Friday, July 25, 2008
She began by relating our lives to little pickup trucks heading down the road of life's happenings. As we're driving along, sand bags (challenges) get thrown into the beds of our trucks. More and more seem to get thrown our way, some big, some little. These bags weigh us down and can become burdensome. They make it difficult at times to continue...
She then went on to tell us... As we are trudging along in our little pickup trucks weighed down by the heavy challenges of sandbags, the road becomes slippery and steep, we soon realize we are climbing a mountain....with most pickup trucks this size, it would be impossible to make it up this mountain without sliding off, yet here we are, climbing...how? by the aid of sandbags. Eventually...with great effort our rickety little pickup trucks make it to the top safely. If those "sand bags" were not in the beds of our pick up trucks...we would have not had enough weight on the back tires to grip the ground and continue. The result could have been tragic. Yet because of the sandbags, which were challenges before, worked for our own good...and were the key in ascending the mountain.
I was so excited when I heard this concept...and since then I haven't been able to get it out of my head. It was so cool...We can do this! So thank you for letting me share it! Hopefully I didn't retell it so badly that it didn't make any sense. I know that our life's challenges seem unexpected and make it difficult to continue...it sometimes feels down right impossible...but I know that Heavenly Father has so much love for his children and is helping us in our every step... And I know this challenge is another "sandbag" in the bed of our little pickup truck...and while it weighs us down, somehow, it will aid us in giving our "back tires" a good "grip" while climbing life's "slippery mountains."
Thank you Julie for helping me understand this principle.
It's been a week now that Mike has been going to Neuroworx and boy they don't mess around...he was thrown right in to the saddle. It's going to take some work for him to get used to...but he's lov'n every minute of it! The staff at Neuroworx are awesome...they're like one big family up there! The place specializes in spinal chord injuries (SCI) so we've been able to meet people who have the same level of injury as Mike as well as other amazing people with lower and higher levels of injuries. It's really been able to put things into perspective!
So far the three new muscles are still the latest news...which is fantastic!
Here's a little of what Mike's been doing up there...I tried to get music on it...but as many of you know...when uploading movies...you can't have everything.
Thank you Mike for being so patient with me pulling the camera out every time you did something amazing! Love you!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Today I am truly humbled by the love of so many people! It's already been so long since everything has happened...yet people still stop us and ask...truly...how we are doing....how we're handling things...and what they can do to ease things...It's with the most sincerity of their hearts. But when asked...it's like being touched by an angel...just the mere fact that people care so much...it makes those days when I truly feel like this is impossible...it's possible...and we're not alone!
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The other day we received a phone call from Michael's Aunt Pam in Chicago. She was asking what size Brody is and what he needs for next year. Before we knew it a HUGE box in the mail arrived at our door step with clothes and clothes for Brody! She had found a yard sale where a woman was selling all her boys clothes...so Pam found the most adorable outfits and shipped them out. It must have taken so much time sorting and packing all the clothes...and then the money to buy and ship them. We are just amazed at the goodness of others!
With all the gratitude in our hearts....THANK YOU!
Mike, Michelle, Brody and Jocelyn
The picture doesn't do it justice...she packed that box the the max...and the clothes couldn't be cuter!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
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Saturday, July 5, 2008
Wow, life without Mike's "turtle shell" has been awesome! When the doctor first took the shell off he said he'd want it back on as soon as he returned home. He said it would be a sort of "weaning" process and eventually he'd be able to get along entirely without it. Well...since that day in the doctor's office...the shell has not touched Michael!!! He was DONE! Quite "cold turkey!" And I don't blame him.! It's definitely worked plenty of muscles that he wasn't able to work before...and so he's been quite sore and leery of trying different things...but he's getting along great!
Here are a few pictures our most recent crazy times (I think I went way too long without posting...)
We had to fix the tires on our corolla so we made a family outing of it! Brody LOVED looking at all the wheels!
Last week we went for a family stroll down Locust! It was really fun to get out as a family in the fresh air! Mike did really good...it was a bit hard to keep up with him. I hope we can make these strolls a more common thing!
On Friday my brother Riley and Mike's brother Richard took Mike to an indoor shooting range...it was Mikes first time at an indoor range...he loved it!
For the fourth we had a great time with water, fireworks and family! Jocelyn was sleeping for this picture...we didn't lose her!