Nov 12


Brad and I had another strange date tonight: he came straight after work for Hospital Discharge Date Night.  He was thrilled to see me not encumbered by hospital paraphernalia.  Though, truth be told, he’s always thrilled to see me after we’ve been apart.  I love the way he loves me.  🙂

We busted out and had a good car ride home, and met Maren and my parents at their house.  My digs were decorated by a few friends, so I have signs of encouragement and pictures of my family all around me.  Cool, right?

Maren was thrilled to see me and spent our entire hour-and-a-half together snuggled up in my lap.  She really is being so brave through all of this.  I’m so proud of her.  Now, on to rest and relaxation!  Three cheers for no one coming to check my vital signs every two hours!




  1. Janey McKinney /

    All I can do is shout out a great big HALLELUJAH !

  2. Lisa Smith /

    THREE CHEERS! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxxoxo

  3. Banita Bailey /

    So glad you are home. Rest up and enjoy your snuggle time!

  4. Awesome. Glad for you!!!!

  5. Was just thinking of you and so glad to see the update that you are at home. Sending fast recovery vibes you way!

  6. yay! Just finished reading about the hostiggle and you’re outta there! Sweet dreams

  7. Wow, so glad you got to be discharged so soon. Hospitals are awesome places, because they help us, but being with family 24/7 is soooo much better.

    I will pray for your comfort tonight. Those first few days at home can be tough.

  8. Shannon Weiss /

    Love to hear this!


  10. Great news!!! Enjoy your uninterrupted sleep!

  11. Lindsay /


  12. Sharon Hajek /

    Thanking God. Celebrating YOU. Prayers surround you 24/7 so just sleep. You have have done yet another day WELL.

  13. Peggy Isenogle /

    AWESOME! What a great way to end this day and start on the road to a healthy tomorrow!
    BIG hugs and prayers…

  14. Shannon Kahrs /

    Awesome!!!!!!! This makes me so happy!!!!!!

  15. Maryann /

    Woohoo!!!! Home early? You rock!!!

  16. Bonnie B /

    All I can say is PRAISE the LORD…. That was fast – read one blog and presto you are home !! Only God can do that 🙂 have a wonderfully peaceful night and a blissful rest. .

  17. nancy zwolinski /

    wow! Talk about surprise! Praising God!!!

  18. Patty Wheeler /

    I just saw this… Yay!

  19. Glad to hear you were discharged! Your body, mind and spirit are strong. Continued prayers for you and your family!

  20. Marlayne Skeens /

    HOME IS GREAT !!!!! What a reunion !!!!! 🙂 Doing the Happy Dace 🙂 Sleep well my dear 🙂

    • Michele /

      Such wonderful news to read before I hit the hay! And now your only tethers are heartstrings too numerous to count! 🙂 Love, Jim & Michele PS…bet your pillow felt Maaavelous!

  21. Colleen /

    What a beautiful picture! Wishing you sweet dreams and praying for good news to come.

  22. Praise the Lord!!!!!! Welcome home! 🙂 Praying for a peaceful, restful nights sleep for you!

  23. Tiffany Green /

    So glad to see you got to be discharged! Now bask in the love and relaxation that you will be blessed with and know that you are lifted up in prayer all the time! Great picture!

  24. diane allen /

    OMG! I am so happy for you! I hope you know that for every person who responds to your AMAZING blog , ,there are at least 10 who are reading and not responding! Not in a bad way! Praying along with you! But not engaging! So, I think, the entire country is praying for you! !!!! You have made an incredible difference in the lives of many, MANY, people . And god bless you for that! You truly are an amazing soul! Your family too! Hugs and kisses all around! 🙂

  25. Shamayal /


  26. Awesome!!! Love and hugs!

  27. So glad you are out of the hostiggle! Praying for you. Thank you for all the updates. Love from Georgia.

  28. Kim Rourke /

    Woo Hoo!!

  29. ohiofishergirl /

    Yayyyyyyy! What a great pic! Enjoy peaceful rest and continued recovery at your Mom and Dad’s. xo Lauri

  30. You broke out!!! That seems remarkable to me after your last few posts but praise the Lord….I love it when you add pics! Thinking of you every day!

  31. Yay!! I hope you can get some uninterrupted sleep:)
    Love and cuddle with your sweet daughters and awesome hubby .
    Prayers being said!!

  32. Praise God to whom all blessings flow! Praying for 50 years!

  33. Got through it all like the champ you are! So glad to hear you and your wonderful hubby are making special time for each other in the midst of all this : ) Let me know when you want a friend to bring some cocoa and listening ears

  34. Jen powers /

    Yee haw!!!! Praise the Lord O my soul!! So happy for you to get the shower and yummy food and sleep you wanted. 🙂

  35. Whoop! Whoop!! So glad you are wireless and getting some R&R! We’re thinking and praying for you guys!!

  36. Ayla Kolosik /

    You are a rock star! I am so glad I got to see you even if it was brief. Rock on!!!!

  37. Our prayers and thoughts are with you daily as you are at home resting and healing….Greta is doing great with us at Preschool and we are giving her lots of extra care. She is so sweet and such a joy!

  38. kathleen /

    Great news! Maren’s snuggles are probably some of the best medicine! Continued healing thoughts & prayers coming your way!

  39. How awesome to be out of hospital and on to the next stage of healing. I totally agree with you about the chest tube except I think the correct definition of size is more like a fire hose than garden hose. To heal in the arms of your beautiful husband and family is the best medicine. Sending you, our prayers, mixed with wine and chocolate. Love Neecie and Leo

  40. Just stumbled upon your website through a friend of mine’s facebook page. So happy that you are home from the hospital and with your family. You will be in my prayers. I am reading a book called One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp. She is a mother of six, and the book is profound and has changed my life for the better. She also has a website that I find so uplifting, its called aholyexperience.com May you and your loved ones be filled with God’s amazing peace, His faithful love endures forever.