The Little Things Newsletter #294 – Home Sweet Home


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Sean is home!!! We are overwhelmed with gratefulness for all of the people who have kept us in their thoughts and prayers this week. While I was unable to reply to all the emails we have received, I’ve treasured every single one.

The prayers, the kind words, the scriptures you’ve sent to us are priceless reminders that God is good. Thank you more than I could possibly say for including our family in your prayers.

We have oxygen service set up at our home now and Sean is able to walk all over the first floor of the house. He’s easily had 20x the amount of movement here compared to what was possible in the hospital and the increased movement has helped so much already.

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Oscar has been at Sean’s side constantly. I think our sweet dog is nearly as happy as we are to have Sean home with us. Sean continues to show improvement by the day, even by the hour sometimes. It feels like just being home has made him stronger.

We know that the healing process will take a while and there is a long way to go. There was a great deal of damage done to his lungs due to the combination of Covid with Pneumonitis. But today we are praising God and thanking Him for the amazing amount of healing that has already been done.

“Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.” 1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV

Please continue to pray for every single person working in the hospitals right now. We’re praying strength and wisdom and health for every one of them.

I’ll close by saying that I am writing this tonight as I sit listening to Sean snore. The snoring that may have annoyed me at times in the past, has never been more precious to me. It’s proof of life, and I am so very thankful for it.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”Matthew 11:28 NIV

We are grateful for friends that pushed us to accept help. Meals are being delivered and I know that can pick up the phone and ask for help if needed.

I’m taking life slowly, day by day and hour by hour. My priorities right now are Sean’s needs, life at home, and keeping everyone healthy. That’s it.

I’m allowing myself as much time as needed before I even think about work again. The recipes are here for anyone who wants them and the website will be just fine without me for a while.

“Every time I think of you, I thank my God.”Philippians 1:3 CEV

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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Karen says

    My husband is upstairs isolating from the rest of us because he also has Covid. He is a front line worker and even with being vaccinated and boosted he has a break through case. He is doing well so far, but it is only day 2 of isolation.
    I am happy to hear that your husband is doing better. Prayers go out to you and your family.

  2. BarbE says

    Mary, This is such good news! I have and will continue to pray for you and Shawn and your family. Whenever you are ready to return, we will be here for you!

  3. Vicki Skonieczny says

    So very happy to hear that your husband is home and improving. Best to you and your family.

  4. Mary Gibbs says

    Mary, I am praying for Sean, you and your sweet family. Our God is more than able to do all things. I am so thankful for the progress that Sean is having. Blessings to you all.