What a day. And I can't remember a bit of it before 8pm. I had taken the kids to help with Patric's youth group at the church and we had a great time. We got back to the church to drop off some kids and mine wanted to run across to the road to the playground. We were there for no more than 5 minutes. I saw the kids running around the church on the sidewalk. And I saw Karly crash and burn, not an unusual site for her. She immediately got up and all three kids ran toward me and as they got nearer, they were only about 30 yards away to begin with, I could tell Karly was crying. Then it's all just a rush....They were all talking. Apparently she fell on some rocks and landed on the metal border that goes around the flower beds. Karly showed me her arm and where I expected to see a minor scrap was a laceration about 2 cm wide, 8 cm long and down to her....well, I saw raw muscle I know that much. I didn't think at all I just got the kids in teh car, told the adults were were going to the ER and raced about 200 yards down the street to the hospital. It looked awful. I have never seen a wound like that before. And it was on my kid.
I was back and forth between hysterically crying and calmly talking to the kids telling them everything was going to be alright. Emma took care of Reese like a champ and waited with him in the waiting room while KJ and I went into triage. To make a long story a little bit shorter, she ended up getting 15 stitches and Patric made it to the hospital from work, about 30 miles away, before the stitching started. After the numbing shots, which were the worst part, but we were there together. And Chase was there, too. I could feel it. Karly and I talked about him the whole time. She was as scared as I've ever seen her. She didn't want stitches at all but obviously this cut was leaving her no choice. She kept telling me she couldn't do this. She couldn't believe this was happening and she couldn't do this and she wanted to leave.
But she did it. With amazing strength and bravery. She did it because she is a tough little girl who has been through far worse than most kids her age. She did it because she knew her baby brother was there helping her through it. I felt him there, too. She did it because we were there to hold her hand through it and suffer through the pain until she was numb and couldn't feel anything. And when you face what life throws you, this is what you must do. She knows this. She can do anything. Because when we can't be there to hold her hand, Chase always will be and he has given her more strength than she realizes. He has for all of us.
This day I feel him. I am so blessed he is here to help us when we can't physically see or hear him. He gives us strength we never knew we had. I love you Chase.