Thursday, August 20, 2020

Let's Talk about Miracles and an extended Weekly Menu

 Well, it has been quite the week.  My regular readers may have noted that there was no Weekly Menu posted last weekend.  I was a little too busy to worry about food.

Girl being strapped into a powered parachute

A week ago last Tuesday on August 11th the Angel Face and her folks joined us for dinner.  After dinner we went to the field so Frank could give our girl a ride in the powered parachute.  Here they are making sure that she is all strapped in securely.
We watched as they started climbing up into the air.  And then we watched in horror as the rear tire hit a high tension power line and flung them 100' to the ground.

crashed powered parachute

Let's talk about the first miracle of the week.  Both my husband and my granddaughter walked away from this wreck.

Our Little Miss was taken to the hospital and checked out thoroughly after which she was released with not even a scratch or a bruise to show for the accident.  That, my friends, is miracle number two.

man in hospital bed

Frank wasn't quite so lucky.  He had numerous fractures to his spine.  The most concerning, the night of the accident, was the cervical fracture.  Doctor's feared that this fracture might interfere with the vascular system leading to the brain and cause a stroke.  The first night was spent doing xrays, ct scans and more ct scans to see if surgery needed to happen immediately.  Miracle # 3, the fracture was found to be stable, no vascular interruption, a cervical collar would serve to make sure that fracture healed properly.

The following day an MRI was performed finding that his L3 disc was fractured down the center and he would need surgery to prevent it from cracking in half causing paralysis.  Miracle #4 was him walking away from that crash without the fractures turning into breaks.

On Thursday we met with the surgeon who explained the procedure for fusing the L3 to the L2 and L4 using screws and rods.  Frank was taken into surgery and Miracle #5 occurred when the surgeon was reviewing the films and recognized that the T9 disc was even more badly damaged than the L3 and needed immediate attention.

man on couch with cervical collar

Then Miracle # 6, exactly one week after the day of the crash, here he is at home recuperating.  It is going to be a long, rough road but the surgeon told us we could expect 100% recovery.  Next week the staples will be removed and xrays taken to confirm the neck fracture is mended enough to remove the cervical collar.  

Today marks one week from the date of surgery and as I write this post my husband is sitting on the couch next to me reading a magazine and listening to music.  God is so good.....

As life slowly gets back to normal I am getting back on track, starting with my Weekly Menu and shopping list.  

The home care nurse is expected tomorrow and appointments will be made for therapists to come to the house as well.  Frank's sister called and said she will be by during the weekend with some homemade chicken soup to help Frank heal.

I expect all of our family to be making their way over during the next week.  Saturday Amy is bringing dinner over and Jessica is bringing a cake so we can celebrate my birthday.  I have so many blessings this birthday for which to be thankful.  

So I am sharing my Weekly Menu with you along with my sincere gratitude for all the good thoughts and prayers that have been sent our way.  Prayers work, Miracles happen.  I am a lucky lady.

Roast Pork Loin with Apple Orange Chutney
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Corn and Yellow Squash

Fish Friday
Crab Cakes
Tater Tots
Garlic Green Beans

Birthday Dinner provided by Amy and Jessica

Chicken Noodle Soup (from Roz)
BBQ Pork Sandwiches ( using leftovers from Thursday)
Cole Slaw

Meatless Monday
Vegetable Focaccia

Hachee (Beef and Onion Stew)
Mashed Potatoes
Braised Cabbage

Chicken and Noodles

Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole

Fish Friday
Crispy Fish Tacos


  1. I am so glad that everything has worked out well. I pray for Frank's recovery and a sense of calm to return to your home.

  2. Oh, my goodness, Wendy. This brought tears to my eyes. I have known what you and Frank were going through. But the way your phrased it with miracles really hit home. Sending much love and healing virtual hugs from Monterey.

  3. I'm not crying.. Camilla's crying! So many miracles! xoxo

    1. I've done pretty good at holding it together. Only lost it a couple of times.

  4. I have tears streaming down my face reading this Wendy! Thank God for miracles! I'll be praying for a speedy recovery for Frank!

    πŸŽˆπŸŽ‚ Happy Birthday Wendy!🎁🎈

    Mine is Saturday too! I decided a couple yrs ago, that I'm reversing the yrs though! I was calling it my unbirthday before that. Lol.

    Stay safe and be well!

  5. Tears, Wendy! Thanking God with you for these miracles.

  6. I am reading with tears in my eyes... miracles yes, and thank God for each of them, but my heart is still breaking that you are all going through this at all. That they expect a full 100% recovery is just incredible! Love and healing thoughts are heading your way each day, and I am so happy that you two can be together along this path to healing.

    1. Thanks Rebekah....I know that you've been in my shoes with your son.....He was so young, that was even more heartbreaking.

  7. Miracles are the right words here, and you've been blessed with several. So glad Frank is on the mend and home. Thanks for sharing.

  8. God's blessings Frank is doing better each day and Angel Face is alright. Miracle's they were. Take good care of yourself and hope Frank fully recovers quickly.

  9. Miracles are the right words and so thankful and glad that you and your family got to experience them. May God keep bestowing his miraculous healing on Frank. Hugs.

  10. Praise the Lord that all is well and for all his miracles. Good news that Frank is on the road of recovery. Happy Birthday to you Wendy and God's blessings be on you and Frank.


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