Thursday, June 30, 2011

Travels, Love, and Progress

The last 60 hours have been a complete whirlwind... I'm still trying to catch my breath.  For the first time in 8 months I was back in North Carolina!!!!  Home sweet home.  This trip was anything but relaxing and restful, it was go, go, go... trying to take care of all the details that needed to be addressed over the last 8 months.  Leaving North Carolina was very difficult but I know it won't be long before we get to come home for good.  Just wanted to shout a HUGE thank you to all of you in North Carolina who have helped take care of things for our family while we've been away as well as those of you who spent time with Mackenzie over the last several weeks she was in town... thank you!!!

In spite of the busy schedule over the last several days... I have had some amazing time in God's word and oh my goodness did I need it!  He has been really working on my heart and I will share more tomorrow (it's 1:30am time for bed).  I love that God is consistently wooing my soul, and when I open His word He speaks to my heart.  In the midst of ciaos and craziness, sorrow and joy, tears and laughter... He is writing on my heart His loving kindness, His never failing love...  Nehemiah 9:17 says God is abounding in love, Psalm 86:13 tells me great is His love for me, Psalm 136 says His love endures forever, Jeremiah 31:3 says He loves me with an everlasting love.... more to come!  Just know tonight... Beloved, you are loved with a never ending, never failing, unconditional love... Amen?!!!

Adam and I have had many many phone conversations and lots of time in prayer over the hours I have been apart from him.  I love seeing my man's heart when he prays, it's unbelievable to hear what a grateful heart Adam prays from. Adam has been doing awesome in therapies the last several days and tells me regularly that he was BUSY and that he has worked hard.  He has asked when he can see me, I loved this because it shows that he misses me, he is aware that I haven't been there.  PROGRESS!  Praise the Lord for progress!!!

More tomorrow... night!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Learning to Hold Joy and Sorrow

Amy is still without computer access and has asked me, her brother Daniel, to fill in for the time being.

Firstly, Amy sends much love and thanks for the prayerful thoughts and responses for her, Adam, and Mackenzie. She is adamant that it is those very words of encouraging prayer that keep her eyes and heart focused in this lengthy journey. So thank you to each and every person that has kept my family in their prayers.

It has been 410 days since this hospital hopping doctor debacle began, and without a doubt God with His unconditional love, grace, and provision has been Amy’s guide. As we learn to hold sorrow with God’s love and grace the fruit of His spirit enters allowing joy and beauty to work its amazing power to hopefully see God’s Kingdom here on earth.  

To echo a prayer that Adam prayed yesterday with Amy:
Dear Lord,
I love the way You work… Amen

It is amazing that after all Adam has been though he still reaches for the creator in awe.

Thank you God for the journey of healing in which you are taking Adam, may you continue to work all things together for those who believe in you. We trust in you that your fruit is intimately integrating in Amy, Adam, and Mackenzie bringing your joy and beauty to all areas of their lives… Amen

Monday, June 27, 2011

It's All About the Power...in Prayer

Amy was unable to blog tonight but will be in full swing tomorrow to fill you in on all the details.



This is Brooke here and I would just like to say a few words...

It is hard to fathom how a tragedy can personally affect your life.  It is easy to be immersed in wanting to know every detail of the event and needing daily progress reports from those personally affected. Examples that pop in my head range from national tragedies such as the Oklahoma City bombing and 9/11 to personal tragedies as a death in the family and the aftermath of church members sending dinners and the knock on the door from flowers being delivered. There are so many ways to cope in situations that seem impossible to get through. People do what they can in a way to let others know they are being thought of and that support is there for them if needed.  After a couple weeks, maybe even months the event may fade for those not personally affected, daily routines start to become more prevalent and the tragic event slowly begins to fade from memory.

I say all this to say that I realize over a year has passed since Adam's accident, I realize life goes on and people have responsibilities and I also realize that many of you have never ceased praying for Adam, Amy and Mackenzie throughout this past year . I am asking you now to continue to pray, to know that now more than ever is when prayer is needed. Pray that Amy can face the big decisions that fall in her lap every day. Pray for guidance and trust. Let Amy know how she has encouraged you or strengthened you through this journey. Everyone needs a boost and now more than ever is when Amy needs one from all of the readers here, friends, family members, acquaintances. Don't forget that there is power when you pray.


Sunday, June 26, 2011

Southren Sweet Tea

Just for fun tonight... missing home tonight, can't wait to get back to North Carolina




Saturday, June 25, 2011

Loving The Book

I am enjoying my last few days of having this special time with Adam... Mackenzie will be rejoining us soon and while we are excited to have her back, we are cherishing our time together.

This morning Adam and I made a mosaic garden stone together, it's currently setting, but once it's done I will take a picture and post it.  Other than that it's been a kick back restful kind of day.  It's been so stormy here in Orlando today that we didn't even get out today, we just stayed close to home... once again it's been so nice to just have a quiet day at home.

I find myself rejoicing in Adam's victories today, he was telling me he was sad today and couldn't tell me why.  I just reminded him how far he has come in a short amount of time, read him some of God's promises from His word and Adam smiled and said "I love that book", I do too, and I love my man!  Always reminding Adam that Judges 6:12 says, "The Lord is with you, mighty warrior"  The Lord continues to equip Adam for each and every day and Adam continues to battle every day for the God's will, he is truly God's mighty warrior and my hero.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Standing For My Marriage

I am rejoicing in Adam's progress today!  I can't help but be excited for how far he has come in the 4 months he's been out of his coma!  He's come such a long ways!  Today in physical therapy he stood all by himself for 4min and 47 seconds, and then again for 3 minutes and 42 seconds... he's amazing!

Today was a really busy day for me, I spent from 10:30-3:30 in meetings so I really didn't get to see Adam in therapy today, I only got to hear how well all his sessions went.  I am so proud of him and how far he has come!

A former Pastor in Seattle, WA wrote a power statement about marriage and when I read it, I knew I just had to share with all of you!

I am standing for the healing of my marriage!
I won’t give up, give in, give out, or give over till that healing takes place.
I made a vow; I said the words; I gave the pledge; I gave a ring; I took a ring; I gave myself; I trusted God; and said the words and meant the words…in sickness and in health, in sorrow and in joy, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in good times and in bad; so I’m standing now, and won’t sit down, let down, slow down, calm down, fall down, look down, or be down till the breakdown is torn down!

I refuse to put my eyes on outward circumstances; or listen to prophets of doom, or buy into what’s trendy, worldly, popular, convenient, easy, quick, thrifty, or advantageous.
Nor will I settle for a cheap imitation of God’s real thing.
Nor will I seek to lower God’s standard, twist God’s will, rewrite God’s Word, violate God’s covenant, or accept what god hates, namely divorce.

In a world of filth, I will stay pure.
Surrounded by lies, I will speak the truth.
Where hopelessness abounds, I will hope in God.
Where revenge is easier, I will bless instead of curse, and when the odds are stacked against me, I’ll trust in God’s faithfulness.


I have printed this out and hung it on my bathroom mirror and next to my kitchen sink.  I just loved this... I encourage you all to print it off and put it some place you will be reminded to stand for your marriage.daily.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

International Day and A Day For Walking

Today was International Day at NeuroRestorative.  For the last 2 weeks the participants have picked a country, made the country's flag, planned to cook something authentic from that country, and then present it.  So today was the final day and all the participants made something for a huge celebration lunch.  Adam's country was Italy, he painted the Italian flag, and he made bruschetta (almost by himself, all  we had to do was tell him what steps to take)!!!  It was quite tasty!  I am so proud of him!

We also hit a big milestone... Adam's walk is improving and his balance is getting better that when he's walking, he's doing so much for himself that I was able to train with Lisa (Adam's physical therapist) to walk with Adam!  So now he's able to walk with me, not just therapists!  My man is walking mostly by himself and with NO walker!!!!  Praise the Lord for this incredible miracle!  Lisa thinks that by next week Adam should be able to come over to our apartment and not need his chair while he's here.  I am so excited!  On top of walking with Lisa and I, Adam walked 20 minutes on the treadmill by himself!  GO ADAM!!!!

This evening before dinner I had my camera and Adam was in such a good mood we started taking pictures of us, we were making silly faces and just goofing off... it was so fun.  I showed him some pictures of his journey from 7 months ago and he looked at the picture and said "no way, that's not me"  I told Adam, we have so much to be thankful for and I just thank God that every day He has you in His mighty hands.  I asked Adam if I could pray and he said "absolutely", we just sat there and gave God the glory that He deserves.  Nehemiah 1:11 O Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.  We have so much to be thankful for and tonight all I can do is give thanks and praise for how far He has brought my man and our family!  Praise the Lord.  I heard this quote recently "The optimist says, the cup is half full. The pessimist says, the cup is half empty. The child of God says; My cup runneth over."  Please contiue to pray for Adam's FULL recovery,

Just a quick update... sorry it has taken me so long to update you on my sister... thank you for your prayers, she was discharged earlier this week from the hospital and is at home recovering.  Thank you for your prayers and concerns!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Giving Thanks For A Much Better Day and For My Man!

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your prayers!!!  Adam had a much better day today!!!  In fact it has probably been one of his best therapy days yet!

Lily (Adam's speech therapist) after working with Adam today came up to me and told me how incredible their session was.  She said they had a back and forth conversation with accurate details and that he participated in everything she asked him to do.  She also said his accuracy on his yes's and no's is improving!  GO ADAM!!!  Jim worked Adam hard today in physical therapy... Adam walked the most yet!  I was taking video of Adam walking and when I was Jim, mentioned that he was keeping his hand on Adam's gait belt just in case Adam lost his balance, but that he was providing Adam any support, Adam was walking practically by himself all around NeuroRestorative and outside!  Next Jim put Adam on the treadmill again with no assistance other that a hand for a quick grab in case Adam lost his balance... Adam walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes.  Jim also worked with Adam on lifting weights and stretching, Adam was giving 110% today (he was making up for yesterday).  GO ADAM!!!!  I am so thankful for today.

I was hanging out with Adam today talking with him and playing around... when I heard two male participants talking about Adam and I... I couldn't help but hear them say that they both wanted what Adam and I share.  I thought this was so sweet... truth is, Adam and I only have what we have... not because we magically found each other but because we both love Jesus so much and want to please Him that in doing so, and placing God first... our marriage can't help but flourish and benefit.  We have what we have because God has built it this far and we will continue to trust in Him as he is still building and shaping our marriage. 

What kills me is that people think what Adam and I have is not obtainable, one of kind, impossible for them... when in reality, if you put God first and honor your vows, your covenant vows... vows that united you and your spouse as one.  1 Corinthians 11:11 In the Lord, however, woman is not independent of man, nor is man independent of woman.  When you ask God to show you how to be one with your spouse, putting God and His will for your marriage first, God will give you a marriage that is far better than ANYTHING you could ever dream of.    Quit looking for your spouse to change, quit focusing on what your spouse hasn't done... and start looking at all the your spouse is, all that your spouse has done and is doing.  If you find this difficult, ask God to change your heart, he will do it for you, just like he did for me.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Please Pray For Adam Tonight

Tonight's going to be a quick update...

Please keep Adam in your prayers, he has had a rough day... this morning while trying to get him ready for his day he was quite agitated.  He was unable to participate in therapies today that I ended up just bringing him home.  Once he was home he was fine for the rest of the day... I think he wants to be home, and he's having a difficult understanding why he can't be here all the time and also how important therapy is for him.  Please pray for him, for clarity, understanding, and perseverance. 

I will update more tomorrow.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Time At The Beach and Much Time In Prayer

After spending breakfast with Adam and seeing how busy his schedule was today, I excused myself to have my quiet time.  By the time I walked across the street, I decided to drive the 35 minutes to the beach, after all no better place to have time in the Word than at the beach.
A Cocoa Beach sign welcoming to my oasis for the next few hours

Where I spent my morning

When I got back to NeuroRestorative Adam was practically running down the hallway with Jim.  (He was walking so fast.)  When Adam saw me I had my back to him and he walked up to me tapped me on the shoulder, when I turned around he kissed me and asked me how I was doing.  I love my man.  After he finished therapies we spent the afternoon and evening at home. 

So I have such a cool story to share... yesterday Adam and I attended a large church in the Orlando area.  The pastor asked the congregation to raise their hands if they had something to rejoice in, next he asked those who were suffering, hurting, or facing a trial to raise their hands... Adam raised his hand.  The pastor went on to explain that when one member of the body is suffering and hurting we all suffer and hurt.  1 Corinthians 12:26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Next the pastor asked those who were sitting around someone who raised their hand to go over and lay hands on them and pray.  Without knowing Adam or I we were prayed for in ways that the Holy Spirit was leading.  The pastor then prayed for those who were suffering.  He prayed specifically for someone who was having difficulties learning, specifically having to relearn day to day activities.  I couldn't help but think he was praying for Adam.  I love how the Holy Spirit works.  



Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Father's Day To My Man

Psalm 103:13  As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
My man and our kiddo

Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there, but especially to my man, Adam... you're an incredible father to Mackenzie... thank you for being the man that you are, the provider and protector of our family. 

Today it was so sweet... Mackenzie has been up in North Carolina for the last 10 days and this morning Adam asked "where's Mackenzie?" It's the first time he's asked for her by her real name!  When I asked if him if he was missing her, he said "I'm pretty sure that's right".  I promised Mackenzie we wouldn't celebrate Father's Day until she returned.

Over the past 13 months I have had a unique inside look at how difficult it is to be head of the house, a role I can't wait to hand back over to my man when he's ready and able.  Our men have so much responsiblity, making decisions for the family that they will have to be responsible for when standing before God, providing for a family, training children up to be Christ followers.  I watched Adam over the past few years before his accident, take his role as head of our home with humility and intergrity.  Adam is a man worthy of honor and respect and this Father's Day I just want to tell him thank you for all that he has done for our family.  He is an amazing husband and father, and I know his secret... He loves the Lord with all his heart and he worked hard to maintain his priorities and it shows. 

I was listening to Focus on the Family on Friday and Ken Davis (he's a christian comedian) was speaking and he asked the question to fathers "are you the most Godly man your children know?"  "if not, why not?"  What a huge challenge, if you're asking yourself, how do I get there, where to I start... I wanted to offer a resource to you men that might help you with your role as husband and father.  Check out this ministry Men of Armor and their website http://www.menofarmor.com/

As for wives, encourage your man DAILY, build him up DAILY, after all he's your man and you chose him as much as he chose you... show him today by thanking him for choosing you.  Thank him for being the provider and protector of your home and family.  Honor him, show him that you respect him and in return he will love you in a way you never dreamed was possible.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Much Needed Day of Some R&R

Adam and I spent the entire day together, just the 2 of us. We had such a lazy relaxing day, I can't remember the last time I spent the day at home with my man, just being lazy. If fact, I even laid down with Adam while he was napping. Later this evening, after dinner, we curled up on the couch to watch a movie, but instead directed our attention the incredible storm that was coming through. It was so awesome being curled up on the couch with my man, eating popcorn, and watching the storm. I can't wait to see what God has in store of Adam.
Psalm 16:11  You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

The last 2 days have been like a dream come true, having my man at home for the dinner last night, and for the day today... my heart is so grateful, so full of joy.  It makes me so excited for what is to come, and for Adam FULL and complete healing... please keep praying for Adam's FULL recovery, we still have a long road ahead... and the journey doesn't seem so treacherous when we have so many of you praying for my man.  Thank you.

Friday, June 17, 2011

Cherishing My Moments and Praying For My Sister

I start tonight's blog off with another prayer request... my sister Brooke, (she sometimes blogs for me), she has been really sick the last few days and is currently hospitalized and will be for the next several days.  She has a block in her small intestine and it is causing some complications.  Please keep her in your prayers.  My heart is sick that I can't be there for her.  My mom, my sister Renae, my brother, and Brooke's fiance` have all been by her side and keeping me in the loop. 

This whole week I find myself saying out loud, Lord I trust you, I trust you, I trust you.  When I am struggling with trusting Him I say it out loud, proclaiming that I trust Him.  I love that I don't have to walk this weary land alone, or face these struggles and trials without Him... I often find myself asking, how do people go through life without God?  How did I go without God for so long?  I am so lucky that He chose me, that He loved me from the beginning even when I didn't choose Him, He still loved me.  With all that has been going on in the last 13 months, I am so blessed that God has kept me in the palm of His hands, protecting me, caressing me, teaching me, guiding me, and letting me know every day that I am His beloved.  He died because He loves me so much, He died so that I might live.  Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Thank you Jesus that I am Yours!  I love my Jesus!

Today at NeuroRestorative they held an awards ceremony and Adam was given the award of  "Most improved walk"!!!  I was so proud of him and how hard he works!  He is so strong!  After Adam finished up therapies this afternoon, we came home... we made dinner and ate it by candlelight and by storm!  I love a good thunder storm, it was so awesome.  After dinner we were able to meet our new niece over the computer, she's adorable. By the time we finished up talking with his family, the storm had cleared and we were able to go for a walk.  When we returned from our stroll, I asked Adam if he wanted to help me make cookies and he said he did.  He did awesome and I was surprised by how much he really did help make them.  I think they're the best cookies I've ever made, because we made them together!  Adam and I used to always spend so much time in the kitchen together, that being back in the kitchen cooking together this evening was really special.  What a blessing.  This will be an evening that I will forever cherish.  All evening I just stopped and gave thanks to the Lord for being able to have Adam in our home, just  the 2 of us.  A year ago, I wasn't sure this would ever be possible again, and now look at what an amazing God we serve, truly a God of restoration.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Nothing's Gonna Take The Praise Out of My Mouth

"Nothing's gonna take Your praise out of my mouth... as long as shall live."  Song lyrics I heard today... I gave it some thought, and nothing will EVER take the I have to offer to God out of my mouth.  Look how far Adam has come.  Glory to God for all He has just began accomplishing in my man.  Through my tears and sorrow, through my joy and happiness... nothing will EVER take the praise out of my mouth because to Him be the glory, to Him all praises are due.  1 Corinthians 10:31 So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.  To God be the glory, and we will continue to offer praise and thanksgiving as we see God's miracles preformed daily.

I have spent a lot of time in God's word today and quite a bit of time reflecting on all that He has done for our family.  I am in awe and so thankful that we are still a complete family.  What a blessing and a gift that it is to still have my man here with me.  What a mighty God we serve.  Adam was so sweet and tender towards me today, it was like every time I looked into his eyes, I was seeing my Lord looking back at me.  God is reigning in my man and it is evident.  Oh how I love my man.

Adam had another packed day of therapy, he started his day off walking and exercising with Jim and moved into 2 hours of group therapy and then spent the afternoon in one on one therapies.  In speech therapy today with Lily she was trying to get Adam to count and she said, one, two, and Adam responded... buckle my shoe, Lily said three, four, and Adam responded... shut the door.  I just had to laugh.  He knew exactly what she was doing.  I know they have to start off small and on a basic level, but I believe Adam is operating on a level above and beyond that.  Today he showed that.  He is so funny.  I have enjoyed this time with my man.  We have spent so many special moments with it just being the two of us.  I am truly cherishing these moments, for I know they are a gift from above.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Choosing To Trust In Spite of Circumstances

Trust Him when dark doubts assail thee,
Trust Him when thy strength is small,
Trust Him when to simply trust Him
Seems the hardest thing of all.
Trust Him, He is ever faithful,
Trust Him, for his will is best,
Trust Him, for the heart of Jesus
Is the only place of rest....   Source Unknown.

1 Peter 4:12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

I am doing my best to place my trust in God daily, even on my sad days.  Today has been a sad, weepy day... no reason in particular, missing my man.   I made a choice that I am going to do everything I can to keep my eyes fixed on Him and choose to trust God and the plans He has for our family, no matter how difficult or hard the trials are, I am choosing to believe the trials are apart of His great plan.  Tonight through my tears I can honestly say I am thankful for my trials, even in spite of how difficult they are, I am thankful that God chose our family to be His great vessels, to be His warriors... that is worth rejoicing in and being thankful for.

I am thrilled to have Adam participating in therapies again... he had a full and busy day!  He did amazing.  I am so proud of him working so hard!  My man is amazing, he is truly my hero for how hard he continues to fight for us every day.

My favorite moment came when a staff member brought in her 2 month old granddaughter.  I was holding the baby and Adam kept talking to the baby and told her how cute she is.  Adam made her smile, he waved to her, he was enjoying the baby so much.  It was so sweet to watch him.  Adam just loves kids and it was so great to see him interact with such a tiny baby.  Such a sweet and precious moment that I will cherish forever.

Adam and I are happy to announce the arrival of our neice this evening...  Leighton Jane Root 7lbs 4oz.  Congratualtions Brad and Shandal, we love you guys.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Touching The Highlights

Tonight is going to be a quick update, I am exhausted and it's past midnight... so I need to put myself to bed.

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement from last night's post of the 10 things I was ranting about. We are so blessed to have such awesome support, you all encourage us and keep us going in ways I will never be able to express, thank you.

I am only going to hit the highlights from today...
  1. My man wrote his full name today "Adam Root" with his speech therapist!!!!  I am so proud of him!!!   He has written his name before, but not his full name, this is very exciting!  GOD IS GOOD!!!
  2. We were discharged today!!!  Back to NeuroRestorative and one step closer to a FULL recovery!  The hospital we were at was awesome, but there is nothing awesome about being in the hospital so it sure is nice to be back to a non-hospital setting.  GOD IS GOOD
  3. Adam had a couple great guys come hang out and visit with him.  Our good friends Bill LaPiana Kevin Hooper from our church in North Carolina were both in town this evening and stopped by for to give Adam some much needed guys time, what a blessing this was!  THANKS GUYS!  GOD IS GOOD!
Today has been a crazy busy day and I am just beat, I haven't had my time in the word yet (which is why I really have to cut this short) and I am looking forward to climbing into bed and reading God's word (my love letter) for a bit.  Good night ya'll.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Seeking God's Face Not Just His Hands

10 Things Anyone On Adam's Team (medical teams) Needs To Know:
  1. I'M ADVOCATING, not being over reactive, or over protective.  There is a difference.
  2. I may not have gone through 7 years of medical school, but I have spent every day for the last 5 years with Adam and almost 1/3 of our marriage in a hospital... I do know a thing or two about Adam so listen please... I might be able to help.
  3. We are people not a room number.  I hate being referred to as "the wife of 61" or "the wife". 
  4. While a hospital may be a normal place for you to be, considering you get paid to be here, it's never a comfortable place for a patient or their families, be respectful that it's not comfortable for us.  Nor do we know the insides and outs of the workings, take a couple minutes and explain what the day might look like for us.
  5. You brush your teeth right?  So what makes you think that the patient wouldn't want theirs brushed.  Spend just as much time getting the patient ready for their day as you would getting yourself ready.
  6. DOUBLE CHECK MEDICATIONS ALWAYS.  I can't tell you how many medication mishaps we would have had if I weren't with Adam every day.  (Family members... always, always, know what medications your loved one is on and know how to identify them in pill form so you know what they are getting and should be getting)
  7. Please use gloves and wash your hands... it's disgusting to think that you would come into our room and touch my man with bare hands when you have been in so many other rooms, it's a SAFETY issue.  Please think about the patient not the convenience factor.
  8. Don't take away the only thing I have some days... and that is to help my husband.  If I say I want to do it, let me... I may look small, but I am one tough girl.
  9. Don't EVER tell me what Adam won't do again... you don't know, only God does... and my God is bigger than Adam's brain injury and knows more than you.
  10. I was apart of the team before you ever were and I will be the last one standing on this team, don't leave me out of the loop and let me be apart of any decisions that need to be made, after all I will be living with the results... not you.
I think my shirt says it all... I love my man!  (yes, my man took this picture!)

This was just my way of ranting today... with this said I am somewhat feeling validated.  I told the doctors here that when Adam has an infection his white blood cell count doesn't go up and he doesn't always run a fever with infections.  I thought they listened to me, but turns out... I think they thought I was full of it.  I had one doctor today tell me that I was over reacting and too protective, that I was noticing things that no one else would notice... so he didn't see anything wrong with Adam... this was before we got the results. 

Sure enough I was right... Adam had an infection.  Finally we have our answer, and it's a simple fix!  Praise the Lord.  Adam was diagnosed with a UTI.  You might be thinking, how does that effect his brain?  Because Adam is so vulnerable, any infection even a cold will alter Adam's mental status.  His body has to fight the infection that it can't work on healing the brain, every ounce of energy goes to fighting the infection.  You might also be asking why did it take 6 days to diagnose?  They ran 2 urinary anylasis' within the first 48 hours and one came up positive, and one came up negative, then third the took yesterday and they ran it microscopically to make sure they are not missing anything and sure enough it tested off the charts for infection.  Not that I would ever want Adam to have an infection, but if he has to go through it, I am thankful this is all that it is and not his shunt.  I am rejoicing and giving thanks that he has Adam in His hands.  Adam has already begun his antibiotics and it looks like we'll be discharged tomorrow.

Adam had a pretty full day today, he was able to get therapies in, speech and physical therapy.  He got up with the physical therapist and walked for a bit today.  I was able to get him up and in the chair again and faced the chair towards the window.  We sat together looking out the window for many hours today.  Well we didn't just stare out the window, we played games, and had many laughs today.  At one point we were playing a game and I messed up and we both laughed and I said "you love me?!" and he said "well you drive me crazy sometimes"... we both laughed.  I love him and his sense of humor.

This morning I was driving to the hospital, praying for our day and I found myself praying for Adam's healing and really keeping that as my end goal, my focus.  I was gently reminded that God wants me to seek His face not just His hand.  Sometimes we seek the Lord only for what he has to offer—for what he can give us. In other words, we seek his hand rather than his face. After all His face is the end goal, the end prize... it's not just Adam's restoration, it's beyond that, it's so much more. Seeking God's face is about knowing God, knowing who He is, knowing Him very closely. To walk with Him and to have a relationship with Him. When we look at someone's face we see their eyes. If the 'light' is right, we can see our reflection in their eyes. What a thought to seek Him and to look at Him and see our reflection in HIS eyes!!  We need to seek Him seek His face not what He can do by His hands. He longs for us to come to Him for all our needs. He longs for us to have a relationship with Him, He longs for us to intentionally seek His face.  Psalm 105:4  Look to the LORD and his strength; seek his face always.

Mackenzie wrote this on the white board here in Adam's hospital room before she left... it says "Remember you are God's mighty warrior" then she drew a picture of a sword and a cross and signed it kiddo (this is what Adam calls Mackenzie) and then she wrote her name under that.  So sweet.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Praying For Faith While Enjoying My Time With My Man

These lasts few days I have experienced such a mixture of emotions.  I have enjoyed the last few days to just be with Adam, it's really been the first time since Adam's accident that I have really had time with just him... to focus on just him and his care.  I have cherished these moments, I have loved the memories we created, and the laughter we have had.

I am so thankful for these moments and this time with Adam, being back in the hospital these last 5 days have been a very emotional struggle for me.  I am struggling with the set backs that Adam is having to go through.  It's hard for me not to get upset when I think of how far Adam has come.  I found myself sitting in Adam's room struggling to see the purpose of this speed bump in our journey, reading my bible, asking God to show himself to us... the next thing I knew the room lite up by lighting and a thunderous roar rattled the window.  I realized that God is so present all the time and everything happens in His timing.  Adam's hospital stay this time is apart of God's timing.  God timed this hospital stay in Adam's journey for such a time as this and this is what I am holding onto.  Faith means having faith in His timing. 

When reflecting on this I realized my struggle wasn't discouragement, my struggle was my faith.  Matthew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."  Tonight I am praying that God will give me the faith that I need for tonight, faith that I need for this moment.  I'm asking for faith to wash and stain my unbelief. 

Adam and I had a good day today.  I was able to get Adam sitting in the chair in his room for a couple of hours today.  It was good to see him up for awhile.  The occupational therapist came by and did his evaluation on Adam, but didn't have enough time to really work with Adam.  I am looking forward to tomorrow, when full teams will be back.  The plan of action will be decided upon and Adam will be able to get some form of therapies tomorrow.  Pray that we can figure out what's going on with Adam's body so that we can keep moving forward in this journey.  Pray that Adam will be able to pick up in therapies where he left off.  Pray that we won't loose ground, but that this resting time Adam has had will be a bolt of energy to push him forward.  Please keep praying for my man... thank you for praying for my man and for our family.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Still In A Holding Pattern... Waiting... Placing Our Hope In Christ

This song says it all...



Like I said last night, we are in a holding pattern most likely until Monday when the 4 teams of doctors assigned to Adam will make a decision whether or not to tap his shunt.  The reason they are waiting is because it is very invasive and potentially puts Adam at a larger risk for infection.  Adam has had his shunt tapped several times in the past but never since he's been out of his coma, so this will be very painful for him.  Adam rested most of the day today, really he slept 90% of the day... which is good, hopefully with all this rest his body will begin to heal from whatever it is he is fighting.

Please keep praying that the doctors will be able to find the source of infection so that they can treat it appropriately. I know Adam is fighting something, I know there is something not right, but every test is coming back with negative results which is good in a way but not good when there is something going on and they can't find it.  Please pray they will find the source of Adam's sickness soon.  Until they do, we continue to put our hope in God and know that He is so faithful, He is in control and He knows exactly what's wrong... so we look to God for answers and for healing... He is Adam's Healer.  Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Laughing Our Way To Healing

It's been an uneventful day around here, which I am so thankful for.  I spent most of the day curled up in Adam's bed next to him.  We are in a holding pattern here, we are waiting for results from all of Adam's cultures that need to grow out. Hopefully we'll know more Sunday or Monday.  For now Adam has been given pain killers to help keep him comfortable and out of pain.  They seem to be doing their job because, with him being allowed to relax he seems to be doing better.  The speech therapist came by today to work with Adam and at one point when he missed one of questionns in one of the exercises and he laughed at himself.  Then just a little while ago we were watching America's Funniest Videos and he laughed so much! 

Laughter is good medicine.  Proverbs 17:22 tells us that "a cheerful heart is good medicine" so I believe Adam is well on his way to a quick recovery from this little hiccup and we'll be back on the road to his full recovery.  I am so proud of Adam and how much he continues to fight, and I am blessed by all your prayers which help keep him encouraged... thank you.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

A Twenty-Four Hour Whirlwind

The title says it all, the last 24 hours hours has been crazy.  Sorry I didn't blog this morning, but we are still waiting test results so I really didn't have anything to share.  Adam has had hours of testing today, 2 more CT scans, one more on the brain, and one for his abdomen (he's been complaining of a lot of stomach pain).  He also had a swallow study, where they made Adam drink a chemical and then watch how his swallow is on xrays.  He did great and passed the swallowing test, it also showed no signs of his trach site having any problems.  Adam's CT scans have not been read yet next to his baseline CT so there is no results yet regarding his CT scans.  And so far most of the blood work has checked out to be okay.  His cultures they took will take 72 hours to grow out so right now we are back to the waiting process of this journey.  I asked the doctors to check Adam's liver and kidneys, liver because he's been on so many heavy duty medications in the last 13 months and kidneys because of his stomach pain, we are waiting those results as well.  Adam is holding up as best as he can considering his has been poked, prodded, and not left alone since we arrived.  It looks like we will be here for several days at least. 

I have not missed the hospital life, paying to park, eating out of cafeteria, driving 20 miles each way to get to and from Adam, being confined to Adam's room... I haven't missed this one bit.  I don't know what the purpose is for us needing to be back in a hospital, but I do know that God has a purpose for it, He will use this part of our journey for His glory.  Tonight I am continuing to trust in my Healer and His plans for our family... where ever they might take us, I trust Him that He will use every part of this journey for His glory and to teach me how to be content no matter where we are.  To be content in these circumstances  is not easy, but one thing I am learning... it's easier to be content when I have a thankful heart.  Tonight I am thankful for that Adam has come such a long ways that he is able to comply with just about everything he is asked, Iam thankful for Adam is able to express where his pain is, I am thankful for the care Adam is receiving here.  I am thankful for all of you praying for us, I am thankful for the blessings God has trusted me with, my man and my kiddo. 

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

After spending the night in a chair cuddled in a chair with Mackenzie in Adam's room, all I could think about was how Mackenzie spent last summer in the hospital with me and mostly in the ICU.  I just couldn't see doing that to her again, I just want her to be a kid and enjoy the summer... so I made a difficult decision and sent her to be with Bob and Connie and back to North Carolina.  She was so excited I thought she was going to burst with joy! I am so thrilled she gets to enjoy her a few weeks of her summer with friends.  And to be honest, I am so grateful I can be here with Adam by his side and not have to have her here at the hospital, what a tremendous blessing! 

I am exhausted, I haven't slept since Tuesday and my prospects of getting any good sleep in this chair in Adam's room isn't looking too good, but I'm going to give it a shot.  I will update as soon as we hear anything... but for now, if I could ask for one thing, I ask each of you to please pray for Adam right now.  Thank you.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Still In His Hands

I can't help but to think that God is consistently asking me "do you still trust me?"  "Do you still know that I am in control and have Adam in My hands?"  Tonight I am saying "yes Lord, thank you for having Adam in Your capable hands!"  God's hands are still all over Adam's recovery, healing, and throughout this journey.  I will continue to trust God no matter where He takes us, even if it's back to the emergency room, which is where we are tonight.  I know no matter what, He will not leave us, He has never left us and He will not ever leave us... His presence will only get louder the more places we are admitted to.  Psalm 31:14  But I trust in you, O Lord; I say, "You are my God."

Adam has had a difficult day.  He was very tired for most of the day and participated in therapies but not to level he has been.  He was a little lethargic.  I kept a close eye on him today. Since Sunday his left eye has been a little off center and I asked the therapists and the nurse to keep a close eye on him today I had a hard time getting his eye to come back to center... but the real clincher came tonight when I was giving Adam water and when he was taking it in, it was coming out of his tracheotomy site just as fast as it was going in.  His trach was removed back in January and there is no reason it should be reopened at this moment. 

When we arrived I asked the doctor for a shunt series xray, CT, and a full blood work up.  At first he only granted me 2 out of the 3 and then I was able to convince him that I would like to do all tests right up front so we can try to expedite this as quickly and painlessly as possible.  I was able to convince him after giving some history on Adam's journey.  Right now as I am typing Adam is in CT.  He will be admitted here for the night as they run tests and try to figure out why his trach site has mysteriously reopened.  Now we are in the waiting game... we hurry up and wait... hurry up and get the tests done, and wait for the results.  We should know more in the morning so I will try to update again in the morning once we know more. 

Tonight I just ask that you pray for the doctors that will be attending to Adam's care, pray that God will give them wisdom and discernment in making decisions regarding Adam's care as these doctors have never worked with Adam before.  Pray that we will be able to figure out what's going on quickly and that there will be an easy fix if one is needed. Thank you for your prayers, we couldn't do this journey without all of you.  So thankful we are all in God's hands. 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

With This Ring...

Our wedding rings

What exactly is a wedding ring? The wedding rings embody the continuous flow of love, a circle that symbolizes eternity where there is no beginning and no end. It is believed that love moves around endlessly in circles for better or worse. It is an appropriate sign for the true meaning of marriage. The ring unites the married couple through happy or sad times. 
With this ring I pledged my love and faithfulness. I wear this ring as a beautiful reminder of the vows we have spoken.  I see it as a token of Adam's love for me, a consistent reminder to love and respect him unconditionally.  Wedding rings, while they may be a materialistic aspect of our marriage, the symbolism serves a purpose, maybe not for everyone... but I am speaking for myself.  A symbol of my vows, "I promise to love you, honor you, and cherish you; to be faithful and true; to be kind and forgiving, and to be unselfish in this love. I promise to stand besides you always... in times of joy and in times of sorrow." 1 Corinthians 13:7 says Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.  Since I LOVE my man, I will protect him, trust him, hope in God's best for us, in His plans, and persevere through the journey God has given us. 

Many of you know that I have been wearing Adam's ring since the day of his accident.  Before he went out riding for that one last ride, when he was getting ready to put on his gloves that he had his ring on... I asked if I could hold his ring for him.  I explained that I would just feel better if he didn't ride with his ring on... I was thinking if it were to get stuck on something... or if something were to happen to his hand... not knowing what was about to happen.  He handed me his ring and to ensure it's safety I locked it into my watch band, it's the only place I could think to put it... and it's been there ever since... until today!!!!

Today I asked Adam if he wanted to wear his wedding band and he said "sure, why not" so I took it off my watch band and handed it to him watching him place it on the correct finger!  Over the next couple of hours I noticed him more than once glance down and play with his ring! I explained to him our wedding vows and thanked him again for choosing me to be his bride.  I love that he wore his ring for most of the afternoon and evening.  To ensure it's safety it's back on my watch for now, but I am hoping he'll feel like wearing it again tomorrow!  I just love my man! 

It has been a big day in the Root house... Adam wearing his ring, and Mackenzie graduating 5th grade!!!!  She graduated elementary school, this is unbelievable... I told her I was too young to have a middle schooler.  This morning I attended her graduation ceremony and she was given two awards, the Spirit Award for having a positive attitude and encouraging others and the other was a special recognition award for coming into this school with only 6 weeks left and making the best of it.  Her teacher praised her for adapting so well and for her strong and courageous spirit... if I had to give Mackenzie an award for the school year, I would have given her a most improved!  She started the year off as a C average and finished with mostly A's!!!  She has brought home several 100% tests in math, english, and science!  I am so proud of my little (not so little) girl!

I was a little late in the shot, sorry, but this is right after she received her awards.

Mackenzie with her teacher Mrs. Mann

Monday, June 6, 2011

Thankful That My Marriage Has Changed Me



If I had to sum the day up in one word, it would be... productive.  Both Adam and I got so much done today all around we all had a productive day, well, maybe not Mackenzie... it's the end of the year and she played games and watched a movie at school today! 

Adam had another jam packed day of therapies from 7:30am till 2:30pm and then I brought him home for the evening until it was time for him to go back and head to bed.  We joined into our small group tonight, ate dinner as family, and just hung out at home.  I never take these moments for granted anymore, not after spending a year in a hospital, moments at home in our own environment are precious to all three of us.  Adam rested most of the time at home, he was pretty tuckered from his day of therapies.  He spent most therapy time working on improving cognition, memory, balance, and improving the quality of his walk.

I read this quote from the book "What Did You Expect: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage" By: Paul Trip... “Our desire is that our marriages would be the location of our comfort, ease, and enjoyment; we often have desires no bigger than this. But God’s purpose is that each of our marriages would be a tool for something that is way more miraculous and glorious than our tiny, little, self-focused definition of happiness. He has designed marriage to be one of the most effective and efficient tools of personal holiness. He has designed your marriage to change YOU.”

This quote is similar to the one that posted recently from Sacred Marriage...  after after reading this quote it made me ponder all the ways my marriage has changed me.  I am no where near being the same person I was almost 4 years ago when I said "I do"... and praise the Lord for that!  I love how He has radically transformed my life and our marriage.  I'm not just referring to Adam's accident... I am referring to before his accident.  I can honestly say being married to Adam has made me a better person.  Being married to him has made me want to strive for God's best in my marriage and my life.  It has brought me to my knees broken before the Lord many times, it has made me experience God's love for me in a whole different way... being married to Adam has strengthened my walk and my relationship with God, it has made me a better person. 

God has given me a passion for marriages and an even bigger passion for studying them, reading about them, and a desire to always want to grow in my marriage.  I ask you, how has your marriage changed you?  Have you changed for the better or for the worse? 

I said this a few weeks ago how I always want to be my husband's girlfriend... loving him so much, going out of my way for him, doing small gestures to let him know I'm thinking about him, praising him, encouraging him... are you your man's girl?  I strive to be my husband's crown (Proverbs 12:4)  I want to continue to change and grow... I want to consistently be changing to become more like my King.  I don't want to wake up tomorrow and be the same as I am today.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Taking The Night Off

Taking the evening off... we had an awesome family day spending the day together at home.  Now it's time for me to call it a night.

Psalm 107:9  “God satisfies the thirsty soul. God fills the hungry soul with good things.”

 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Put It In God's Hands

Put It In God's Hands
By Mary Sue Wickham

Put It In God's Hands
And He Will See You Through
He Knows The Plan He's Made For You.
He Knows Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Dreams.
He Will Guide You Through All Extremes.

Put It In God's Hands.
He Will Show You The Way.
As He Prays For You Each And Every Day.
If You Pray To Him, He Will Answer Your Prayers.
For He Is The Almighty One Who Really Cares.

Put It In God's Hands.
He Loves You Very Much.
He Has So Much Power And Strength To Give You That Magic Touch.
He Is Standing By You All The Way.
He Understands And Loves You Each And Everyday.

Put It In God's Hands.
For He Believes In You.
He Has Great Faith In Everything You Do.
He Also Makes Sure That There's An Angel Watching Over You.

Put It In God's Hands.
And You Will See,
What Great Miracles Just May Happen To Be.

Isn't this poem amazing!!!  I saw it today and this will be one that I will keep close to my heart.  This will be one that I will be reading and rereading regularly.  How often I put something in God's hands just to turn around and take it back... this is a good reminder to leave my worries, my struggles, my sorrow... leave it all in the capable hands of my King.

We had a fairly uneventful day here... please keep praying for Adam's FULL recovery and that this agitation phase will pass quickly.

Friday, June 3, 2011

The View From My Rocking Chair

The picture above is where I blog most nights... I sit in my rocking chair overlooking the lake with the fountain and reflect on my day.  I wanted to share this with all of you so you can picture my haven... my little piece of serenity.  I look forward to my moments of stillness out here.

Tonight is no different, I am just reflecting on how thankful I am to be here, to be in our own place, with our own space, and to enjoy this view, the palm trees, and the warm sunshine everyday... what a blessing these things are. 

NeuroRestorative Avalon Park is a cutting edge pilot program for many other brain injury programs across the US... and today NeruroRestorative Avalon Park celebrated their 2nd Anniversary!  Adam, Mackenzie, and I were able to take part in celebrating and hearing some amazing stories of individuals advocating for the existence of such a program as well as the drive and dedication to see it through till the end result!  I was able to meet the developer of Avalon Park and thank him for creating such an incredible community as well as Mike and Donna Marini, Donna Marini is a huge driving force behind the existence of NeuroRestorative Avalon Park.  In fact today the gym was dedicated to her!  She herself is a quadriplegic, and knows the struggles of over coming a catastrophic injury.  She and I talked for quite some time and I left feeling so encouraged.  What an honor to meet her and her husband Mike.

So every night this week my goal has been to get Adam out for a couple of hours... not just to our home, but out in the community.  It's been fun getting cleared to transfer Adam once again and have the freedom to drive away for awhile.  Mackenzie and I both have cherished the moments we have spent together... even if it is running errands!  I am praising God tonight for Adam's progress and ability to transfer himself so much to allow us to be mobile!  7 months ago I was told this would never be my reality again, and I am sitting reflecting on what a mighty God I serve!  I can't wait to see where He is taking Adam in his recovery.

I do believe with all my heart that God has plans for Adam, mighty and big plans.  I am praying tonight that God continues to do a work in Adam's healing and recovery and I ask you all to join me.  One of Adam's therapists here likes to remind me regularly that Adam is going to get to a point where he will plateau in his recovery and that he will never be what he once was.  I know she is doing her best to ground me to reality, but I refuse to allow her words to stick.  In fact I actually feel sorry for her that she hasn't experienced the power of my King.  I have seen God work in Adam in ways I never thought were possible or that I would ever get to see in my lifetime.... that I know He has amazing plans for my man.  I believe God will restore Adam, I have had peace about since the day of his accident and I refuse to let go of God's peace and the hope that He has given me.  This is just one more person along this journey that Adam will show that out God works outside of statistics, outside of the scientific world... that HE is bigger.  When this journey is said and done, I never once have expected Adam to be the same person... none of us will be... we are forever changed... but that doesn't mean God is finished with Adam... I believe He has only just begun!  Please join me in praying for my man's FULL recovery, for God's hand upon Adam's healing process, and for the unbelief in those who work with Adam. 

1 Chronicles 29:11  “Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.”

No matter how long this journey... I will continue to praise God, in my sorrow, in my joy...  I exhalt Him over all that I am and over all that He has given us.  I wouldn't trade this journey for anything, I wouldn't want to go through it again, but I wouldn't trade it for anything... what an honor to witness God's miracles and to know in the depths of my soul what a mighty God I serve!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

God Is With Us


If you haven't figured it out by now, I love Mandisa! Her music has spoken to me so much thought this journey. This song "He Is With You" has meant so much to me, when I have cried out in my darkest hours, when I have begged God to show up, when I have felt so helpless and lonely... I know with out a doubt in my mind that God has been there, He has never left me... He has shown Himself to me time and time again. When I look back and reflect on the last year, I can see how God has protected Adam, how He has comforted me, when so many people seemed hopeless, God gave Adam and I the hope we both needed to keep fighting through this. He has never left us, He was with us in the ICU at UNC, He was with us at WakeMed, He was with us at Spaulding, and He is with us now at NeuroRestorative, and He will be with us when the day will come when we can return back to North Carolina... to home! 
He is with you too and my prayer for you is that you feel His radical love for you and that you will forever be changed by just the thought of of His love for you... He loves you so much that He has promised to NEVER leave you, He wants nothing in return, and even if you didn't choose to love Him... He will still radically love you, because HE is love.

Wow, I can't even begin to tell you what a busy day Adam had. He was scheduled for therapies from 8:00am to 3:00pm. He had a much better day today, he has become a min assist of one for all transfers all the time!!! The therapists and I have all witnessed Adam even transferring himself on several occasions needing no assistance, just someone to stand by and make sure Adam is safe!!! It's only a matter of time and he will no longer need assistance in any transfers! With Adam being so easy to transfer it has made it so easy to get out and about with him!

At 3:00pm we let Adam sit outside with his back to everyone to give him some down time and quiet time, it worked perfectly, he didn't get agitated today!!! Normally after therapies end and before dinner is when he tends to get agitated... this was great just to give him some down time and time to relax before dinner. We're going to try this again tomorrow in hopes that it will work two days in a row!!! Please continue to pray for Adam, pray that his agitation will continue to propel him forward in his road to recovery.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Power of Perfect Love

Charles H. Spurgeon once wrote "Why do you worry?  What possible use does your worrying serve?  You are aboard such a large ship that you would be unable to steer even if the Captain placed you at the helm.  You would not even be able to adjust the sails, yet you worry as if you were the captain or the helmsman of the vessel.  Be quiet dear soul, God is the Master! Do you think all the commotion and uproar of this life is evidence that God has left His throne?  He has not!  His mighty steeds rush furiously ahead, and His chariots are the storms themselves.  But the horses have bridles, and it is God who holds the reins, guiding the chariots as He wills.  Our God Jehoviah is still the Master!  Believe this and you will have peace. 'Do not be afraid' (Matthew 14:27)."

After reading this by Charles Spurgeon today I pondered, does God have my reins?  Have I allowed Him to rein over me, over all of me, over my fears, over my unbelief?  If I did I wouldn't experience fear or unbelief... because God himself says that perfect love casts out ALL fear, so when I hold onto His promises and His love for me, He reins, and by His grace and power His love casts out all fear, worry, and unbelief.  Easier said than done some days... on my difficult days I often pray that God will help my unbelief.  Unbelief in God and His promises is what causes worry, fears, doubt, anxiety... Lord, I believe, help my unbelief.  Please God, rein in me.  I am not strong enough to steer this ship Lord, so I give you the reins and I trust in You and Your perfect love.  Thank you for loving me all the time even through my moments of unbelief.

If you ever wrestle with unbelief, please I urge you to read this blog from the beginning, because it documents what a mighty God we serve and it is only by His mighty hand that our family is what is today!  Praise God that He is the same yesterday as He is today and I know this because I have seen His miracles in Adam's healing!

Today was a rough day for Adam, he had a difficult time concentrating and participating in therapies and this afternoon was quite agitated.  It just made for a long day.  This evening however, he calmed down and asked to go out for a bit.  So instead of taking him home, Adam went grocery shopping with Mackenzie and I!!!  It was the first time that the 3 of us were out and about by ourselves!  Adam did great, at one point I asked Mackenzie to run down an isle and grab me something and Adam turned to me and said " I can't see her anymore and I need to keep my eye on her to keep her safe"  He is such a good dad!  What an honor it is to be my man's wife!

I can't thank you all enough for your letters of encouragement, WOW!!!!  They have been incredible to read and so encouraging to all 3 of us.  I am working on completing Adam's book and can't wait to give it to him.   I have read him the letters as they came in, and then have been putting them in his scrapbook which is documenting his journey for how far he has come.  Thank you so much for all that you all have done for us!  Your participation in this journey is so vital and we couldn't do it without all of you, the body of Christ!  Thank you!

Ponder this today  “Our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but only empties today of its strength”  Charles H. Spurgeon.

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