Just a quick note to let you know that Greg did in fact get home late yesterday afternoon and is doing well! I just spoke to him and he just enjoyed his first FULL shower in a couple weeks and he said it was wonderful (although exhausting!) He said that he slept in late today - in his new lift chair which he said is incredible. He and Elise are enjoying some "down time" today and they are managing all the medications and medical needs well so far. He did not mention any of the home care services starting yet so I guess that will happen in the next couple days.
When we spoke with him last night, he said that it was awesome to be back home with Elise, where it was peaceful and quiet and he could enjoy "dimmed lighting"... and get to see Hope (their cat!)
Last evening, Smitty, his mom and I totally enjoyed attending a benefit concert that was held for him by the "Circle of Friends" vocal/ bell choir group held at English Lutheran Church in Zelienople. It was such a blessing to be there and be put totally in the Christmas spirit through absolutely beautiful music. We are so grateful for the effort that was made on behalf of Greg and Elise and the generosity of those attending was just amazing. When we called Greg after the concert and told him the amount of money that was raised on their behalf, he was stunned because it was almost precisely the amount that they had to spend to get the lift chair and pay for the ambulance service to take him home from the hospital. ANOTHER example of how God just continues to provide and meet needs over and over again. THANK YOU to anyone involved in last night for being the blessing that you were to him and Elise and to us... we are so grateful.
And last night was just the latest in an ongoing series of physical, emotional and spiritual blessings that you have provided over this year. For every way that you've ministered to ANY of us, please know how much we appreciate you. Last night felt like the final scene in "It's a Wonderful Life"... our little town surrounding us in a time of need. Although I don't wish trial or tragedy on any of you, I do hope that at some point in your life, you'll be blessed to feel such an outpouring of support and love.
I hope you have a great rest of the weekend!