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05/02/2008: "Day 36"

Today was an early one for all of us. I don't think anybody was able to get a full night's sleep with the anticipation of today's discharge. When the time did come we went through the paperwork and then went down to the car and headed off.

The drive home presented a couple issues that are probably typical in these situations, but before long we were home. It was great to arrive home and see the decorations Kate's nephews had made for the front door, and even better to go through that door. The rest of the day was uneventful by design, and even still proved quite tiring for all of us.

I had been considering writing about all of the injuries that Kate sustained as a result of the accident, and talking how she was coming through all of that. I'm not going to write about that tonight, in part because I feel that writing about that would somehow send the message that everything was fine, and life was back to normal. On the surface some things may appear normal, but a second look shows that there are many wounds both physical and emotional. Both types of wounds will take time to heal. While a chapter of this story is complete, it is in no way the conclusion.

This next chapter is going to be an interesting one. Its starting with our plans for the weekend, but it includes next week and is starting to look beyond that. I don't know what is in store for us, but I do know that we have been greatly blessed to be at this point so soon. Please pray for us as we continue this journey. I have only a slight idea of what to expect going forward, but I know it will have its own challenges and rewards that are different from our previous experiences. Please continue to pray for Kate and the rest of us as you have been through the initial stages. Thank you.

Replies: 3 Comments

on Saturday, May 3rd, Marie said

Prayers will be said for Kate, Paul, and both families as you all enter this next stage. I wish you all continued patience, love, and support.
I hope these days are made easier for Kate as she is home with her family.

on Saturday, May 3rd, Jennifer said

Welcome home Kate! I have been following Paul's postings every night and get shivers when I hear the amazing recovery you have made so far. We know there is still a tough journey ahead; but God, family and friends will be there with you every step of the way! CSU staff and students continue to think about you and pray for you everyday! Keep up the great work Kate, you are truly a miracle!

on Saturday, May 3rd, Rebecca Skudra said

Kate and Paul, so glad to hear you are home Kate. Miracles happen everyday! My prayer for you is that "... you will be strengthened with all power according to His glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience and joyfully giving thanks to our Heavenly Father", (Colossians 1:11-12). May the same spirit that raised Christ from the dead be in you continually and may you be strengthened each day. Keep pressing on towards the high calling He has called you to Kate! Bless you. Skudra Family

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