so hard, it sounded like our windows would break. We were blessed in the fact that we didn't have any trees fall in our yard. Many of our neighbors were not so blessed, I will try to show some pictures today to let you see how crazy it was.

We along with one and half million others lost our power on Thursday night. I was sitting holding Luke, as he was having a rough night and all the sudden everything went black. It was challenging to say the least. The machines that we rely on most run all through the night, but they only have a battery capacity of a few hours. Needless to say I had to wake up about every hour to check Luke's oximeter machine to make sure his oxygen levels were okay, since he was having a bad night. We didn't get our power back until Saturday afternoon, which we were very thankful for as my sister still is without power. Gordy went out and bought a propane heater, we do have two fireplaces but they don't put out enough heat to warm our entire home. We talked about going to a hotel, but decided we could rough it out at home. When we woke up on Saturday morning it was down to 29 degrees outside and 50 degrees in our home. I got Gordy up to get the propane heater going and woke up Daniel and Josh, who was spending the night to get a fire going downstairs. I guess a little excitement is kind of fun, but I'm hoping that we don't lose power again for a very long time.

I want to share a wonderful testimony of God's goodness and provision in our lives. I have been wanting to get Luke back into the Hyperbaric chamber for a long time now, but because of time and money it has been challenging. I finally decided since we are taking a Christmas break from most of our normal activities that the next three weeks I can get him in at least 3 times a week. As I was mentioning this to Daniel on Saturday, he worked that day making extra money, I said I wish there was a way I could make some extra cash so that I could get Luke into HBOT again. The great news is the next day after church he came up to give me a tithing envelope with this written on the front "Please give this to Sue Searles for Luke to get a Hyperbaric treatment," and it said "Merry Christmas", I began to cry knowing this was a gift from God. I took this envelope into the HBOT place and handed it to pay them and the next day when we went for another dive, Doug the owner said that he too would like to bless us with a Christmas free dive. GOD IS SO GOOD!

I am hoping to get our Christmas card out this week, we actually had them finished before the beginning of December, but have been too busy to get them into the mail, along with finishing up my shopping, doing some Christmas baking, wrapping presents, keeping the house picked up, taking Luke to HBOT and getting ready for family on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, I really don't have much to do this week, HA HA. Once again I am extremely grateful for my precious daughters, who without there help I would be going crazy. I am hoping to post our Christmas card next time I blog. Thank you for all your Christmas cards and letters, we love receiving them.

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


annb said...

Your site is always so inspiring to me and this one is certainly no different! God blesses us in so many ways and it's wonderful to hear the thanksgiving in your heart as you put it into words! I found your site through Annie and Izzy's blog and feel that I have been blessed by you. I admire you for your faith and dedication to the Lord and I lift your family before Him in prayer asking that Luke will be healthy and continue on the journey of his recovery to complete healing! I know that you must be an amazing person because of your continued faith during your struggles. Thank you for sharing that faith and sharing your family.
“Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between his shoulders.” --Deuteronomy 33:12

Julie in NC said...

Hey, I am glad to get filled in on things. I have been praying for you guys. I hope you have the most peaceful, restful and wonderful Christmas that you have ever had. You and your family are loved by so many people and that in it self is such a blessings. We love you guys, Love Shane, Julie and Children

annie said...

This is a busy time! Thanks, the kids are all so sweet as I can tell yours are too!
Happy to read of the continued blessings in your life. I pray that this holiday season
provides blessings upon blessings for your family and sweet little Luke.

teena said...

Oh Sue, I did not know your power was out! I did hear about the storm... but we do not have satelite or cable. Once when I was expecting Dakota we had a winter storm... with winds and our power was off for about 2-3 days also. It was very hard to keep warm and Georgia does not get as cold as WA.... LOL It really makes us grateful for the small things that really are not so small huh?
I will be watching for the Christmas pic.

I too, am baking, wrapping, shopping and all that.... and I am thankful for my Mandi~

tell everyone hello and Merry Christmas....
HE IS COMING..... The KING is coming.
Your GA friends~
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, & Wyatt

Teena said...

Just stopping by today to say Merry Christmas to all of you~

we love you and thanks for the comment on my blog. I LOVE hearing from you. YOU are truly I great friend (HUGS)

your GA friends,
Billy, Teena,Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley

Carmichael Family said...

Merry Christmas to you all as we celebrate Christ's birth! Keeping Luke in our prayers,
Catherine and family