I can't thank you enough for the enormous outpouring of prayers for my mother, not only here on the blog, but on friends' blogs, at the 4Real Message Board, and in our local homeschooling group. My mother is so very grateful for your prayers and said they are the most important thing to her right now. Her condition continues to be very serious, and she remains in intensive care with little to no movement on her left hand side. She is capable of conversation and easy to understand, although she has forgotten a great deal and struggles to remember, asking me to repeat the children's names, for example.
The reason I called this update "The Perfect Storm" is that I realized my mother's illness came at the exact time she would get the most possible prayers from faithful readers online. It just so happens that a condensed version of the story about Patrick on the cablecar appeared in Catholic Exchange's Touched by Grace column, causing quite a few people otherwise unfamiliar with this blog to click through. Lisa Hendey, founder of CatholicMom.com was kind enough to post a link to the Spoon Saints craft on CatholicMom's Halloween page, bringing many new visitors. Also, thanks to Lisa, Saints of the Season, the first installment of a new column on Living the Liturgical year appeared at CatholicMom.com.
This very unusual and temporary increase in traffic here was perfectly timed for more people to read the prayer requests and storm Heaven for my mother.