The Paint of our Heart


When you open a fresh can of paint it is clean and ready to beautify. If you have completely cleaned up all the dust and debris, your paint remains just as it was prior to opening the can. The more you paint the beauty continues to shows it face. It’s when our brush picks up some dust or dirt and we dip it back into the can of paint that the paint begins to change. If we forget and leave the top off for a period of time a film can form which creates small lumps in the paint can. Before long you notice something on the wall that you need to remove or even worse, it is not found until the paint is dry. What happen? It started out so perfect.

How we handle our fresh can of paint is the same as how we handle the emotional side of our heart. It starts out so perfect with nothing but love. But then we allow it to become contaminated. It’s never the heart itself, but it’s the surroundings, the environment, and the influences that change it into something different than how it began. If we put the cover back on the paint, debris cannot enter. If we protect our hearts or the heart of a loved one, we keep it clean.

The heart just like a fresh can of paint requires proper handling. We need to be aware of what we put into it or it’s beauty and love will change or even disappear completely. When this happens it takes some hard work to restore it. But just like a can of paint, once it is contaminated, it never returns back to it’s original state.

Words to Contemplate


George Carlin’s wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin – comedian of the 70’s and 80’s – could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We’ve done larger things, but not better things.

We’ve cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent.

Remember, to say, ‘I love you’ to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away.

George Carlin

Observe

Observe


The power of observation is so often taken over by the power of ones speech. Silence can be golden!

Orlando Espinosa

The best lessons are learned when you watch and observe other people’s behavior!observe orlando espinosa monsters inc

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Achieve Victory!

Achieve Victory!


Perseverance and faith will drive one to victory! Without either one of them we only stand in one place or wander about wondering why!

Orlando Espinosa

We all face daily challenges, but we shouldn’t allow these challenges to deter or discourage us. We should allow them to be a driving force until we achieve that which we set out to do. Too often we miss out on achieving success because we don’t persevere. We give up without realizing how close we are to victory. Remember that victory is achieved through perseverance!

Victory is achieved-orlando espinosa

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37 – Searching for Answers – Tom is Released


Two days had passed when the doctor walked into Tom’s room around 6:30 am. Tom looked up with a bit of anxiety on his face and offered up good morning Doc. The doctor picked up Tom’s chart and looked over the details that the nurses had left during the evening. He walked over to Tom and asked how he was feeling. Well to tell you the truth, I am feeling pretty good today. The doctor smiled as he said; you sound like you would you like to go home pretty soon? You have no idea Doc! Well if you keep this up the rest of the morning and promise to be good we just might let you go home this afternoon. Do you live alone or do you have someone that lives with you inquired the doctor? You shouldn’t try to stay home alone. Yes I do live by myself, replied Tom. Well you really need to stay with someone for at least the next week just in case you need some help. You should make sure you can handle things on your own before you try it. You might want to start thinking about it and I will stop back by before leaving the hospital and we will make a decision then. Oh that would be great replied Tom as the doctor walked towards the door stopping just long enough to say; see you around noon.

Tom picked up his phone and dialed Ann not thinking about it being 6:35am. It rang a few times then went to voicemail. Hi this is Ann. Sorry I can’t take your call right now. Leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible. Hi Ann. Tom here. Guess what. I think I can get out of here today. Call me when you can. Love you, Tom. Tom quickly dialed Joe and he picked up after the first ring. Hi Tom is everything alright. Yes of course. Why? Well it’s 6:35am for one. Oh my, now I know why Ann didn’t answer. Sorry, but I think I’m getting out this afternoon. That is great news replied Joe. Are you going to go back to your place? Well that’s a problem. The doctor wants me to stay with someone for a week or until I am sure I can handle everything by myself. Well you can come to my place if you want Joe quickly added. All we need to do is get a second bed so you have something to sleep on. Would you really do that for me Joe? You know I would. So when do you want me to pick you up? I will need to call you once I know for sure which should be around noon. Just call me on my cell and I will let the boss know. He will be cool with me leaving a little early. He is always asking how you are. Better run though or I will be late. Call me when you know for sure were the last of Joe’s words as he ran out the door heading towards his car.

Tom hung up his phone and leaned back in his bed and looked at the ceiling and smiled. I guess maybe we will be saying goodbye pretty soon. You have been a great listener and you never have much to say but I will miss you just a little. Well maybe not too much. Tom closed his eyes and let himself drift back in his thoughts.

Tom’s eyes quickly opened when he heard his phone ring that special sound he had set just for Ann. Hi my lovely almost wife. How are you doing? Well I’m fine but… I’m getting out Ann, Tom blurted out not waiting for an answer from Ann. Where are you going to stay inquired Ann. You can’t stay by yourself at your place can you? No – the doctor told me I need to stay with someone for a week to see how I was able to handle being out of the hospital and Joe asked me to stay with him. I am feeling really good and can’t wait to get out of here. This is great news Tom. Joe is a special friend and I know he will crack the whip on you if you misbehave. They both chuckled a little before they settled into a more serious talk. We haven’t talked to our parents yet about us Tom. I know Ann. I wanted to tell them yesterday but it never worked out where everyone was here at the same time. Maybe we can tell them over at Joe’s later today, Tom continued. That might work, but leaving the hospital and settling in at Joe’s place could take a lot out of you Tom. I will be ok Ann. I am just so excited to let them know. My parents will need to leave pretty soon and go back to Michigan so we need to do it before they leave. You should take it easy this morning and come over to see me at Joe’s. If something changes I will let you know. You probably should tell both of our parents what is happening. I will Tom. Just take it easy and don’t overdo it. Be careful. I love you and want you out but I want you getting better. I will be fine replied Tom. I will call you as soon as I know everything for sure. I love you Ann. I love you too Tom. I’ll talk to you after a while added Ann as she closed her phone and laid it on her bed stand. Ann leaned back on her bed and closed her eyes trying to let everything sink in a little. A few minutes had passed when she heard her mom crack her door open and asked if she was going to come down and join them for breakfast. I will be right down mom.

The morning dragged along and Tom was sitting up in bed wishing Ann had come to the hospital when the door opened and the doctor walked in. After looking over his charts and checking Tom over a little he looked at him and said; well do you have a place to stay? Yes, yes. I am going to Joe’s apartment and will stay with him until I am strong enough to handle things on my own. Ok then. I will sign the release papers and you can leave by mid-afternoon. I will have the nurses get everything ready for you and I will have them set up a follow-up appointment the end of this week, probable Friday and I want to see you in my office. No driving and take it easy. They will give you a list of do’s and don’ts before you leave.

Tom quickly called Joe and let him know that he could leave around 3 o’clock. That will work out good Tom. Paul had a spare bed and we left work at lunch time and moved it into my spare room. So we are good to go. I get out around 2:30 today so I will swing by the hospital and pick you up. Thanks Joe. You are the greatest friend anyone could have. Oh, Ann may swing by after we get to your place and maybe both of our parents if that is ok. Well, the place is not too dirty, but I can spiff it up a little after we get you moved in. Maybe you better let Ann know so we have a little time to get you settled in. See you around 2:40.

The afternoon dragged on for what seemed like forever when the door opened and Joe walked in. Well you ready to go? Yup, I’m just waiting for you. I signed all the papers earlier and all they need to do is wheel me out. I stopped by the desk on my way in replied Joe and they said they would be right down.

I wasn’t long and Joe had Tom loaded in his car. They pulled out of the parking lot turning right and were heading towards Joe apartment.

“To be continued”

32 – Searching for Understanding – A Startling Comment


Tom slept most of the night waking only when the nurses came in to check on him. Randy and Jill had gone back to Greg and Sandy’s and had slept better than they had in several days. Ann slept well but was up early and was sitting in the family room when her mom walked in. You want some coffee Ann? Ann smiled and nodded a yes to her mom. Ann was feeling a little nauseous but didn’t want her mom to know anything was up. At one point she got up excusing herself to use the bathroom but it was a false call. Before long Greg joined them and then Jill and Randy came down. They were all sitting around talking about Tom waking up after Ann and Sarah along with all their friends started singing. It was like a miracle had happened, commented Jill showing her emotions were still running on high. Each hour that went by as he laid there motionless with only an occasional twitch of the eyes had me terrified that things were not going well. I was terrified that there was more damage than we knew about. Jill, you were not alone in your feelings added Ann. I just had to pray that everything was going to be alright. But now I just know everything is going to be alright. Jill walked over and sat down next to Ann on the sofa, put her arm around her and gave her a hug. You are so good for Tom. I know how much he loves you. He would call me every few weeks and we would talk and generally most of his conversation would be about you or at least have you in it. Ann smiled at Jill adding, I love him too and he just has to be alright.

Before long Sandy suggested that they all get rounded around and she was going to treat them all to breakfast out at the local Egg & I restaurant before they went back to the hospital. Oh that really sounds good, replied Greg. I’m starving. Everyone got up and headed off to get ready except for Ann. Sandy carried the empty coffee pot back to the kitchen and cleaned up a little before she headed towards the bedroom to get ready to leave. As she walked by the family room she could see Ann still sitting in the same place with her coffee cup still filled close to the top. Aren’t you going to come Ann? No, I don’t feel the best and I promised Sarah I would call her as soon as I was up and we were going to go visit Tom together this morning.

After Sandy was dressed and ready to leave she walked back into the family room to see Ann still sitting in the same spot. Are you feeling any better now? Are you sure you should go if you are coming down with something questioned Sandy? Can I get you anything? Nothing mom, I am feeling a little better and I am sure it is nothing other than nerves. Sandy looked at Ann and smiled, turned to head out to the kitchen but couldn’t help feeling that something else was going on that she wished Ann would share with her. Ann, noticing her mom’s look of concern quickly added; you guys go and enjoy breakfast and we will meet you at the hospital. Ann picked up her phone and dialed Sarah who picked up after the first ring.

Hi Ann, how are you doing? Well I am a little nauseous this morning and I think I know why. It’s not the flu. Sarah chuckled a little but knew it was not the time to be funny so she offered up; it will pass and you are going to be fine. When do you want me to come over? Anytime you can, Ann replied as she stood up and started to make a quick move back towards the bathroom. I think I am going to be sick again. I will be ready when you get here. Ok replied Sarah as she yawned loud enough that Ann could tell she was still in bed. I just need to get rounded around and I will be over in about an hour. Ok, but I am still in my PJ’s and I have to work around this broken arm and nausea. If you beat me just come on in, have a cup of coffee and I will get ready as quick as I can. See you in a while replied Ann as she tossed her phone on the table, made a beeline to the bathroom just in time to find the edge of the porcelain thrown.

Ann’s nausea passed and she was dressed and waiting for Sarah as she drove up their drive. It wasn’t long and the girls were on their way to the hospital. Arriving early the visitor’s parking lot was mostly empty except Sarah noticed that Joe’s car was still sitting right where it was last night when they left. Sarah’s mind was searching for answers that were put to rest as they entered Tom’s room to see Joe sleeping in the chair next to Tom’s bed. Hearing the door open he opened his eyes as Sarah and Ann walking around the end of Tom’s bed. Did you stay here all night Joe, Sarah asked as she put her hand on the back of his neck and started to rub it a little? I started to leave but I had to come back in one more time and just decided to stay and the nurses told me it would be alright. If Tom woke up and wanted to talk I wanted to be here. Ann looked at Joe, smiled letting Joe know how much she appreciated him and his friendship. Was he awake at all, did you guys get a chance to talk inquired Ann? No one called us from the hospital last night, so I assumed he slept all night. Well he slept most of the night and only woke up when the nurses would come in to check on him. We never talked. He just moved around a little and then went back to sleep. They told me that the pain meds they have him on will make him sleep a lot. They are planning to start a decrease in his meds today after the Doctor visits him. They want to see how he handles the pain from his injuries and not keep him doped up so much. As the sound of Ann’s voice quietly made its way into Tom’s ear he shifted a little in his bed, opened his eyes and smiled in the direction of the sound. Ann moved over towards his bed, took his hand and leaned over giving him a kiss. Joe’s smiled a little as he got up and walked over to Sarah who had made her way to the other side of Tom’s bed and putting his arms around her, he pulled her close and gave her a kiss on her forehead. Joe quickly added, now that your two are here, I think I will run home and shower and come back in a little while. This will probably be the last day I can take off work so I want to come back and spend most of it here. Looking over at Tom who had closed his eyes again, he just smiled saying to himself that you are going to be alright my friend. Joe waved as he headed out of Tom’s room and made his way down the hall towards the door that led to his car.

Before long the nurse on duty walked in and started to check over Tom and he opened his eyes again to see Ann and Sarah standing at the foot of his bed. Tom looked at Ann and motioned for her to come around the other side of the bed. She moved around to the side and he held out his hand for hers and taking it. Ann started to tear up a little. Are you ok Ann? I’m going to be fine. He tugged on her arm trying to pull her close and Ann leaned down to give him a kiss when she heard him say; I love you Ann. With the spark of old Tom he added; you have something special to tell me don’t you? Ann quickly pulled back and looked into Tom’s eyes just as her tears came to a full flow dripping off her cheeks. The nurse had just finished up and left the room leaving only Tom, Ann and Sarah. What are you talking about, Tom. Ann, you know you can talk to me about anything. Yes, but… Ann stopped mid-sentence when Tom smiled and said; the baby – our baby. How did you know about that Tom? Did the nurse tell you? Tom quickly but calmly said no, no she didn’t tell me. Then how do you know? The only ones that knew were Sarah and the nurse. Well I think someone else knows it also Ann. What are you talking about Tom? Well I told Joe replied Sarah, but… He didn’t tell you did he? No – Joe and I haven’t talked. Did you know he stayed the night with you, replied Ann. Really, I had no idea? I must have slept all night.

Tom closed his eyes like he was going to fall back asleep but quickly opened them up again and said; well when I died… Tom closed his eyes again.

“To be continued”

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When one dies what happens to the soul, the spirit, that part of our living body that keeps everything physically and mentally working? Does it die along with the physical body? Who are we anyway?

31 – Searcing for Answers – The Awakening


Ann had been home for two days and Tom had been off the drugs that had kept him in his induced coma and everyone was on edge, like sitting on pins and needles waiting for the first sign that he was going to wake up. Ann had spent every day going back to the hospital in spite of her need of rest to be with Tom. Sarah was generally with Ann and Tom’s mom and dad, Jill and Randy, were always close by. Joe would come and go throughout the day and into the evening. June would stop in a couple times a day to check up on Sarah and to see how Tom was doing and to support Ann as she was still struggling to sleep and was having nightmares about the accident.

Everyone including the doctors was beginning to worry about Tom. At one point about 24 hours after they removed the drugs that induced the coma from Tom, he opened his eyes and stared at the ceiling. He held them open for several minutes but then he just slipped back into his comatose state. He had been restless and the doctors could tell he was in a lot of pain so they administered some pain medication to help Tom relax which appeared to work. However, this also slowed the waking up process that was so important. Joe was talking to the doctor and the nurses down at the nurse’s station as he was searching for anything that could help bring Tom around. If you know anything that Tom likes or something that could possibly stimulate his mind might work, replied the doctor. I have seen times when just having a pastor praying next to someone will snap someone back, or talking to him about things that he really enjoyed to do. But I don’t know what is really important to Tom so maybe you could think of something. After a little thought Joe told the doctor that one of Tom’s favorite things to do was to build a bonfire out in the woods. He always likes when I play my guitar and sing while we all sit next to the fire. He always told me how much he enjoyed it and how it relaxed him. Yes, something like that just might help replied the nurse behind the desk but I don’t think we can take him to the woods. But some good music around here would be nice.

Joe walked away and headed back to the waiting room and found Ann drinking a cup of coffee. After explaining what the doctor and nurse told him he stood up and told her he was going to get his guitar and try it. Before long he was sitting in Tom’s room playing softly and quietly singing a couple songs that Tom always liked to hear. Everyone left them alone in hopes that this just might do the trick and Tom might wake up. After about an hour had passed and several songs had been sung, Joe leaned back in his chair and quietly said a prayer. Dear God, I am not sure why this had to happen, I am really new at this but I know you can hear me. Please help me help Tom. I can’t do this by myself. I need your help. Show me what to do next. Please help me. Please wake Tom up and heal his body and be with Ann in this time as she waits for Tom and the issue of her pregnancy. She loves Tom and Tom loves her and they need to be together. Thanks in advance for all your help and for having such patience with me.

Joe sit up in his chair and was about to walk out of Tom’s room when he had an idea. He hurried down to the waiting room but it was empty so he headed outside and found Sarah and Ann sitting on a bench just staring at the tree and the baby birds in the nest above them as the mother bird would fly out and find food and then bring it back and feed them. He could hear them talking as he was approaching from the back. Joe stopped giving them privacy he sensed they needed. Ann this is why I believe you need to be happy about the pregnancy and just wrap your arms around being a mom. When two people fall in love and share together what you and Tom shared, this can be the result which is beautiful. You maybe didn’t plan it to happen, or even want it to happen right now, but it is still real, this baby is real, it is alive, its little heart is beating, it is in your body soaking up your love and it is part of you and Tom now. This baby needs to have your love, the same love you have for Tom. This baby became a living part of both of you the moment it was conceived. I know you didn’t plan it to happened, but it did. I know Sarah, but it is such a big step and I don’t even know if Tom will be happy about it and we are not married and I am still very young and… Yes Ann you are but you have to wait until Tom is out of the woods and recovering. He needs you and you need to wait until you both have a chance to talk about it. I will Sarah.

Joe walked up to them once he knew that had stopped their conversation and told them his idea. They both thought that if anything would work that just might be it. Joe headed back to his car and fired out a text message to every one of their friends and set a time of 7:00pm so everyone would be able to make it. He walked back in to the hospital and told the nurse what he had planned and she told him to have everyone as quiet as possible but she was sure it would be alright. The rest of the morning and the afternoon seemed to drag with no response from Tom. He was just lying still in his bed and only on occasion would he move his eyes just a little. No one knew what he was going though, what his mind was thinking if anything. All they knew was they wanted him to wake up.

Around 7:00pm Joe made his way from the waiting room with Ann and Sarah back down to Tom’s room. After a few minutes had passed Randy and Mary walked in together and before long Pet and Nancy, Cal and Connie and Carol and Paul were all standing around Tom’s bed. Paul had brought his laptop with him and he set it on the rolling bed table, fired it up and pushed it around so Tom would be looking at it. He turned up the volume and the soft sound of a crackling fire filled the room. Carol reached over and took Paul’s hand and leaned her head on his shoulder thinking where did this man come from? After a few minute of small talk, Joe picked up his guitar and Sarah and Ann walked up next to him and he started to play one of Tom’s favorite songs. Ann and Sarah started out singing and harmonized with a sound that quietly echoed down the hall putting smiles on everyone that could hear them. Before long everyone joined in and the whole group was singing just like they did at the campfire. The nurses and doctors stopped what they were doing long enough to listen, hearing the sound of love pouring out of the room. Other patients were listening and some who knew the songs joined in as the gang continued to sing. Randy and Jill had arrived and could hear them as they approached Tom’s room and were joined by Greg and Sandy. Before long even Sarah’s mom and dad, June and Carl, were standing outside the door of Tom’s room. Pastor Dan was in the hospital visiting one of the other people from the church that had surgery a couple days earlier when he heard the sound and made his way towards Tom’s room. As they all sang and Pastor Dan stood praying outside the door Tom unexpectedly opened his eyes. He turned his head toward the voice of Ann and Sarah and squeezed out the best smile he could. Then Ann who had been holding Tom’s hand bent over giving him a kiss and said; welcome back my love. As soon as Jill and Randy realized what had just happened they made their way to Tom’s bedside with tears rolling down their cheeks. Joe keep playing softly as the gang continued to sing and hum along. Pastor Dan quickly headed to the nurses station and told them that Tom was awake. Jumping to their feet they quickly went to check Tom’s vitals. One of the nurses paged the doctor on duty to inform him to come to Tom room.

After a few minutes had passed, the doctor arrive and the nurses requested everyone to leave for a few minutes except for Tom’s parents so they could give Tom a through checkup. They all made their way to the waiting room. It wasn’t long and Pastor Dan asked Sarah and Joe if he could lead them all in a prayer of thanks. Everyone stopped in their tracks as Pastor Dan prayed a prayer of thanks that would stick in their minds for a long time. As soon as Pastor Dan said amen, Ann headed towards the door. She couldn’t stand being away from Tom, so she told Sarah she was going back down to be with Tom and his parents. As soon as she arrived at the door Jill grabbed her by the hand, pulled her close and through her arms around her and hugged her as the tears flowed down the cheeks of both of them. The emotions were flowing so strong in Tom’s room that even the nurses had tears in their eyes.

The nurses and doctor had finished checking Tom over and told Jill, Randy and Ann that they could stay for a little while but they needed to let Tom rest as much as possible. Tom looked over at Ann and with a slight movement of his fingers they could tell he wanted to have her close. Ann walked over and taking hold of his hand she kissed him again. Tom tried to speak but it was hard. They had just removed the tube they had placed in his throat and things weren’t working very well but he managed to say; are you alright? Yes you craze guy, replied Ann. You are the one we are all worried about. With that Tom smiled, closed his eyes and appeared to slip back into a sleep. Everyone stood still as concern welled up inside each of them waiting for Tom to open his eyes again. Ann looked at the nurse and she tried to reassure them this is expected. A few minutes later he opened his eyes again and Ann was still standing holding his hand and as he looked to the other side he could see his mom holding the other with his dad standing alongside with his hand resting on his leg. Just than Joe and Sarah walked back in. Tom tilted his head and looking straight at them and smiled his special grin that let them know everything was going to be alright. Joe walked over to the bed saying; you had us all pretty worried. Sarah put her arm around Ann and then Tom closed his eyes and slipped back into a much needed sleep. The nurse that was staying in the room told them that it would be better if they could let him sleep for a while and that she would be staying with him and would let them know if there was any change.

The five of them made their way out the door and down the hall towards the waiting room. They could hear all the voices of cheer and laughter coming from inside as they opened the door to join them. Several of Tom’s friends still had pretty red eyes as they updated them on Tom’s condition. Jill spoke up telling everyone that the doctor said that because when he woke-up and appeared to recognized everyone, that it was a great sign and over the next 24 hours they would have a much better idea if there are any issues with this memory. The songs you sang were what he needed to hear. You guys are the greatest. Tom is blessed to have such wonderful friends that care so much for him.

Over the next fifteen minutes most of Tom’s friends made their way towards the parking lot and headed out. Joe and Sarah and all the parents lingered behind along with Pastor Dan. After a few minutes had passed Jill spoke up telling Pastor Dan how much she appreciated his prayers. I’m not even sure how you know Tom. I haven’t had a chance to even ask. But I am really happy you have been here for him. Ann smiled at Jill and told her that was a total other story and she would tell her all about it when they had some time. Pastor Dan just smiled his peaceful smile. That would be great Ann, replied Jill. Ann smiled saying I think we will need Sarah and Joe along so they can fill in between the lines. Let’s just say the last few weeks have been interesting to say the least.

Joe picked up his guitar and Sarah took hold of his hand and told Randy and Jill they would be back in the morning but to call if there was any new news. June and Carl and Greg and Sandy were making their way towards the door of the waiting room when Greg stopped long enough to pitch his keys to Randy and said I am riding home with Sandy. The front door will be unlocked. Come back anytime you want. Pastor Dan looked at Randy and Jill and told them he would check in on them tomorrow and he would keep all of them in his prayers. He handed them a card with his number on it and said call me anytime if I can help. Outside Joe and Sarah were standing close, embraced in a kiss when Sarah’s mom and dad walked out. Joe looked at Greg and Sandy and could only smile. That’s alright Joe we love her too, offered up Greg. They all laughed a little as Sarah looked up at Joe and smiled saying; I think I will ride home with mom and dad so you can get home and get some sleep. Joe really wanted to take Sarah home but his mind was also on Tom so he quickly agreed. Sarah gave Joe one last goodnight kiss as her parents were making their way to their car and turned and ran to catch up with them. You really like this guy don’t you Sarah? Oh mom replied Sarah as the smile gave it all away.

Randy walked over to Jill and put his arms arm her pulling her close. It was only a few moments when they both just slid down in a chair. They looked at each other and smiled. Randy we are so lucky our son is going to be alright. Look at all the great friends he has that care so very much for him. I can see just how much Ann is in love with him and I could see it in his eyes as he looked at her when he first woke up. Both Randy and Jill leaned their head on the back of their chairs, closed their eyes and enjoyed the moment, thankful for the peace they finally found after such a stress filled week.

“To be continued”

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