Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An Unauthorized “Guest Blog” from Lana’s Husband

That’s right – I hacked into Lana’s complex labyrinth of security procedures to access publishing rights to “Along Came the Bird.”  In other words, I guessed – on the very first attempt – her very weak password.  She’s a great wife, but not so high-tech.

If you’ve been following Lana’s blog this week, you know that I am down with the Flu.  This is something that especially hurts, because I’m the member of the family who is always lecturing everyone that, if they will just drink lots of water, they can overcome virtually any illness.  Influenza makes cowards of us all. 

But since I collapsed in my bed on Sunday afternoon, I have also had something else happen.  I’ve been given a front-row seat to what my wife does on a daily basis.  Most of the stuff, you can probably guess.  So I will spare you the obvious references to chores and errands.  Although those would be enough to fill two full-time positions.

What I’ve been reminded of this week is the more subtle stuff that no one will ever notice.  I’ve listened to her counsel Reagan on everything from school papers to friends.  I’ve listened to her encourage Ryley about everything basketball to leadership.  I’ve heard her on the phone with Lily’s therapists, inquiring about how we might be able to help ensure our new health insurance will cover the care she’s receiving.  I have even heard her on the phone with my mom, offering sage advice on where they might have a house here in Austin (they’re moving here next month).

I have heard her coughing but pressing through until everybody is fed and Lily is bathed and there’s nothing left undone.  I have observed as she continues to research every available option for Lily’s treatment – including the mountain of books by our bed, and the growing grocery list of funky natural ingredients in our kitchen. 

You’ll notice that most of these observations were of the listening kind and not the seeing kind.  That’s because Lana has me quarantined in the bedroom – literally locking me inside most of the time so I don’t infect the rest of the Rush family.  But even lying in here isolated from my family, I have gained a fresh perspective for my favorite person. 

Lana is fond of saying on her blog that she can’t imagine how single parents pull it off – especially with a special needs child.  She has even been known to graciously give me credit for help that may have been a little overstated (was she trying to manipulate me into acting the role?  Conspiracy theory, perhaps?)  But the truth is, she works circles around the rest of us at the Rush house and we all know it. 

My wife’s hard work and selfless attitude toward her family is no revelation to me this week.  I’ve known this for a long time.  It’s just that this week, I have had a front-row seat to watching her in action.  I love that woman!

I just thought I’d let you in on it.


  1. Isn't it wonderful when God puts us in a position to appreciate even more the gifts He has given us?! I am sure Lana will forgive your "invasion" of her blog. She is really quite a good writer and her blog is always interesting.

    Continue to follow doctors orders, Lana's orders (LOL) and rest up. We don't want you to have a relapse and want you well again.

    I guess you all are excited about your parents moving to Austin. That will be a real blessing in so many ways. God has just the right house for them already and I am sure all will run smoothly.

    I am cooking homemade Chicken and Dumplings for my bunch tonite and thought of you all. If you need a meal provided, I can easily double the receipe and bring some over this afternoon after Wade gets home if you would like. Call our house if you need dinner tonite 512/247-9447.

    We continue to pray for you and your family and pray that you will all be well by Sunday. Of course don't overdo, and don't push it either...this may just have to run its course.

  2. Lana, I don't know what's in the medicine Ryan is taking, but I want some for your dad. Wish I was there to help!

  3. Teresa - Thanks so much for your kind offer of supper. I actually had another sweet friend call yesterday and ask if she could bring us something tonight. And guess what it was? Chicken & Dumplings! Ryan is finally feeling better and even ventured out of the bedroom a couple times today. I think the worst is over - hallelujah!

    Mom - I'll send you a list of his meds... maybe they'll have the same effect on Dad. If so, let me know and we can go into business! :) And while it would've been great to have your help, I'd rather you visit when I feel good. I need another free pedicure!!!

  4. I too have been laid up with week with the flu and spent some time checking out other blogs- your post was great (hoping some dads read it!) and I will now become a faithful follower of "AlongCameTheBird".

    Get well!

    Ellen Schuknecht

  5. This post made me smile!!! So good to be appreciated by the ones you love....


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