The biggest thing that happened for us in December was we went back to the States for Christmas! It was great to be with both sides of the family and for Simeon to do a lot of FIRSTS! First snow, 1st Christmas, New year's etc.
However, the day after Christmas, Joel's dad had chest pain and we went to the hospital. He was admitted and eventually scheduled for a heart cath a week or so later. The cath showed major blockages, especially in his left main artery. The cath wad one on a Friday, and the following Monday he had open heart surgery. It ended up being triple bypass. Because of these circumstances and those that followed we extended our stay twice and ended up being in the States till the middle of January. Although these were not easy times, God knew what He was doing and we were so thankful that we were in the States to be with Joel's family and help how we could.
Although there were many issues following surgery, especially with medications, now, Joel's dad is doing much, MUCH better. He says he is feeling close to being back to himself again. Now we are just hoping things move along with recovery so he can have hip replacement in May.
Thank you, THANK YOU to those that prayed for Earl and Joel's family during this time. The prayers were felt and answered! Praise be to God!