mid-february we set off to visit our dear friends in Oregon. on our last day there, audrey had an unlucky fall at a playground and fractured her arm. and in only a matter of three weeks her little body would fully heal itself and we would come to realize God's grace and many beautiful blessings.
we will be forever grateful for Tessa's grandmother who drove Audrey to the hospital and our amazing friends who watched after Benjamin and Adeline. the care in the ER was amazing. after some morphine and an x-ray they confirmed she broke her arm and advised that us we should return home to see if surgery was necessary.
and within a few hours, we had packed up the kids and headed back home.
once we arrived home we took her back to the emergency room and after extensive imagining the orthopedic doctors recommended she have surgery to put two pins to hold the bone in place as it healed. she was admitted to the hospital for pain management and was greeted by wonderful nurses, a handmade quilt, stuffed animals and her favorite indulgence, endless amount of Dora DVDs.
her pain was difficult to manage for the next two weeks. amidst the pain and sadness we were grateful for the unconditional love and support that came in the form of text, calls, emails, packages, visits, cards and presents. we can't thank you enough, especially for Grandma Rosy who took care of Benjamin and Adeline, so Josh and I could be with Audrey in the hospital. and our next door neighbors who showered audrey with gifts and an awesome amount of toys and games on loan to keep us busy during the long days stuck inside.
while it was so very hard to see Audrey in pain for such a long time, we were extremely grateful that it was a temporary injury which healed quickly. she only had her cast on for two weeks and exactly three weeks and two days from her injury the doctors pulled out the pins and her bone has fully healed. our hearts aches for those children with chronic conditions and we will continue to pray for those families whose children are still in pain.