Friends and Family

Enjoying some fresh air as a family.

Well, here we are September 2020. What a year it has been! I suspect covid and 2020 are not finished with us just yet, but we will enjoy the moment while it is here. Looking back there have been many hidden and unexpected lessons in the midst of chaos and crises. We have learned about our needs and our wants. We have learned about our privilege as white middle class Canadian family. We have learned about the benefit of slowing down, about how far we can be stretched, and about how much we need each other.

If you are friends with us on Facebook, you probably know about Sawyer’s recent medical emergency. We were out camping when he went from playing non-stop to complaining of a headache and falling asleep in the middle of the day within minutes. He started running a fever off and on. When we got home he broke out in a rash on the bottom of his feet. We took him for a Covid test and they sent us to emergency to rule out Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome (the rare but bad version of Covid in kids). The hospital ruled it out and sent us home. The Covid test came back negative. Two days later he was still feverish and now unable to walk due to severe joint pain. Back to emergency we went and this time the doctors were quite concerned. He ended up spending 4 days in the hospital on IV antibiotics and had surgery on his knee to rule out an infection in his joints. The end result of all of this was two things: 

1) Sawyer is mostly recovered (with just some physical and emotional scars to show for it. 2) The doctors do not know what caused his symptoms. We are waiting on test results but we may never know. Our best guess is the antibiotics took care of an infection somewhere in his body that was causing arthritis in his joints. We deeply appreciate all your prayers and offers of support during this time.

As you may know, I am currently working part-time for Youth Unlimited and completing a Master’s degree in Counselling. I will be finished the class portion of my degree in February and then working on my thesis and practicum. I should be done by the end of 2021! I love learning but I am looking forward to not having so many papers to write! 

On the ministry side of things, we are back in schools, although like everything else, it is modified due to Covid. We are currently setting up our new space and figuring out how to be Covid youth workers. I am so glad we can see our youth in person rather than over Zoom! As you’ve all experienced, online connection is workable but really cannot replace in-person human connections. 

Thanks for sticking with us in the midst of one crazy year! We pray that you too can find the hidden opportunities in the midst of the crisis. 

- Derian Julihn


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