Our Journey Helping Those In Need Throughout North America
Our Smithwick Church family has much to be thankful for! This morning in church, our Pastor, Linvel Baker, shared with us his ordeal over the past week. He had gone up to Missouri bow-hunting. While at camp, he had a feast of sausage and sauerkraut for supper. In the morning, he awoke with what he called a “belly ache”, but that did not stop him from going hunting that day. That’s our Texas friend, Linvel!
Well, bless my soul, the Roughriders actually won the game! It was a nail biter at the end when Edmonton had the opportunity to tie the game. Here we were sitting in our livingroom in Texas listening to CKRM live on the computer [like the olden days of radio] thinking “Omigosh, Edmonton is going to get a touchdown and win!!” What a sigh of relief when that quarter was over and we won the game!!
The first time we went shopping after coming out of the hospital, I was still a little unsteady on my feet, so decided one of those handicap motorized carts might be the way to travel. They have about 20 of them at the HEB Store in Marble Falls. Although the cart is easily maneuverable, I found it more of a handicap to be in the cart, and was very thankful that I did not have to shop in this manner on a regular basis. The next time I went, I enjoyed pushing the shopping cart and having ready access to all of the groceries without stretching, or leaning, or having to stand up and get something. Something I have obviously taken for granted all these years…
First of all, Pastor Baker’s symptoms disappeared and the next time we saw him he had all four of his little granddaughters on his lap at one time! They had a shower at the church to welcome the little girls into their family. It is amazing how much the two older girls resemble their new adoptive mother – they are both dark haired, while the two younger girls are blonde. This couple really has their hands full with four new children all under 6 years old. Their cup certainly runneth over. Watching them interact was very special. It is obvious both parents have a great deal of patience to deal with their new family, and will need it all! Linvel’s wife, Shirley, aka GRAMSY, is in seventh heaven! These four little girls are also my dear friend Ollie Ann’s new great granddaughters. She is referred to as “MeeMaw”.
Shortly after arriving at Smithwick, I was starting not to feel well. Actually, John noticed it more than I did. I denied being disoriented and unstable on my feet until I actually FELL on the stairs between the bedroom and livingroom. He said “That’s it, I am taking you to the doctor!” Thank heaven! Mel and the locals recommended taking me to Cedar Park Medical Centre, 45 minutes away. By the time I arrived at Emergency, I was virtually incoherent and it took the minimal time to have me admitted and into a room full of specialists, including a respiratory specialist, a kidney specialist and other doctors and health professionals! Not that I remember any of the first day or two.