Michael came home Friday at 3:30pm. The boys and I drove in to visit that day, just like the previous two days, but this time with an idea that we may be driving home with a car full! He healed and progressed so rapidly that week in the hospital, not without the expected speed bumps, like infection and fever and not eating well orally, but with speedy progression nonetheless.
Two hours after we pulled in the driveway, I pulled back out to head to the Collyde Conference in New Jersey. I intended to keep my commitment to play at the conference in the event Michael was stable, even if still at the Hospital. With him being stable enough to come home, I packed my guitar and backpack, thanking God for His gift of my being able to stay home with Daniel and Nicky all week, so they could sleep in their beds and always have a parent with them, and I drove to the airport: one of the more difficult times leaving. No one said everything in life was easy. :) God certainly spoke to me at the conference through the teaching of Gabe Lyons, whose son also has DS. What a brilliant and culturally relative believer in Jesus. Hopefully God used me to speak love and truth to the conference goers through my words and music too. I'm so thankful for how those people uplifted me and my family in prayer all week.
I made it home that night and enjoyed a day of rest yesterday with my recovering family: all five of us together again! Michael continues to heal, we have to be very careful with him of course, so we pray that our loving, often over-zealous boys don't pounce on Michael's little damaged bird chest out of love. But it's good to be home. :)
Thanks to my home church, Crestmont Alliance, for all the meals, love and prayers in this past week!