What a week this has been!!!
Monday, Gwen took the taxi, plane, bus, train and finally her feet to Stockholm for the medical test on her liver. The 3 hour test was on Tuesday and the doctor was pleased that he was able to do all that he wanted to do!! We now need to wait 3-4 weeks for the results. Wednesday, her travels took her the same way back to Luleå, with a 1.5 hour look around central Stockholm, where she used to live.
Meanwhile, back at home, Jensina and Jiana started a new school year and Tony started dismantling furniture in the apartment. Thursday and Friday found us busily packing and taking furniture apart .
Today was the big day!!! We rented a trailer and many friends came to help us move! Thank you so much, Clas, Anders & Sara, Kjell, Billy & Jackie, Claus, Jimmy and his 3 sons for giving up your Saturday to help us out! We have a saying in the States, “Many hands make light work!!” And it’s true!! Much got done in a short amount of time!! Now it’s mostly just the cleaning that needs to be done and we’ll have help for that from another friend! Thank you, Thomas! And thank you also for all of those who wanted to help but couldn’t, and for all who have been praying for us! We have felt the prayers lift us up and they keep carrying us through!
Tomorrow, we will begin living in another friend’s apartment…thank you, Majlis!
In the American Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life, the main character goes through a really hard time. In the end, his friends gather around and give him the help he needs and his brother declares him to be “the richest man in town.” Well tonight, we are going to sleep feeling like the “richest family in town!!!” THANK YOU ALL!!! And especially, THANK YOU JESUS for supplying all our needs according to your riches in glory!!!
Gwen had her test in Stockholm yesterday. It was quite extensive and lasted 3 hours. When the doctor came in to speak with her after she returned from the recovery room, I was able to Skype Gwen and she put him on speakerphone so we spoke to him together – technology can be such a blessing!
He was very pleased with how the procedure went and he was able to accomplish all he wanted.
Gwen feels fine and will fly home today. Since there were extensive samples taken and they’re doing specialized analyses on them, we probably won’t get results for at least three weeks.
Thanks for your continued prayers.
Tuesday, I lost my keys. Car, house, trash and recycle shed, bike, and all the padlock keys where we are storing out stuff. It was a rough day. It was the day we found out we couldn’t travel back to the US on August 17th as planned. We were all pretty bummed out about that, especially Jensina & Jiana. Just before the phone call, I had been taking the trash out to our trash & recycle shed with the girls. It was the last time I remembered seeing my keys. Wednesday was when I noticed them missing. The 4 of us tore the whole house apart looking!! I was praying the whole time, “Lord, you know where they are, please show them to us.” But no keys. Tony & I went out to the trash & recycle shed and looked there. I went through the 2 bins I had thrown the trash in – NOT pleasant!! No keys! So frustrating – I knew I hadn’t dropped them! They just had to be in the apartment, but they weren’t. We kept looking in the house and in the trash and recycle bin. No keys. Bedtime – “Lord, where are those keys?” That night both Tony and I dreamed about them. I saw them covered up by something and just sticking out a little. I really felt that GOd was telling me that they were here. (especially since I don’t usually remember what I dream about.) But where??? Thursday morning – back out in the trash and recycle bin and to look in the car – no keys. I gave up looking, but kept praying. Bedtime again, but I can’t sleep. Two hours later, I’m still tossing and turning, I stretch out and feel this strange lump in the bed. What is that??? MY KEYS!!! Sure enough, under the sheets on my bed are my keys. So much had happened, I forgot I had changed the sheets on our beds that day!! “My last prayer that night – “Thank you, Lord, for showing me where my keys were!!!”
Disappointment, tears, anger, sadness. All of these were a part of yesterday’s emotions when we found out that we would not be able to take our booked flights to the US on August 17. Gwen’s test in Stockholm to check the abnormal growth of cells in the liver and bile ducts is now scheduled for August 21. After that, it will take a couple of weeks before we receive all of the results and the doctors can, hopefully, let us know what needs to be done. So at this point, we don’t really know when we will be going to the States.
So now, we need to cancel our flights, find new housing for after August (this will be a real challenge), re-register the girls for school (they are not real happy about this), and figure out a new direction from what we were planning, at least for a while.
Friends are praying – for healing, housing, our children, our coping; we hope you’ll join them. Our UWM supervisor encouraged us to look at the names of God and remember what He has done for us in the past. We did that at dinner and we are encouraged! Overwhelmed, but encouraged.
We have heard that our doctor’s group here in Lule has heard from the specialists in Stockholm and they want Gwen to go to Stockholm for a special test on the liver. However, we have not heard when that will be. With only 17 days till we are supposed to fly to the USA, we are quite stressed trying to figure out what to do, when to do, and how to do it. Please pray for extra wisdom and guidance for us from our omnipotent, omniscient heavenly Father as we have to make decisions that we don’t know how to make.