We've had quite a few people ask how they can be of help during Richard's surgery and recovery. We're not great on-the-spot thinkers, and there's always the temptation to say, "Oh, no! Don't bother! We'll be fine." Truth is, we really could use the help, and we're more than thankful for the offers. This isn't the time for pride. After all, it's more a blessing to give than to receive, and who am I to stand in the way of your blessings? I take the same stance with Christmas presents. :)
I also know what it's like to want to help, but then feel at a loss of what to actually help with. Here's a few ideas:
1) Pray for us. Very easy, and super helpful. We're praying for a safe surgery, no complications, a smooth transition to being home with a new hip, and the kids coping with all the changes.
2) We'll be housebound for quite a while after Rich gets home, so we'll no doubt get a bit shack-whacky. If you'd like to come visit and keep us sane and socialized, you're welcome! Please, call first. We want to make sure we're dressed :)
3) Coming to visit? Give us a call and see if there's anything we need from the grocery store. Rich can't drive, and my time out will be sporadic.
4) Meals....always welcome. And delicious.
5) Are you more the practical type? How about mowing some lawn, weed-whacking or weeding the garden patch? Muchos gracias.
6) The kids love the park! They love doing crafts. They like playing with other kids. They like eating. If that sounds like that you love to do, invite them along. Rich and I might enjoy the rest, and the kids will love the change of pace.
7) Just be there. We love you and appreciate you!