I am so proud of Rachel and how she has fought so hard to make the gains she has. Looking back, I know the hardest thing for her was overcoming the depression that gripped her in the beginning and feeling she had lost so many dreams she had as a wife and mother. Since then, I have seen her become so strong and have such a positive outlook. Now, she will never take for granted being able to care for her child by herself, cooking a meal, making bottles and changing Hudson, transferring to various surfaces, even now walking for a period at home every day with the help of her husband spotting her and using her new crutches. I am fully believing our God will continue healing her and I ask those who are praying to continue!
Taylor has continued to be her rock and was so kind to me while I lived with them. I can't imagine how hard it was to have his mother in law living with them for such a long time. He forgave me when I dried several shirts and shrunk them, threw out some old clothes he didn't want me to, and not giving them privacy 'trying to be helpful' all with grace. He truly embodies Christ's love. I see the sacrifices he makes daily and is so sensitive to Rachel and is a dedicated father to Hudson, having to do so much more than many dads have to do. Hudson has a huge smile every time he sees his dad and that says it all!
What can I say about Hudson? He is the light of my heart and I knew from the beginning Rachel needed to focus on getting well, so I tried to fill the gap, dedicating my whole being to making sure he got double hugs, giggles and love, while at the same time making sure Rachel bonded with him daily, even when all we could to was lay him on top of her at times. She didn't see what I saw, as the days went by and they both got stronger, Hudson really saw her, smelled her, loved her. I will never forget the first time he looked at her with so much love that he only reserved for his mommy. It was all worth it. I told Rachel from the very beginning I would not leave her while she still needed me, but the minute she knew she didn't need me, I would go. Rachel was too kind to come out and tell me she didn't need me, but a mom knows the signs. So I went. We both knew it was time and God provided the opening with Taylor being home every day.
And there was my husband Thad. He has been beyond patient. He has provided us everything I needed to stay as long as I did. He stayed home and prayed, visited, provided finances and patience. He had faith and was independent enough to bear the weight of the situation. I thank him for waiting until I felt good about coming back home. It was hard on him, as he was used to me taking care of the home and cooking meals. I thank my friends that gave him meals and had him for dinner. It helped more than you know.
Lastly, I thank Ann and Don, Taylor's parents for keeping Hudson in the hotels while Rachel was in the hospitals. After long days, it was life-giving to be able to sleep restfully at night! We consider you family and we so appreciate you!
Also, our friends that gave in so many ways, by praying, giving financially, cards, meals, gifts, flowers and calls. To Carolyn and John Cain who were part of this whole story, finding the the best surgeon that performed her surgery and for continuing to pray daily for her, as many others are.
Mostly for God, for never leaving us during this battle, for all the answered prayer and His enduring love and mercy.