Lexi, our 7-year-old was sorting some of her Aunt Connie's cards that had things to remember from sermons written on them. She asked Aunt Cindy if she knew why she had 2 stacks. The one stack had a lot of things related to prayer in the subject, and Lexi said that those were the ones that helped her since Daddy was in the hospital.
Wesley, our 5 1/2-year-old was talking to me on the phone Tuesday night before the day of surgery, and he asked if he could talk to Daddy. When Derek got on, he said, "I love you, Daddy. I'll be praying for you during the surgery."
Whitley will be 2 on the 27th. She saw the picture we sent of Derek after surgery with all the tubes hooked up, and she just kept saying, "Daddy, Daddy...more Daddy" Today, she's carrying his picture around.
I'm thrilled to think of seeing and holding them tomorrow. My parents are bringing them. Thank you, Dad and Mom Stoller, for your love and all the hard work you're doing on the homefront.
Thank you, Dad and Mom Sauder, for being with me in multiple waiting rooms, crying with me, and helping me think straight to form the question lists for the doctors.
Love you all,