Tuesday, April 21, 2009


Janneke has been home for a few days now. Our first move after Janneke's homecoming was to move her crib into Rachel's room. Rachel's room is the largest bedroom in the house and also has a small bathroom attached. As they will be sharing many of the same supplies we thought it best that they be roomies.

Rachel was a little cool to the idea at first, but she is coming around. We don't think that Rachel slept at all the first night, as Janneke's screams were a little unnerving. Now that we have ear plugs, Rachel seems to be getting all her beauty sleep.

It has been good to see Rachel's reactions regarding Janneke. There is clearly a unique response that Janneke is able to get out of Rachel when placed nearby. We're not sure if it is ecstatic joy, mortal fear, or pure jealous anger... but there's definitely a reaction. This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?


Jess Brand said...

Caleb & Nella and I were just talking about whether or not RAchel and Janneke should have bunk cribs. An idea? You remain in our thoughts and prayers!

Justin Cook said...

Wow. Another striking image -- the simplicity and symmetry of two wooden cribs, in stark contrast to the metallic complexity of medical equipment that separates and joins them. As others have, I also want to thank you for sharing the part of your story that can be captured in this blog. I'm struck by how much I don't know and realize about your journey. Perhaps it's not unlike your struggle to read your daughter's emotion --- ecstatic joy, mortal fear, or even pure jealous anger -- and perhaps it is all of these, just as it was for the psalmists. Hearing you quote the Scripture passages also invites me to re-read the Bible with a sense of immediacy and reverence -- such as the Lamentations reference from Monday. You will lead all of us to see more clearly the mystery and difficulty inherent in things of real beauty.

Anonymous said...

I'm glad you guys are home. My thoughts and prayers are with you often. I hope the transition to "new normal" - again, will go well. Thanks for keeping this blog, I appreciate it.
~Love and prayers, Elly and Charles.