Thankful _ February5 _ February11

Another week for the record books. 4 mile hike with a friend I met in Africa who moved to Phoenix a couple of months ago! Another FaceTime session with my favorite person living overseas!! I am incredibly thankful!

2212. 23 Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭23‬ NIV) Dear God, please help me guard my heart. Let everything that flows from my heart bless others as I serve you and also serve them. Let everything that flows from my heart be light and encouragement. Thank you Lord for all you are doing. Thank you for establishing Galen’s calling in the Middle East. Make his calling clear as crystal. Surround him with encouragers. Thank you Jesus for loving me!
2213. How the word of the Lord is hammered and woven into my life all day everyday!
2214. Being able able to give Rebekah my bicycle as a gift.

2215. 4 The soul of the sluggard craves and gets nothing, while the soul of the diligent is richly supplied. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭4‬ ESV) O Lord, please help me to be diligent in all I do.
2216. When I start my walk at 3:30 AM and the streets are super quiet, so quiet I can hear the train whistle blowing and see kitty cats playing in the street.
2217. Even though I’m not getting all the hours I need at the surgery center, I now have a fun part time job to supplement my income.

2218. 2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭4‬:‭2‬ NIV) Lord, let me be faithful with all you’ve given to me.
2219. A free coffee treat from a passenger at 1130.
2220. Worked at a new surgery center for 2.5 hours and found out I get guaranteed 4 hours because of the new pool system that started this week. 👍🏼🙌🏼😃

2221. 20 Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭13‬:‭20‬ NIV) dear God, help me to choose the wisest of friends, to always have Wise counselors.
2222. Getting to work with 2 surgeons I haven’t seen in a year because I’m at a center in their neighborhood. 😲😁
2223. Almost 3 months from being broken and fixed and somehow God bringing me through to the other side!

2224. 29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” (‭Mark‬ ‭12‬:‭29-31‬ NIV) thank you for always reminding me Lord!
2225. One month of walking started with baby steps and has progressed to 4 miles a day. Surprise!
2226. Released by PT to be free to pursue all activity!

2227. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. (‭Romans‬ ‭13‬:‭7‬ NIV) Lord I will repay my debtors with your help!
2228. First big paycheck since I broke my ankle!
2229. People coming into town for the weekend all full of hope and laughter.

2230. 11 Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all. (‭1 Chronicles‬ ‭29‬:‭11‬ NIV) Because this is just truth Lord. Thank you for FaceTime. Thank you for teaching Galen wisdom now while he is young. He’s learning so much. I pray that he continues to learn how to navigate life and continues to believe what you say to him. I pray he is able to become an expert in conflict resolution, for his fear of man to be completely eradicated. Thank you for him Lord. Thank you that Robert woke up early and also got to chat with him for a bit. Strengthen their relationship. Let Robert see you through us Jesus.
2231. 4 mile hike that led to an amazing view of the valley with the friend I met while serving in the Congo.
2232. For all the people I get to serve through my jobs.

Happy Sunday!


“Do you want to see the xray?” I could hear the result in her tone of voice. My heart sank as I went around the corner to look at the pictures. Bimalleolar fracture. I broke down and cried again as I thought of the ramifications.  All I could see was  all the work I would miss. How would any of this be okay?
“I’m no expert in ortho, but I think that’s going to need surgery.” Is the last thing you want to hear when you just want this all to be a bad dream you’re about to awaken from. I refused to believe that PA. He said it himself, he’s no expert. 

One boot, a set of crutches, and a DVD with digital images later, I was on my way to the grocery store with my favorite #1son. I sat in the car contemplating my next move while he ran into the store for supplies. I texted my OR manager. She called me with the phone number for the ortho doc who specializes is ankles. We work with him. She encouraged me to take things one day at a time, to try not to worry. The rest of the weekend went by in a blur. 

Except for the second guessing:

  • Would hiking boots have made a difference? I wear trail runners. 
  • Would hiking poles have kept me on my feet? I left them in the car. 
  • Was I hiking too fast? I don’t think so. 
  • Am I just too old for this kind of trail? I see loads of hikers older than me on this trail so I don’t think so. 

When life throws you a broken ankle, sit still and rest and wait patiently for the surgeon’s office to open so you can make an appointment. 

To be continued…

Happy Tuesday!


You wouldn’t believe a large, beautiful, nearly level granite boulder would spell disaster, would you? I certainly didn’t. As we came up over the crest of the hill, reaching the halfway point, I thought, “Yes! We’ve reached the tamer part of the trail without any major injuries!” 

I happily stepped onto that big, beautiful, nearly level boulder when all of a sudden I slid and toppled over to the right. As I was going down, I heard a snapping sound and felt a lightning bolt of searing pain explode in my left ankle leading to sudden pins and needles in my left big toe. Immediately I began to yell, “oh my God! Something’s wrong!”

My two favorite people came running to assess the situation as I examined my left ankle. I sat and cried for a minute as I worked up the courage to examine my ankle. The nurse in me was relieved when I saw there was no blood coming through my sock. I pressed on the outside of my ankle and felt crunching, but it actually wasn’t painful so I went to my favorite coping mechanism next, DENIAL. My favorite people helped me stand up. I could stand on my foot, but walking was pretty painful so I sat down again to cry and feel sorry for myself for a minute. “Well, at the very least, this is a bad sprain.”

The next thing to flood my mind was how the heck to get off that mountain? Sure we were at the beginning of the tamer section, but it is still 1.5 miles of challenging terrain. 

Then I started to cry as I anxiously considered the ramifications of immobility in the coming weeks ahead. My whole life revolves around mobility. No work means no pay. 

I’m so thankful I was with my favorite people. They brought me back to the present as we made a plan to get off the mountain. I was under the impression that self rescue was the only way to go based on stories of the high cost of search and rescue. We decided to push on, me sliding slowly and carefully down the steep section in a 3 limbed crab walk. But with me stopping every 5 minutes to cry anxiously, we didn’t get very far. My favorite second son finally insisted on calling 911 to see if search and rescue would hike up to meet us. Admitting the mountain won this time, I sat there listening to half a conversation.

 “My mom rolled her ankle and fell. She can’t keep hiking. Can you send help up the trail and meet us? Really? Really!? The sheriff said since it’s going to be dark soon, he’s going to call for the helicopter. Well we don’t have $10,000 for a helicopter. Really? Oh wow! He says it’s free!” 

45 minutes later, we sat in awe as a helicopter came towards us. Every hiker stopped to watch the show. The helicopter came right to us, hovered for about 5 minutes, turned around and flew away. I rightly guessed they were making an assessment on how best to proceed. After another 15 minutes they returned. They hovered as close to a safe spot as they could and a search and rescue volunteer hopped off. He came down to me with a giant red sling. His name was Brian. He helped me get into the sling, affectionately called the screamer because well,  people scream when they’re in it. Then we got all hooked up to a thick cable and away we went, flying off into the sunset. We were dangling 100 feet under the helicopter as it flew to the trailhead. The trip took less than 10 minutes. And no. I did not scream. I’m not afraid of heights. 🙃

At the bottom, a friendly EMT checked me over from head to toe. My heart rate and BP were elevated. Adrenaline. She took off my shoe and sock. My ankle was the size of a soft ball. No bruising though. My heart soared as I continued to believe it was just a sprain. She was so friendly and kind. She carefully wrapped my ankle with a kerlix, a splint, and ace wraps. The only thing they didn’t have was a set of crutches. They offered to take me to the nearest ER, but I politely declined. Too expensive for a non-emergency. Urgent care would be the place for me. 

Jeff from the Pinal County Sheriff’s department helped me into his truck and drove me back to my car. On the way, he told me to spread the news about the free helicopter services provided by the Pinal County Search and Rescue Posse. They are a 501c, not for profit organization. All their equipment and funds come from donations. So awesome! I will be adding them to my giving list when I get back on my financial feet. They are real life heroes. All volunteers. Amazing. 

Shortly after getting to my car, my people arrived. They flew off that mountain! On foot! It was well after sunset when we left the wilderness. By now we were all famished so we hit the drive through of In N Out for burger 🍔 and headed home 🏡. Since I was convinced my ankle was only sprained, I decided Urgent care was going to have to wait until morning. The day ended with me thanking God for catching me once again and believing things were going to be okay, thankful for all the love I was shown by strangers and friends alike. 

To be continued…

Happy Saturday!