Just for fun

-Written by Stan-

When we lived in Albany, New York we made the trip to visit Katy’s family in Kentucky dozens of times.  We became intimately acquainted with the 820 miles of highway that separated our house from that of our children’s grandparents. Because the trip was so long, we established certain landmarks to help measure our progress. For example, Ashtabula, Ohio was the half-way point and the Dutch Village Restaurant meant that two thirds of the journey was complete.  And when we crossed the Ohio River we knew that we had only two hours more until we reached our destination.

Similarly, on this journey with Katy, we find ourselves measuring progress by noting certain milestones that indicate we are getting closer to our destination (full recovery).  Moving from the neuro-ICU at Saint Joseph Hospital to a room on the 5th floor on Christmas Day was a huge milestone for us all. And then the move to Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital on January 1st was another important rite of passage as was the m

ove to Brookdale Skilled Nursing Facility one month later.  Yes, these milestones reassure us that we are making progress.

But on Monday, February 29, we celebrated one of our biggest milestones yet when we said goodbye to Katy’s helmet!  For the past two months, because of the craniotomy and her tender head, Katy has had to wear a protective helmet whenever she gets out of bed.  But surgery on Monday replaced the bone “flap” so that now we no longer need it. Katy’s head is round and solid again!  The 40 staples sewing her skin together cause quite a headache but seeing Katy whole again makes it all worth while.

Alexander Solzhenitsyn wrote of his experience in the soviet gulag, that though his years in prison were long and painful, he learned to be grateful for all the wonderful life lessons that he learned while there.  He wrote:  “Bless you, prison, for having been in my life!”

I guess I feel that way about Katy’s helmet.  Though I’m happy to put it aside as a relic of the past, I’m thankful that it was part of our lives.  Helmet

  • The protection it provided.
  • The decorative stars that were the gift of a special friend.
  • The reminder of the many who suffer with physical handicaps far worse than this.
  • The way children would look at Katy’s head gear with jealous envy.
  • How cute Katy was when she wore her helmet.

I wrote a limerick to commemorate the passing of a milestone. (Katy often referred to her helmet as her crown.) For those of you who are aspiring poets, I’d like to invite you to write a limerick to Katy as well.  And if it’s good enough… we may share it with the entire blog community.

A princess who’s royally bred,

Must wear a gold crown on her head;

      But never was seen

      A lovelier queen 

Than Katy the Great in her bed. 

Update: Katy moved back to the rehab yesterday. The staff seemed as pleased to see her as we were to see their familiar faces. The pain has become more manageable but continue to pray for no infection, no seizures, or set backs of any kind. Continue to pray for wisdom as we make decisions about the next step and bringing her home. Thank you!

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27 thoughts on “Just for fun

  1. I love that you all can keep your sense of humor through all that you’ve been through. That is truly a gift from God. Love the limerick! The local town library is having a limerick contest for elementary kids.❤️🙏 Nancy

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  2. Seasons come, seasons go, it’s true,
    Ask Katy; she’s had quite a few.
    From this bed to that,
    (With a cool starry hat)
    Now “home” is finally in view!

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  3. Thank God for his faithfulness on this journey, the pain, seizures, infection and set back of any kind are in our prayers likened to the Egyptians you have seen, you will see them no more Exodus 14:13. You will sing the song of Moses; The LORD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. – Exodus 15:2. Welcome home whole mummy Katy

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  4. Father God, Healer, I pray for steady progress for Katy, that she and her family would be able to see this progress each day. Father, I ask that you would cause her pain to rapidly lessen. May Anna, her dad and sisters see each day how you are renewing their strength and giving them wisdom and discernment for each new decision. May you surround them with friends, who led by Your Spirit, love and care for them also.

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  5. Well that is the best limerick ever. Pastor Stanley I can see all of your daughters and Katy rolling their eyes as they read that limerick. But fear not! My father was a master of puns and each of our groans and eye rolling was really a badly veiled “bravo.” Keep them coming😊 . Now on the matter of your call to a limerick I think this is akin to Shakespeare asking us to write a sonnet and send it to him…us?! Write a limerick like the one you wrote!! Too tall am order😊 but….maybe….🤓

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  6. I agree with Maureen regarding my ability to write a limerick like our master poet. 😟 All I can do is send my love, which I am doing in HUGE measure!!! I love you all so much, and continue to pray.

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  7. Unlike you guys, I am so bad at writing but here goes; Katy our Queen, wore a crown in her dreams when she awoke it was only a joke and she left it behind in her dreams. Love you guys, so happy Katy can have her head back all safe and sound! Prayers from Walter Road.

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  8. So glad to hear all of this! We pray with great joy for Katy’s full recovery and for many blessings on the family. We’re trying to come up with a limerick. Love you all. God is good! All the time…….

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  9. Dear Katy in all of her trials
    Still manages to bring many smiles
    She blooms where she’s planted
    Her family beside
    A witness for Jesus stretching miles!!

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  10. A lady in love with the Lord Is one who never gets bored

    With petitions and prayers Katy lifts all our cares

    To Heaven where treasures are stored

    Sent from my iPhone

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  11. There lives a dear lady whose heart is pure
    Whose Father has allowed a great burden to endure
    Through difficulty and pain
    Increase of faith is her gain
    How pleased is her Father, as Katy’s hope is made sure

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  12. She’s never longed to become a queen…

    She always was a humble servant of Christ

    It seems a devil was never able to win

    Her soul, her body, and the Spirit within.

    She’s became known even much more

    Through suffering and a crown on her head

    It was a thorn that causes its pain and sore,

    Still the Word of God was her Daily Bread.

    Whoever would want the Glory of God

    Must wear the Suffering Helmet first.

    Only through Jesus’ precious blood

    The treasures of sufferings are reimbursed.

    The bright and colorful stars in her crown

    Would become a reminder of God’s deal…

    The queen of the sufferings and her renown

    Is to trust in the Lord and be still.

    “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.” (Phil. 3:10 NASB).

    “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10).

    Love you all,

    By His Grace,
    Tatyana

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  13. Katy wore her helmet with grace
    Her faith in Jesus all over her face
    The stars helped her shine
    His precious love so divine
    Thank you for encouraging us all in life’s race.

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  14. Dear Katy, sweet daughter of the KING,
    Is teaching us all how to sing
    Sweet praises to GOD
    Whether life’s easy or hard.
    Let us always give thanks to our KING!

    Am continuing in prayer for GOD’S perfect will for you, Katy, and for all whose lives you are touching! CHRIST is being glorified in that place, and wherever HE leads you!
    Love you all, Marilynn Vivona

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  15. Oh Stan, what a gift you have of putting everything in perspective so beautifully.to capture those moments that play a special part in how God step by step brings us along.what an encouragement.. Will continue to pray for you all as you plan with God’s help the day Katy comes home . I love you folks.I bet you both are excited looking forward to a new grandchild. Love &Prayers Pat Emery 🆒

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  16. A big grin spontaneously came on my face when I read your words Pastor Stan, of how cute Katy looked when wearing her helmet. How sweet that your heart melted for her in this new way. How precious steadfast love is!

    You all remain in my prayers daily!

    Much love,

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  17. Glad to hear of the progress, especially Katy getting to set aside her helmet (cute as it is). We pray for her continued recovery and for strength for all of you. God bless!

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  18. Katy wore her helmet with grace
    Her faith in Jesus brought a smile to her face
    The stars helped her shine
    His precious love so divine
    Thank you for encouraging us all in life’s race.

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  19. Just wanted to share my limerick- having double posting it to the blog- Katy wore her helmet with graceHer faith In Jesus put a smile on her faceThe stars helped her shineHis precious love so divineThank you for encouraging us in life’s race. With Love and prayers,Terry Pilon

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  20. I always enjoy and appreciate you and your daughters posts. I have been inspired and challenged to pray and will continue to do so. Here is my attempt at a limerick.

    A Starry Helmet
    A starry helmet protected Katy’s head.
    It was needed whenever leaving her bed.
    By young guests it was often admired.
    Many prayers for others it inspired.
    Now just a relic in good stead.

    Blessings to all of you!

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  21. Missing you here at St. Simon’s. Glad to see the helmet gone. Praying God’s strength and continued wisdom for the future.

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  22. Thank for sharing and letting us know how Katy and you are doing. I enjoy reading the posts and count it a privilege to be praying for continued healing and strength for today. I’m not a very good poet and will try it anyway.

    Our Katy is so sweet
    May God be sitting near at her feet.
    Her hands will be lifted
    As she is gifted
    May God comfort from head to her toe.

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  23. A late entry limerick for Katy:

    The road to glory is found
    By those willing to lay their lives down;
    To honor their King has become the chief thing
    And to them Christ has promised a crown!

    Katy, you exemplify the grace, humility and servanthood of Christ. We pray for you daily, and glory in every triumph that Christ, on this journey with you, has brought you through. ❤

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