the first weekend of august we went to pat's parents lake house with them. they already had the 3 younger boys there. and the rest of us joined them for the weekend.
Saturday morning I woke up and went for a LONG walk. I've never done that before while we're there. I wasn't planning on it, I just woke up and felt like it, so I did. it was like God knew I needed some extra peace before the day ahead...
a few minutes after that, the scariest moment I've ever lived through as a mom happened. Lincoln was propelled off the tube and into a cement post. he hit the cement post with his head. he was knocked out. we all saw it happen. pat jumped off the boat and swam to him. he had "come to" by the time pat got to him. but he was not ok. we drove the boat back to the marina and I took off to the emergency room with him. pat stayed behind to help the rest of the kids - they were ALL shaken up and crying. it was terrible.
Lincoln and I spend the next few hours in the emergency room. he had a CT scan done of his head and neck. everything ended up looking good and he was sent away with a nasty concussion and rules to lay low and rest - the first 48 hours being the most important.
the weather was AMAZING.
but it was also a really sweet thing for our family (sounds weird, I know). but it made us all appreciate each other in new ways, and be thankful that Lincoln was ok. for DAYS, everything I did I was just so THANKFUL for...that I was doing NORMAL, "everyday" things...that week after the weekend could have looked very different. I've never been so glad to have NORMAL days.
it was a hard, hard thing to go through. but I pray that God continues to use it for GOOD.