Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fun and Relaxing Day

It's been a relaxing day here for all three of us.  Adam, Mackenzie, and I spent a lot of time outside today.  It was such a beautiful day here.  The 3 of us played a game, read, and just spent time being a family.  I just rejoice in the time we get to spend being a family, these moments are never taken for granted.  I am so thankful that God has blessed us with these moments to create new memories together as a whole family, what a gift it is. 

My most precious moments I spend with my husband are the moments we spend in prayer together.  I was pondering and amazed that Adam is always quick to pray and he knows that he is a man of faith. And it struck me, when we give our lives to God He touches our soul, He resides in our soul...  no injury can damage that, amen?!!!  Our souls are not part of our physical bodies... I am rejoicing in this!  I love that God protects our souls... Adam is evidence of this!  Job 12:10 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.

Friday, April 29, 2011

We Are All Royalty

So many people made a rather large deal out of the royal wedding that took place today, at first I was a little annoyed thinking to myself, my goodness cities have been wiped off the map recently in our own country and the only thing being discussed was this wedding.  I'm not going to lie, this really upset me... but as I was pondering the thought of the huge ordeal surrounding this wedding I started to ponder that I too am royalty.  Royalty to the Almighty King of kings, and the huge ordeal that took place today was nothing in comparison to the parties and celebrations that take place when we give our lives to proclaim that our Savior is Lord of lords, and King of kings. 

Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.  What an incredible thought of the royal celebration that took place the day that I gave my life to my first love, my Savior... and oh how I can't wait till the day when He calls me home to be able to see the celebration first hand.  Until then I pray that I will be obedient to His calling on my life as His servant.

One thing I am celebrating that came from the royal wedding today is the Word of God being read on national TV for billions of people to hear it... and praise God that the scripture read was Romans 12... I love this chapter.  During my six weeks of stillness before Adam's accident this was the chapter I was meditating on.  Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.  Romans 12:9-10 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love.  Romans 12:11 keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  This is a great chapter to meditate on, I urge you all to spend some time reflecting on this chapter and asking God to transform you through the renewing of your mind, believe me... He will!

Adam had another great day here.  He had a full day of therapies from 10:00-5:30pm.  I was amazed to see him participate in every moment of his day. He was so active today.  He walked the longest walk yet today in physical therapy and told me he wasn't sure why he had this chair (meaning his wheelchair), he could walk just fine.  I love that he works so hard!  There will be a day soon that he won't need his chair all the time, but for now it helps keep him safe until he is able to build the endurance, and balance to walk longer distances.   One of my favorite moments today was watching Adam participate in the physical therapy group session, they incorporated dance moves with lifting weights (similar to aerobics), he did amazing and really got into it, he got his groove on!

This evening we brought Adam over again for dinner and after dinner I gave him a computer programming book (for those of you who don't know, Adam loves to program, he did it for a living, but it's always been his favorite hobby).  We know for sure that Adam can read, he started reading in speech therapy this week, and tonight he was reading his book.  He took his feet off his foot rests and reclined them on the couch, eating a Popsicle while reading his book, he looked so natural... it was so awesome to watch.  When I asked what he was reading, he told me I'm reading C Sharp (this is the computer language he most likes to program in).  GO ADAM!!!  I am so proud of my man!

My favorite moment from the day... at the end of the day all the participants gather and have a reflection time on their day.  Adam told the group that he was most thankful for his family, he looked at Mackenzie and I and said, I love you both!  Words will never express how much I love that man, with every passing moment my love for him grows deeper and deeper.  I praise God for giving me my own prince,  Adam is worthy every ounce of honor and respect I have... and I know how much my prince loves me... he shows me everyday by working so hard to recover from his brain injury. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

God Is Bigger Every Step Of The Way

Rejoicing in the day again today!  God is so good all the time! 

I consider myself so blessed to physically see miracles... with every passing day that Adam is improving and gaining progress, it's miracles!  Praise the Lord that He is bigger than Adam's brain injury.

2 Chronicles 2:5-6  “The temple I am going to build will be great, because our God is greater than all other gods. But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him?

What a mighty and big God I serve that the highest of heavens cannot contain Him!

Today was such a great day.  Adam started his day off so content and happy, smiling and talking with everyone.  In speech therapy, Lily asked him 2 questions at once and Adam responded... "you're confusing me and I'm confused enough as it is"  I just loved his ability to express himself.  He had a great day in therapies and was busy from 9am this morning till 4pm this afternoon.

After therapies, Mackenzie and I brought him over to our apartment and cooked dinner with Adam.  Then for the first time in almost a year, we sat down as a family in our home away from home and had dinner as a family!!!  Praise the Lord for these precious moments we shared, to Him be the glory!  Dinner time in our family has always been important and since Adam and I have been married we have always sat down as a family for dinner, so tonight was so special to have that time restored!  After dinner Adam wheeled into the kitchen and talked with me as I did the dishes.  I just loved this time together!  We then made cookies for the staff at NeuroRestorative and took them over.  It was a really nice evening here so I took Adam outside and we played catch.  I'm sure Adam will sleep well tonight, he's had a busy day today.

I am rejoicing tonight in God's plans for our family, and giving him thanks for bringing us to such an incredible facility.  What a blessing it is.  We will continue to trust in God and His plans for our family every step of the way.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

A Heart of Thankfulness

Today I have been trying to focus my attention on God and all that I am thankful for.  I have been offering up thanksgiving all day, and I was reading and researching thanksgiving when I came across this story by Paul Aurandt...

It is gratitude that prompted an old man to visit an old broken pier on the eastern seacoast of Florida. Every Friday night, until his death in 1973, he would return, walking slowly and slightly stooped with a large bucket of shrimp. The sea gulls would flock to this old man, and he would feed them from his bucket. Many years before, in October, 1942, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker was on a mission in a B-17 to deliver an important message to General Douglas MacArthur in New Guinea. But there was an unexpected detour which would hurl Captain Eddie into the most harrowing adventure of his life.

Somewhere over the South Pacific the Flying Fortress became lost beyond the reach of radio. Fuel ran dangerously low, so the men ditched their plane in the ocean...For nearly a month Captain Eddie and his companions would fight the water, and the weather, and the scorching sun. They spent many sleepless nights recoiling as giant sharks rammed their rafts. The largest raft was nine by five. The biggest shark...ten feet long.

But of all their enemies at sea, one proved most formidable: starvation. Eight days out, their rations were long gone or destroyed by the salt water. It would take a miracle to sustain them. And a miracle occurred. In Captain Eddie's own words, "Cherry," that was the B- 17 pilot, Captain William Cherry, "read the service that afternoon, and we finished with a prayer for deliverance and a hymn of praise. There was some talk, but it tapered off in the oppressive heat. With my hat pulled down over my eyes to keep out some of the glare, I dozed off."

Now this is still Captain Rickenbacker talking..."Something landed on my head. I knew that it was a sea gull. I don't know how I knew, I just knew. Everyone else knew too. No one said a word, but peering out from under my hat brim without moving my head, I could see the expression on their faces. They were staring at that gull. The gull meant food...if I could catch it."

And the rest, as they say, is history. Captain Eddie caught the gull. Its flesh was eaten. Its intestines were used for bait to catch fish. The survivors were sustained and their hopes renewed because a lone sea gull, uncharacteristically hundreds of miles from land, offered itself as a sacrifice. You know that Captain Eddie made it.

And now you also know...that he never forgot. Because every Friday evening, about sunset...on a lonely stretch along the eastern Florida seacoast...you could see an old man walking...white-haired, bushy-eyebrowed, slightly bent. His bucket filled with shrimp was to feed the gulls...to remember that one which, on a day long past, gave itself without a struggle...like manna in the wilderness.

What an incredible example of showing gratitude.  Today was a day of mixed blessings, Adam was very agitated today (a blessing to see as it shows signs and progress in the brain healing itself), but it's hard to watch Adam be so agitated and not be able to understand fully why.  So instead of being upset, I just praised God and thanked Him for all the healing that has taken place, that is taking place, and that is still to come!  I have so much to be thankful for.  I was reflecting back to the first day after Adam's accident when I was told that there was a good chance he wasn't going to make it and if he did he would never be able to speak or understand language... praise God that He is bigger than Adam's brain injury because we all know that God has healed Adam and made him able to speak and understand language!  There is so much be to give God thanks for!  I praise God every day that Adam is speaking and understanding and today was no exception... this morning when I walked in and said good morning to Adam, he said good morning back and then told me that I was pretty.  Praise God that he speaks, it was so awesome to hear my man tell me I was pretty!  What girl doesn't want to hear that?!!!  What a blessing!
 
Since Adam was having a bit of a rough day I was able to participate in the group sessions.  One of Adam's group therapy sessions today was yoga, I was stunned watching him today, he followed every direction and every move!!!  It was so incredible to see him stay focused for a 45 minute yoga class!  GO ADAM!  He did great in all his therapies today and I love to watch his therapists fall in love with him too!  Adam has really taken to his occupational therapist Terri, and she him... I love watching Adam respond to what ever it she is working with him on!  God has hand picked some incredible people to work with Adam and we are so blessed.
 
Psalm 30:11-12 You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A Great Day For Fishing!

After therapies this morning, Adam spent the afternoon at the local watering hole fishing with fellow participants (NeuroRestorative doesn't refer to them as patients, they call them participants, because they are participating in a rehab program... I like that Adam is no longer in a hospital and no longer a patient!!!) and all the therapists.  He did a great, no fish were caught, but Adam's line was nibbled on! 

Adam had a busy day before he went fishing... he had a full day of therapies and played a full game of badminton with all the participants at NeuroRestorative!  He's amazing, he pushes himself and strives to do his best every day!  I am amazed at his strength and I have so much respect and admiration for how hard he works and how much he continues to persevere through his injury. 

Adam and I shared so many sweet moments today, when I walked in this morning he turned to me and said "there she is! I was just telling them (meaning the staff) that you were on your way"  I then asked him if he was waiting for me and he said "of course".  I just love my man!  Then this evening we were able to get an hour to ourselves and we had the best conversation talking about our future, our dreams, how Adam feels... and then we just started giving God thanks for all that He has done.  We sang together the courus of How Great Is Our God...

How great is our God,

sing with me
How great is our God,
and all will see
How great
How great is our God

It was so great to hear his voice as we sang together!  It was just a really special time together.  I truly love Adam more with every passing moment, he is an incredible husband, and an awesome dad!  I am truly blessed that he chose me to be his wife.

My time with Adam parreled my time in the Word today.  I was reading in Psalms and I just loved this Psalm 147:4-5 He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.

Great is our Lord and mighty in power is He... just look at what He had done with Adam!!! 

Monday, April 25, 2011

To God Be The Glory

What a wonderful day!  Thank you all for praying for Mackenzie, she had a fantastic first day of school here in Orlando!  She has not stopped talking about one girl in particular so hopefully this will be the beginning of a wonderful friendship for her!  Before school this morning I was telling Mackenzie that God has made her a mighty warrior too, she has heard me tell Adam so many times that he's a mighty warrior, but this morning was the first time she has heard me say it to her.  She is a warrior and I am so proud of her too, just like God has equipped and sustained Adam and myself for this journey, He has done the same for her.  I am so proud of her ability to adapt and do what she has to do (starting a new school every time Adam's been transferred).  Last week was a rough week of transition with her, but after establishing a routine and getting back to school today, she seems to be doing so much better!  Thank you for your prayers.

To God be the glory for how far he has brought Adam. In a few weeks it will have been a year since Adam's accident and all I can say is, to God be the glory! Through God's strength and mighty hand, Adam has defied all the odds stacked up against him... it's only by God's hand that Adam is where He is today! He is worthy of all my praise, all my adoration, all my attention... to Him be the glory. Jeremiah 9:24 "But let him that glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight", says the Lord.
I am amazed at Adam's progress in one week's time of being here at NeuroRestorative.  His voice is back!!!!  Praise the Lord!!!!  He's talking and using his voice so clearly and loudly!  It's amazing!  Today he even told me that he needed his computer because he needed to program something.  He initiated quite a few conversations today and backed me up in my parenting Mackenzie.  I was telling her to do something and she wasn't moving to do it, and Adam said in his firm dad voice, "Mackenzie go now, listen to your mom"!!!  I told him what an amazing dad he is!  He was involved in a meet and greet group today and he introduced himself and told the group that he had his wife Amy and daughter Mackenzie, he also let the group know the company that he works for!  To God be the glory!

Adam's done so amazing in the time that we have been here, he's become so much more independent.  After being helped into the shower, he showers himself, and then after being assisted out he dresses himself!  I was told that he requested that no female staff is to help him, only the guys.  In occupational therapy today Terri (his occupational therapist) assisted Adam with his activities of daily living, this means helping him get his day started and establishing a routine, she also assists Adam in getting ready for his day.  She showed Adam how to get from his bed to his chair and he did most of it by himself.

In speech therapy today Adam had the best speech therapy session I have seen yet!  He put together puzzles, and spoke clearly and loudly answering every question that Lilly (speech therapist) asked him.  It was amazing!  He told her the days of the week and counted as high as she asked!  He's amazing!  After speech Adam participates in yoga, he would have never tried yoga before his accident, but today he told me he really likes yoga.  This afternoon he had physical therapy with Lisa (his physical therapist), they played badminton together and then walked around the entire facility, it was the longest walk I've seen Adam do!  Adam used his walker and she helped show him how to keep the walker on the ground and that was it...  he did the rest, he's so strong!  After taking a break this afternoon, the rest of the day he tried to stand on his own and tried getting out of his chair.  He told me he wanted to walk for himself instead of having to walk his chair around too.  He's come so far and to God be the glory!

With Adam making such huge gains and becoming so much more alert and aware, I won't always get to be in his therapy sessions because it could get really distracting.  At Spaulding Adam would be in the gym with so many therapists and so many other patients, but when he's in the gym here it's just him and the therapist for the most part, so I don't want to be a distraction... he's working so hard.  But today was nice to be able to see all his therapy sessions and to spend the whole day with him.  Tonight when I was leaving, I told him that I felt like the luckiest girl in the world, because he's such an amazing husband and he works so hard for his family, he told me he was the lucky one... I think we're both blessed to have each other.  I just love him! To God be the glory.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!!!

I love Easter, Easter is my favorite holiday to celebrate.   I love celebrating that death has no sting, no grip on me, because He gave His life for me, He loves me so much that He wants to spend eternity with me... how awesome is that!  I love my Jesus!

One of my favorite worship songs is "In Christ Alone" and today Mackenzie and I went to church and that song was played... read the lyrics and just let them sink in for a moment.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

In Christ alone! who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe!
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones he came to save:
Till on that cross as Jesus died,
The wrath of God was satisfied -
For every sin on Him was laid;
Here in the death of Christ I live.

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain:
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave he rose again!
And as He stands in victory
Sin's curse has lost its grip on me,
For I am His and He is mine -
Bought with the precious blood of Christ.

No guilt in life, no fear in death,
This is the power of Christ in me;
From life's first cry to final breath.
Jesus commands my destiny.
No power of hell, no scheme of man,
Can ever pluck me from His hand;
Till He returns or calls me home,
Here in the power of Christ I'll stand.

Praise the Lord, that there is no guilt in life, no fear in death because of Christ in me... He only resides in me because He gave His life for me... that's worth celebrating every moment of every day not just Easter.  As I mentioned above, Mackenzie and I made it to church this morning!!!! First time in many, many months!!!  Oh how I love to worship my sweet Jesus and hear His word preached!  One of my favorite passages was read today, Acts 17:24-31... Paul is witnessing to the people of Athens, and I love how simple and sweet his message is.
 
Acts 17:24-31 
“The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.  From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.  ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill.  In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.  For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.”

What a mighty God I serve.  When I read this passage, it makes me want to share with anyone around me how awesome and mighty He is. 

At church this morning Mackenzie and I were invited to lunch with a very sweet couple, Larry and Carol Schatz.  It was so nice to spend Easter with someone and to get to know them.  I know I have mentioned this so many times, but I just love that the body of Christ is all around us, no matter where we go.  It's really a tangible example that God never leaves us and is always with us... He sends His people to be there for us as well.  Last Easter we spent it with our small group in North Carolina, and this morning I was wishing I was back home in North Carolina to spend it with everyone and I just love how God sent Larry and Carol to us today to spend time with us, what a blessing.

The day just kept getting better, after lunch, Mackenzie and I headed over to Adam.  I checked Adam out and brought him to our apartment... we spent the afternoon dying Easter eggs and hanging out as a family!  It was incredible!  This was such a special afternoon.  He helped me prepare dinner too!  I can't even begin to explain how awesome Adam is doing since we moved, his voice is so loud and strong!  He's communicating a lot better and even beginning to initiate conversations!  He dresses himself, He for the most part gets from his bed into his chair with very little assistance.  He's getting stronger everyday!  It's truly by the grace of God and His unfailing love for us that Adam is where he is today, we have so much to praise Him for... for all the glory is His and His alone! Holding onto His promises and praising Him for His miracles!  Happy Easter!

 Mackenzie dying Easter eggs

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Rejoicing In Rest

Today has been a day of rest for all of us, all three of us needed it!  Exodus 33:14 “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”
This morning after getting the day started I walked across the parking lot to go help Adam get his day started.  After helping him get up and ready and why we waited for his breakfast, I was standing across the room, I blew Adam a kiss not expecting one in return, and to my wonderful surprise he smiled at me and blew a kiss across the room right back at me!  Have I mentioned how much I just love this man! 

After breakfast Adam was involved in some group activities so Mackenzie and I walked back across the parking lot to our apartment, (praise the Lord we are so close!) and rested.  It was so nice to know that Adam was enjoying himself in activities and is being well cared for so that I was able to rest!  Around lunch time we went back over and sat with Adam during lunch... after lunch we looked at pictures and played a game.  Adam was pretty tired, after all he's had such a crazy busy week, he asked to lay down in bed and rest... so all three of us cuddled in Adam's tiny bed and slept for over an hour.  Next thing I knew, Adam, Mackenzie and I were being woken up by a staff member asking if Adam was ready for dinner... what a wonderful day of rest!  Gosh, I hope we'll all be able to sleep tonight :)

This is a picture of Adam's new facility, I took this picture from my balcony so you can see how close I am to him!

Friday, April 22, 2011

YAY For The Internet!!!

What did we ever do before the internet?  One thing is for sure, I am so thankful for the internet so that I keep so many of you updated without having the phone glued to my ear!   Praise the Lord for the internet! 

Where do I even start, this has been such an exciting week as well as a difficult week.  Thank you to the many of you who made our flight possible, thank you just doesn't seem like enough.  God will repay what we cannot, than you.  Our flight leaving Boston was perfect, we left without a glitch, the flight itself was amazing and Adam just sat in his seat and looked out the window.  We were sitting directly across from eachother on the plane and at one point he reached for my hand, pulled me towards him and kissed me, then he said "I love you!"  Oh how I love that man, how sweet is that!  When we landed NeuroRestorative picked us up and off we went, the beginning of our next chapter (by far my favorite yet!).  When we arrived to Adam's new room we were welcomed with a banner welcoming Adam as well as a plant and a card from the staff there.  Adam's room is set up like a studio apartment, he's got a bed, a little living area, small kitchen, full bathroom and a couple closets... it's amazing.  When I get my act together I will take pictures. 
Mackenzie on the plane to Orlando, FL

Our pilots and plane that flew us from Boston to Orlando

Right away at NeuroRestorative the staff is AMAZING... caring for Adam, anticipating his needs, doing everything they can to learn him and get to know him.  There is plenty of men on staff here which has really helped Adam.  When I am not with Adam, he is assigned a one to one, which means one staff member is with Adam all the time while I'm not there.  Yesterday and today he was assigned to a guy Javier, Adam really enjoys spending time with him, and Javier is great for Adam.  He's patient, yet he challenges Adam... he encourages Adam in ways that only another man can do!  Praise the Lord for the men that are working with Adam. 

Adam has had an amazing week in therapies, he averages between 5 and 6 hours of therapy a day.  He has been participating in group therapy, yoga classes, outings... he's had a busy week already!  Adam has consistently washed himself in the shower and everyday has dressed himself with very minimal assistance.  His voice is the loudest yet, he has been regularly talking in a tone that I can hear, it's so great to hear his voice.  He's even starting to communicate his needs and desires... it's been an amazing week!

Tonight was really special for us, our friends James and Temarie were in town and stopped by for a visit.  It was amazing to see Adam respond to them... I wasn't sure what to expect, I thought I would have to introduce them to him, but instead he knew who they were and was excited to see them as soon as they walked in!  It was amazing to see that he knew them and was so excited!  We were able to take Adam out to dinner tonight, it was amazing!  Where we are is walking distance to many places, so James and Temarie asked Adam what he wanted for dinner and he said pizza, when they asked what kind he said peperoni... so we went out for peperoni pizza!  It was so cool, Adam carried on conversations with us, laughed with us, ate well... it was so cool.  Then we walked down the street and got ice cream and he enjoyed it so much. 

 When we were getting ready to leave, we were taking pictures and I asked Adam to take a picture of us and he did, it was so cool. 
 James, Temarie, Mackenzie, and I at dinner tonight

 Temarie, Me, James, and Mackenzie... this is the picture that Adam took!  He did great!

Adam also took this picture of Temarie and I

God is so good, all I can do is praise Him for His goodness and faithfulness in Adam's healing process.  I stand in awe of who He is and all that He has done.  This week while I wasn't feeling well, I had a difficult time sleeping at night and I laid awake for many hours reading God's word, what an honor it is to be able to have a Bible and to be able to read it, I am truly thankful for that.  God is really teaching me what it means to be still and wait on Him... in fact I must be a difficult student because every time God has brought me to be still before Him, He usually lays me out flat to do so.  Last year, March 2010, I was so sick for weeks and finally God took me out and I was in bed for 4 days straight when He told me I was to go into a season of stillness before Him.  I cut back on a lot of my commitments, I scaled down our involvements, and I spent hours and hours with my first love, learning about Him, reading about Him, and trying to figure out how to walk in this weary land the way I felt like He was calling me to.  I didn't know how long or even why at the time I was in a season of stillness, and I questioned Him for a long time.  From end of March 2010, till the day of Adam's accident May 15, 2010 I spent time being still.  Now it's no secret why God gave me those 6 weeks with Him, He was preparing me and equipping me for this journey He has us on... isn't God amazing! 

This last week of being sick, and unable to sleep, God is really showing me and teaching me in so many tangible ways what it means to trust in Him and to be still and wait for Him.  When we still our lives, and our souls, we can really see who God is and hear Him.  Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.  I can't wait to see what God has in store for our family and how He plans to use this time as I recover and be still before Him.  He will use it for this I am sure of.

Thank you to so many of you who were specifically praying for my health. I am finally feeling better! Praise the Lord for antibiotics and the wisdom given to doctors over mine and Adam's care!  Shout to the Lord right now with a voice of thanksgiving and rejoice for all the healing that He has done in Adam's brain... I'm serious, shout!  God you are so faithful, loving, and good, thank you for the healing that has taken place in Adam's brain!   We trust you as you rebuild Adam from the inside out!  Psalm 98:4 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music.

We are honored and blessed by your prayers and faithfulness in lifting our family up... we are so deeply humbled, thank you!

Quick Hello

I only have a few minutes as I'm sitting in a coffee shop for just a quick break from a busy schedule...

This is not so much an update, but to let you all know that I should have internet by the end of the day today so look for an official update coming soon.

This is just a quick moment to let you all know that we are having an amazing week!!!  Adam is doing AWESOME, when I walked in a couple days ago, he introduced me to his therapist as his wife Amy!!!  This cognition comes and goes, but when he's on, he's on!!!  Mackenzie is set to start school on Monday, and I am working hard at still trying to heal from my surgery... no better place to do this than near palm trees and warm sunshine!  God is so good, ALL THE TIME!!!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Florida, Finally!

Amy could not write this evening due to a lack of internet connection in Florida. So this is Daniel her brother updating the blog. Please note that Amy is without internet connection for the time being this could implement an inconsistency in communication.

Amy, Adam and Mackenzie have made it safely to Florida. They are happy to report that the sun has greeted them warmly at 87° F, needless to say a much appreciated change from the dreary Boston days.

Your prayers and love are very valuable! Those prayers are holding us together! Thank you for the support you all have given my family. May the Lord bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you.

Sincerely,
Daniel

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Day Of Farewells

Oh man have the tears been flowing today saying so many goodbyes to our friends and our Massachusettes family.  We have been blessed by so many people.  

 This is me and Dan

 Mike (Dan's brother), Me, and Dan

 This is Kim she is the Child Life Specialist here at Spaulding who has been working with Mackenzie since we arrived in October

 Mike and Liz with Mackenzie and I

 Norman and Joanna with Mackenzie and I

 Gary and Holly

 The two most incredible nurses Adam's team Kendra who has been Adam's nurse for the last 6 months and Maryellen who has been his evening nurse for the last 4 months, when these girls were on, I never had to worry about Adam, they are amazing!  All 3 of us were in tears saying goodbye.

 This is my dear friend Helen, she has been family for us, we're going to miss you Helen

Mackenzie, my dear friend Lisa (I refer to her as my angel sent to me here in Boston), and myself


This picture really doesn't do it justice, but this is my latest accessory, my cane has butterflies all over it, if I have to have a cane I might as well have the reminder that God is doing a work in us... oh how I love butterflies!

God has been so faithful at sending such amazing wonderful people to walk this journey with us, I will miss all of Massachusettes family and friends.  Thank you to all of you for walking this journey with us.

We are looking forward to tomorrow and ready to start the next chapter of this journey.  Thank you for your prayers as we travel tomorrow, pray that Adam will be okay clminbing up and down the stairs to the aircraft.  Pray as we make the transition into working with new staff, pray for God to continue to prepare the way for us and that we will be obedient to His calling.  Please also pray for my back as I will be sitting on the plane tomorrow and sitting is my most painful position.  Thank you for your prayers, we could not do this daily journey without the support of your prayers, you all are amazing!


Saturday, April 16, 2011

Here I Am Lord

These days in my quiet time I have been camping out in Isaiah and all throughout it.  I have been meditating on the early chapters of Isaiah and oh how my heart sunk when I found that I can relate all too well to the Israelites as they took life on for themselves and God tried so many ways to get their attention.  How many times has God tried to get my attention and I haven't listened, how I pray that I will be obedient to God's calling and His voice before it's too late. 

Isaiah 6 1-10 I saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted, and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him were seraphs, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying.  And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
“Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” Then one of the seraphs flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
 He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding; be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ Make the heart of this people calloused; make their ears dull and close their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”

How many times have I heard and not followed the first time, how many times have I seen an opportunity to share of Christ's love and didn't... how I pray that I will be obedient when the Lord is calling me to serve Him.  Here I am Lord.  I love that his grace and mercy are always there to catch us when we fall, but how I want to just be obedient to His first call. Lord, let me hear you, make me obedient to your voice.  Here I am Lord, use me, continue to use me as your vessel.

Adam started phase 2 of the clinical drug trial that I spoke about last week.  Today we are pretty sure he received the placebo (fake drug).  Not much change was seen in him.  This time in phase 2 instead of me giving Adam the test every hour for 3 hours, a research anaylsist gives the test.  Adam did really well, but I am excited to see what tomorrow will bring with day 2 of phase 2.  Tonight I wasn't at the hospital, but my really good friend (or as I like to call her, my angel) Lisa was with Adam tonight.  I was able to talk to him on the phone, it was the loudest, clearest I have ever heard Adam speak.  We had a full conversation back and forth for quite some time.  It was so awesome to get the chance to talk to him on the phone and hear his voice.  Lisa also took the foot rests off Adam's wheelchair and walked with him up and down the hall as Adam walked himself in the chair... she sent me a picture it was so cool to see how hard he is working!

Today has been a good day, I was able to spend some good time with my mom and Mackenzie as we prepare for our next transition.  Please pray for Mackenzie as she has come down with a head cold and is not feeling well.  Pray that she doesn't share this head cold and pray that it eases by Monday.  Thank you for your prayers.  Also be praying for us as we are having to say many goodbyes to great connections we have made up here.  Goodbyes are never easy, and thankfully in the kingdom are never final! I have amazing brothers and sisters in Christ!  Praise God that the body of Christ is everywhere, all around us!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Crazy, Busy Day

Today was an extremely busy day and I am exhausted.  From final packing and sending boxes, discharge meetings at Spaulding, Mackenzie's last day of school here in Massachusetts, and my car is officially on it's way to Orlando.  On top of all this, I should still be taking it easy and resting, but who has the time.

Thank you all for your consistent prayers, I can feel them surrounding us.  I couldn't sleep last night, I started to think too much about things that out of my control and things, I realized after a nice pep talk talk from my mom, that we are often attacked when we are taking time to rest and be still.  God's word tells us we need to be aware and alert of such attacks.  1 Peter 5:8-9  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.   Tonight I am standing firm in the faith!  I just loved that my mom was here and equipped to handle my moment of breakdown and needing to be encouraged to stand firm.

Your prayers are unbelievable, as my day continued I was carried by His peace.  And on top of that, Adam climbed the stairs the best yet!!!!  He and my mom are going to do just fine on Monday to board the plane, please be praying for our travels on Monday, specifically for Adam to not be overwhelmed or over stimulated, but to handle everything just fine.

Here are a few pictures from the day, I wasn't able to get pictures of everyone today at Spaulding, but the ones that meant a lot to me I was able to grab!

 Heather (Anne's Student), Me, and Anne PT
 Me and Dr. Chae
 My car getting loaded on the semi
Goodbye car see you in Orlando, FL!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

God Is Still In Control and Still Reigning In My Life

Sorry for no post yesterday, it was a much needed day of rest and recovery for me.  I haven't quite bounced back from this surgery as quickly as I would have liked to.  Thank you for all your prayers.

Today has been a day of blessings.  I am so touched by my community of family we have back in North Carolina.  I am amazed at you all and your faithfulness to meet our family's needs.  Thank you for what you have done.  Airlifting Adam to Orlando has not been an easy task and insurance is not covering any part of the transportation, several friends got together and helped ease the financial stress that this has been.  Thank you really just doesn't seem like enough to say.  God will repay what I cannot, thank you!

On top of that blessing my friend Chistie, that I met through Dr. Chae, came by today and cleaned Adam's teeth for me.  Christie is a dentist and took time from her day to give Adam a proper teeth cleaning, praise the Lord for this!  I was really glad to hear that his teeth didn't look nearly as bad as she thought they might have since he's been in the hospital for 11 months.  Praise the Lord!  Thank you Christie, you are a blessing.
Me & Christie

Today has been a busy day, it started with my doctor's appointment to get my staples in my back removed... not as bad as I anticipated!  Then it was off to the airport to drop off our cat, I am so jealous, he's heading back to North Carolina.  Not bringing him to Florida just yet.  Then it was off to the post office to mail off most of our boxes and then off to the hospital.  Busy, busy, busy... it was so great to see my man today!  He kept kissing me every time I would get close enough to him.  He would just kiss my over and over again on my head as I laid my head on his chest.  He was so sweet and tender.  He told me he loved me without me saying it first!  He loves me!!!  I know he does, just by how hard I see him work everyday, he tells me he loves me without ever having to say a word, but it was so great to have him initiated the "I love you". 

In therapies today, Adam started his day with occupational therapy, Eri, showered Adam and they worked on all his grooming tasks, he was able to do most of the work himself only needing a little assistance!  Then he had speech with Brooke, where he played tic tac toe on the ipad, he played a full game correctly and he answered 10 out of 10 "yes, no" questions and got 8 of them correct!!!!  GO ADAM!!!  In physical therapy Anne continued to work with Adam on the stairs, this is extremely important because he has to be able to climb up 4 stairs to enter the aircraft that he is going in on Monday.  This is a huge prayer request, that Adam will have no troubles with the going up or down the stairs on Monday. Please pray for his safety as well. My mom has been going through the training to assist him in going up and down the stairs, and I know he is trusting her, they seem to work well together.


One thing's for sure, I have had to learn to take a step back and really give God all control of everything going on in my life right now, which is a lot and very hard to do. I have been praying that I will be obedient to hand everything over to Him. It's not for me to control, it's for Him to direct. This is a daily practice of letting go and letting God. Psalm 93:1-2 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Amy's Mom Learning To Blog

This posting is from Amy's mom since sister Brooke is in Mexico. Amy is very tired today/night. I would like to express my deepest thanks for all the prayers and encouragement sent our way since Amy's surgery last Friday. It will still be several weeks until she regains her strength and stamina. We have truly seen God's provision each day with many expressions of love via meals, others on their own journey at Spaudling, and from friends Amy has met at a near by church.

Adam is showing his determination to push forward and work hard each day! Mackenzie is wrapping her week up at school. We have had good times together. Memories are being made. You will have to ask her about our race home from the restaurant in the parking lot of the hotel. I won't tell you who one that one! We had to run upstairs too! :) It is my practice for the Boston marathon! Oh I guess I won't be attending since it's happening the day we leave!

Please pray for all the final details to be worked out with the next move. Things have been falling in place as He remains faithful to providing all Amy, Adam and Mackenzie need.

With much appreciation,

Karen

Monday, April 11, 2011

On The Mend

Just wanted to keep you all in the loop since you all have been my faithful prayer warriors...  Last week Adam participated in a clinical drug trial, where one day he was given a fake medication and the other day he was given the actual drug itself.  They don't tell you which day is which, they just ask you to document everything you notice and perform an exam of Adam's command following every hour for 3 hours.  If Adam were to have a positive reaction, then we get invited into phase 2, which is exactly the same as phase 1 other than a nurse practitioner preforms the exam and not myself.  Today we found out that Adam was invited to phase 2 of this drug trial!  This is awesome, the drug did it's job to stimulate Adam more to initiate responses.  We are so grateful that he will get to participate in phase 2!

Adam had a great day, I didn't get to see his therapies, because the therapists are training my mom how to transfer Adam so that when we fly to Orlando she can do all his transfers since she was planning on flying with us anyway as well as it saves us a ton of money because we don't have to hire a nurse to fly with us.  So to minimize distractions just my mom went to his therapies today.  She is doing great and Adam told her he trusted her!  I was at the hospital with my mom, so that I could see Adam for a bit as well as get up and walk around which helps with my healing process.  It was a good day, both Eri (OT) and Anne (PT) worked with transfers and walking with Adam, as well as climbing stairs.  He is so strong and everyday I can see his strength and endurance increase.  Please keep praying for his strength and endurance to grow by the minute!

It was nice having Adam's mom here for the weekend, she was with Adam while I was able to get some rest.  It's been great to be back on my feet the last couple of days so that I can come in for a bit and take care of my man. The doctor encouraged me to be up and walking as much as I can tolerate it, it will help with a speedy recovery, and my mom has done a great job of being able to read me and know when I need to rest.  It's been so wonderful having my mom here, she has been amazing and I don't know what I would do without her, I need to start calling wonder woman, because she has certainly did it all.  We are organized and ready for our transfer next Monday, I can hardly believe it's here already!  Having my mom here and some really good friends here that I have met along the way, all helping me I have been able to rest when needed, and I haven't pushed myself once.  I am so grateful to the many helping hands we have had throughout this journey.  I pray that you all will be blessed many times over. 

The last few days I have reflected on all the things I am so grateful for, that God has caught every tear I have cried and has used each one for His glory.  I stand in awe of Him and all that I have to be thankful for.  I have started to update my list of all the things I am grateful for.  Maybe I will share it later, but for now I continue to reflect on all of our blessings... my soul is so content in my circumstances, because I am surrounded by His joy and peace.  What sweet peace it is.

I have been able to rest in the arms of my Savior the last several days, it has been amazing.  Psalm 62:1-2  My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.  I love that He has given me so much peace, so that I am able to rest in Him.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Surgeries: Adam 13, Amy 1 (I think we're done)

Where do I begin to thank you all for your prayers, cards, text messages, facebook messages, and for all you sweet comment postings.

Surgery went well, it was more complicated than my surgeon, Dr.Bono, originally thought it would.  My disc in my spine that sits between, my L5 and S1was extremely large and had crushed all the nerves in that nerve root area.  He said he couldn't believe that I was standing, walking, and able to talk through my pain prior to surgery... once again, God is bigger! 

Surgery ended Friday afternoon, and by Friday night I was up and walking, praise the Lord.  I was discharged yesterday (Saturday) after the hospital physical  therapist cleared me for walking and climbing stairs.  I went home for a couple of hours to rest, then I called Adam to check on him and he told me he really needed to see me.  He was talking to me on his mom's phone, and when I had to go, he wouldn't give his mom her phone back, because he didn't want to miss me.  Early evening I went to Spaulding to check on Adam and to tell him in person, that I was okay, and that I was so proud of him, and so blessed have a husband that fights for me everyday.

Cookie (Adam's mom) spent the last couple of days with Adam which gave me so much peace knowing someone was there for him and this comfort has allowed me to get the rest that I needed. 

Katherine, Mackenzie's friend Savannah's mom, has had Mackenzie the last few days, which I am so grateful for, she has been able to be a kid... and it has allowed my mom and I time together.  I don't know what I would have done without her, she has been amazing at taking care of me and helping me all the things that need get done before next Monday.    I am so blessed that she is here and doing so much for me.

Please continue to pray for Adam's FULL recovery, please also continue to pray for me, I am in a lot of pain and will be for the next few days.  Thank you all for your prayers and support, we feel them daily as God wraps us in His everlasting love, and gives us peace that surpasses all understanding.  Thank you!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Praising God For Who He Is

I had a few precious moments with Adam to ourselves today, literally, only moments... in those moments I was reminding him that God is going before him every step of the way, He is paving the path to this incredible journey we are on.  Then later I was listening to Chris Tomlin's song Glory In The Highest, and the first line of the song is "You are the first, You go before"  I was so grateful for this reminder for myself today, He does go before us in all things, and as tomorrow is approaching quickly, I am praising Him that He has gone ahead and made the way.  As the busy, stressful day is coming to an end, I was just recently able to grab a few moments with my first love, my Savior.  My heart is so full of praise and thanksgiving for all that He is, and that He is who He says He is.  I am so thankful that He is stretching both Adam and I to new heights in our faith and new depths in our love.  I just praise my sweet Jesus tonight for the tangible, intimate way that I have been able to know Him.  Praise God that He is who He says He is, that He never leaves us, that He loves us with an everlasting love, that He is the author and perfecter of our faith, He has plans for us, that He has begun a good work in us, Praise God that He goes before us.  I just love my God, what a mighty and able God I serve.

Last night I shared Matthew 11:28, tonight, Matthew 11:29-39 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”   His yoke is easy, ask Him to show you... and He will.  Worship Him, Praise Him, and give Him all the glory, because He is worthy of all our worship, all our praise, and to Him be all the glory.  Be obedient, we need to take His yoke, and learn from it.  I pray that I will be gentle and humble, I pray for God to rid me of my pride, and draw me ever so close to Him.

I thought my day was busy... Adam had a crazy busy day.  He started his day in brace clinic, they adjusted his brace that they had made for him a few weeks ago, and Adam is doing amazing with with walking.   In physical therapy, he spent most of the time in brace clinic and walking with assistance of Anne and Heather (Anne's student), but no walker!!!  AMAZING!!!  Anne said it's getting so easy to walk with him because he is doing so much more! 

Adam basically had two speech therapy sessions today, he had his normal one with Brooke and Meredith, and then he had the one with neuro rounds today.  The rounds went great!   I was so shocked when we walked in and there were 40-50 people in the room, I instantly just started to pray for Adam.  He gets distracted so easily, but he did amazing!  Brooke walked Adam through a normal session they would have and the Speech pathologist doctor from Massachusetts General Hospital came to observe and offer his expertise (which we should get on Monday what suggestions he has to help improve Adam's speech).  I was so impressed to see that Adam did so great, especially with that many people in the room to watch him.  Go Adam!!!

In occupational therapy today, Eri decided to have Adam walk with her and her assistant Jillian from his room to the gym which is from one end of the to the other.  It was amazing!  Adam is so strong, and with every step he is getting stronger and gaining more confidence.  At one point when we were passing the nurses station, and there were so many people cheering him on, he started to walk faster... with so much encouragement, it made him want to keep going and go faster, it was so awesome!!!  GO ADAM.  I just love my man and how hard he works.  He never will cease to amaze me. 

Tonight when I was leaving and saying my goodbye, I reminded Adam he won't see me till Sunday since I won't be discharged till Saturday... I said to him, how much I love him and he said "I know".  I love that he knows how much I love him, and I love that without words I know how much he loves me... he shows me everyday just by how hard he fights.  I just love him. 

Tonight Spaulding blessed us with tickets to the circus, so my mom, Adam's mom Cookie, Mackenzie, and I all went to the Big Apple Circus.  I haven't been to the circus since I was probably 6 years old.  It was nice to be able to spend some time with Cookie... she just arrived today and leaves on Sunday so I won't get to see her too much.  It was also nice to spend some time wtih Mackenzie, who is rejoicing in the fact that her project is done and turned in!  If she gets it back before we leave for Florida I will try to post a picture.   I could tell tonight she was thinking about tomorrow and seems a little worried, I assured her there is nothing to worry about, I reminded her of how much we have to be thankful for and I prayed that God would fill her with a heart that is overflowing with praises for Him.  I also reminded her that God's word tells us not to worry, but to take everything to prayer, so, I pray that Mackenzie will be able to understand this concept and put it into practice. Please pray for Mackenzie tomorrow, she is having a difficult time with my surgery... but she is also going to be with her friend Savannah for a sleepover, so pray that she will enjoy herself and to have fun and not to worry.

I will have someone update my blog tomorrow if I am unable.  Either my mom or my sister will, but I will do my best to keep all my faithful prayer warriors up to date.  After tomorrow, I probably won't update again till Monday depending on how I feel.  Thank you all for your prayers, I have so much peace tonight and I know so many of you are praying that for me... thank you.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Finding Rest In God

Yay!!! My mom is here!!!  It was so comforting to see her.  So tonight, I am not going to write much so I can just be with my mom and Mackenzie.

Adam had a good day today and I will update more tomorrow.  Please pray for Adam tomorrow at 12:00pm EST time.  He was chosen specifically for speech neruo rounds tomorrow.  A team looks at Adam's scans from the day of his accident.  Then they look at his most current scans and do an evaluation of him.  Pray that he won't get overwhelmed and will be able to follow all the commands that he is asked.  This team will hopefully help offer suggestions as to ways speech therapy can work with Adam.   I will update tomorrow.

In Adam's room one of the verses hanging on his wall is Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  When I am wiped out after a long day, I close my eyes and picture God calling me to His lap "Come to me" and I lay my head against and rest... tonight, I am so tired... I am resting in his lap.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

His Grace and Mercy Give Us Hope

This morning as I was driving into my appointment, I was listening to a preacher describe the difference between grace and mercy and I just loved it so much I can't wait to share it...  Mercy, is NOT being given what we deserve, and Grace, is being given what  we don't deserve.  Don't you just love that!  Praise God for His mercy and His grace!  It is through His grace that he teaches us how to live upright lives, and gives us blessed hope... it's by His mercy that we are forgiven, forgiven of our sins and given living hope... His grace and mercy lead to hope.  Can you truly have real hope without knowing the powerful gifts God gives us in grace and mercy?  Not true hope, I know true hope only comes from knowing my God and being the unworthy recipient of His grace and mercy... when we are spared through his mercy, and loved unconditionaly through His grace, how can we not have hope for whatever it is our journeys hold.

Titus 2:11-13  For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ

1 Peter 1:3-4 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—kept in heaven for you

Today was  a very busy day, actually this whole week has been an extremely busy week.  Trying to get everything ready to go for Florida before surgery on Friday, and Adam's days are always busy and keep me as equally busy.  I had my preoperative appointment today, 3 hours of blood tests, and a thousand questions.  I tried to convince my doctor to schedule me as outpatient surgery and his response was "Amy, I'm operating on your spine, you'll be staying overnight so I can keep my eye on you."  Oh well, it was worth a try... I really don't want to stay the night, I just want to get this over with.  Friday will be here before I knoww it, but until then I have SO much to do and get done for our upcoming move.  Please pray for the "to-do" list to dwindle down.

Adam had a great day today!  He finished day to of phase 1 of the clinical trial.  We're not sure if he will be participating in phase 2, only time will tell.  He did great tonight, it's a lot of work, between paperwork and administering the 30 minute long tests he had to take... I think we're both exhausted tonight.  Adam was chatting up a storm this evening.  Below our my favorite conversations from the day...

Out of the blue today, Adam turns to be and says, "I feel so blessed"  I didn't ask him any questions, I just pondered how blessed we really are.  I love that he so openly communicated that to me today!

Another conversation from today:

Amy:  Adam, what is my name?
Adam:  (takes a long pause to think) I don't remember
Amy:  It begins with the letter A
Adam:  Amazing?
I just chuckled when he said this, it just blessed me so much.  Eventually he did get my name right later on, but this was so sweet.  I love my man

Adam had such a good day, in speech he answered 10 out of 10 questions with 80% accuracy!  He's amazing!  Anne had Adam doing all kinds of stuff today.  She worked with Adam on going up and down the stairs, specifically because he has to be able to get on and off the plane that will be transporting us to Florida.  Then they worked on a few transfers and still managed to squeeze in a walk without any walkers!  Just side by side assistance from Anne and her student Heather!  He did amazing, I can truly see his strength improve every day!  He is amazing, GO ADAM!!!  In occupational therapy, Eri worked with Adam on transfers as well as walking since he is doing so awesome walking, she was able to walk with him too!  What a great day!

Monday, April 4, 2011

God Knows Our Needs Before We Do

Thank you all for praying for Adam today.  His clinical drug trial went well for today and we will do it again tomorrow.  Adam was pretty tired today, he didn't sleep well last night and told me that he didn't sleep well because he was so uncomfortable.  When I asked the nurse, she said that he was uncomfortable because he had an upset stomach.  While I'm sorry he had an upset stomach, I was so excited that he knew he was uncomfortable and was able to communicate it!  Praise the Lord for His healing hands always present in Adam's recovery.  With him being tired he struggled through his therapies today.  Physical therapy was his best session today, he did amazing walking down the hall with the regular walker and several times, Anne took her hands off Adam and we were able to see him support himself!  He is getting stronger every day!  He truly does make progress everyday!  I love that we get to see God being bigger than Adam's brain injury everyday!

Today was a busy day, and with all that had to get done, I was wondering how was I going to administer the 20-30 minute assessment tests every hour during Adam's clinical trial, as well as help Mackenzie on a huge school project that is due (this is the same one she has been working on for weeks).  It's amazing how God knows the need and meets it before we even go to him with the need.  He answered this unspoken prayer today.  I got a phone call this morning from Katherine, Savannah's mom (Mackenzie's friend) saying that she would like to have Mackenzie today after school, at first I said no because of the project, then Katherine offered to help Mackenzie on the project.  This worked out great!  I was able to work with Adam with no distractions or interruptions and Mackenzie's project turned out great!  What a blessing this was and an answer to unspoken prayer.  God truly meets all our needs, and knows them before we do.  Matthew 6:8  "for your Father knows what you need before you ask him."  Amazing isn't it, if he knows the need, I believe He has a plan to meet the need too, and today was evidence of that!  I was so grateful and so thankful.

What a Mighty God we serve!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

A Full And Wonderful Day

We were so blessed today... Holly called me and asked if her and Gary could bring us cheeseburgers for lunch from one of their favorite places!  What an honor that we got to have lunch with Gary and Holly.  Gary is doing amazing and everytime I see him, I am amazed at God's hand in his recovery.  Gary and Holly were able to spend a couple of hours with us, it was so wonderful.  And can you believe it, Adam ate his entire chesseburger... he said it was so good!

Adam had some pleasently surprising treatments today.  He started his day with a massage, to help with stiffness and tight and sore muscles.  Then later this afternoon, he was given his first acupuncture treatment.  I am excited to have both of these treatments as part of Adam's overall treatment program. 

Speaking of treatments... Adam was asked to participate in a clinical drug trial.  What this means, is he will recieve a medication that we hope will help stimulate further initiation and awareness.  Phase 1 of the trial is only 2 days, Monday and Tuesday.  One day he will get the actual medication and one day he will get a fake one... we won't know which day he is given what, he will be closely observed and based off observation we hope to be able to tell which day he was given the acutal medication.  If he has a positive reaction the the medication, then he will get asked to participate in phase 2.  Please pray for Adam tomorrow and Tuesday, between the hours of 4:30-7:30pm EST, this is when he will be observed. 

We spent most of the day out of Adam's room, and in a large conference room that has a phenominal view of the Charles River and part of the city.  Mackenzie took full advantage of the large room and performed many dance routines that she wanted Adam and I to watch.  It was so great to see Adam watch her, even when she went to his right, he followed with his head every time!  We both enjoyed her private show.  It was fun spending the day out of his room, and it was awesome that we were visited in the conference room by Wes and his family, and Jeff and Stephanie... I think everyone had the idea of getting out of the hospital rooms!  It was great visiting with so many people today.  With such a full day today, Adam is exhausted tonight.  I am praying that he will get a great night's rest so that he will have to strength and energy for the week ahead of him in therapies.

We spent the day with our worship music on and this morning we had family devotions and really dove into the first 10 verses of Ephesians 2.  Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  My footnote states "We become Christians through God's unmeritied grace, not as the result of any effort, ability, intelligent choice, or act of service on our part.  However, out of the gratitude for this free gift, we will seek to help and serve others wtih kindness, love, and gentleness, and not merely to please ourselves.  While no action or work we do can help us obtain salvation, God's intention is that our salvation wil result in acts of ervice.  We are not saved merely for our own benefit but to serve Christ and build up the church."  This footnote challenges us to rise the responsiblilty as believers be obedient to His calling for our lives.  To serve others with what He has given us, and to allow Him to have His way with our lives.  So many of your have served us with kindess, love, and gentleness... you all have really shown me what it means to live this verse out loud.  I pray that I too will be able to live this verse out loud.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Find Me In The River

Find Me In The River (song lyrics by Delirious?)

Find me in the river
Find me on my knees
I've walked against the water
Now I'm waiting if you please

We've longed to see the roses
But never felt the thorns
And bought our pretty crowns
But never paid the price

Find me in the river
Find me there
Find me on my knees with my soul laid bare
Even though you're gone and I'm cracked and dry
Find me in the river, I'm waiting here

Find me in the river
Find me on my knees
I've walked against the water
Now I'm waiting if you please

We didn't count on suffering
We didn't count on pain
But if the blessing's in the valley
Then in the river I will wait


Tonight my heart is heavy... I miss my husband.  Before getting Adam into bed this evening, I laid my head on his lap and I was just talking to him as he ran his fingers through my hair, I told him how much I love him, he responded "I love you too", I asked why? and he said, "because you're beautiful"... I love my man.  I miss him terribly.  After tucking Adam in and coming back to the hotel, I spent some of the evening going through our family photos from a year ago.  I like to look at them to see my man, my husband, but it's bittersweet, while I like to think of the memories, it's so raw and painful. 

I started to ponder how quickly our lives can change, in a flash of a second they can be changed forever, never to go back to the "perfect" we once knew.  Then it made me appreciate that while everything around Adam, Mackenzie, and I changed in a moment... God has been faithful and has remained the same.  He is the same today as he was the day before Adam's accident, when I sat on our back deck talking with my husband as he grilled us dinner and Mackenzie chased fireflies with a mason jar, reflecting on how perfect my life was in that moment.  Praise God that even in that moment, He knew my life would forever change the next day, that He gave me such a sweet memory to hold on to... as tears role down my face this moment, I give Him thanks.  I give Him thanks that we are forever changed, not because I wanted things to change, but because I trust Him that it is all apart of His greater plan, and His plans are perfect.  We are to be forever changing to be more like Him, and He is never to change.  I pray that I will not wake up tomorrow being the same person I am today, how I want to be more like Him... Lord, please don't let me wake up and be the same tomorrow, grow me more in you.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever.

Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

"There is no growth without change, no change without fear or loss and no loss without pain."  Rick Warren

"You can endure change by pondering His permanence."  Max Lucado

I love my man



Friday, April 1, 2011

Another Quick Update

Quick update tonight...

Hope you all had a hilarious April Fools Day, Mother Nature pulled one on us here in Boston... we woke up to several inches of snow, apparently Boston missed the memo that winter is over.  18 more days till sunny and warm Florida, being in warm sun will do all 3 of us some good!

Adam and I had another good day.  In speech Brooke said he was very conversational, but that his accuracy was way off today... as he is becoming more aware, he is also becoming more confused.  This is all part of the healing process and this is just a phase of that process... but I am going to ask all of you to pray for Adam's clarity, memory, ability to process, and for his accuracy.  In occupational therapy this morning, Adam washed his upper body and kindly told Eri, that he didn't feel like washing his legs today when she asked him to... he also was able to take off and put on his shirt!  He did very well! 

I found myself waking up several times last night in heavy prayer over Adam and his healing.  I can't wait to see what God has in store for my man, and His mighty warrior!  I am continuing to trust in Him and His timing.  Lamentations 3:24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”

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