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My Struggle: The Story. The Recovery. The Photos.

(above is one of my favorite scriptures and one of my most favoritist places in the world: the amazing hope-filled prophetic mountains of Samaria in Israel)

 

This is the long awaited update that I’ve been trying to send out for many weeks now. Some of you may have been more intimately involved while others are still trying to figure out why I dropped off the face of the earth. Hopefully this will update you all!

 
What Happened:
 
The short story: One week after Itai was born (Dec 22, 2012) began the past several month battle of a cocktail of bacteria/viruses (to include strep, staph, shingles, and lymes) that overtook my entire head (throat/sinuses/ears/nose/eyes/face). One of the most intense challenges was my state of constant excruciating pain in my head for over 3 weeks that very high pain meds hardly touched. I lost most of my hearing 15 weeks ago after both eardrums burst from the infection and have been leaking fluid up until just a few weeks ago and about 13 weeks ago my left eye (also my camera eye) turned very much inward (infection or drug reaction causing 6th nerve palsy) causing bad double vision when opening both eyes, forcing me to keep it closed. It was truly a bizarre ‘perfect storm’ of events that baffled many a person and doctor at it’s onset and intensity, especially for a pretty healthy and strong and active person like myself.
 
The Road to Recovery:
 
I’ve went on a very intense healing regimen (major diet changes, heavy juicing, coffee enemas, supplements, physical therapy) that brought me back from a very infection-riddled weak state. I’m gaining my strength back bit by bit, which is needed after being pretty bed-ridden for awhile. We are moved back home now (we had moved in with our amazing friends, the Schminkes, because I was unable to take care of myself or my family) and we are trying to settle in and figure out what ‘normal’ life is again. Being a wife and mother of 3 little boys (4 and under) has had it’s major challenges with one’s sight and hearing impaired, and would be impossible if it wasn’t for my amazing Jacob who’s picked up the unfathomable amount of slack that I’ve left.
 
The Struggle:
 
At some point in the past couple months I had lost, in some capacity, the ability to speak, to eat, to hear, to see, to look normal, to make decisions, to take care of myself or my family. I’ve never experienced so much horrific pain. I didn’t know how lonely and isolating that was, how bleak and vulnerable a state. One that the enemy can waltz in and, without much of a fight, steal any and every vestige of hope. I got angry. I fell into despair. I did a lot of things I would’ve thought a woman of faith wouldn’t do. I never once doubted God was there. I never doubted He could heal me completely in a second. I was just so upset at why to me it appeared He was just a ‘spectator’ of sorts, watching from an arms length….just out of reach. How I could cry out and seem to only get silence in return. Once one problem would start to resolve, another would arise that was even nastier than the previous. I’d wail through the pain while also yelling inside “I can’t see! I can’t hear! My face is deformed! I can’t even kiss my newborn! I’m such a burden! Spoon-fed, really?! My 2yo is scared to death of me! Is this what you want? What more can you take from me?!” And I realized there was indeed o so much more that could be taken from me. I have been humbled for my lack of gratefulness many times over. This has been, by far, the greatest testing of my faith, but as I emerge from it all, I think the Lord has strengthened me through it.
 
What I’ve Learned:
 
I could drive myself crazy with the what-ifs and whys and although I’m still waiting for my grand epiphany on why I had to go through all this, I tell you some of the valuable things that I’ve learned:
 
• I’ve learned to worship and praise the Creator because HE is worthy and NOT because of what is or is not happening in my life. This was such a hard reality to come to grips with. To offer praise of thanksgiving when the emotion running through you says to do the opposite. I’m sure this will be one of my ongoing challenges.
 
• I’ve learned to further trust my husband, with the most intimate and practical (and embarrassing) details of every aspect of my life. I watched him over the course of several months go from somebody that was coping and retreating to somebody that served his wife and boys with the most incredible tenderness even under highly stressful circumstances, without frustration or annoyance. Who was resolved to be in the Word more and to bathe his family in its peace and protection. Who could lead in confidence AND humility. To watch what the Lord was doing in his life brings me to tears, especially as I continue to watch it effect all aspects of our life and our relationships with others. This refinement and shaping has truly been a necessary preparation for the next step in our journey. I’ve been reminded that when you pray specific things for your husband, one has to accept the way those prayers may be answered.
 
• I’ve learned that the written Word of God should be woven more intimately into my every day life. I was convicted that I was waiting for answers but was I really seeking to hear?
 
• I’ve learned there is no more precious a privilege than to care for one’s family, as even that was taken from me. So often I would (unconsciously) look at my ‘homemaking’ and ‘motherly’ to-dos as quite the bother, worthy of being shrugged off in the event that I had ‘higher’ priorities to get to. But then I found myself wishing and praying for those simple tasks to be restored to me.
 
• I’ve learned how treasured and vital community and the body of Messiah really is. The outpouring of love that we received just downright baffles me. Seriously. Not only did the Schminkes lend their home and resources and time to us, but we received encouragement/prayer/finances from a countless number of people, many of which we didn’t know personally at all. I still struggle a little with some guilt as how to repay you all – on some bleak days it was that one little note, that one scripture, that one prayer we knew someone was praying that would get me through the next hour.
 
• I’ve learned that sometimes you can only focus on one day at a time, one hour at a time even, and was forced to do so. Even now, I still have to realize my priorities sometimes need be set very short-term just so I don’t get frustrated. Hard for a vision-junkie like myself.
 
• I’ve learned to be even more grateful for miracles. My darling Itai, born at the very beginning of all of this, was the only one of our family to go through it unscathed. He not only managed to be free of all sickness (even though he was plastered to me 24/7), but he THRIVED and has become my biggest, chunkiest baby yet as I continued to exclusively breastfeed him through the entire ordeal. He had more than doubled his birth weight by 2 months at 16 pounds! Now that he’s almost hitting 20 pounds, I’m still trying to rebuild my body enough so I can cart him around without wearing myself out! What a blessed problem to have!
 
• I’ve learned to identify, in some small part, with those that have to live in pain. It’s a bit of a scarring that I won’t be free of anytime soon, and I think that’s ok as I read the other day “Don’t hide your scars. Wear them as proof that God heals.” May God use me to minister to others with the same needs/struggles that I had.
 
• I’ve learned to lay things down more easily. I have a penchant to being a strong-willed, high-octane, vision-generator who can get pretty passionate about whatever is inspiring me at the moment. I’ve found that at any given time I may have a goal/vision/need/want that, while being good and awesome, might be asked of me to be laid down for a season (or periodically or permanently), and I must be content (and NOT a fake content, truly content and at peace). There is such blessing in a true submission to the Father’s will and I pray that He can forgive me when I fail.
 
Where I Am Now:
 
I’ve come a long way in the past couple months. My most dramatic improvements can be readily seen as my facial maladies are healed, I’ve regained so much of my strength, and I’m getting close to my goal weight again. My vision has seen amazing improvements even though the process has been so gradual that Jacob often has to tell me when it’s improving as my eye is straightening. As I continue with supplements/acupuncture/patching/exercises to rebuild/retrain the nerve, I can use both eyes most of the time, being able to see everything directly in front of my and to my right (without having to cock my head at funny angles!). Vision to my left still goes double but I prayed long and hard for that far-away goal of being able to walk while having both eyes open! Hallelujah for progress! {{{Edited: Just this past week nearly all of my vision has been restored!!!!}}} My hearing is still quite muffled and ‘underwater’ in both ears, even though one eardrum has completely healed, so it appears now that I’m dealing  with some nerve damage there as well. This has become my greatest source of frustration lately as it’s exhausting to always strain to hear everything and asking everyone to repeat what they said 50 zillion times. But it is GREATLY improved over what it used to be and every now and again my right ear gets all ‘bad speaker crackly’ for a split second when the boys are reaching certain decibels so maybe that it is a good sign. I nearly cried when a friend lent me her hearing aid momentarily – I forgot what full sound actually was!!! Prayers are appreciated for our ongoing decisions on how to work at restoring everything, especially as we need to make sure the Lymes bacteria is fully ridden from my body. 
 
Blessed
 
These things that we have been given to walk through are just some of many we will encounter in our lifetime, situations that will mold and fashion us into the servants the Almighty needs for His purposes. May He give us the power to be content in all things at all times and strengthen us for the things that lie ahead. By His grace I’ve learned that whether one eyed or two eyed, hearing or not, with or without my camera, I am a very blessed woman.
 
The Photos
 Although not many photos were taken during the hardest of the ordeal (and I’ll spare you the gruesome ones), I gathered some give you a glimpse into some of the recovery and re-acclimating.

This is the room in the Schminkes’ home that we lived in for a month while they took care of me and my family. (I can’t believe I dont have any photos of this amazing family in all the sacrificing and serving that they did)

An image of my face trying to recover from the deforming shingles and staph infections.

This is my view from my bed at the Schminkes. In my bad double vision I would look at this wall as my gauge, hoping that the “two” pink guitars would start getting closer together. My vision was unchanged the entire month there. (Below is an idea of how ‘double’ my vision was – worsening with the distance of the object)

My Itai was my closest companion through all of this – my little beacon of hope through some very dark spots. Since our sickness started almost directly after he was born, I feel like I missed most of him being a newborn. It was like I woke up one day to this gigantic baby!

Left: Itai at 2 weeks old before things reached the worse. The computer, and books and such is a testament to all the time I was devoting to researching everything I could to get us all well.
Right: My bedside at the Schminkes, showing some of my elements of my constant regimen of dosing/supplements/diffusing/physical therapy.

Just some of the countless notes, cards, and letters that were sent to me.

This attempt at a family picture was taken the day after we moved back into our camper, by way of the timer and our kitchen counter. This was a very challenging and daunting venture for me to tackle normal ‘life’ again being still very weak and working with one eye in small spaces. It took me days to recover from our first time grocery shopping but it was nice to accomplish small steps back to normalcy. Driving was still many weeks away!

But we were SOOOOOOO happy to be a family in our home again, with the hope of restoring all the health and time lost…

This is my first ‘outing’ in several months that wasn’t a doctor visit. We went to a Purim costume party. And when you are already wearing a patch, how many costume options do you really have except being a pirate? ;o) With my first-class mate in tow of course.  A small miracle happened that night: At the close of the Purim party, I was encircled by some precious individuals who prayed fervently for an advance in my healing and I opened my eyes to find my bad eye had turned more to the center and my field of vision (unchanged for a month) had expanded from a few inches to a few feet!!!!!! Miraculous blessings of encouragement that helped me carry on to the tomorrows ahead!!!!!

Poor Zevi had a rough time of it as well, overcoming some big health obstacles, but what was so cute is him adapting to our situation in the funniest ways. At any given time he would run to the bathroom and yank off some toilet paper and meticulously roll it into little balls with his tiny little palms and proceed to pack his ears with it. Since I’ve had my ears packed for months now, he just thinks it’s the new fashion trend or something.

Juicing was new to us, but it was definitely a vital lifeline of nutrition and energy and healing when I needed it most. I think I figured we went through over 15 pounds of produce a day, amounting in 12 or more 8-ounce glasses a day.

Here is a regular sight in our home: Asher belting out “YOU ARE FAITHFUUUUL!!!” to the Matt Redman song “Never Once” (A song that carried me through a lot) while Zevi sneaks some of my green juice.

I sometimes have to remind myself that Asher just turned 4 last week – he’s been the most amazing big brother through all of this.

We had the most wonderful friends (even from Israel!) that sent us flowers to brighten not only our home but our outlook – spring is coming and with it the banishment of all things cold and sickly!

I still can’t believe that Itai is such a fat, healthy, happy baby.

Jacob snapped this a few days ago as we were going out the door, to show y’all how well I’m improving. Blessed beyond words.

{LOVE STORY} Joshua & Julianna’s Wedding Flipbooks

I know JOSHUA AND JULIANNA’s anticipation of seeing all their wedding photos is mounting. Building and building and seeming to take forever to reach the much yearned-for fruition, reminiscent of how Joshua waited in prolonged but yet joyous expectancy under the Huppah as his bride encircled him 7 times.

Don’t worry Josh, the time is at hand! I’ve been trying to aright my schedule as the precious babe inside me must also be the impatient sort as it landed me on bedrest for a little while as it was trying to make a debut a month early. All is well now as I try to get as much done in the waning time I have left!!!

As I was finishing up the wedding edits today, I came across some sequence shots that were too sweet not to share. So I went and figured out how to make me some flipbooks in photoshop, and below have the fruit of my experiments. Two sweet captures in time that showcase the treasured love and excitement of a darling couple and a precious family on an exceptional day.

Give it a second for this next one to load if it doesn’t start right away…

Rest assured that the rest of the wedding is right on their heels!!!

{MY LIFE} What We’ve been Up to and Book Previews!

To say that our lives have been busy is the understatement of the century. To say that we have done crazy and wonderful things and overcome many a looming and intimidating obstacle is also understatement. We are SO blessed for the Lord to have carried us through this year – through the good and bad!

Since we’ve returned from our 6 month stay in Israel back to the States in February, SOME of the things we’ve journeyed through…..

- Addressing severe adrenal fatigue (Me -Heather)
- Recovered from Whooping Cough (Heather, Asher, and Zev)
- Remodeled a very water damaged camper into a new home (wait til you see this beauty!)
- Road-tripping for a month down South for FAMILY WEEK and shooting a wedding
- Got Chickenpox out of the way (Asher and Zev)
- Expecting our 3rd child! (whoop whoop!!!)
- Contracted and cured Lymes disease (Jacob – cured completely natural btw, Praise the Lord!)
- Started a herd of milking goats (Yep. Goat farmer’s wife I am)
- Many a portrait session with all my wonderful Pennsylvania clients
- Expanding a architectural-drawing business (Jacob – www.meyerscaddesign.com)
- Moved to Tennessee (4 weeks from final decision to actual move in August)
- Got Hand Foot and Mouth disease (Asher and Zev – it appears we are going for all childhood communicable diseases in one yr)
- Returned to Israel for 6 weeks to work with HAYOVEL (2 weeks after our move to TN)
- Began work on my stock photography website (CAN”T WAIT!)
- Began work on the rebrand of my photography business (Long Overdue)
- Traveled the East Coast visiting family and shooting another amazing wedding (directly upon our return from Israel)
- Hunting deer and getting two huge bucks and counting for our freezer (Jacob aka mighty hunter)

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We finally skidded into our new home here south of Nashville two weeks ago, and have been desperately trying to get caught up with, um, EVERYTHING since. I’ve realized I’m only 7 WEEKS AWAY from the due date of our next precious bundle (Dec 31st) so it puts even more urgency in our steps to try and get a handle on all our ongoing projects for our businesses as well as all the non-profits we’ve been working with! (And fyi, EVERYTHING seems to take longer when you are 30+ weeks pregnant!)

I’ve heard from lots of you wanting to know where all my posts went, if the {BLESSING BOOK} was still underway, and if I’d ever emerge again to sharing my hosts of photos online. I will, I promise, (you should see the backlog of Blessing Book coming) so hopefully you’ll start seeing things within the next month but until then I thought I’d keep y’all occupied with looking at some of the book projects that I completed earlier this year from some of our recent traveling adventures!

So hopefully that will keep you all happy and occupied while we feverishly work away here in our cozy camper home in the Tennessee woods!

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The 2011 Harvest Keepsake Photo Book is 334 pages chock full of all the incredible experiences packed into working the Harvest with HAYOVEL in the prophetic mountains of Judea and Samaria, Israel. (This book was finished back in the late spring but coincided with Jacob’s contraction of Lyme disease so the launch got veeeerry belated for all those who were waiting!) Hardcover, softcover, and more cost-effective pdf download available! 60 pages here to preview!

One of the most amazing experiences of my life. Take the time to read the introduction and the final page for the full story….

(Also available as an Apple ebook)

And incredible opportunity and privilege to go to Joseph’s Tomb, during Sukkot on the night of the Ushpizin of Joseph no less…
(Also available as an Apple ebook)

Our Adventures in Jordan!

 This inspiring coffee table Scripture book (Israel a Living Word in a Living Land) is one of my favorite projects of all time, made with the 800+ Scripture submissions from people all over the world! (Look through the entire book!)

And for fun you can always take a look back at the 2010 Harvest book (60 pages of the 290 to preview!)

{LOVE STORY} Joshua & Julianna’s Southern Autumn Preview

The glorious autumn weather in the Carolinas this past week was highlighted by the equally stunning and breathtaking wedding of Josh and Julianna. Sometimes you pray for everything to be perfect, for details to flow unhindered, for weather to be beautiful, for all the special people to be present. But it’s not often that actually all those things happen just as they are supposed to….except better!

Their story was a dramatic climax of events that led to the most perfect of days….

They had to wait a whole year to get married.

They hadn’t felt each others’ touch in a month.

They hadn’t seen one another in a week.

And then it happened.

The first look. The veiling. The tears. The excitement. The suspense. The joy.

THE WEDDING.

The Almighty has showered this couple with blessings as innumerable as the colorful leaves adorning the October trees. We took some time the next afternoon for them just to revel in their fairy-tale setting, to breath in the crispness of new love, and bask in the illustrious warmth of an epic story just beginning…

I have to say that our little entourage of a family had quite a splendid time in the Carolines with their families last week, and couldn’t have felt any more welcomed and taken care of! Especially since we were on a 10-day East Coast trek home from our 6 week stay in Israel. Thanks to be my husband Jacob for being the most awesome second shooter ever and to Asher and Zev for being the best jet-lag rebounding-new-surroundings-conquering little boys that ever were drug around the world!

Stay tuned for a fun peek inside their wedding and for many more images to come!

{LOVE STORY} Michelle & Brian’s Historic Anniversary | Antietam Battle Field

Yesterday I found myself traipsing the breeze knolls and fields of the historic Antietam battle field, getting quite the history lesson, enjoying the spectacular scenery and even bumped into an Israeli tour guide (of all things!) and had a wonderful chat. Oh yeah, and I was ALSO there shooting some portraits for the amazing Michelle and Brian.

(Now this is a sneak peek post, even though you wouldn’t know it by the photos that keep scrolling, but how could I turn down any of these for the first looksee???)

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Five years ago they eloped and never had wedding pictures taken. Their five year anniversary was the lovely opportunity to forever document the love that they share. Considering they are both are bit of the Civil War history buffs, Antietam turned out to be a perfect place for us to run around and chase some beautiful light.

The evening was intimate and warm, with a hint of storybook atmosphere, where delicate details and rich history completed the setting.

{SENIOR} Tanner’s Sneak Peek | Class of 2013

Tanner’s shoot kept us hopping to hit all of his locations while trying to survive the humidity and beat out the big thunderstorm coming! But we DID IT and it was well worth it and I’m so excited to share all the images yet to come!!!

{MY LIFE} Baby News, Traveling, Moving & Other Craziness

Life has it’s way rolling right along, with no sensitivities to all the things that still remain on the to-do list from yesterday. And I just realized that this little announcement had never made it’s way to the blog (along with A LOT of other belated posts)! Now I had made this up in the beginning of June when I was 10 weeks, but I think it’s still cute even though I’m now 17 weeks! (Thanks to my 3yo Asher for taking the photo!)

I’ve been doing really well, with the exception of my extreme tiredness, and am so thrilled that I can now feel the baby moving!

In OTHER news, we have had a lot of interesting developments with some big changes coming in the near future. Unless something dramatically changes, we are planning on moving to Tennessee before the end of the summer! In addition, we don’t yet know if we will be traveling to Israel for a month or so directly after – nothing like the Lord giving you cliff-hangers! Whew! We are trying to keep up with general life, all my clients, our milking goats, and our growing boys but’s it’s a great feeling to know that you are getting answers and provision from the Almighty when you need it!

 

{SENIOR} Rebekah’s Sneak Peek | Class of 2013

Choosing a sneak peek has never been so agonizing. Seriously. I have sat here, pouring over and over all the images from my fabulous day with Rebekah yesterday.

I want to choose the ones that showcase her amazing personality. The ones that make me chuckle at all the fun we had.

But then I want to choose the ones that simply pull you in with her INCREDIBLE eyes. Wow.

But then I realize that I have equally fallen in love with her glamorous eyelashes and epic sense of style.

Oh dear. Decisions decisions.

But I had to do it. I decided. And here they are. It seems so wrong to just stop with 2, but I knew if I let myself go anymore I was going to inevitably post half the shoot .  So consider it the teaser with O SO MANY yet to come! I can’t wait, can you?!!

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