I don't have time right now to put together a Q&A, and I have a lot of e-mails to compile for the Church post, but I continue to receive input and will post later on with all the suggestions, explanations of programs, etc. that I've received through e-mail (THANKS to all who sent me info!). But, across the board the top question to me has been "what can I do?" So... here's what you can do...
If you're not local to us (ok, even if you are!), then the absolute best thing you can do is continue to pray for Emma, for Mike, and I, for our other kids and extended family/friends that will be helping us through this time.
Here are some of the specific things we need prayer for other than the obvious health/rest, etc.
- childcare for the kids and fun things for them to go do while I'm away and Mike is working. (specifically some Thurs/Fri's during work hours for each of the 3 kids which is still unsettled- grandparents are doing the other days) This is a much greater task when there's more than 2 kids and most people aren't comfortable with all 3 on their own.
- safety in traveling- Mike and I will drive over separately so that I have a car there and he'll return probably Tuesday. After that he may bring the kids over on the weekend to visit. Each trip is about 3 hours one way.
- that Mike will be able to accomplish all he needs to before we go. He is the network administrator and in charge of all the computers, network, e-mail system, and phone system for both the church and school... and teachers come back on Wednesday the 6th. Though he plans to be at work on the 6th to tackle any major issues that come up, he needs to be all set for the first day before we leave... and then he has a conference in Orlando on the 7th and 8th so he really needs to be on top of things and didn't get a whole lot of notice to get it all done.
-that Kristopher will enjoy the VBS and be comfortable even though he's never been to that church (but at least 3 friends will be in his class I understand, so I think he will but I'm nervous because that's what Mom's do when they're not here!)
- and of course, finances to work out for all of the expenses from eating lunches at the hospital, to paying for our room at the RMH, gas for the multiple round trips, and then the actual medical expenses that we need to cover.
Thank you all for praying!
If you are someone the kids know personally- and us too of course- (though I'm sure others have great intentions, now's not a good time for 'new sitters') and are interested in helping with a kid or two for a day or part of a day, please send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org THANKS!