Thursday, August 28, 2008


Thank you for the virtual hugs and very real prayers that went out regarding my nephew. The intervention was a total success! When we all arrived my nephew was adamant about not going to Teen Challenge. He was insistent that he could beat this on his own (c'mon...beat heroin on your own??) We sat down outside on my sister's patio and awkwardly wondered what we should do or how we should begin. The pizza she had ordered arrived and we all grabbed a piece nervously not knowing what to do.

Finally my sister spoke up and told her son that all of of us there loved him, and had some thoughts we wanted to share. One by one we read the letters we'd prepared. It was highly, yet very inwardly emotional. Tears slipped silently down cheeks, sometimes the reader would have to pause to regain composure. My nephew sat stonefaced as we each shared our thoughts. Every letter was excellent and each built upon the next in a way that only could've been orchestrated by God.

When we finished my nephew cleared his throat and then spoke. He told us that we were all right. He did need help outside from himself and that yes, he would go to Teen Challenge because in the deepest part of his heart - he knows it is the only way.

It was a good evening. To see my family all gathered around - willing to drop whatever it was they had planned that evening - to come together for one of our own was incredible. The love and compassion in the air could not be ignored as it enveloped us last night in a circle of unity.

My sister, her husband and my nephew are going to join us at the lake this weekend. It will be bittersweet as we spend time with her son because after Monday we will not see him for some time. He is frightened. My sister is nervous. But I know that this is the best thing. We all know that God has big plans for my nephew. I am confident of this.

Again...thank you for your prayers.

This afternoon I'm heading for the lake with grandbaby. My daughter and her hubby are traveling in from Massachusetts tonight and I want to be there to welcome them. The other two daughters & their significant others will meet us there Friday. Hubby will arrive Saturday. I'm looking forward to a wonderful, final weekend of summer and family.

The exercise will come easy there. I never tire of walking around the lake. I'll have to work on the portion control but I think I can do it.

I'll be checking the comments from all week including today when I return on Monday. Good luck to all and have a great Labor Day Weekend!


Scale Junkie said...

Big hugs!!!

Pattie said...

Oh Lora, this is such great news! I could feel the emotion as you described the family circle of love. I'm so happy for all of you!

Happy Labor day to you, too!

themarlatts said...

OH, how fantastic! And what fun with your family! Have a great weekend!

Hanlie said...

Oh Lora, that was a very moving post! I agree that the way your family stood together is wonderful.

Have a great weekend at the lake! It's cold and rainy over here!

Chubby Chick said...

That is fantastic news! I am familiar with Teen Challenge... and I have heard nothing but good reports about it. :)

Chrissie said...

Glad things went well. Have fun!

MargieAnne said...

You have a wonderful family. What else can I say?

My heart goes out to you all.


new*me said...

God was there with all you yesterday that is obvious. What a burden that must have lifted for you all. Have a great time at the lake!

Manuela said...

Sorry I've missed out on so much.

I wish your family and especially your nephew all the best. Addiction is so hard but with love and a belief that with God all things are possible I'm sure he will beat it.

Best wishes to you on your interview. I know what a trying time this has been for you and hope that you have a wonderful time at the lake.

MizFit said...


Im stunned.

and thankful.

and hopeful.

Sally Parrott Ashbrook said...

That is wonderful news.

I'm hoping and praying your nephew sticks with it. Getting away from heroin often takes several attempts, but he CAN do it.

CactusFreek said...

I didn't even read the last post. Where was i??
It sounds just like an intervention should. It would have been very hard on your nephew - teenage pride and all that. It is absolutely awesome that he agreed to get the help he needs. Keep us posted about that :o)

grammy said...

So happy for your family. Have a great weekend at the lake.

MizFit said...

checking back in on you/the whole situation.

how are thing?