Normal is Different

It’s been way too long since we’ve last posted, and we are so grateful to everyone who has been bearing with us while we went a little underground for a bit while Jordan took the time to rest and recuperate from the surgeries.

Jordan’s 2-day surgery went spectacularly. Our doctor was able to remove 80% of the tumor in Jordan’s head. As a result, there had to be a lot of “creative reconstruction” inside Jordan’s head to aid in tumor removal. Reconstruction of Jordan’s jaw, eye orbit, and his sinus cavities were cleared out and re-patched.

As a result, the recovery process has been hefty and long. For this past month we have been making big decisions about what our next steps should look like. Jordan is still healing from all that was done, and every day we are so grateful that the Lord used our surgeon’s hands to, and I quote, “scoop tumor out of Jordan’s head.”

During this month we prayed about what would be our next step in Jordan’s healing. After some crazy God-incidences, and seeing doors open left and right, we decided it was time for Jordan to really invest every single day wholeheartedly into his healing. A then-acquaintance invited us to stay on his ranch where he provides all organic meals for my husband as well as some other healthy and beneficial treatments. Jordan is on a very intense eating protocol, and he is sleeping about 10-12 hours a day. Every day is entirely devoted to healing spiritually, physically, and emotionally. The entire community is 100% convinced that Jordan will be completely healed. That, in and of itself, is extremely healing (especially to this wife’s soul!) Our friend who invited us to stay on his ranch went through this same protocol after he was diagnosed with cancer, and now he is cancer-free. We arrived at the ranch on Friday, the 22nd and plan on being here for at least 40 days.

My favorite thing about the ranch is that faith is a way of living- not a gigantic leap to take. Every day I see the Lord unravel parts of me that I never knew I was clinching tightly, with white knuckles and sore fists. Jordan and I are so excited for this new adventure together. We know he will be healed. We always say to each other, “seventy-five plus more years baby, hope you’re ready.”

I look back at these past 5 months and have to chuckle when I think about what normal means to us now. We’ve learned that our normal just looks a little different and that’s okay, it’s our normal. When we signed up to follow our Shepherd, we didn’t want normal anymore. We wanted Him.  Can’t wait for the new “normals” up ahead with my super hero and the ultimate Author, writing our new adventures at every turn.

Sweet friends, and dear family, I thank you. I thank you for all of you who have prayed during this past month, and those who continue to pray for us. To all of you who have given, prayed, encouraged, or even thought of us… thank you. I never knew how much community could heal a person until now. It’s powerful and electrifying, yet warm and encompassing. You have given that to us. Thank you so much for being the body of Christ to us and surrounding us with your love. When our hands were too weak to hold, you lifted our arms to fight. When our legs were to weak to stand, you carried us with prayer.

We love you and we thank you.

Jordan 2 days after surgery

Taken October 28. Of course, smiling after surgery and thanking every nurse.

The Cutest Christmas Elf

Celebrating Christmas at our apartment with dear loved ones before heading to the ranch.

Our new view from our front door.

Our new “normal” neighbors- our lovely cow friends!

Round two of Christmas decorating! My fave! (We have 4 Christmas trees in our one-room bunk!:)

Then and Now. The difference in one month.