As a writer of contemporary western romances, I’ve been thrown off a horse a time or two—literally and figuratively. Rider error, in the case of real horses. In life, these are more of a complete surprise, and not always the good kind. The pitch head-first over the neck of your mount and smack hard into the ground kind.
We recently had a scare, and unfortunately, it wasn’t the cut-two-eye-holes-in-a-sheet kind. My husband Joe had a double-stroke six weeks ago. Like most strokes, it came out of nowhere. He was fine, and then he wasn’t. We spent two weeks in the ICU and he spent another two as an inpatient in a rehabilitation hospital. Now we’ve “graduated” to four hours of physical and occupational therapy per week, weaved in to a number of other doctor appointments. I have to drive him everywhere, and learn what it means to be a full-time caregiver. But this is what romance sometimes looks like in real life. Forever faithful, for better and for worse.
I’m so grateful that we have a ton of prayer support. The Lord has been so gracious. For the first weeks Joe made strides in leaps and bounds, moving from a wheelchair to a walker. But his progress has slowed now to where we don’t necessarily see daily improvement. His left foot drags and he has trouble using his left hand at all. Simply put, he’s disabled.
We fell from our horses. Pitched right over the neck and landed hard. The question now is, how do we get back on? Because now more than ever we have to be determined to do just that. Life looks different for us. Joe is at home. I’ve had to learn to carve out niches for writing time when before I was writing full time, and yet we depend on my writing income more than ever.
I have up days and down days. I’m still distracted by all the changes. It’s difficult to put into words even to write this blog.
But I’m putting my foot in the stirrup and swinging back up on that saddle.
I have a new release, Mistletoe Daddy, coming out on the shelves November 20th and online December 1st. I am excited to share it with you in next month’s blog.
I think we’ve all experienced life-changing events. I hope you’ll share your story and how it affected your life in the comments. I appreciate your prayers and my prayers are with you all. Happy Halloween!