November, December, now January… Maybe it’s time for an update! As you could have guessed our calendar was so full during the holidays, I couldn’t seem to find the time to send out our monthly update. But now, here I am, finally, sitting down recounting the fun memories we accrued at the end of 2016.
December especially filled with IHC party potlucks, church musicals, and family reunions. We hosted all the summer staff for a Christmas party at camp. It was so great seeing the young, bright faces decorating cookies and discussing past and future summers. Pictured, is me reunited with Kim, a sweet gal whom I mentored last summer.
Silas was a camel in our church’s Christmas musical; he made up his own choreography last minute with a friend and sang the songs loud and proud.
It was also so grand to have my grandparents visit from Massachusetts as well as my Aunt and Uncle from Illinois. Seeing generations together makes my heart full of joy; we loved every moment with them!
Owen and Caleb turned TWO on the 30th! We were blessed with free tickets to Sea World, so we took them the kiddos as a birthday celebration. The picture beside was at the Shamu show, just before we got soaked, and they all cried! They recovered from the startling splash, and enjoyed the rest of the day in great awe and wonder.
Speaking of great awe and wonder…
we also discovered that we are going to have another baby! The ultrasounds shows just ONE little peanut rocking out, and he or she should be expected sometime around July 28th!
January begins with an annual staff tradition known as, “The Slurpee Bowl”, you can probably guess it’s playful blend of sports and icee beverages. Well, this year Josh was injured, unfortunately, quite severely, and will be having knee surgery Monday, January 9th at Zion Hospital.
From Josh: I have a lateral tibia plateau fracture. There are 6 different types. I am not sure which one but based off of reading I think it is a type 3. I have depression in the plateau that needs to be raised and then filled with a bone graft. They then need to use plates and screws to shore up the outside that is fractured as well. After surgery, I will not be able to put any weight on it for 6-8 weeks, and physical therapy starts immediately. Technically, they say I will have knee pain for the rest of my life and eventually need replacement or surgery again. But God can do what He wants. Pray for Alicia, she now has 4 people to take care of. We also had to go out of pocket for over $600 since our benefit card wasn’t active for the new year yet. We will get reimbursed, but not for some time. It makes it tougher because we have also been off for a month so our pay has been less. I will also have to miss another week post-surgery, I do not have any time off accrued so we will be even farther behind financially. Also the deductible for my surgery is $6,500 we have a benefits card that will cover 80% but money is tight so the $2000 will be tight. So just pray for His provision, peace and continued grace. He always provides! He is faithful and good, all the time.
Thank you again always for the love, care, and concern. God is our helper and our great sustainer. We are deeply encouraged by all the prayers, and love offerings, please keep it coming as we venture into 2017—a baby growing and husband healing.
And keep IHC in your prayer with regards to water! For months now, we have been struggling from the drought. But pictured to the left, is a glimmer of some hope! They are drilling deeper into an existing well. Pray the water springs in abundance ! and a big thank you to the donations that made this work possible!
With Love and In His Peace,
The Rasmussen Clan —-Josh, Alicia, Silas, Owen, Caleb + baby!
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