Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saturated In His Peace and Love

I want to start tonight by thanking you all for praying for our family.  This journey is not one we can do on our own and I thank you all for partnering with us and praying for us regularly.  I really don't like to express my own needs on here, but I need your prayers.  A couple weeks ago when my sister blogged for me because I was in so much pain from a back injury I was unable to write.  I found out that I severely herniated a disc in back, it came out all the way and is completely crushing the nerve root, this root travels to the sciatic nerve and has caused extreme sciatica and eventualy the nerve quit working.  With the nerve unable to fire my muscles in my left leg I have loss all functional use of my left leg as well as I have lost all feeling in my left leg, it's completely numb.  For the last week, I have had to walk with a cane and it has been very difficult to go from being so active to really have to slow down.  All this to say, in order to give the best possible outcome of being able to regain the use of my leg they have to operate as soon as possible to relief the pressure off the nerve and remove the disc.  There is a chance that permanent nerve damage and would restrict the use of my left leg, however, I know my God is bigger and I am just going to believe and trust that He has a plan for this too, so I will just trust Him.  And no matter then outcome, I will praise God because I know I am in His hands and I will trust that this is all a part of His plans for me.

Romans 5:1-5 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.

 I am putting my faith, hope, and trust in Him, and one thing is for sure, HE has blessed both Adam and I with incredible families. No matter what they are always here when we need them.  Both my mom and Adam's mom will be flying in next week to help, my surgery is schedule for next Friday.  Praise the Lord for both of them.  I am excited to see both of them!  My mom will be staying to help with our transfer to Florida, I cannot express enough thanks to my mom for being able to come out and help throughout my recovery as well as help with our transfer.  My mom has always set the most beautiful example of selfless sacrifice, and I am so honored and blessed to have such an example of a mother. 

With all this said, I have so much peace about what is to come, because I know God is in control, and I am saturated in His love.

Well today has been a busy day, between my doctor appointments, Adam's busy therapy schedule, and meetings... my goodness.  Adam's therapies went well today.  In speech, Brooke usually takes Adam to the speech office to minimize distractions, and Meredith usually meets them there.  Meredith was unable to make it the session today and I Adam asked "Where is she?" and then looked to the spot where Meredith normally sits.  Brooke said that then she asked him, "who are you talking about Adam, Meredith or (a made up name)?"  (she didn't tell me the fake name she used)  Adam responded "Meredith"!!!!  That was so awesome!!! Go ADAM!!!  In physical therapy Anne and a physical therapy aide walked with Adam down the hall with no walker!!!!  Anne said it was the least amount of work she's had to do when they have tried this method!!!  When physical therapy was over, Adam said he wasn't done yet!  I love that he asks for more therapy time.  Adam's getting stronger and stronger every day, I am so proud of him that he keeps pushing himself to new lengths.  In occupational therapy, Eri worked with Adam on bathtub transfers, so getting Adam familiar with what it will feel like to transfer into a normal bathtub like at home!  Eri was surprised, because Adam did more on his own than she had expected!  GO ADAM!!!  We are celebrating another great day!

I have to call it a night, I am exhausted this evening, and if you all could please keep Mackenzie in your prayers tomorrow, she has the final day of her testing and she has come down with a cold today so she's not feeling her best.  Thank you all for praying for ALL of us, we are so blessed, and have so much to give God thanks for! 

Wednesday, March 30, 2011


Most everyone from back home (North Carolina) will understand the title of this blog, or at least recognize it.  It's Chick Fil A's slogan.  (Click HERE to see what Chick Fil A is for my west coast friends)  Do you remember me blogging about how much Chick Fil A blessed us a month ago... (CLICK HERE TO READ)  I went back to Chick Fil A today to drop off a thank you card and since Mackenzie had a half day because of the MCAT testing we wanted to grab some lunch as well.  The same manager was there that treated us before, I was able to give him the card and jog his memory as to why I was handing him the card.  He said to me that the owner was there today and wanted to speak to me.  The owner was awesome, he said that he wanted to get in contact with me after his employee told him about our family... he said that Chick Fil A would like to help our family and that he would be in contact with me to find ways that they can help our family!  WHAT A BLESSING!  I was so totally touched by this, and as if that wasn't enough, they treated our family to lunch again!  And fixed a Banana Pudding milkshake for Adam, which was amazing!  We are SO incredibly blessed.  I left Chick Fil A with so much joy today, just humbled again to see God meet our needs and take care of all the details for us.  AMAZING!
Burlington, MA Chick Fil A  (this is the manager, I didn't get a chance to get a picture of the owner)

Today on my way to the hospital I caught a radio program that was a sermon on prayer.  I started to reflect on prayer and my prayer life... I realized my relationship with God will only ever be as good and strong as my prayer life.  Sometimes as believers we get caught up in praying in formulas, or focusing so much on what we're going to pray that we forget we're talking to our Father, our best friend, our lover... prayer is our intimate time with Him... we just need to share what's on our hearts, talk to Him as we would our fathers, or our best friend... He wants nothing more than for you to share your heart, he already knows your needs, our heart's desires, he knows us best... but he wants us to come to Him and open our hearts to Him out of submission, out of obedience, out of humility of who HE is.  I pray that He will rid me of my pride and teach me to continually come to Him in humility. 

1 Colossians 4:2  Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.  My footnote says... "Have you ever grown tired of praying for something or someone? Paul says we should "devote" ourselves to prayer and be "watchful" in prayer.  Our persistence is an expression of our faith that God answers our prayers.  Faith shouldn't die if the answers come slowly, for the delay may be God's way of working his will in our lives.  When you feel tired of praying, know that God is present, always listening, always answering-maybe not in ways you had hoped, but in ways that he knows best."  Please keep praying for Adam's FULL healing, God is rebuilding Adam, I pray that you all won't get tired of praying for my man.  He is still fighting for his life (maybe not to stay alive, but to hold onto hope and fighting to recover everyday), he needs your prayers.  Prayer is our greatest need and will remain so.

Adam had a good day today, his day started working with occupational therapy on getting ready for his day.  He showered, and washed his own hair!  When it came to washing his body, Eri asked if he was helping and he said not really, and Eri asked why, and Adam responded "because I'm being lazy"  He then said "I don't want to be lazy, but my body isn't working"  WOW, what great insight.  He wants to do more than he is, but his body tires out before he does.  Keep praying for his strength and endurance.  Keep praying for his processing, and his initiation and drive.  In physical therapy today Anne worked with stretching Adam while he was laying on his stomach, I laid on the mat next to him on my stomach, just talking to him.  I shared with him about Chick Fil A and about other little happenings.  After Anne was done stretching him, she had Adam follow directions for exercises and he followed commands 100%!!!  GO ADAM!!!  Then of course they went for a walk down the hall.  I am so proud of him!

Thank you all for praying for Mackenzie today, she said she felt like today's testing went well. She was invited to Church tonight with her friend Savannah. It was so awesome, she went and had a blast!!! It gave Adam and I a chance to have a date night! Adam's memory was way off today, which is common, his memory will come and go for awhile. Today he couldn't recall anyone, but he seemed to recognize places. So this evening we were scrolling through pictures on our digital picture frame, and I was trying to jog his memory. In one of our wedding pictures, I pointed to him and asked who that was and he said "that's me" and then I pointed to me and he said "that's a pretty babe" then the next picture was another picture of the 2 of us, and when I asked him who I was he said "pretty" He called me pretty all night... it was so sweet. I know even though tonight he couldn't recall my name, he still recognized how tender and special our relationship is. I love my man!

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Forever With The Lord

1 Thessalonians 4:17 After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.

Isn't that an amazing scripture verse?!!!  I love the promise that we will be with the Lord forever... I can't wait to meet the Lord in the air... what a great meditating scripture verse.  I can't wait to meet my Maker.  Please take a moment and just reflect on this scripture verse... are you ready to meet your Maker?  I sure hope so!  He's saved you from the fiery pits of hell, so that you can have eternal life with Him in heaven,  He gave His life so that you can have life abundantly, life eternal... and He's doing a work in you every day to draw you closer to Him.  I pray that you will all know the joy and peace I have in knowing my Savior.

It's only with God's hand that Adam is where he is today and has come as far as he has.  I am rejoicing in all that God is doing in Adam's healing.  Adam had another good day today.  He was quite determined today, he knew what he wanted and he fought to get it his way today.  It was so fun to watch him fight for what he wanted.  When Adam returned from speech therapy I asked him how it went and he said "it went very good", then Brooke said that he was right, he had a good session.  He was able to let her know that he was in the hospital because he had a motocross accident, way to go Adam! 

In physical therapy, Anne put Adam back up on the treadmill, with the lite gait harnessing Adam just incase he was unable to hold himself up for the whole time... but he did amazing.  He didn't even fall back on the harness once, and it's the first time he's been on the treadmill that he hasn't needed Anne to weight shift so that he can step properly, he was on the treadmill all by himself and did all the work.  I am SO proud of my man... isn't he amazing?!!!  Adam walked for the entire session!  Go Adam!

When judging how much Adam is able to do transfers from his in and out of his chair, bed, and the therapy mat... the determine it by saying whether or not it was a max, moderate, or min. assistance and then by 1 person, or 2 if it takes 2 people.  Back when we were at WakeMed in Cary, I was told that Adam would most likely always be a max assist of 2... today Adam defied that diagnosis... he was cleared as min. assist of 1!!!!  That means Adam's doing all the work!!!  GO ADAM!!!  This was huge, I am so excited!  In occupational therapy, Eri worked with Adam on transfers, then she took him down to the gym and really worked with Adam on stretching his hips, back, shoulders, and  neck.... for the rest of the day he was so relaxed, it was great to see him get such a good stretch.

If I could ask you all to pray for Mackenzie the next 3 days, she will be taking the MA assessment test (for my friends in NC, this is similar to end of grade testing).  She hates tests and they tend to stress her out a bit so if you think about it please say a prayer for her.  Thank you for praying for our family, it means so much to all of us.  God hears your prayers, Adam's miracles are evidence of that!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rejoicing In Another Miraculous Day

Where do I begin?!!!!  Today has been AMAZING!!!  In the words of all 4 of Adam's therapists "Adam has had the best therapy day EVER!!!

Adam's day started with his nurse Kendra asking Adam what her name was and he told her!  Way to go Adam!  Then in speech therapy, Brooke and Meredith were both impressed with how loud Adam's voice was today as well as how much he was talking and responding to their questions with accuracy.  I am so proud of him, I could see from the moment that I got here today that he was working so hard.  When he was going to speech he told me I didn't need to push him that he was going to walk... I told him it wasn't safe enough for him to walk yet, but that I bet he could walk there and even beat me... we compromised and he walked himself in his chair to speech! 

Next up was physical therapy, Anne was so funny, she kept referring to Adam as having a miraculous healing over the weekend, I told her he is given miraculous healing daily, because I know God is touching Adam daily!  In the words of Anne, "this was the best walk EVER!"  Anne graduated Adam from the atlas walker to a normal walker!!!  This is a HUGE deal, because it means he's doing so much more of the work himself!  His right side is still quite a bit weaker than his left side, so at one point the walker was more to his left and he even corrected it all by himself!  This was amazing!  After walking the hall several times, Anne and her student Heather took Adam into the gym and did stretches with him on the exercise ball.  It was so awesome to see him balance and follow commands at the same time!!!  Incredible!!!  At the end of the session Anne told Adam that therapy was over, and Adam said he wasn't done yet!  He's such a hard worker, and it's really showing!  I am so blessed by how hard he works!

Last was occupational therapy, all Eri kept saying was "amazing, Adam, you're amazing".  Eri filled a bucket with 6 objects and asked Adam for an object one at a time he followed her directions 100%!!!!  He got all of them right!!!  Amazing, Adam, amazing!   Then they worked on grooming him and he did really well, he was able to brush his teeth and spit with little assistance and little ques.  Then Eri and Adam played connect4 on a really large Connect4 board.  Adam got 4 in a row of the same color!  GO ADAM!!!!

This evening Adam and I joined our small group in North Carolina via webcam... I just love technology.  I can't even begin to describe how wonderful it is to fellowship with other believers and to participate in a bible study.   It's such a sense of normalcy.  We have been doing the Fireproof Your Marriage study based off the movie Fireproof, and it's such a great reminder that we can't do marriage on our own, that marriage takes God showing us His purpose for marriage and it God to show us how to be the spouse that our spouse needs and deserves.  If you haven't seen the movie Fireproof, rent it... actually you'll like it so much, you might as well just buy it!  I just love being able to participate with our small group and to feel so connected to our home church, this is truly a blessing.  It's official, Adam and I have the world's best small group!  I love you guys and can't wait to rejoin in person!  There WILL be a day!

Truly an amazing day!  All day while watching Adam or following him around while he was walking his chair, I just kept praising God for the miracles that I was seeing, for His mighty hand at work in Adam all the time, to God be the glory!  I kept saying to Adam, "to God be the glory".  and I stand amazed at the work He is doing in Adam, and it shows that He is always at work in Him, Adam's healing is truly in His hands and in His timing.  I am praising God for who He is and who He says He is!  He is healer, redeemer, Savior... He is the giver of life, of grace, of mercy... and I am so undeserving of these gifts He gives me, I will be forever in awe.  Isaiah 43:10-13  10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me. I, even I, am the LORD, and apart from me there is no savior. I have revealed and saved and proclaimed— I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “that I am God. Yes, and from ancient days I am he. No one can deliver out of my hand. When I act, who can reverse it?”

Tonight I am laying my head on my pillow, marveling at what a MIGHTY God we serve!

The World's Best Small Group

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Encouraged By All Of You

Psalm 37:3  Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

I am really missing my man tonight... I just want to be with him, I want to make memories together as a family that are outside of a facility... I know it's a matter of time, so tonight I am trusting in God and His mighty plan for our family, I am trusting that this is all part of His plan.  I am praying for obedience as I walk this journey.

I'm not going to do a lengthy update tonight, I am exhausted and need to get to sleep...  Adam, Mackenzie, and I all had a great day.  Mackenzie worked on a school project for most of the day which kept her occupied and entertained, which was very nice.  Today was kind of a sad day for me, the hospital is undergoing an inspection tomorrow and we had to take down all personal items.  So I had to pack up Adam's room.  His room always brings such comfort to me, I just love the postcard wall and the reminder is serves that we are not alone on this journey that all of you are with us.  I take comfort in all the scrapbooking pages with our family photos, I love all the drawings Adam has received from so many of your kids...and then there's the beloved Halo poster, and Matt's Marines flag... so sad we had to pack it all up.  It was so depressing leaving Adam in his room with bare walls.  It makes me so excited for our new adventure coming up, because I know in just a little bit we will be rehanging them, starting a new chapter of this journey.  While this was sad, it was also a HUGE blessing, as we took the postcards off the wall I reread each and every one of them to Adam.  You all wrote some wonderful, sweet, and incredibly encouraging messages on the postcards.  It was so awesome to be so lifted up and encouraged.  Again, I just love all the postcards, thank you all so much for sending them in.  (If you are new reader click HERE to read about the postcard wall PLEASE NOTE: from this post that the link will take you to our address has changed)

Adam continued to amaze me today, he was so determined today to do most things for himself... he was walking his feet while in his chair all over today... He would follow me as I was taking things off his wall, and then he would wheel out to the hall to check out what everyone was up to.  Today was the most independently mobile I have seen him be.  I am rejoicing and praising God to see His mighty hand always at work in Adam's healing!

Saturday, March 26, 2011

An Evening Cheering For The Harlem Globetrotters

Today was a great day for the Root family!  We were so blessed by so many people today!  Thank you to so many of you who bless us, we pray that God will bless you all in ways you could never imagine.  There will never be words to ever express our true gratitude for the many blessings and gifts you all have provided for our family.  Thank you for loving us, for providing for us, for supporting us, and most of all for praying for us.  "If we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us."  1 John 4:12

A local high school youth group from Countryside Bible Chapel came to Spaulding to do a service project.  We were so blessed, one of the youth group leaders brought his guitar and a few of the kids to Adam's room and we all sang worship songs!  It was such an incredible time of worship.  I am giving God so much thanks for the gift of this worship time!  Thank you Countryside Bible Chapel Youth Group! 

This evening after dinner Adam, Mackenzie, and I were spending some time together, one of our favorite things lately has been to watch America's Funniest Videos... Adam seems to LOVE this show, every time we watch it he laughs.  So we all cuddled up to watch the show, but really Mackenzie and I just love to listen and see Adam laugh.  I love that we can share quality time as a family, I count every moment we share such a blessing and recognize it as a such a beautiful gift that God has given our family.

After tucking Adam in, Mackenzie and I were invited to join the pediatric unit on their field trip to see the Harlem Globetrotters. It was so much fun!!! Again, such an awesome blessing!

 Mackenzie and I at the Harlem Globetrotters
Mackenzie was able to meet a couple of the players and get their autographs!

Tonight I am going to bed with a heart full of joy for all our blessings today... I am consistently amazed by the body of Christ, what an honor it is to have you all as sisters and brothers in Christ.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Daily Blessings In Adam's Healing

John 5:17 "My Father is always at his work to this very day"

Praise God that He is always at work, and at work in us!  Today we were able to see God's hand at work as He continues to heal Adam!   Today was Adam's best talking day yet!  He spoke the loudest and clearest that he has yet.  Typically there have been a few moments here and there where he has spoken loud and clear, but today it was consistent!  He even spoke on the phone to his mom and our pastor at Triangle Community Church in Apex, NC!  It was so awesome to see him carry on conversation, let alone count my blessings for the conversations I shared with him today.  Here is my favorite:
Amy:  I am so proud of you
Adam: I am proud of you too
Amy: why are you proud of me?
Adam: because you're my baby
Isn't that so sweet!  I love him so much!  I am rejoicing in not only hearing his voice today, but for how amazing he did conversing.

Adam's speaking capabilities weren't the only blessing we received from Adam today... he also initiated to feed himself and followed through feeding himself his entire dinner tonight!  Thank you all for praying for my man, you can see clearly through today's miracles that God is answering your prayers... we are blessed by you all partnering with us in this journey.

As far as therapies went today, Adam had a great speech session with Brooke and Meredith, he put together a binder to journal his days.  They both said they were amazed watching him flip through the binder and to put it together.  In physical therapy today Adam continues to gain strength in his walk, while he has come along ways, it will be awhile before he is able to walk with a walker by himself.  Knowing that makes me appreciate how hard he works to improve his walk every day.   In occupational therapy Adam played connect 4 and then worked on transferring in and out of his chair, it's amazing to see how much he is able to do on his own.  He just needs help initiating the stand and he really does the rest!  Overall a great day in therapy!

I am rejoicing in seeing God's hand at work in Adam's recovery daily!  Mackenzie and I had a very special prayer time last night and it was so neat to see God answer some of our prayers so quickly.  This journey is sure building all of our faith walks, but to see my daughter consistently grow in her trust in the Lord and get so excited to see God working around us is an extra special blessing!  I am praising God for the healing that has taken place today, and for the healing that is to come as the new dawn does.  Praising God that He never sleeps and is always at work!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Soon To Be Found In Florida

Yes!  That's right... as of April 18th the Root family will be taking up temporary residence in Orlando, FL.  Adam has been excepted into NeuroRestorative a longer term rehabilitation facility that will specifically work with Adam on becoming more independent and guiding us to reenter the community.   This is very exciting for all of us.  The time frame that we will be in Orlando will be 6-12 months and then we will be able to go home to North Carolina from there!  One step closer to home!!!  We are rejoicing in this opportunity and continuing to pray for Adam's FULL restoration.

Please be praying for our family with this upcoming transition.  Pray specifically for Mackenzie to meet a special girl friend as soon as we get there.   Mackenzie is looking forward to the move, she is looking forward to the community environment we will be in and that we will be living a 200 ft walk to Adam's facility!  I know many of you pray specifically for her, thank you.  She has been a remarkable kiddo throughout this whole ordeal and God has definitely prepared her for this journey, because any time transition is coming she seems to see the positive in it all and even gets excited.  Praise the Lord for all He is doing in her little life!

Today was such a busy day, Adam started his day with physical therapy, Anne took him to brace clinic to get his brace adjusted and then it was off to walking, he walked with Anne and the walker for 45 minutes and then she put him on the bike for 20 minutes, I couldn't believe he powered through all of that!  Way to go Adam!  In speech therapy Brooke worked with Adam on completing the last step in his diet plan.  This means that once he gets approved for this next level he will be able to eat anything he wants!  She approved him for lunch time upgrade, meaning that for lunch he can have anything he wants and then hopefully after next week she will be able to upgrade him for all 3 meals.  Go Adam!  In occupational therapy Eri worked with Adam on grooming himself.  She also worked with him today on transfers as well, he did okay, he's had a bit of an upset stomach today so he was a little resistant at first but quickly engaged her.  Adam amazes me that he keeps going every day, I am just so proud of him and all he continues to do even when he doesn't really want to.

This afternoon, we all hung out in Adam's room, listening to music and even did some art projects, we gave Adam his own materials, but he said no thank you, he wanted to watch... really he was saying he wanted to snooze  :) I cherish the moments that the three of us spend together as a family and I can't wait for the day when we can spend these moments outside of a hospital!  When we spend these moments together the 3 of us, it puts life into perspective for me and makes me appreciate that we have been given moments to spend as the 3 of us.  Recognizing this really helps me to see that God does have plans for the 3 of us, and He has only just begun His work in all 3 of us.  We will continue to trust in His plans for our family, and praising Him no matter what those plans may be.  Jeremiah 29:10-13 (The Message)  I'll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.  "When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I'll listen. When you come looking for me, you'll find me.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Date Night With God

In the beginning of this journey I can recall the very moment that God washed me with His peace the day of Adam's accident.  He told me that He has given that peace for the whole journey not just for that day.  In the midst of decisions needing to be made in regards to our next step, yesterday I was feeling overwhelmed even thinking about another transition and another move that still isn't home.  When I got home last night I was a mess of feelings... so I decided to make it a date night with my Lord.  I love my date nights with Him, I minimize all distractions, and focus my attention to Him.  I immerse myself in worship music and devour His word as though I am listening intently for what He is telling me about who He is.  I don't expect everyone to understand this concept and that's okay.  But I challenge you all that if you are the least bit intrigued by this... set aside a date night and watch how God will woo you and show you things about Him that make you remain in a consistent state of awe.

So last night as I was praying over upcoming decisions and grabbing hold of the peace He has promised me, He clearly reminded  me that it's not going to take the best facility or the best doctor for God to heal Adam... it's only going to take my continued trust and faith in who He says He is.  He can work in any circumstance from anywhere... stressing myself out, wondering if I was making the right decisions for our next steps, questioning did I choose the right facility, is the doctor there going to be able to meet all of Adam's needs, will Adam have what he needs to keep progressing, is the therapy that's offered truly going to be what it's going to take to bring Adam to the next level... all these questions... I realized, when God told me that it's not going to take the best facility, the best therapy program, the best doctor, it's only going to take my continued faith in Him... I was trying to put God in a box. 

Oh Lord forgive me, for I am so weak, and I failed to see that You are in all things and working them together for Your good.  Forgive me Lord for not thinking beyond my circumstances to recognize Your power, Your strength, Your ability to heal.   Forgive me for my lack of faith, Lord I ask you to fill me with faith like I have never experienced before.  Lord, I stand in awe of who You are, God You are all knowing, You are the God of the impossible, You parted seas, turned water into wine, You are the great physician... and tonight Lord, I thank you that You have plans for Adam, plans to rebuild him from the inside out.  Thank you God for Your peace for this journey and Your grace for the moment, it is truly sufficient.  Oh how I love you.  Thank you Lord for the healing in Adam that has already taken place, thank for the healing that is taking place right now as Adam sleeps, and thank you for the healing that is yet to come.  It's in your mighty name I pray... Amen.

Thank you all for praying for Adam to get a better nights rest last night, he slept well and was able to have a great day today!  Adam's day started early with occupational therapy working with him on showering again.  Today was the first time we have seen Adam initiate washing his lower extremities!  He flawlessly put on his own deodorant!  These are big steps for him!  Next up was speech therapy, to minimize distractions no one is to be in the sessions with Adam except the therapists and Adam... so I am reporting most of his speech sessions second hand, Brooke said that he did great today, she said that he conversed well when he was asked questions.  She also worked with Adam on using the iPad, she said by the end of the session he was ready for a break. 

After lunch Adam finished his therapy day with physical therapy... Anne pulled another trick out of her sleeve.  She used a vital stem machine (this machine helps force the muscle to contract in order to manipulate a response), she got exactly what she wanted.  She was able to see that Adam was able to step properly with his right foot pushing forward.  Right now what he does is step forward and across, because his muscle is so weak on the right. So with a little more strengthening exercises hopefully it will show more improvement.  I am amazed and so proud of my man for how far he has come, his strength and endurance continues to marvel me.  I know his strength and endurance are a result with how much my man trusts that God is in control, and I am so proud to be the wife of such a Godly, man of integrity, a humble man...  I just love him so much.

Tonight as I am getting ready to lay my head on my pillow, I am surrounded by God's abundant peace, and I trusting in Him and all that He has planned for our family.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Believing In God's Plans For Our Family

Thank you all so much for your sweet comments, text messages, and words of encouragement today.  What a blessing you all are to me.  Yesterday I shared how I still have to be conscience to choose God and choose to believe in His promises, today I caught myself saying outloud "I believe in the plans You have for us".  There's something about speaking outloud, as if I am proclaiming to the world that no matter what is thrown our way, no matter the circumstances, God is and will continue to be the rock the we will stand firm on.  I love the line in the Chris Tomlin "Our God"... "And if Our God is for us, then who could ever stop us  And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?"

Psalm 62: 2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation;  he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Romans 8:31 If God is for us, who can be against us?

Our future continues to be uncertain, but one thing is certain, I know God is in control, I know that He is always with us, and I know He will guide our steps, I just have to continue to choose to trust Him, choose to follow in His steps to the path that He has already marked out for us... I just have to choose Him.

Today has been a busy day balancing Adam's schedule, with meetings, and Mackenzie's schedule.  Adam didn't sleep well last night so he started his day late and started off pretty sleepy.  I am so proud of him, he powered through his day, with being as exhausted as he was today, he amazed me.  After a late breakfast (to allow him to get some more sleep), he started his day with speech therapy.  Brooke and Meredith said they can see improvements in him daily, please continue to pray for progress in his cognitive skills.  Next up was physical therapy, Anne put Adam in the harness lite gait machine over the treadmill... this helps Adam in the sense that he does all the work, but if he gets tired, and would potentially fall, then the harness would suspend him and keep him from falling.  He went so fast today and his endurance was so much stronger today than last week when he did this.  Occupational therapy with Eri, Adam worked on stretching and reaching, as well as transfers from his wheelchair, to the bed, to another chair...ect.  He amazes me how strong he is getting!  Adam is doing so much of the work in transfers that I was even able to transfer him today!  He did all the work I just help to guide him!   I was ecstatic to be able to work with him on transferring him!  (Don't worry, I am still taking it really easy, and won't be doing too many transfers).  GO ADAM!

Monday, March 21, 2011

I Still Have A Choice

I believe Boston is protesting spring... I watched it snow from Adam's window for most the day.  I love the warm sunshine days, and those who know me well know that I have never taken one of them for granted.  There will be warmer and brighter days to come, that I believe, but for now I will choose to wait patiently for another warm sunny day.

I started this journey learning that everything is a choice, and once again today I was reminded that I still haven't learned the lesson completely because I am still struggling to choose to wait patiently.  After months of seeing so many patients come and go home, I remind myself and even Adam and Mackenzie that our day will come too when we can go home... but some days it is harder than others to choose to wait patiently.  Today was one of those days for me.  I consistently pleaded my case to God all day, Lord please heal Adam, Lord please give us a sense of normal day to day life, Lord please let us be a family again under one roof... Lord please deliver us into our promised land... all these pleas and all I heard was... it's your choice how you choose to wait,  my child, I have plans for each of you, for Adam, for Mackenzie, and my work has only just begun, be patient my child. 

I have no idea why it seems like there is no end in site to this journey, but one thing I know for sure, God is in control.  He has provided for us, preformed miracles, He is worthy of being trusted even when there is no end in site... I choose to wait on Him, I choose to believe in His promises, I choose to believe that He is in control of every detail of this journey and all that is yet to come.  I choose to wait patiently on my Lord, it will be worth it all.

When I see Adam and how far he has come, when I see him push himself to the limits, when I see him continue to persevere, when I see him faithfully bow his head to his maker as we pray, when I hear him give thanks to God for everything... it puts my selfishness into perspective and makes me ask myself, how can I not wait patiently?  God has already begun to show me that it will be worth it all to see Him face to face... Psalm 33:20-22 We wait in hope for the LORD; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, LORD, even as we put our hope in you.

I am rejoicing in another good day... Adam gained two more points today on his cognitive skills testing, he ended the week last week with a score of 2 and today scored a 4.  This test is a new cognition test, so I am not sure the ratings, but it scores out of a total of 28 points.  This is a big deal, that every time Adam has been given the test he has gained points, praise the Lord in this miracle!  Praise God that we can see progress every day!  In physical therapy Adam continued to work and improve on his walking ability.  It's amazing to see his muscles regain their strength, every time Adam takes steps I can see improvement in his ability to walk.  In occupational therapy today Eri worked on stretching Adam, he was so vocal and talkative, he said "I hate it when you do that" in reference to her stretching his left shoulder.  He also told her that he didn't like her stretching him... it's great to see him know what he wants and communicate it!  Praise the Lord for communication, every day I give thanks for Adam's ability to communicate now, what a miracle this continues to be.

Tonight while I was tucking Mackenzie in, she said it so plainly... mommy, I love Jesus... all I could respond was me too baby, me too.  So I may have started the day on the wrong side of my thoughts, but I am ending my day with the choosing to wait on the Lord for His perfect timing, choosing to love my man with every breath that I have, choosing to love my kiddo more today than yesterday, and choosing to hold onto my sweet Jesus, I love Jesus.  Praying for all of you to choose to love Jesus back the way He so dearly loves and cherishes you.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Happy First Day Of Spring!

I am so thankful to say goodbye to winter this year.  I have been on countdown for the first day of spring for awhile!  More symbolic than anything else, because it's still pretty cool up here.  I can't wait to see all the new growth that is to come forth in this season.   So excited it's spring time again!

I am so thankful today for the moments I was able to see Adam's sheer determination today... he was wheeling himself up and down the hall late this morning into the early afternoon.  He was so determined and explored every nook he could find.  I love seeing him set his mind to do something and not give up till he has accomplished the task!  We had a great day today spending our Sunday together, attending church (via online), spending time as a family, visiting with friends... it just made for an overall good day.

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen.  2 Peter 3:18  This is my prayer tonight, that I will grown in the grace and knowledge of my sweet Savior... tonight I just want to spend time with my first love, the supplier of all I need... my sweet Lord and Savior.  Good night.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prayer Request List Updated

We are giving thanks today for Adam making the Saturday therapy schedule for both physical therapy and occupational therapy! He did great in both! He even participated in his first group therapy session. He had a difficult time with the hand and arm movements, but followed along with the feet exercises!
After therapies were over, Adam was blessed with Mike and Liz dropping by for a visit! They come and encourage both Adam and I so much, we are truly blessed by their friendship and their willingness to come and encourage Adam! It was great to see them today! Please continue to pray for Mike's cancer trial he is participating in, pray for Mike's strength and ability to keep pressing onward, because it is truly a gift he has the way he is able to encourage Adam. Mike has taught me to really embrace each moment and live it to it's fullest, finding something to smile and laugh at... Liz has been such an example to me as a wife standing by her man, and loving him through the most challenging time in his live, she has such patience, and love for her man it's truly a gift to see them enjoy life together and laugh through tough moments.

Updated Prayer Requests...

My heart is so overwhelmed by all that you all do for our family, your faithful prayers mean more to us than we will ever begin to be able to express. Prayer still is and will remain to be our greatest need. Below is a list of prayer requests for our family...
  1. Adam starts a new medication on Monday that is to help with his initiation and drive when asked to complete a command, please pray that this medication will help him have a quicker initiation time and to be able to follow through. Pray for this to be the case even without the medication. 
  2. Continue to pray God's hedge of protection around Adam's immune system. 
  3. Pray specifically for Adam's cognitive ability and tasks to improve greatly. Pray that he will continue to increase his scores for the cognitive testing he is undergoing. 
  4. Speech and language is still needing improvements, please pray that he will learn how to use his vocal cords as he is talking.
  5. Pray for Adam's ability to process information quickly and to respond once he has processed.
  6. Pray that Adam will be aware of when he needs to use the restroom so that he will be able to become more independent and can get out of the hospital setting more.
  7. Pray for Adam's strength as he is transferring to and from his wheelchair. Once he becomes more independent in these areas it will open new doors for us.
  8. Please continue to pray for us to be obedient to where God is calling us to go next. The decision is still up in the air.
  9. Pray for those at the insurance company that make decisions regarding Adam's care when they only know him from a paper document, pray that they will make wise decisions and be given Godly discernment as they make decisions regarding his care. 
  10. Please continue to pray for Adam to have the courage necessary to keep his eyes fixed on God so that he will be able to see that God has called Adam for such a time as this. Pray that he will feel equipped each and every day for the battles that he faces as God's mighty warrior.
  11. Pray for those who are taking care of him, pray for those who have taken care of him in the past, and pray for those who have yet to take care of him but will. Pray that their lives are forever changed by God's tangible love for them.
  12. Pray for continue unity in our family.
  13. Please keep Mackenzie in your prayers with each transition, she has been amazing with every transition and God has truly prepared her for this journey as well, pray that she will see how God is using her in a mighty way as well. 
  14. Please continue to pray for my time to be used wisely, that my eyes will stay fixed on the author and protector of my faith. Pray that I will intentionally seek Him first, for He is all I need.
  15. Please keep praying for my back and sciatica, pray that I can endure this pain and persevere through it. God can and will use this for His glory as well.
Thank you that I can call on God's people, and the body of Christ to help us in our time of need, you all are a gift and we are so blessed by your faithfulness.  While praying for us, please offer up thanksgiving for all that God has done for Adam's healing, for His faithfulness and His promises.  We have so much to be thankful for and my heart overflows with thanksgiving.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Many Blessings

Today has been a day of focusing on our many blessings.  I love when we take a few minutes the 3 of us and reflect back on the last 10 months, we can see so many blessings, we can see how God has used tragedy for His glory, we can see how He has taught us to give thanks and praise in the midst of the storms, we can see how when we are face to face with Him... it will be worth it all. 

Adam and I didn't get to our morning devotions this morning, which worked out for the better, after I picked Mackenzie up from school and drove back to the hospital we had our devotion time after dinner this evening.  It was awesome because Mackenzie was able to participate and she had a lot to give thanks for, it was neat to hear her heart and all that she is thankful for in the last 10 months.  I read Adam and Mackenzie several chapters from the Bible that have been on my heart... we often read Psalm 91 (so many of you have encouraged us with this psalm), tonight I as I read the closing remarks from this chapter I read to Adam to read like this Psalm 91: 14-16 “Because you Adam love me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue you Adam; I will protect you Adam, for you acknowledges my name. You will call on me, and I will answer you Adam; I will be with you in trouble, I will deliver you Adam and honor you Adam. With long life I will satisfy you and show you my salvation.” 

I am so thankful that God chose to encourage us through His written, living word, and that He has given us access to it so that we can know Him more.  So that we can see His heart towards us, so that we can see how much He truly loves us.  I love my sweet Savior.

Many more blessings today... Adam had speech therapy today with Meredith and he did awesome!!!  She continues to work on Adam's cognitive skills to try to evaluate where he is.  She told Adam to tell her what the opposite of the word she was going to say, for instance, up, down, front, back... you get it.  Adam responded a 100% of the time with no delay and with an 80% accuracy, which is awesome!  GO ADAM!!!  Meredith was so encouraged by Adam's progress this week.  He has made some large gains in his cognitive skills.  Next it was physical therapy, Anne continues to walk with Adam and try different walkers and railings to see what's most comfortable for Adam.  His walk continues to get stronger and stronger and I am so pleased to see how much progress he has made in just a few short weeks!  He's amazing!

Adam was blessed with another beautiful day out today and was able to have occupational therapy outside again!  Eri worked with Adam on throwing a Frisbee, which is something Adam loves to do.  For those of you who don't know Adam, Adam loves to play ultimate Frisbee any chance he could get.  He is quite good at it too.  I threw the Frisbee at him and he tried to throw it back, but he is still fighting some muscle tone that makes releasing very challenging.  He also stood again at the railing of the river and again he pulled himself up all by himself!  He amazes me every day to see him continue to fight hard to overcome this brain injury, and with God's strength, victory is all that is set out for Adam!

I know that I said I would have an updated prayer request list today... it will be up tomorrow.  Please keep praying for my man and our family, and we will continue to pray for you all.  We love you all and thank you all for your continued support.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Relishing In His Presence

Long post tonight, please read it all the way through...

Thank you all so much for your prayers for my back.  It was so sweet of my sister to enlist all fo you to pray.  I have been under doctors care for my back here at Spaulding, so I am able to take care of the pain and not be apart from Adam!  Today the doctor did some spinal injections right into my back and I am feeling much relief from them, praise the Lord!  He truly has given my what I need for each moment, and he has equipped our entire family for this journey!  Praise God the he is the God of provisions and meets all our needs.  He knows our needs before we do and already has plans to meet our needs, we just have to have faith and trust.

I can't even begin to explain God's overwhelming presence surrounding Adam, Mackenzie, and myself today.  God has truly poured out his love on us, and has whispered encouraging words in my ear.  Every time I went into prayer over Adam today I kept hearing Him tell me, "I am all you need"  "it is I who will carry you through"  "I will never let you out of my hands"  "I am all you need"... PRAISE GOD, He is all I need!  We don't have to listen to the limits placed on Adam by medical science and what the scientific world tells us about Adam's outlook, ALL WE NEED IS HIM, and I as far as I know, He is the greatest physicaian and He has plans to meet Adam's needs, one neuron, one axon, one cell at a time... it's all in HIS timing and no one else's... Amen?!!!  AMEN! 

When I am able to experience God's presence they way that I have been able to it's so much easier to keep my eyes fixed on Him, it's the days that I am still seeking Him the same, but maybe not feeling Him as close that I need to be aware and be intentional about seeking Him and keeping my eyes fixed on Him.  2 Corinthians 12:9-10 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Adam had a great day today!  The weather here in Boston was a lovely day and Adam was able to have occupational therapy outside today!  We'll come back to that... Adam started his day with Mackenzie and I walking in early this morning, before breakfast, just as he was waking up!  He was so happy to see us so early.  After we ate breakfast together, Adam got all ready for his day and started his therapies, he started with speech thereapy with Meredith.  Meredith said Adam did great, I have not been able to see much of Adam's speech therapy sessions because they are trying to elminate any subtle distractions and just the presence of someone else around is stimulating for Adam.  Both Brooke and Meredith do a good job of keeping me in the loop and included in his sessions, but I agree, he does do better with little to no distractions while he's in speech. 

After speech Adam had physical therapy, he continues to improve his walking ability and every day we are seeing his walk get stronger with every passing day.  Please keep praying for initiation and drive as he gets his walk started.  After he worked up a sweat walking he a little break before occupational therapy.  Like I mentioned above, Eri took Adam outside for OT today!  There was a man playing the bagpipes, Eri worked with Adam on getting him to transfer, as much as he could on his own, from the wheelchair to the park bench.  Eri said it was the easiest transfer yet!!!!  I think he just loved being outside!  After the bagpiper was done, Eri put Adam back into his chair and wheeled him to the railing that over looked the Charles River.  Adam was able to get his left hand onto the railing by himself, but his right side is much weaker and Eri had to help get his right hand up, as soon as he did, he pulled himself up to standing position!  It was incredible, usually it takes a ton of initiation and encouragement for him to get standing, but he did all by himself!!!  It was pretty incredible!!!

After Adam was done with OT, we watched as Mackenzie played along the river side, and we walked and talked!  He's doing so awesome!  I am so proud of him.  It sure was nice to spend a few hours outside today!  I am totally rejoicing in that!  My heart is so happy! And if that isn't good enough to rejoice in... tonight I was tucking Adam in and after we prayed, he looked me in the eyes and said "I am so in love with you!"  I love my man, and those sweet words are so precious, how lucky I am to lay my head down tonight hearing those words over and over again... I LOVE MY MAN, with all my heart!

Part of what gets us through each day is other family members and the priviledge it is to pray for them and the ones who have been blessed enough to go home.  Today we were blessed with another a visit from Gary and Holly Parrott.  They are both so encouraging and love our prayer times together, this was truly a gift today!  Adam and I also were able to meet another family who recently came to Spaulding, I was able to meet Ally, here mom and her sister.  Ally too has had a few surgeries and her hair was several different lengths, Ally's mom asked who cut Adam's hair and when I told her I did, she asked if I could even out Ally's hair... I am no hair dresser so this made me laugh, but thankfully God is strong where I am weak and I was able to help even out Ally's hair!  What a blessing it is to get to know other families.

And remember Wes, the Evans family I was telling you about that flew in from Colorado a few weeks ago, I am rejoicing in the gift he gave him mom yesterday... he hugged his mom!!!  Praise the Lord!!!  Please keep praying for Wes and his family, Wes has a long road ahead of him, pray for him to be encouraged to keep fighting a good fight.  Pray that He will be surrounded by God's love and peace and just like I pray for Adam, pray that God's presence will be so strong in Wes's room that anyone who comes in and touches Wes will forever be changed by God's love for them.

As you pray for Adam's progress as God is rebuilding him from the inside out, and as you all so faithfully pray for others that I mention on here, please continue to pray for Gary's progress, pray for Dan, pray for Mike (the patient I posted about awhile ago who has brain cancer), pray for Ben and Katie, pray for Cale and Kathleen, if you are called to pray for any of these families listed above, God will help you know how to pray for them.  It is our reseponsibiltiy as the body Christ to pray for the body of Christ.  If you are feeling led to pray for any of the above families let me know and I will see what I can do to put you in touch with the family.  Thank you for your prayers for my man and our family, we are so blessed by you all!  You too have carried us through with your love, support, letters, care packages, words of encouragement, we have come this far because you all are walking this journey with us, you all are lifting us up in prayer faithfully, there will never be enough words to express my gratitude... I am forever thankful and in love with the body of Christ!

Tomorrow I will be posting a current prayer request list for us, please know, that our greatest need is still prayer, so please keep praying for my man!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

The Great Boston Backache

So I hear there is power when you you believe it?

Amy is a warrior. She is a prayer warrior, she has lived by her marriage vows and by God's word, which is so evident in her actions especially over this past year. She has been Adam's advocate, she has been Mackenzie's rock, she has been a friend, she has been a source of hope and encouragement to those who read this blog and the families and patients she has met along the way in this journey, she has given her all and has not taken the time to think about herself once.

I ask those of you reading this right now to take some time out of your day and pray, yes of course continue to pray for Adam's full recovery, but let me ask you to spend a little more one on one time with the Big Man upstairs for my sister Amy. Please pray that the Lord will heal her back pain. She has been struggling a while with back pain and it has gotten progressively worse this week. Pray for her full recovery, give her the strength and the clear mind to start taking some time to make sure she is healthy so that she may continue to stand strong by her family's side.

"Pray without ceasing" 1 Thessalonians 5:17

...oh and yes this is Brooke, the sister writing tonight :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Faith, Hope, and Trust

Faith is belief that God is; hope is believing that God will do what He has promised, and trust is living with absolute confidence in the Father’s acceptance and unconditional love, and totally abandoning yourself to whatever He asks you to do, even when it doesn’t make sense.

I love the above quote... not sure the author, but it shows that all 3 are important, faith, hope, and trust.  My prayer continues to be that God will give us the faith we need every day, the hope we need to keep going and seeing that He is in control, and the trust we need to make it through every day knowing that He has ordained every minute of this journey for us.  As we are preparing for what might be next, we ask that you all pray for us to remain in God's will and plans for us.  I pray that we will be obedient to His calling on our lives.  We are still waiting to hear whether or not we will get to go to the facility in Florida that seems like a good fit, but if it's not where God would have us go, then I pray that the door will close quickly or swing wide open.

2 Corinthians 5:7   Faith causes you to know in your heart before you see with your eyes. "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for

Isaiah 26:4  Trust in the LORD forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.

Romans 5:3-5  Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

I am so proud of Adam... he amazes me every day how hard he pushes himself.  The last couple of days in physical therapy he has worked so hard that he actually breaks into a sweat.  Today in physical therapy Adam walked on the treadmill!  Anne put the lite gait walker the one that harnesses in Adam and holds some of his body weight as he walks... she put Adam in the lite gait and then put him on the treadmill... he did fantastic!  He walked so well, and pushed himself so hard that he was barely using the harness.  Adam had a great speech session, Brooke and Meredith are working on cognitive skills and memory.  In occupational therapy Adam worked on activities of daily living.  He brushed his teeth and was able to help shave himself.  He put on the shaving cream and shaved half of his face!  He did amazing.  I just love that he is becoming more independent.  GO ADAM!!!  Love my man!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Love My Man and Trusting God With His Healing

I will update more tomorrow, Mackenzie had the blessing of getting to spend the afternoon with friends.  I am pretty tired.

I just wanted to share this really quickly... last night and all day today I have been reflecting on God's promises and how faithful He has been.  Often I wrestle with my flesh and worry about what our future holds, but when I am obedient to God's command to not be anxious about anything but give everything up in prayer... it's there that God meets me and reminds me He is in control of Adam's healing and His timing is perfect.  He has given grace for the moment and it is sufficient.  He has reminded me that He works all things together for His good, that He has plans for Adam, plans to give Adam hope and a future.  I am rejoicing in His promises and faithfulness.  Tonight I am believing in his promises and trusting in His timing.  2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word.”

Adam has a great day.  I love the sweet moments we share together, he makes me laugh everyday.  One of my favorite moments from today was when I walked in this morning, I told Adam that I missed him so much, he then had a huge smile on his face and said to me "tell me how much you missed me"  I shared with him all the ways I love him and told him how proud of him I am for how hard he works.  He reached over to me and told me loved me so much and he thanked me for loving him, I LOVE MY MAN.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Living Hope

1 Peter 1:3-9   Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

I know that I have mentioned this before, but I am so thankful and appreciative for God's word.  I love that it is ALIVE and it's His Living word!  I may have read a passage before, but then read it again as if I have never seen it before and it speaks directly to my heart, as if God himself is writing on my soul.  The above passage just came alive to me today... as I read it "in his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope" he birthed in me and in Adam and in Mackenzie a "living hope".  It hit me that as we are actively seeking God, to know Him, to grow in Him, then the hope that is living is growing as well.  If we are stagnant so will be our faith, if our heart is deferred so is our hope.  If our faith is dead so is our living hope.  Oh how grateful I am that my Savior loved me enough to give me the gift of His mercy so that I could be birthed into a living hope, Amen?!!!!  I love the living word, praise God it's alive and oh how I praise Him and adore Him as He writes scripture onto my heart and soul.

The Root's had another fantastic day.  We attended church via live broadcast which we love, we visited with Adam's dad Jack and his uncle Doug until they had to catch their flight home.  We hung out, we talked, listened to music, enjoyed an evening stroll and visited with other families, and staff.  I am so in awe of all that God is doing and I continue to approach the throne of grace with boldness asking to see His hand faithfully knit Adam together from the inside out. At one point in time when we were walking my heart was so overwhelmed with thanksgiving that I told Adam I needed to stop and just pray a prayer of thanksgiving... Adam prayed as well, he prayed giving thanks to God for all that He has done.  We continue to give thanks for all that He has done, all that He is doing in the moment, and all that is yet to come.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

A Day Of Visitors!

Today was a jammed packed day for Adam.  We rejoiced in the fact that Adam made the therapy lists today!  He was able to have both occupational therapy and physical therapy! 

Adam had such a good day today, after therapies Dan and his brother Mike came by to visit Adam!  It was so amazing to see Adam's reaction to seeing Dan, he heard Dan's voice then when he saw him Adam had the biggest smile on his face!  He even laughed at one of Dan's jokes... it was so great to see the two of them interacting again.  I know Adam has missed Dan, it was so obvious by seeing both of them. 

Dan and Mike

Mackenzie too had a visitor today, Savannah is a friends of Wes's family (Wes is another patient that I have mentioned a few times)  Savannah and Mackenzie are the same age and have a lot in common... so awesome that they were able to forge such a special friendship.  Truly an answer to prayer.
Savannah and Mackenzie

We were blessed with even more visitors, Sean our favorite EMT stopped by to check on Adam and see how he's progressing along!  It was so good to see Sean.  Then a little later Jeff and Stephanie came up for a visit  Jennifer, Stephanie's mom and Tony, Jeff's best friend came with them.  Such a wonderful visit and to have a few laughs.  Adam's dad and uncle Doug are here visiting from Oregon, which has been fun to spend time with them... I can't believe how many visitors we had today!  We are so blessed.

Tucking Adam in at night is my favorite time of the day and the hardest time of the day.  I love the tender and sweet moments we share and I hate the fact that when it's over I hate that I have to leave.  Tonight while we were tucking him in, Mackenzie started to laugh and then I started to laugh and it caused Adam to laugh... so there the 3 of us were laughing as we were getting ready to say our goodbyes... I just love our time together as a family.  Adam is pretty tired from such a busy day, please pray that he will sleep well, please continue to join me in praying for his God's healing hands to continue to rebuild Adam from the inside out. 

We continue to rejoice and give thanks for all that God has done in Adam's journey, the healing that has taken place, the lives that have been forever changed, and the opportunity He has given us to be His vessels.  Psalm 69:40 I will praise God's name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Rejoicing In God's Miracles

Today has been another miraculous day for us!  Adam had such an amazing day!  He started his day with speech therapy, Brooke and Meredith gave Adam the first of many cognitive skills test to see just where he is.  He was able to respond to every question.  He even counted 1-10 several times.  He followed all their commands and did well on his test.  His next test for cognitive thinking skills will be Monday at 11:00am (EST) so please be praying for my man!  Next up was occupational therapy, Eri stretched Adam's tightest muscles.  She also laid him on his stomach to stretch his hips and back, while laying on his stomach we were able to to hear Adam's voice loud and clear, it was amazing! 

Last therapy of the day was physical therapy, Adam had the best session EVER... and those were the words of Anne, his physical therapist.  Adam starts most sessions off with walking with the Atlas walker, today was no different, Anne started with the Atlas walker, but Adam decided he didn't want to do that.  So he climbed on top of the walker as if he was going to take a ride.  We took the walker away and instead of using a walker Adam walked down the hall with Anne and an aide assisting him, he was determined to walk on his own today!  After walking Anne worked with Adam to see if he was able to lay on the mat, then get on his hands and knees, then onto his knees and then roll from his stomach, side, then to his back... what can I say other than my man is amazing because he was able to do all that was asked of him with some assistance!  GO ADAM!!!

I was able to share such a sweet and tender moment between Adam and I tonight as I was tucking him in.  I asked him to pray for us tonight and his prayer was one that I had to write down so I will never forget it.  His prayer was a total prayer of thanksgiving, he gave God thanks for all that he has gone through and for letting him help so many people.  He gave thanks to the Lord for all that he has.  He ended his prayer telling God that he loved him... it was such a tender and sweet prayer.  I hope to never forget it, that in the midst of what could be seen as difficulties, my man was giving thanks!  I challenge you all to give thanks no matter your difficulties or life's challenges.  Ephesians 5:20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Encouraging Others Is Powerful

Yesterday I mentioned the power of encouragement and I was thinking about the importance of encouraging those around us, not just those in our family.  Most days I work really hard to encourage those who are working with Adam, his therapists, nurses, aides, anyone who has contact with Adam.  It lets them know that what they do matters, and that it's a blessing to us that they work so hard for my man.  I came across this story and had to share it... it shows the power of encouragement.... it's a long story, but worth the read...

The Power of Encouragement!
by: Bill Bratt

Jean Thompson stood in front of her fifth-grade class on the first day of school in the fall and she told her students a lie. She looked at her pupils and told them that she loved them all the same, and that she would treat them all alike. And that was impossible because there in front of her, slumped in his seat on the third row, was a little boy named: Teddy Stoddard.

Mrs. Thompson had watched Teddy the year before and noticed he didn't play well with the other children, his clothes were wrinkled and he constantly needed a bath.

It got to the point during the first few months that she would actually take delight in marking his papers with a broad red pen, marking bold X's and marking the 'F' at the top of the paper biggest of all. Teddy was a sullen little boy, and nobody seemed to enjoy him.

At the school where Mrs. Thompson taught, she was required to review each child's records and - because of things - she put Teddy's off until the last. But when she opened his file, she was in for a SURPRISE. His first-grade teacher had written: "Teddy is a bright, inquisitive child with a ready laugh. He does work neatly and has good manners.... he is a joy to be around." His second-grade teacher wrote: "Teddy is an excellent student and is well-liked by his classmates - but he is troubled because his mother has a terminal illness and life at home must be a struggle."

His third-grade teacher recorded: "Teddy continues to work hard but his mother's death has been hard on him. He tries to do his best but his father doesn't show much interest and his home life will soon affect him if some steps aren't taken."

Teddy's fourth-grade teacher wrote: "Teddy is withdrawn and doesn't show much interest in school. He doesn't have many friends and sometimes sleeps in class. He is tardy and could become a problem."
By now Mrs. Thompson realized the problem, but Christmas was coming quickly. It was all she could do, with the school play and all, until the day before the holidays began and she was suddenly forced to focus on Teddy Stoddard on that last day before the Christmas break.

Her students brought her presents, all in gay ribbon and bright paper, except for Teddy's, which was clumsily wrapped in the heavy, brown paper of a scissored cut grocery bag. Mrs. Thompson took pains to open it in the middle of the other presents and some of the children started to laugh when she found a rhinestone bracelet, with some of the stones missing, and a bottle of cologne that was one quarter full. She stifled the laughter. Then she exclaimed how pretty the bracelet was, putting it on, and she dabbled some of the perfume behind the other wrist.

At the end of the day, as the other children joyously raced from the room, Teddy Stoddard stayed behind, just long enough to say, "Mrs. Thompson, today you smelled just like my mom used to." As soon as Teddy left, Mrs. Thompson knelt at her desk and cried for a least an hour. On that very day, she quit teaching reading, writing and spelling. Instead she began to teach children.

Jean Thompson paid particular attention to one they all called Teddy. As she worked with him, his mind seemed to come alive. The more she ENCOURAGED him, the faster he responded and, on days that there would be an important test, Mrs. Thompson would remember the cologne that Teddy had given her. By the end of the year Teddy had become one of the smartest children in the class. He had also become the "pet" of the teacher who had once vowed she loved of her students exactly the same.

A year later she found a note under her door, from Teddy, telling her that of all the teachers he'd had in elementary school, she was his favorite. Six years went by before she got another note from Teddy. He wrote that as he finished high school, third in his class, and that she was still his favorite teacher. Four years after that, she got another letter, saying that while things had been tough at times, that he'd stayed in school, and would graduate from college with the highest of honors. He assured Mrs. Thompson she was still his favorite teacher. Then four more years passed and yet another letter came. This time he explained that after he got his bachelor's degree, he decided to go a little further. He told her that she was still his favorite teacher but that now his name was a little longer. The letter was signed, "Theodore F. Stoddard, M.D."

The story doesn't end yet. There was another letter that spring. Teddy said that he had met a girl and was to be married. He explained that his father had died a couple of years ago and he was wondering if Mrs. Thompson might agree to sit in the pew usually reserved for the mother of the groom. From this story you can see how encouragement can affect other people. Mrs. Thompson's first impression was wrong about Teddy. Once she knew more about him she changed her attitude toward him. Her words and actions changed from discouragement to encouragement. That encouragement changed the life of a little boy named Teddy. It gave him a challenge, something to live for.

This story reallys shows the power and influence that we have when we encourage those around us.  Hebrews 3:13 says   But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today" I challenge you all to find someone and reach out to encourage them... ask God to show you someone in your life that needs encouragement, be obedient and do as you have been commanded to do by God's Holy Word, blessings await you and those you will encourage.

Today was another day of encouraging Adam through his day.  He did really well today!  His day started with speech therapy, Adam didn't seem to excited about speech therapy today, but Brooke was doing her best to find someting that interested Adam.  Please keep praying for Adam to stay engaged with Brooke and to work with her.  Pray that he will not shut her out.  Adam also has a lot of numbness, tingling in his face so he tends to get distracted to itch his face, please pray for this to subside and for it not to interefere with his therapy sessions.

In physical therapy Adam did awesome and stayed busy with Anne the whole sessions.  He walked several laps in the hallway and then Anne took him into the gym and they worked together on climbing the stairs.  He is getting so strong and gaining so much muscle back, he looks amazing!  In occupational therapy, Adam continued to work on his sitting balance.  While he was sitting on his own he worked on this board that had bolts sticking up from it, he had to screw on the washers and the nuts onto the bolts, he did great!   He was able to screw them on and off!  GO ADAM!!!  I am so proud of him and how hard he worked today!  Can't wait to see what tomorrow will hold for us... believing that God will provide more miracles and blessings!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Encouragement Is Huge

One thing that I continue to learn and see every day is the power of encouragement.  The way Adam responds to words of affirmation and encouragement is pretty remarkable... there is a noticeable difference and change in Adam when I cheer him along.  I love that as my role as Adam's wife I am his helpmate and in this season of our lives it means being his cheerleader.  I thank God daily that He chose me to be the one along Adam's side to cheer him along.  It is such an honor to be my man's wife!  The bible is so clear about kind words bringing cheer.  Proverbs 12:25 Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.  It's amazing to see that when I feel helpless watching Adam endure so much and struggle so much, that in my helplessness, God can still use me and by encouraging Adam, God uses that to lift my spirit and get me excited for what is yet to come!

Adam has had the best day he's had in the last 3 weeks, I finally feel as though the medications are starting to balance out again.  Last night, Dr. Aiesha was on-call and she sat with me and went through recent medication changes that I had been concerned about, she reassured me that changes were in his best interest and it was just going to be a waiting game till we will see the results... and today we were seeing results. 

Adam started his day with occupational therapy.  Eri worked with Adam on getting ready for his day, he did great washing himself in the shower, and getting dressed.  He put on his shirt all by himself!  Eri ran short on time so I helped Adam finish his day, he brushed his teeth and spit today (for the first time in weeks!) and then he helped shave himself!  He did awesome! 

Thank you for your prayers regarding Adam's speech therapy, I think we have come up with an awesome solution!  Adam will continue to work with Brooke and also Meredith who has worked in the brain injury speech department for quite some time!  This will be great for both Adam and Brooke.  Adam will get the added bonus of another therapist and new ideas and the experience Meredith has to bring to the table and it's great for Brooke to be able gain more tools in her tool belt by working with Meredith.  A win win for all of us!  Today in speech Adam was moved up to the next level of foods!  So now all his food looks like real food and not pureed or ground!  GO ADAM!!!

In physical therapy Adam was busy... he started with walking with the Atlas walker the taller one, then Anne switched him to a regular walker, he did great!  It takes different muscles to use the regular walker rather than the Atlas walker, it was awesome to see him cruising down the hall today.  After a few laps in the hall it was off to the gym to work on stretching while standing and multitasking.  Again, Adam is incredible, he did amazing and followed all the commands he was given!  GO ADAM!

Tonight Adam's dad and his uncle Doug came into town for a visit.  It was good to see them and for Jack to see how far Adam has come since the last time he was here!  Adam just looks amazing, and especially today he was looking so incredibly handsome.  I just love my man.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Trusting God, For He Is Our Source Of Hope and Strength

Thank you all for praying for Adam throughout this journey, your prayers are what helps us continue to make it through each day.  Your prayers, letters, and words of encouragement continue to help us keep our eyes focused on God and give us the strength we need for the moment.  I am giving thanks for you all tonight.  I also ask for you to please continue to keep praying for my man, and offer praise offerings for all that God has done in Adam's healing.  Colossians 4:2 Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving.

So yesterday I worked with Adam on blowing bubbles.  In order for him to be able to use his voice while speaking he needs to take a deep breath and use his breath to speak.  So that's where the bubbles come in... I blew the bubbles and I showing him that I was taking deeper breaths than he was and that's why my voice is louder.  I was talking him through all of this and he blew his first bubble!  I was ecstatic!  Adam and I also worked on exercising his tongue so that he could use it to form the words that he wants to use.  Sometimes his tongue tends to get stuck, so please be praying for his.  In speech today he worked with Brooke on stretching while trying to talk and when he was doing this we were able to hear his voice a little louder!  It's just a matter of time before he'll be using his voice all the time.  Please keep praying that Adam will have the strength to keep working on using his voice while trying to speak.

In physical therapy today, Anne had the day off, so Adam worked with Chris.  She started Adam off by stretching Adam as well as putting him in positions where Adam would have to correct his positioning, it was so awesome to see his protective response and to see him have the strength to correct his positioning.  Then she worked with Adam on walking, Adam did great! I love that he's walking just about every day.  Even though he's walking with a walker now, he's getting used to being up on his two feet... it will only be a matter of time before he's walking on his own!  We are continuing to trust God in Adam's healing and my hope is in him for rebuilding Adam from the inside out.

The best part of the day is dinner time when the 3 of us are back together and we share our days together.  Adam and I love to hear about Mackenzie's day, and I know she enjoys hearing the hero that her dad is.  I treasure our family moments and give God thanks for every one of them.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Loving My Man!

I LOVE MY MAN!  I just absolutely love how much he loves me, even when I push him and he argues with me, I can tell how much he loves me.  Today I was working with Adam in between therapies and I was pushing him to see just how much he could do and while he was doing awesome, he got so irritated with me.  Once I was able to show him how much he accomplished before he got irritated he finished what he started... I am so incredibly proud of how hard my man works every day and how hard he fights this brain injury. 

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...  by Elizabeth Barrett Browning

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of everyday's
Most quiet need, by sun and candle-light.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, --- I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! --- and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.

Adam had an awesome day in therapy... he started the day with speech therapy, Adam did pretty good talking to the therapist.  He answered most of the questions, and stayed engaged with the therapist the whole time!  He did great!  Next was physical therapy and of course he walked!  He did great, as we were walking Anne said to me, I bet he could do the stairs in the gym... so into the gym we went and once Adam realized the stairs were in front of him, he automatically started going.  He went up 3 steps and then came back down and the he did it again. He worked so hard that he broke into a sweat.  In occupational therapy Eri worked with Adam on his activities of daily living.  He brushed his teeth and worked on shaving himself again.  This time when he shaved himself, he shaved under his nose and part of his cheek all by himself!  I am so proud of him!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Love Sundays...

Psalm 40:16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who long for your saving help always say, “The LORD is great!”

I'm sure I have mentioned this so many times, but I just love Sundays.  They have always been a family day for us and the last 9 and half months has been no different.  Today was an unusual warm day here, but it was forecasted to pour down rain, so we raced against the rain and took Adam outside today.  We spent about an hour outside before it started to drizzle.  When we got back into Adam's room, Kendra (Adam's main nurse) had the window opened for us so that we could have fresh air... it was so great to get that fresh air in Adam's stale hospital room, what a difference that made for all of us!

Later in the afternoon we were preparing for visitors so Mackenzie turned Adam's room into a living room, she was so funny.  Mike and Liz and Norman and Joanna came for a visit.  It was so great getting to spend the afternoon with them.  It was so good to hear Mike's laugh again... he also came back into the unit walking!!!  It was fantastic!!!  They all played a couple games Mackenzie made up too... any of you who know Mackenzie has probably been lucky enough to enjoy one of her creative games.  At one point in time the nurse walked in to check on Adam and all of had stickers on our foreheads as part of the game... what a sight we must have been.  Adam, Mackenzie, and I so enjoyed their company.  I love the friends that God has brought us along this journey, he has hand picked the some amazing people!
Mike (in front) Joanna (behind Mike) Norman (hiding behind Joanna) Liz (next to Norman)

The three of us ended our evening tonight with an amazing meal that Norman, Joanna, Mike, and Liz brought for us and we watched America's Funniest Videos.  Adam just loves that show, every time we watch he laughs.  What an amazing day we were able to rejoice in today!  I just love our family days. This evening as we were tucking Adam in, I had turned to get Adam what needed for the night, and I came back to see Mackenzie singing to Adam the David Crowder song "Everything Glorious", it was so sweet.  I just love my family. Tonight I am rejoicing and counting my blessings for my man and my kiddo.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Thank You For Your Prayers Today

I just wanted to thank you all so much for spending the day in prayer over my man! I loved hearing some of your stories of your prayer time, it was so sweet that you all shared them with us and took time to pray for us.  We are so blessed.

1 Timothy 2:1 "I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone"

We were rejoicing in the day today!  Adam made the therapy list!  On Saturdays if you make the therapy list it's a gift!  Adam made the occupational therapy and physical therapy list!!!  Today Adam's muscles were very tight... so in occupational therapy Karla stretched Adam so loosen him up a bit, it helped for a little bit, but please pray for his muscles to loosen up and not be so tight.  In physical therapy Adam practiced walking again... but because he was so tight he was really struggling.

Please keep praying for my man.  Pray specifically for him to be encouraged and for leaps and bounds of gains.  Thank you for praying for my man and for our family.  Never give up praying for FULL restoration.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Tomorrow March 5th Pray For Adam's Journey

Quick update tonight...

Adam has had a much improved day today!  As soon as I walked in this morning he was talking to me and responding to my questions.  First up was speech, he did great exercising his vocal cords and answering the questions that the therapist asked him.  (Brooke was off today so he had a visiting speech therapist)  After assessing Adam's chewing and swallowing reflex, she is going to recommend a meal trial for the next level of foods!  This would allow Adam to have food choices and not the same meals over and over again!

In physical therapy Adam worked with Anne on walking.  His walk is improving every day!  Today was the first day we saw him walk heal to toe!  He was also initiating standing from his chair.  Inititation is where Adam struggles, usually when he's up, he's can cruise, but it's getting him to initiate that is sometimes challenging so to see his initiation to stand and walk was an answer to prayer!  He walked with a regular walker today instead of the Atlas walker and also walked with the therapist and the hall rail.  Again, every day we are seeing huge improvements in Adam's physical abilities!

In occupational therapy, Eri worked worked hard with Adam keeping him moving... she worked with Adam on following commands while multi-tasking.  I was so proud of him to see how hard he was working.  He's amazing!

I had a quick conversation in the hall today with Dr. Chae and he said that he was encouraged today seeing that Adam was improving and looking better than he did at the beginning of the week.  What a relief!  I'm so excited at seeing the power of prayer.  Please keep praying for my man.  Please don't forget tomorrow, Saturday March 5th is a day of prayer for Adam's journey.  Thank you for your prayers.  James 5:15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Praying That We Remain In Him

I am praising the Lord for Adam's CT results today!  The CT scan showed improvements in his ventricles, and no issues with his shunt!  This led to the next conversation, and pondering what could it be that is causing him to be so off... Dr. Chae told me that he thinks as Adam has been becoming more alert and aware, he has also becoming more aware of his surroundings and deficits, it could be causing some depression.  Dr. Chae started Adam on an antidepressant to see if that will help.  Please pray for Adam to be encouraged and to be able to see how far he has come and to continue to have the strength to persevere.  Please, please keep praying for Adam's FULL restoration.  I believe God is rebuilding Adam and he will be rebuilt.

David Jeremiah writes in My Heart’s Desire:

"You may sometimes feel awkward and uncomfortable, and find yourself saying, “Is this really true? I don’t see anything in it. I don’t hear God’s voice. I don’t feel His presence.” There are days like that for all of us. The pursuit of God has no shortcuts. You simply must keep walking, keep seeking, and keep yearning. Keep at it, and you won’t be disappointed." 

John 15:5-6 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.

I know so many of you have faithfully been praying for him, it shows!  Today Adam's day showed some improvement, he has been talking more today and pushing himself again!  In physical therapy he went back to brace clinic to make sure the braces he had made for him fit well and do what they are suppose to do.  Adam got the brace on and just took off walking with Anne in his walker.  He was doing so well she then took away the walker and Adam walked with Anne and the physical therapy aide Stephanie.  He was doing so well Anne wanted to see how well he would do holding onto the rail and Anne, he did well.  He continues to build strength with every step.  I could believe how much he walked today, he did great!  GO ADAM!  In speech therapist he actually spoke with a little more than a whisper.  He did awesome!  By the afternoon Adam was pretty tired and seemed extra sleepy so in occupational therapy today Eri worked on stretching Adam. 

Please continue to pray for Adam to make the improvements necessary to get back to where he was a few weeks ago.  Like I mentioned yesterday prayer still is our greatest need.  Please keep praying for my man!

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