I am back from my 26 hour train ride to Kiev. Through the night on the drive I was in touch with my mom as my brother was going into surgery. When I returned back at the apartment and finally fell into bed I was awakened with a phone call from my husband. The surgery did not go well my brother has an infection throughout his body and wasn't expected to make it through the night. I called the hosptial because I knew I would never make it home in time to say good-bye. I had my mom hold the phone to his ear so I could talk to him. We have not shared the same beliefs and I have always prayed for him. I won't go into details it was very hard for me to talk, but I mangaged to say I love you so much, Jesus loves you so much, please give your heart to him, and then I barely forced out a few whispered childhood endearments that we shared. How do you say goodbye to a loved one over the phone or otherwise? I can only hope he heard me and that he made his peace with our saviour and now rest in his arms.
I talked to him the night I left and he and my mom were coming at the end of summer to see us. My brother was going to come out with my mom for a few weeks to visit while she was taking care of the girls while we were gone. Then my mom had gotten sick so they couldn't travel. This is why our sons stepped up to watch the girls for us.
We decided I should not go home we need to bring Lena home as soon as possible this is what my mom wants us to do. My family is taking care of my mom and flying out to be with her now.
They are taking him off life support soon. Please pray for my family and the peace for me to get through this being so far from home.