Sunday, October 31, 2010

happy hearts...

Although Ben and I don't "celebrate" Halloween we do participate in the fun! Happy Halloween...
Ben's buddy down the hall..."why are pirates so mean? (he was dressed as one) Ben-"why?" C-"because they just ARRRRRR!" B- "that's funny!" (huge smirk on Ben's face!) B- "bwahahahaha!"...his scary laugh!

Ben and I had an outting this weekend and it was the first time ON OUR OWN!
A friend that we met recently blessed us with a whole weekend at this amazing place...



We took off on Friday after Ben's therapies were over and headed to the Westin. There were a few things Ben had to do and then it was time to hit the sack! This is the first time in over 14 months that I have been able to sleep in the same bed with Ben! He has been in a hospital bed this whole time and me in mine. The emotions of security, being loved and just being held in his arms all came back to me! I felt so protected and close just being able to lie next to Ben! I will say that I didn't get to much sleep the first night...I kept waking up to make sure he was still breathing! I have to compare it to that nervous mom who has to keep checking to make sure her new born baby was still taking in air! I know I was to be relaxing just like Ben was in our plush, oversized oh so comfy bed but I couldn't help it!
Saturday we chilled all day long! We ate breakfast in bed, didn't get out of bed until after 11, watched movies and read books! It was so relaxing and enjoyable! There was no rushing to get up, get to therapies or race to a meal! Just plain chillaxin!

The best part of the day was opening all the cards that you sent to Ben...and me! I think I counted over 150 letters and there are still more on their way!!! It took over 3 hours to open and read them all! These notes came from all over! People whom we know, folks that we didn't know and friends or relatives of those we know! We even had some from the staff and nurses in the ICU where Ben was first admitted after the accident. I was blown away by the words that were written inside for Ben...I was in tears for the majority of the time! What encouragement was sent his way! The words, scriptures, poems and motivation that was included was amazing to read to him! Thank you also to those who included me in your encouragement...it meant alot!

Sunday we slept in but not as late as Saturday. I took care of things in the morning and Ben snuck in one more nap in the bed before I got him ready! I guess he just didn't want to get out of that heavenly bed!!

We are now back in the hospital...we both drug our feet the whole way back! I guess we turned into a couple of crazies after we had to leave because we ended up looking like this...


{I asked Ben to describe me and that's what he said!}

9 comments:

Candice said...

What a special treat for you guys after 14 mos!! A boost of morale for both of you. Sounds like he is making great progress too.

Lauren said...

Sounds like you both had a wonderful weekend! Glad you enjoyed it :)

Missi said...

we do not know each other . . other than we share a common bond of being sisters-in-Christ. How I got to your blog is from blog jumping so to speak. When I got here I feel like God "jumped" me to your page so I can join in with others praying for you. And..that I am! I cannot imagine the journey you're on. May you feel strengthened in your faith and in your energy and experience a peace like no other from all of us praying for you and your precious husband. I thank him sincerely for serving our country and want to stomp like a two-year old and ask "why" . . did this have to occur at such a happy joyous time in your lives. . praying for a miraculous healing . . . find comfort in being lifted up . . .

Lindsey said...

Oh what a sweet and wonderful blessing that you two were able to get away like that! God bless you!

Anonymous said...

My Dear, How cool was that!?!?!! Such a nice gift from Father. He always gives the best. I am so pleased you and Ben got so many cards. :) I am still laughing abut the pictures at the end. I'm not sure which is my favorite. Hugs, Marion YOu know, THANK YOU for sharing so much of your life with us all.

Marcy XOXO said...

That is AWESOME!!! You all look so cute and I am so glad that you guys got to get away for the weekend... How special??!!

Leah said...

I am glad you guys got a weeekend away together and I am happy that you both enjoyed the cards and they were able to give you inspiration and encouragement.

University of Iowa Meg said...

Happy Halloween!! What a great weekend it sounds like :)

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord there were over 150 cards sent! I prayed and of course the Lord did what He does so well and gave more than the 100 I asked for. I have to admit my faith was weak that Ben would even get that many. But I kept telling the Lord I had the faith of a mustard and though that is small that is all He requires and so would He pleas hear my payer? AND HE DID! PRIASE THE LORD BEN WAS ENCOURAGED SO MUCH!!!!!