My dear Samuel...
I sit here in the room that is just down the hall from where you first stayed in 2 years ago. The sounds are the same, the sights are the same, and even the smell is the same. You can feel it too because the look on your face is the same as it was when we were here before. You have a blank faraway look in your eyes; you are extremely quiet and withdrawn. You don’t eat much, talk much, smile much or laugh at all. It hurts my heart to see you like this again.
There is a difference though this time in that we KNOW that things will not be different when we go home! The hard work of the trip home is done, trying to explain to people what happened is not something we need to do this time. This time we go home and after a few days or rest (and a few weeks possibly of rest from actual contact on the football field) our life will return to our normal routine. Your hair will grow to cover the scar and it will be like we were never here.
Once again there have been a number of people – friends and family- that have been praying for you. Their prayers have reached God’s ear and you are doing so well medically and physically. I hope that with this journey we have taken you will always remember that God can and DOES perform miracles today!
We sit and wait for the doctor to come in and tell us we can leave the hospital today! Only a day after your surgery! Hallelujah! We will leave here and head to the Ronald McDonald House for the night so that we can have a good night sleep before we start out on our drive home. It will also be a bit of a buffer zone before we get 3 hours from the Children’s Hospital – something to make me feel better ☺.
I hope you also know Sam, that you are my hero. You are such an amazing kid. I don’t know of too many kids that would have handled this whole ‘adventure’ as well as you. I hope you never forget the amazing miracles you have experienced in these last few years and I pray that you will not be scared to share those stories with others as a testimony for God and how He is here with us!
One last thing, Sam is my verse that kept me going through all of this adventure with you:
"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me" Philippians 4:13