Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Approaching Storm

I've received several e-mails and private messages from folks checking in on us. Evidently my blogging activity or more precisely, lack of it, has been quite noticeable. I sincerely do appreciate the concern many of you have shown by just saying hello or asking me to give a hug to Ben.

All the long time readers know I've never been short for words when we've dealt with difficult times as a family. And the blog community has always been so very gracious, understanding, and supportive when we've needed your positive karma. I would never be able to say enough thank yous to express our gratefulness to each and every one of you who visit here. Even when the proverbial wheels seem to be spinning off the Waddell family van we have drawn strength through your comments, your tweets, the Facebook messages, and even phone calls we received over the past few years.

Before I go any further let me say that Ben is absolutely fine. In fact I think for the first time all winter we're all fairly healthy at the moment. I would much rather be telling you about the incredible strides Ben is making these days. His therapies, his school, his nurses, and in particular the touch screen computer Moosh in Indy blessed him with have all contributed to our son's well-being. Indeed Ben is once again achieving some goals many thought would not be possible. And I promise that I will talk about those things very soon.

At the moment Joan and I are consumed with a different worry. Because one of our primary goals in blogging is educating typical families about issues non-typical ones face, I feel inclined to reveal more about our current situation than Joan wants me to at this time. Despite the drive and desire to change the "big picture" my family comes first. My wife is not just my partner in raising our two wonderful children. She is truly my soul mate. When she is more comfortable I will provide you with more information.

In my honest opinion what we are dealing with is not so uncommon these days and mainly that has to do with finances. We have spent much of our time in recent weeks number-crunching, debating, researching, and have even sought counsel. Let's just say that we are facing some pretty tough choices in the coming...days...not weeks or months. Days.

If you are so inclined please remember us in your prayers. Even if you are not so inclined do it for Ben. Our road has been difficult and we know it will continue to be the same. But some things you first consider a pothole turns out to not only be a ditch, but one filled with quicksand. I apologize for "whining." My heart though told me I should at least reveal a little about what's going on with us.

13 comments:

Brenda Heisler said...

I'm sorry you have worries. If I had a magic wand, I'd make everything better. Please take comfort in knowing others care.

Kyla said...

Hey, you read my mind! I was just about to email you to touch base!

I'm sorry things are difficult and you guys are in my prayers. I hope whatever it is can be worked out to be positive.

Elizabeth said...

so sorry to hear of your anxieties and wishing for the best.

Jana said...

Sorry to hear that things are so rough. I'll keep all of you in my thoughts. I wish you the best of luck

Chanda (aka Bea) said...

Though I haven't been around much, I have you and your family in my thoughts. Im glad to hear everyone is healthy, that in itself is a huge blessing. I am sorry you are all facing some rough times financially. I wish you all the best.

we_be_toys said...

Thinking about you babe, you and the Waddell clan, and sending you all the good karma I can scrape together.

So glad to hear the new touch computer is having such a profound influence on Ben.

Holding you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

PS - You know, right, that any time you're near here, if you need a place to crash, the door is always open to you.

Gretchen said...

BTW, I lovd the picture in this post...is it one of yours?

Ben and Bennie said...

Thanks everyone.

Gretchen, yes. That is one of the things I've been working on for my class.

Maggie, Dammit said...

You already play a regular role in my prayers. I'll step it up a notch.

Love to you all.

flutter said...

You and yours have a very special place in my heart.

Gretchen said...

Well, I think it's really awesome. :) :)

gypsygrrl said...

you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers...i'm sending some electronic hugs, too!

xoxo,
gypsy

Corina - Down to Earth Mama said...

Bennie: I am thinking of you and your wonderful family. Love to your family. I have faith that all of you will make it through this trial. Send me an email if there is anything I can do, or any encouragement I can send your way.