Decembert 23, 2011 - The family is back together, again.

I got up this morning and Bridgette wanted to go over to pick up her dad and then return the trailer. Jason and I were going to be heading over to the airport to pick up Linda and the girls, so if things coordinated and connected well, we'd all be in sync and back at the house at about the right time. Not necessarily what happened, but it was too far off.

We got up this morning and because I gave Bridgette, Jason's 06:00 meds, I didn't have to worry about them. I did check to make sure they were delivered, and at least close to be the right time... and they were. We decided to all go to breakfast, and then Bridgette found out that her Dad had already eaten, and therefore wasn't going to be going with us. We went to the Waffle House, just down the street, and the food was pretty good. We got back to the house and Bridgette wanted to get going to go pick up her dad, so they could empty the trailer, and then get it returned. She had a little difficulty in turning it around, so finally asked me to do it, and then she was on her merry way.

Linda's flight did get in on time, but when Jason and I arrived at the airport we found wall-to-wall people, all of them wanting to get through to where ever they were interested in going. The boards all said the flight was in, but we couldn't find Linda and the girls. Finally, after most of the other folks had picked up their luggage and were gone, we found them, or perhaps they found us. It was great to see them, though I could tell Linda was very tired. They had a bunch of stuff, including two car seats and a stroller, and it was all I could do to get it over to the elevator. Linda had the girls, so her hands were full already and Jason was in his wheelchair, that left me to deal with the heavy lifting... again.

We got back to the house and the reunion was nice, though somewhat subdued. Everyone was tired, and after a short visit they all laid down for a nap. Jason attempted to cook dinner, and it was a tasty meal, but it was just too late in the day, before he began. We decided to consider going with it tomorrow, and not have to worry about any other meals for the rest of the day. Not much else to tell about, other than the dressing "updates" I had to do for Jason. It wasn't a real change out, just a changing of some of the pads. I will encourage him to take a shower tomorrow, since his schedule kind of got thrown off, with the wound care nurse visit that he had yesterday. That's okay, he still feels good and the wound looks good.

Thank you, all for your prayers and continued support - Happy Holidays to everyone.


  1. Glad Linda and the gals made it down safely! I was thinking about them. Enjoy being together for Christmas!

    All our best,
    Karen & Rob
    Livermore Friends

  2. Curt and I are thrilled that the family is all together, that Christmas is being celebrated at home, post pictures when you can.

    God has answered many prayers, I'm praying you all have the best Christmas ever, that you are all able to relax tomorrow, just enjoy those two sweet girls.

    Merry Christmas with much love,

    Joyce and Curtis Orrell

  3. Merry Christmas Jason - it is very exciting that you are home and that your family is all together at last.


  4. So happy you all are together again! It's got to feel SO wonderful for Jason and Bridgette! Merry Christmas to all of you! May your New Year be filled with more blessing than you can count!

  5. Jason,
    Merry Christmas from the East Coast Marine Parents volunteers. We remember your wonderful parents from your time at Bethesda Naval Hospital, and we're glad you are doing so well. May you have a happy 2012.

    Marine Parents Purple Heart Family Support East

  6. On this Christmas Eve look to the only source of true hope, peace, and salvation! Praying! Glad that you're all together!
    Matthew 1:20-23 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
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  7. Merry Christmas Jason and family,

    I am so happy that you all get to spend this Christmas day together.

    Katie a Marine Mom


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