I woke up in the middle of the night...
I was dreaming....
my mind was singing....
a post was being written...
I had just finished spending four days in Calgary celebrating life.
And these are the words that were singing through my dream.
on April 16, 2013, my niece Denice collapsed at her teaching post.
She had a cardiac arrest....and no one really knew how long the lapse was.
Was it 5 minutes? Was it 10 minutes?
The emergency response team (ERT) was there with in minutes.
Meanwhile staff helped administer CPR.
Gerri, my cousin, who's worked as a clinical educator for many years,
was working in the hospital that day when she received the dreaded call.
Her worst nightmare....
her daughter, Denise lay lifeless in the ER ward.
a faint heart beat...
a glimmer of hope???
family quietly moved in and out.
"Will she be the same Denise again?"
We waited patiently as her husband, Paul kept us updated on FB.
He streamlined his thoughts every few minutes and hours.
At times, he had us all crying and laughing at the same time.
May 22, 2013.
Denise is home again!
Enjoying a sister day with Val.
Her children were 'celebrating the home coming of their mother'
Signs in the front window indicated that she was coming home again.
Over the last five weeks, medical procedures and steps were taken to give a full recovery.
The ERT came back to visit and let Denise know that she is one of the few
that survived this kind of ordeal.
There is a long road to recovery, but she is the Denise that we all know.
Of course this called for a huge CELEBRATION!
Sunday, May 26, 2013. we had the privilege of worshiping together in church.
We all gathered together in Gerry's tiny home for lunch with her family.
Eight little grandchildren gathered around the table.
As you can see...there is lots of action with these little ones.
Family members were busy cutting the meat, wiping their hands,
encouraging them to eat their food.
Children ate first, then washed up and went down stairs to watch videos.
Meanwhile the adults ate in peace and quietness in the next room.
A day trip to the mountains...was soothing for all of us
as we were reminded, so many times that life is fragile,
and most of all to know that God is in control...
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
If I could orchestrate my dream to you right now...
you would all be cued in at various times with four part harmony,
(you know how they sing the Hallelujah rendition at the mall at Christmas?)
Imagine us singing this song together from all corners of the earth.
We have truly witnessed a miracle and continue to celebrate God's Love.