Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Ethereal Winter Wonderland



This is what we woke up to this morning- a fairytale forest of snow and ice on the trees. The ethereal beauty of it all made my heart sing and it uplifted my spirits, which lately have been down.



The calm and the peacefulness of the early morning let me know that all is eventually going to well in the world. We can, and will, get through the bad times. 

Mr. Sullivan has been steadily improving. He is on a twice daily administered IV antibiotic; he takes oodles of pills and is getting up several times a day to walk around the house, using either a walker or the crutches; he is learning that pain comes when he takes unused muscles beyond their expected capability; and he is realizing that the discomfort and pain will eventually result in stronger muscles that will once again support him.  It will be a long road of physical therapy and healing, but he is determined to get back to a fitness level that rivals his previous one. No, his plans probably won’t include running anymore, but spinning and working out on the eliptical trainer will be perfectly good substitutes- and without the pounding effects of jogging!  His diet is much improved, and his blood sugar levels are looking really well. He’s lost quite a bit of weight, so he hopes to put back on a few needed pounds. He’s working out with  hand weights while seated and he does his leg exercises while lying down to try and regain some muscle control in his quads.

We want to thank everyone for sending good thoughts and prayers our way and hope that you will continue to do so. I truly do believe that a higher power up above listens to all.  Faith can help to conquer all things difficult, and this will help, I know.

I’ll be back when I can to let you know what is going on, and hopefully to chronicle some improvements and achievements.  Until then, I hope that all is well in the world with all of you.

Lots of hugs and sincere appreciation, 


Alicia said...

First let me say that I'm glad that Mr. S is improving. It's always difficult when an active man has to slow down like that.

I'm sorry that you've been having such a rough time and I hope that things improve soon. Just be strong and be sure to take care of yourself as well. Hugs!

The Muse said...

i am happy that heaven could blanket you in security, envisioned as snow. and we all think of you both...and know that you are one another's strength....

glad the path has begun to be traveled :)

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

I'm glad to hear he is doing better...each day is a new day. There is nothing prettier than fresh snow, although I am tired of seeing it this year! Hang in there...I'm glad something made you smile.


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Sue,
Thinking of you and the challenges you face. Glad to hear hubby is improving. The pics are glorious, even if I am sick of snow! Hugs, Cindy

Stacey said...

You two have had a tough couple of months. I will continue to think of you and pray for improved health.

Dawn said...

I'm glad to hear Mr. S. is makeing progress. It sounds like he's working hard at it. Hope it all is getting easier for you too. Great photos, I can just hear the silence!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Sue......Good to hear an encouraging progress report on your hubby! Hope things continue to improve for him. Yes, the snow is so pretty and I try to find positives in all situations but I am ready for Spring to come! As always, my continued prayers are with you both! ~Big Hugs, Patti

Marydon Ford said...

G'eve, Sue ~ This is good news ... hope your DH continues to improve ... you are in prayer, keep the faith.

Happy Valentine's ~
Have a wonderful week!
Hugs, TTFN ~ Marydon

Jo said...

Glad to hear Mr Sullivan is improving! You both are in my thoughts....

Glenda/MidSouth said...

I am so glad to hear your husband is improving. Slow and easy and work up to a normal pace is important and I am sure his doctors have told him this. I have said it before and will say it again - be sure you get enough rest and take care of yourself.
The snow is beautiful, but I have had enough! I am cheering for 75 - 80 deg. temps & sunshine. :)
Have a great evening.

Pat@BPM said...

Good news about Mr S!

Beautiful photos and post, Sue!

Kathleen said...

Good! Little'll get there!!
I have had it with the snow though..sick sick sick of it! And yet it one listens to me! :)

Claudia@DipityRoad said...

Hi Sweetie!
Sooo glad to hear that things on the home front are improving! You are so right when you say that when a collective group puts things out into the universe it is heard!

You continue to be in my daily prayers-- think of you often.

BTW... your snow shots are stunning -- i have to admit that in Utah we have had SOME snow but nothing like the beauty back east!

Im jealous... :)

TTFN~~ Claudia

dana said...

Hi Sue, That's such great news about your hubby. I'm so glad that he's making such good progress. I loved your pictures and text. So glad that you took the time to appreciate nature's beauty. . .even with all you've been through. I hope you're taking care of yourself.

L, Dana

Cozy Little House said...

Sue, I am sending you snow-covered hugs. (Just kidding. We just don't often get snow in this region and now we have it!) No, I'm sending you warm hugs from Texas! Love ya!

The Muse said...

i appreciate your visit, Ms Sue, so very much... visit when you can~for, i dare image how tired you must be. please promise to get your rest....
your friends will always be here :)

Lori E said...

I wish I could make you a nice dinner and sit and chat for a while.
You know.. the back to normal daily things that you must be missing right now.

Kim @ Starshine Chic said...

Beautiful photos!!! Since I don't get snow where I live, I always enjoy seeing the beautiful photos of everyone else. I get tot enjoy some of the beauty without the cold or having to shovel it. I hope that your hubby continues to get better. And I hope that your spirits will continue to rise. Thanks for visiting my blog & taking the time to comment. It really means a lot to me. Take care of your hubby & yourself!!!

Melissa Miller said...

Sue I'm so sorry. I didn't know about your hubby. My prayers are with you both.

The snow is really gorgeous! It's snowing here right now as well. Finally....:)

~Blessings, ~Melissa

Sharing with Sherri said...

Dear sweet Sue,

Thanks sooo much for stopping by. I sooo appreciate your visits and concern.
I'm sooo sorry to hear that you and your hubby are going through some difficult times. Health issues are certainly no picnic, and having to make permanent changes in diet and lifestyle can be really tough on the whole family. We can only take it one day at a time, and do the best we can and hope it gets a little easier in time.
Hang in there my dear friend, my thoughts and prayers are with you both.

Big hugs,

P.S. I love your beautiful snowy photos!!

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

Sue, You were on my mind today! I was wondering how you were doing and was thrilled to see your comment on my post. I am so, so sorry you and your man are having to walk this difficult path back to health together. I can only imagine how trying it has been physically, emotionally and spiritually for you both. Sounds like your guy is a fighter and though the road difficult, I'm praying that the lessons gleaned from this crappy situation will be somehow useful. Blessings to you and your family Sue and thanks for keeping us posted!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'm glad your husband is improving but so sorry he's had to go through this. You're on my prayer list. Btw, I showed your photo to my family and they all thought you looked just like our friend Yolanda :-) I'll have to try and find a photo of her, so you can see for yourself.
Marcia (Murphey)

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Happy Valentine's Day Sue Sweetie...
I am so thrilled to hear things are improving for Mr S and for you adjusting to this hectic schedule. It is no fun when suddenly our lives take a detour down a new road and it is under construction. There are so many bumps and detours along the way. You both will get to the new road again, it is almost completed. God is right there walking with you. Remember Sue, it is at this time you see the one set of footprints, as he is carrying you.

I will continue to pray not only for Mr S but you my precious friend. Remember when God closes a door, he always opens a window. There is air in there, just remember to breathe sweetie. Please email me and talk, I am always here for you. You my friend, are 1 in a million. Thank you for allowing me to be a small part of this.

Thank you for my Valentine. I will be yours if you will be mine? I am sending many hugs and kisses your way sweetie. Country hugs and so much love...Sherry

Manuela@TPOH said...

Beautiful snow photos! We enjoyed our snowday - it was so unusual to have so much snow.

I'm glad your husband is progressing so well!

Take care,


{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Sending you hugs Sweet Sue...and praying for continued recovery for Mr. Sullivan...


Balisha said...

My thoughts and prayers are still with you. It sounds like he is determined to get things back to normal. Take care..Balisha

Pooja said...

I was searching for ethereal beauty in google nd reached ur blog;loved the winter pics nd the writing too!>Pooja,India.