Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Still in the Hospital

Rainer is still in the hospital, but making progress. There have been so many issues and concerns, but he's getting stronger all the time, I think. I hope we don't have any more surprises. We really don't know when he'll be able to come home.
Meanwhile, Ken and I are trading off between the hospital and sometimes seeing the other kids, I'm still trying to go into work on some days, and my parents are watching Dieter and Faith on most days. Ben is with his mom. It's hard being all apart and being away from home. Mostly, we're supporting whatever Rainer needs and right now he needs to be in the hospital.

The picture is from our patio walk. Isn't he cute in his thrifted sweater? Simple pleasures, even amongst all this.

33 comments:

Tava said...

Sweet Rainer, I'm still thinking of you all. I don't know you, except in blog land, but I think of you often when I know Rainer is sick. I'm wishing a speedy recovery and I'm in awe of your bravery as well as Rainer's. You are all lucky to have such a loving, healing family. Best, Tava

melissa s. said...

keeping Rainer in my prayers and hoping you'll all be back home together very, very soon. hugs.

AndiMae said...

I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago- Google reader actually recommended it to me! Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and tell you that I am praying for your family and your sweet little boy. I hope that he is able to come home soon!

Rach said...

Thinking of you all...xxx

Deirdre said...

Wishing I could see you some some comfort or strength or whatever you need most right now.

I was looking at "starred" posts my Google Reader and Salt & Chocolate came up so many times. I love the conscious choices you make in your mothering, and the realistic light you are able to show too.

Everything just sounds stupid when there is a child sick...so just know our family is keeping Rainer in our prayers.

bigbucketgirl said...

holding you all in our thoughts every day....xxx

Celia said...

Really your posts are a life learning class all the time. You're so strong and are so focused in your child that touches my heart.
Keep fighting! You're doing it soooooooo good!

Anonymous said...

Bless you wee Rainer, may our Heavenly Father gather you close in His healing hands .... and grace your family with peace. Briar

Iris said...

Thinking of you all Mary Beth. Glad to hear things are looking up a bit for Rainer. I hope you're able to take care of yourself too.

Erna said...

wishing you as much strength and luck as you need...you and your little one are in my prayers!

Amy said...

I recognize that sweater. I bought the same one for Zoes 9 month pictures. I had to buy a boy sweater because I wanted Fall colors and all you can mostly find for a baby girl is pink or purple. Very cute!
I am keeping Rainer in my thoughts and sending you good wishes as always!

MamaAngel said...

Mary Beth I have a little something I'd like to send Rainer, email me your address if that would be ok!

TeamMcDonough said...

Keeping you all in our prayers. Happy late Birthday Rainer.

Anonymous said...

I've been a lurker on your blog for a while now. Your ideas somehow manage to be imaginative and whimsical yet also quite practical. I live in Charleston, SC and basically read home/craft blogs for the ideas and pretty photos. Yet I have found myself very concerned with Rainer and his illness. I have never met your family, but I so want all of you to be home together soon! Anyway, I am holding your beautiful boy lovingly in my thoughts.-Sarah

Kelli said...

He is so cute. Hugs and Prayers. I hope that doesnt always sound the same but I am praying for you guys and if I was there I would hug you and let you take a much needed walk or nap. Or make you a green smoothy

Julie said...

He is precious... and I LOVE how you see the simple pleasures in life! I'm continuing to pray for a speedy return home!

Melissa said...

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Rainer, and the rest of your family. (((HUGS)))

Gift of Green said...

Thinking of you, as always.

A.

hanna said...

what a sweet photo. Thinking of and praying for you and your wee boy .
Hanna

Tanya said...

I've been reading your blog for a bit now. I wanted to tell you that I always think of Rainer and his happy little smile ... and YES .. he looks beautiful in his thrifted sweater. :)

Teaching Handwork said...

sending you love and light! Is there a place we can send any gifts to you?

ann-marie said...

He looks great in that shirt. I'm happy he's doing better and hope it's only uphill from here.

Mary Elizabeth said...

Sending Rainer and your whole family prayers and good energy.

Mary Beth said...

Teaching Handwork--yes, you may mail a gift to my work. Thank you! Just e-mail me and I'll give you my address. My e-mail is on the blog.

Everybody--I so appreciate your prayers for Rainer right now. Keep them coming.

mbutterfudge said...

thinking of you all, much love

taimarie said...

My thoughts are with you, little Rainer.

sarah said...

thinking of you all and sending much love to your little guy

Marci said...

I'm lurker and long-term follower. I admire how you seem to be able to manage raising a creative family and finding time for work, cooking, and so much more.

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I'm a Peds Nurse and the strength of families going through situations such as yours never ceases to amaze me.

Michelle said...

Poor little guy. I hope he is home and feeling ready to play soon.

periwinkle said...

here's hoping he'll be back home with you all real soon
lisa x

Janae said...

You are such a positive influence, through all this! I truly admire you. A question when you have time--what is the name of that craft book for kids that you love? I couldn't find it in your archives.

Hope you had a good Halloween and that little Rainer gets well enough to go home soon.

Lina said...

Oh Mary Beth, I'm so behind on catching up with bloglines that I've only just read about Rainer. I do hope he's OK. Sending big hugs from Canada xxx

Hannah said...

Sending more get well vibes and wishes for a speedy return home x