Monday, August 2, 2010

Sharing stories

We live next to a nursing home and even when Hailey was little she's always wanted to go inside and visit. We used to go weekly until I went on bed rest with the quads. I just love old people and I love that Hailey does too! Hailey's so proud to show her brothers and sister new things, so fittingly at the end of our walk yesterday she wanted to go through the nursing home. As you can imagine, we attract quite a crowd - Hailey was in heaven. She passed out the flowers we had collected on our walk to some women in the hallway on the west side then headed to the east side where there's hardly any residents, but we didn't want to miss anyone! The night nurse asked if she could help us find someone, but we were just looking for someone to say hi to. She led us into a room of two of the sweetest elderly women! She asked them if they were up for a visit from a family and they were! By all means! :)

We headed in. Verla was the only one in at the time, but Hailey jumped right up on her bed and "met" her. Side note - we've been working with Hailey to meet people first, before just hugging them! Verla had poor eyesight, oxygen, very frail and her false teeth soaking. Hailey thought the teeth soaking was really neat and such a great way to clean her teeth - no brushing needed! Sorry Grandpa - I told her that's how you cleaned your teeth too so she might ask about it!! :) Verla was very coherent. She listened to every word Hailey said and asked her silly questions that made her laugh. Hailey was in her element, her laughter echoing in the hall! After they visited for probably 15 minutes, Hailey went out with Daddy to see who else was there and I got a chance to talk with her. She wondered about the babies and how in the world I could have had that many! As I was telling her their story and our journey she just kept saying "Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord!" Later, I thought, that's exactly right! Praise the Lord for all he has done and brought us through!! The babies are such testimonies of His love, the power of prayer and love of the church. They have been lifted in prayer from the moment we found out about them and they will do incredible things! They're not even a year old and have made such an impact on this world with their strength and willingness to be used by Him. We have been through so much this year, but it is only making us stronger in Christ and able to share our testimony with so many. Thanks for the reminder Verla, Praise the Lord!

5 comments:

Beth said...

I'm sure seeing your beautiful family made those residents day! Praise the Lord indeed!

The Denby's said...

Your Family continues to keep me in a state of "awe"...Praise the Lord, indeed!

Britt said...

Aww I miss nursing home walks, Hailey just amazes me and I'm sure she gets that from you! I bet those old people just loved seeing so many babies!

Rebecca said...

such a sweet story!

Denise said...

Your are such an amazing Mom. You have such a sweet and kind spirit. I love reading your stories about your precious family.