May 02, 2008
Oh so much news
This post will have to be like a table of contents page for future posts.
1. Emily has Fifth Disease (two links there). Sounds scary, but the other two names for it sound even worse: Slapped Cheek Syndrome or Erythema Infectiosum. Actually, it's a harmless and rare virus usually in under-12's which requires no treatment and will go away by itself in about a week. She has a hot red rash on her cheeks and red spots on her arms and legs and trunk, and had a fever, headache and runny nose/sore throat for the three days beforehand.
2. I'm scheduled for minor surgery today to remove a small benign breast lump. We'll see if they still want to operate given all the illness we've had in the house this week. I'm supposed to spend the night in the hospital. I'm looking forward to the rest! I know hospitals aren't supposed to be restful places, but compared to my house this week I think it will be. The doctor said that they recommend that patients with a housewife at home go home to recover, and patients who ARE housewives stay in the hospital! I see the logic. Well, that's not exactly what they said, but that's the gist.
3. People keep wanting to come tour our house to see if they want to live here after us (hasn't been the best week for this), because...
4. We are moving to Zürich, Switzerland at the end of June (did I catch you by surprise on that one? Those of you who didn't know already, that is). Same company, an internal transfer for David. Back to the country of my youth! Mountains! Nearby authentic hiking and skiing! But also...learning German and Swiss-German! We have already started with the Rosetta Stone computer program, which is fantastic and worth every one of those many pennies. Are you ready for the 30-Second Blog to take on a new country? It's about time. Oh the blog fodder we will have. I've just added a new category next to the "Moving to France" and "Moving to England" slots...
Yesterday I drove twice to the school, twice to the doctor, twice to the pharmacy, and once each to the orthodontist and the grocery store. Oh, and we're getting a new dryer today. What a crazy, crazy week it's been.
I have been feeling God's gentle hand of peace on me in the midst of all this. He has helped me especially with two images lately:
Jesus in the boat with me in the storm. There's no way I am going to drown - He will calm the storm with a word at the right time.
God as my Strong Tower, where I can run and be safe.
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Wow, Katherine! What an interesting life you lead! I pray everything goes smoothly with your move, and that you find a church home quickly and effortlessly. I checked, and it does seem there is a Vineyard in Zurich (home page: http://www.vineyard.ch/ - which I cannot read at all!) Godspeed on all the preparations and for the move itself. I am looking forward to a lens into a new country! I'd be interested to read as you rediscover treasures from your childhood, and also, what has changed in all this time. I lived in Germany as a small child, and went back as a college student, and it was so interesting to see which of my memories were accurate.
Posted by: Andrea | May 2, 2008 3:40:10 PM
Indeed, He is a strong tower. We are praying for you, even as I am packing to fly over and be of service (even though we shall not arrive until Sunday morning). You could be in the operating room even as I write, so wisdom and guidance be in the surgeon's hand! Phil 4:6,7. Love you, Mom
Posted by: Patricia Taylor | May 2, 2008 4:01:30 PM
I went through that surgery last year, so prayers and hugs.
And, congratulations on the move! And, I hope the Fifth Diseased get better soon.
Posted by: Mimi | May 2, 2008 8:01:03 PM
I have prayed for your surgery and your healing. Sorry to hear about Emily's Fifth Disease. Both my girls had it as babies. Ellie was only 8 days old! Gracie was about 6 months.
I'm excited for your next move. I hope all goes well.
Posted by: Melene | May 2, 2008 9:48:46 PM
Just when I think we have a lot going on, I read your post ;) Your international moves blow my mind! Your family seems well-suited for it though and I can only imagine the life-long memories and experiences you're enjoying together. Glad to hear the surgery went well. Take care!
Posted by: Lori Bailey | May 4, 2008 5:59:28 AM
My goodness! Glad to hear your surgery went well and that you had such a good time at the hospital. That was indeed a very cute salad.
I'm looking forward to learning all about Switzerland in 30 seconds! :-)
Posted by: jeffy | May 5, 2008 9:23:19 AM