Saturday, January 28, 2012

Wedding, Vows, and Starting Point

Going to the chapel... and we're gonna get maaarried!!!

My little sister is getting married tomorrow!!!  I am so excited to gain an awesome brother! And I am happy for my sister.

This has brought about quite a bit of pondering for me... Covenant vows... what does that mean?  What does that mean to you?  It's been interesting as I have taken a poll tonight... my 8 year old nephew said "promise", my soon to be sister in law, Amy, said "starting point", Mackenzie said "marriage, never leaving no matter what".

The marriage contract is an excellent way in which God helps us to understand the vow of covenant. A marriage, as we know, is a celebration of the union of two people who have made a commitment to seal their love with vows to pledge themselves to each other. Their love is brought into a binding covenant of marriage, and the bond of their love is witnessed by a token that is given. This token is most often a ring.

God desires to give us a token that symbolizes that He has taken ownership of our soul and brought us into His care, setting the seal of His love upon our soul and His seal of approval upon our faith. He does this not by giving us a ring, but by giving us His Holy Spirit. 

(Found the below on a website about covenant vows)
The ring has always been an symbol of refreshment and renewal, for as the precious metal turns again upon itself, so a good marriage is said to turn upon itself to refresh and renew the bond of love. How beautifully this illustrates covenant faith. The bond we have with God is renewed and refreshed daily at the altar of Christ where we worship Him. As we draw upon His grace, the Spirit of God continues to renew and refresh us in the life of Christ.
Praise God that He is renewing me, refining me, bringing me into the sanctification process.  I want to continue to grow everyday, to become more like Him with each passing moment.  I don't want to wake up tomorrow the same as I am tonight.  I want God to continue to renew and refresh me.  I want the presence of His Holy Spirit to be what others see in me and in my marriage.  I want to reflect Christ and His love for us.

While I liked all the answers I received tonight, and all of them fit into the description of covenant vows, my favorite was, starting point.  When giving my vows to Adam and pledging myself to him, that was only the beginning... it truly was the starting point our journey together.  I truly love Adam more today than I did when we were married nearly 5 years ago and our love continues to grow and be strengthened each and every day.  Our wedding day was only the starting point and tomorrow my sister and my almost brother in law will have their starting point... how exciting!  Congratulations Roberto and Brooke, Happy Starting Point!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Glimpses


A Glimpse
I was given a gift on Monday that no one else has been able to give me this entire journey... Adam and I traveled to Dr. Kavanaugh's office (when I say travel it takes about an hour and half to get there)... Dr. Kavanaugh had me do some exercises, but they way he made me do them, not only did I have to concentrate ridiculously hard, but it took every bit of energy I had to execute the task given to me. I was concentrating so much that I couldn't even answer his questions while I was focused on the task given to me.

I maybe did 4 of these tasks/exercises, and I left there exhausted. Dr. Kavanaugh explained to me that what I just went through is what Adam goes through all day and with every task. He also explained to me that Adam will and has already began retraining himself to do things differently. Amazing. Dr. Kavanaugh continues to work with Adam on increasing Adam's peripheral vision, but helping Adam know where he is in space at all times. Adam has made tremendous progress even in the short time since our last visit.

I was so appreciative for the gift Dr. Kavanaugh gave me, no one has given me this tangible glimpse into my man's recovery. It has made me think differently and schedule differently for Adam's sake. I am a better wife and caregiver to Adam for having this little bit a knowledge given to me. Thank you Jesus, that He is always guiding our steps and for putting an amazing team together for my man!

Another Glimpse...

I have shared with you Adam's incredible faith and how it has transformed me and challenged me. Hearing Adam pray and listening to the depths of his soul is one of the most cherished gifts he has given me. Adam has shared with me his faith and prayer life since before his injury, but since his injury he doesn't seem to hold back when praying with me... he bares his soul to the Lord and it is truly beautiful. I love this glimpse that I have been given into his relationship with Jesus... I will forever cherish my man's heart and the gifts he gives me every day.

Better Than A Glimpse

When I was writing the above, it hit me like a ton of bricks... God has given us more than a glimpse into His heart... He has given us His written love letter (the Bible).  He gave us His only Son.  He gives us eternal life.  He gives us His unconditional love.  He gives us a glimpse of what is still to come... I am so excited that Jesus is coming again! 1 Timothy 6;12-16... Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Following My Man's Example

Can I just tell you how much I am so madly and deeply in love with my man?!!! It is such a gift to share this life and this journey with a man who so deeply is in love with the Lord. Sometimes when I feel like this journey is moving slowly I will reflect on where we were this month last year, having been told early on that Adam would "never" speak again or understand language and a year ago this month spoke his very first word, showing us that he did understand language... to today, praying... giving thanks to God for who He is. Worshiping Jesus through his words, through his prayers... do you see how incredible this is! This is nothing short of miraculous!

Hearing Adam give thanks and praise to God even with all that he endures each and every day and watching his struggles... makes me think that I should follow in his example... praising Him, giving thanks and keeping that as my focus not what still needs to take place. Daniel shows us this example through his prayer life. He set time aside each and every day just to give God thanks... Daniel 6:10 says "He got down on his knees three times a day and prayed and gave thanks before his God". Daniel 9:4 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: "O Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with all who love him and obey his commands.

I love that I can see and hear the intimate relationship my man has with His Savior, it humbles me and challenges me to consistently give thanks and to keep my eyes fixed on God who can see this whole journey from beginning to end.  Hearing my man pray and talk to God with complete dependence and thankfulness makes me fully aware that God is still preparing His mighty warrior for some great and mighty plans.  Seeing this, hearing this, and watching this is one of the greatest gifts I have been given in this life.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Devine Appointments and Being Ready

Has this ever happened to you?  You're going about your day and either something totally unexpected happened or you find yourself talking with a total stranger about what God has done for you and what a privilege it is to serve Him?    Or sometimes it's being in the "right place at the right time"... I don't believe in such a thing, I call these moments Divine appointments.

I find for myself, when I ready myself and my heart to serve God with all my heart, mind, and strength an exercise I try to practice in the morning, I find that the Lord often places Divine appointments in my day.  These are never interruptions (which they often can be mistaken for), but these are God ordained, Divine appointments. 

Today I found myself facing a Divine appointment, I was sitting in the dining room with Debbie and 2 high school, young, girls rang the door bell.  Mind you, it's middle of the school day and no there was no half day.  When I answered the door, all I noticed was the sheer look of terror in these girls faces.  They asked right away, looking over their shoulder if they could come in.  Instantly I thought, okay Lord, what's going on?  The girls proceeded to tell me that they ran from the highway near my home, cut through the back field/swamp running from a strange man who was following them in his truck.  Mind you... there is only one way in and out of the development and these girls did not come through it.  Neither is my house closest to where they were, so I found it no accident that the Lord delivered them into our home.  A refuge the Lord has given us. 

These girls were so shaken and troubled I asked if I could pray for them... they seemed less than thrilled, but agreed that I could.  I don't know how the Lord is going to use this situation in their lives, but in mine, it was a gentle reminder that we are always in His hands.  We just need to trust Him to guide our steps.  It served as another reminder, of the importance to allow God to ready us for our days, to allow Him to equip us for what He has planned.  1 Corinthians 2:9 But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him.

The Lord is so faithful, He truly does care for everyone of our needs and is our Jehovah Jirah.  God has used the community of Raleigh to meet some specific needs we have had and I am truly amazed to see how God has used complete strangers and those close to us to meet every need we have had.  Mackenzie had a very specific need that we have been praying for and trusting that God would be faithful in providing... and He did!  He used someone in the community who we have never met to meet this need!  Praise the Lord for His faithfulness!  This really reflected that so many of you are in the practice of allowing God to ready you and your hearts for how He wants and does use you.  Thanks for showing this example to me.  And thank you to all of you who have responded in faith to the promptings of your heart and have reached out to us.  He is so faithful and He has used His people to show me that!  Thank you!  Amazing love, how can it be?!!!

Isaiah 64:4  Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Catching Up

Didn't Mackenzie do a great job! Thank you for all those that commented and left her messages, I know that meant a lot to her.  It encourages us to want to keep writing.

Over the holidays and for the last month, I spent a lot of time in prayer regarding this blog.  I wasn't sure if I should continue it and I was seeking direction.  There have been many nights this blog has been therapeutic for me and there are times when I am called to bare my soul and that is very difficult to do to strangers and to the world wide web (although many of you strangers have become friends!).  I can't tell you how many times I have met someone who says to me, "I feel like I know you", after giving it some thought... I realized they do know me, they know some of the deepest most intimate parts of my soul, they know my love for Jesus, my love for my man, and my love for my kiddo... these three things make up my whole life and all that is important to me.

After many hours in prayer I clearly received the message that I am to continue to share this journey, I am to continue to walk this journey out loud baring my naked soul.  So thank you for walking the most difficult journey of my life with me, thank you for taking the time to get to know me and my family... for praying for us for the last 19 months and thank you for your prayers that are yet to come.  Thank you for your words of encouragement, your notes, cards, pictures, emails, texts, facebook messages, and care packages... you all have blessed us so much.

Since it's been awhile since I have sat down and really given a good update and updated a prayer list I wanted to take the time to do that now.

Adam has made some significant gains.  I honestly believe the Lord has worked Adam's grand mal seizure Christmas day for His good and His glory.  He used it to shake somethings loose.  Adam has began talking in complete sentences that are making cognitive sense.  This is HUGE, PRAISE THE LORD!  Since posting last week for you all to pray specifically for Adam's Aphasia, he has made some gains.  He was able to communicate this weekend effectively and even sent a video to his mom singing Happy Birthday to her, he sang the whole song without assistance and with tone fluctuation!  This is HUGE!  PRAISE THE LORD, He is healing Adam one neuron at a time!

Remember way back when... when his therapists at WakeMed told me he would most likely always be a max assist of 2 people (this meaning it would always take 2 people to move Adam in and out of bed and in and out of his wheelchair and most likely never have a life outside of the 2), well I have news for them... Adam no longer needs assistance, he is mobile all on his own, he is able to sit down, stand up, get in and out of bed, the car, and go where ever he desires. (We keep him well supervised, but he does it himself).  Again, PRAISE THE LORD, this is HUGE healing!

Adam is becoming more independent by the week, this last week I barely had to help him in the shower and with his ADL's (activities of daily living: brushing teeth, getting dressed, getting showered, that sort of thing).  He only needed verbal reminders what to do next in his routine but needed no physical assistance!  PRAISING THE LORD! This is the Lord at work in my man!

I honestly feel so blessed that I can sit here and share so many wonderful miracles with you.  We serve a mighty, powerful, capable God and to Him be the glory for all that He has done, all that He is doing and all that is yet to come.

Adam still has a long road ahead of him, I believe the Lord can heal Adam any day and time... but I also know He has prepared us for whatever this journey holds.  Adam biggest struggle is with his memory.  (Aphasia is part of it)  I have been told that the memory comes back last, but I know my God is bigger than Adam's brain injury and I know He can choose to restore Adam's memory with no sign of an injury if He chooses.  I am praying and believing and approaching the throne of grace with confidence of Him restoring Adam's memory.  Please pray specifically for Adam's memory to be restored fully.

I learned Friday that Adam's brain has triggered some Parkinson's disease responses in Adam's motor skills.  Adam uses these responses as some protective measures for him and this is normal in patients that have suffered as severe of an injury as Adam has.  The doctors are going to watch this and monitor he responses over a matter of time.  I mention this only as another prayer request of FULL restoration, healing above and beyond what we could imagine or even hope for.

Please continue to pray for Adam's muscle tone.  It's been awhile since I have mentioned this, but Adam still fights a frustrating battle with muscle tone.  He has a difficult time walking like you and I, heal toe heal toe.  Adam tends to walk on his toes because when he puts his heals down he feels like he's going to fall backwards and most of this is due to muscle tone.  It has gotten much better, his left foot comes down all the way, but his right side is still a battle.  (Remember his left side of his brain suffered the most trauma so it causes much more weakness on the right side of his body.)  Please pray that he will experience FULL restoration of his muscles, that one day there will show NO sign of any muscle atrophy.

I do feel so incredibly blessed that I get to witness miracles on a daily basis just by watching my man do the unexpected, the impossible.  I love watching God work through my man and I know He has only just begun.  I know it's been a long journey and I know so many of you have been so faithful to our journey, please keep praying and watching what the Lord is doing.  He is doing a mighty work in His mighty warrior!  Just tonight Adam prayed "Dear Heavenly Lord, please help my left side so that I can eat and drink from you.  I'll see you soon.  In your name, Amen."  Isn't this amazing!  This is how I know and see God at work EVERY day!  Every day Adam continues to make gains and progress... thank you for praying, thank you for walking this journey with us, and thank you for taking the time to get to know me, my heart and my soul.

Deuteronomy 10:14 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you, but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in all his ways, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul

Please pray the above verse for and over the 3 of us, Adam, myself, and Mackenzie.

We are standing in anticipation for what God is going to do this week and for the healing that is going to take place this week.  Thank you for believing with us, for standing agreeing with us, and for sharing this journey with us.

PS: Sorry for not posting recent pictures lately, we are having computer problems and at the moment there doesn't seem to be a fix to it.  I will post pictures when I can.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Hey, This Is Mackenzie!!!


Ummm I’m kind of new at this, but ya.  This is Mackenzie I wanted to do the blog because I wanted to add some fun (kid friendly)to this blog !  JSo I’m going to ask you some questions…
                                                                         M’s POP QWIZ:

1.       How many times do you find your self wishing that you had something random like a big glass of milk and a HUGE cookie?

2.       Have you found yourself praying and you did not know it?

3.       Describe your dream home

4.       Have you done something sooooooooo strange or random in public?

5.       What is your favorite Christian book?

6.       If you won the lottery what would you do first?

7.       What is your favorite color?

8.       What is your favorite song?

9.       What makes you happy?

10.   When was the last time you said patty cake? J


I hope you had fun and here’s some more…

                                                   Riddle of the day:

              Two cannibals where eating a comedian and one said to the other  “does something taste funny to you?”

                                                  Joke of the day:

What happened  when pink panther stepped on a ant???

Answer: dead ant, dead ant, dead ant, dead ant dead ant, dead ant, dead ant (pink panther theme song tune)  

    




                         Remember God made you special and he loves you very  much

                                                                   Good byeJ  

Monday, January 9, 2012

Moments I Cherish

Song of Solomon 2:16 I am my lover's and my lover is mine;

Tonight I am blogging as one blessed little lady!  I just love my man and every day I get to spend with him is a cherished blessing!  I am so proud of my man and how hard he works every day, I can't even imagine what it must feel like for him to walk through each day and the challenges he faces.

This evening he was helping me around the house, we did laundry, made dinner, did the dishes, and unpacked a few boxes... and this is after a full day of therapy!  He did awesome helping me out.  At one point towards the end of our endless chore list Adam was very still and very quiet, I asked him what he was thinking about and he said our wedding.  Not sure if that was really what he was thinking about (since this is the first time he has ever mentioned thinking about our wedding), I asked him where we got married and he said the coast!!!!  He was right for the first time answering this question!!!  My man remembered our wedding!!!  As tears flowed from my face with excitement, I just let him hold me.  He remembers!  Our wedding!  I just love him so much!  This was such a sweet blessing and gift the Lord provided for me!


Adam was able to spend the night at home tonight even though tonight is not normally one of his nights, he has a couple doctor appointments tomorrow at UNC and it's much quicker if we leave from home.  I love having him here and can't wait till the day comes when he can return here for good!  Tomorrow we meet with the neurologist at UNC just for them to monitor Adam's seizure activity.  He has not had any more seizures since we returned to North Carolina so I am thankful for that, but I am also thankful that so much growth and healing has taken place since he had his grand mal seizure... I believe God is healing Adam every moment of every day.  I know He uses everything Adam goes through as part of His plans for Adam's recovery.  I believe and will never loose hope that Adam will be FULLY RESTORED.  We serve a mighty and powerful God, we have all been blessed to see that through Adam's recovery, Amen?!!!

My man remembered our wedding!!!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Unpacking, Praying, and Believing In HOPE

Well this week I have been digging myself out of boxes.  It's been a little overwhelming, living on so little over the last year and half while most of our belongings have been in storage to now having all of our belongings under one roof.

I knew unpacking would not be easy, both physically and emotionally... and I was right, it's been a little more difficult than I even expected.  I have come across so much of my man... from his hobbies to his projects he was in the middle of when his accident occurred.  I have unpacked many of the sweet things he has given me but the most priceless item I have come across was the anniversary card he gave me just 8 and half months before his injury.  With his permission I share what he wrote... "Dear Amy, I'm so blessed to be here with you.  I know it got a little hard, but this has been the best year of my life, thanks to you.  You really are my everything.  You are a gift from God, and a great one at that.  I love you dearly, Adam."  Reading this was hard but at the same time provided me with the encouragement I needed.  I love my man and he is my gift from above.  I am so blessed he picked me to be his wife, our journey has not been easy, but God is faithful and with His strength, He has seen us through this far, and I can't wait to see what He has in store for us.

Adam, Mackenzie, and I have both loved getting used to our new home and I speak for all 3 of us when I say we all feel so blessed, having a home is truly a sign of God's faithfulness and that He is our Jehovah Jirah my provider.

It's been interesting to watch Adam this week as he has nicely fallen back into our routine and schedule.  Many of those who are around him during the day, therapists, management, and the everyday care givers of Learning Services have commented how wonderful it has been to see Adam's expressions this week.  That is one way we have seen God work this week in Adam's recovery is seeing appropriate facial expressions more often.  Praise the Lord for the healing that has taken place and that is taking place!!!  If I could ask for one prayer request it would be this... Adam struggles with aphasia.  Aphasia is is an impairment of language ability. This class of language disorder ranges from having difficulty remembering words to being completely unable to speak, read, or write.  Adam mainly struggles with remembering the right words and communicating effectively because he is unable to find the words he is looking for.  This has caused a great deal of frustration for him, because he knows what he's trying to say and doesn't understand why I don't always get what he's trying to communicate.

Talking with Adam's speech therapist she explained to me that most people who have a diagnosis of aphasia do not overcome it and it's usually something that most people will struggle with their whole lives.  HOWEVER... My God is bigger than Adam's brain injury and even bigger than a diagnosis of aphasia, so I can't wait to see how God will defy this diagnosis!  I hold onto, hope for, and believe that God will completely restore Adam and heal him from this injury.  So aphasia is just one more stumbling block in the road to recovery.  Please pray specifically this week that who Christ's strength residing in Adam, he will be able to overcome and show NO signs of aphasia.  I can't wait to see God's hands at work.  NOTHING is impossible for him.  I will not loose hope, Romans 5:5 says And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.  Knowing the Holy Spirit is with us, and in us I know God is at work in Adam and there is so much to hope for.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

2012!!!! The Perfect Number!

Please bare with me while we are without internet, blogging will be when I can grab a few minutes and my laptop and head out.  Hopefully we'll be up and running with more consistant blogging by next week.

I know I mentioned that I was ecited for the new year, but I am really excited about 2012.  When studying the biblical significance of the number 12, here's what I found...

•12 tribes of Israel [Genesis 49:28].
•12 pillars were erected at Mt. Sinai [Exodus 24:4].
•12 statues of oxen held up the water basin in Solomon’s Temple [1 Kings 7:25].
•12 men were selected by God to conduct the census [Numbers 1:2-16].
•12 princes of Israel brought gifts to the Sanctuary on 12 days [Numbers 7:10-83].
•12 spies sent to reconnoiter Canaan [Numbers 13:1-15].
•12 months of a year.
•Jesus is 12 when He questions the scholars in the Temple [Luke 2:41].
•12 legions of angles [Matthew 26:53].
•12 Apostles [Matthew 10:2-4; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:13].
•144,000 servants of God (12 times 12) [Revelation 7:4].
•12 gates of the New Jerusalem [Revelation 21:12].
•12 foundations of the Heavenly Jerusalem [Revelation 7:4; 21:16, 17].
•The Trees of Life in the new creation will bear 12 kinds of fruits [Revelation 22:2].

Biblically speaking 12 is considered to be the "perfect number", so you can see my excitment for what is to come in the year 2012!  I am so thankful that God is in control and I am thankful that He consistantly reminds me daily that He is enough for me, His grace is sufficent, and His strength is made perfect in my weakness.   I am standing in anticipation for what God is going to do in the months to come!

Adam is feeling so much better the last few days, he has shown more facial expressions and has laughed so much.  I love watching God heal Adam before my eyes! God is healing Adam through your prayers, thank you for praying for my man and our family.  Thank you to those of you who have taken the time to write us and send your letters of encouragement and support.  The Lord is using so many of you to provide for our family, I am so deeply humbled and there are no words for the gratitude my heart feels.  The Lord will repay what I cannot, only heaven knows my heart.  Thank you!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Unpluged And In Tune... Happy New Year

I have spent much of the last 2 weeks completely unpluged.  For the most part other than out of complete necessity I left my laptop alone and my phone unanswered!  It's amazing how much more my thoughts were focused in prayer than what I needed to do next. 

I really spent a lot of time reflecting on the last year and half and how amazing God's faithfulness truly is.  He has not only carried us through each moment of every day, but He has also equiped us for what each day brings.  For those of you who have walked this journey with us know that this has not been an easy road, but the lessons that have come from it and the intimacy with the Lord that I have gained... makes me so thankful for the journey, makes me thankful for my man and my kiddo, and leaves me in complete awe of the mighty God we serve.

The Bible commands us to be still, but how often do we take the time to be still and listen, knowing that God is right here with us, sitting with us, whispering in our ears, and holding us when we feel alone.  The last 2 weeks I have had the opportunity to just sit, be still and quiet before the Lord and listened as He has reminds me that He has prepared the 3 of us for this journey, listened as He has reminded me that He has mighty plans for His mighty warrior, listened to Him reminding me that the only way I will make it through each day is allowing Him to carry me, giving me His strength for each moment.  This journey is far too hard, to painful, and to overwhelming to do any of it on my own.  Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God.

Christmas Eve I was sitting at Adam's parents house and I knew the Lord was speaking to me... I excused myself and went for a walk in the darkness of the night.  As I walked I felt the Lord comfort me, I know he was letting me know that we still have a long road ahead of us, but that He is going before us.  What I didn't know was how much I was going to need this the following day... Christmas morning as Adam and I were getting ready for the day, Adam suffered a massive Grand Mal Seizure which landed us back in a hospital.  Having had the walk the night before with the Lord, I was able to remain completely calm, and completely in Him.  As I road with Adam in the back of the ambulance I just prayed, asking God for obedience for what is still yet to come.  It took a couple of hours before Adam became responsive again, I laid with Adam on the hosptial bed and just reminded him of the warrior God is making him into.  In the book of Judges is the story of Gideon... Gideon was no warrior, but God made Him a mighty warrior and I know He is doing the same in my man. 

I'm not always sure of why we have to endure so much on this journey, but one thing I am certain of... God is using it in a MIGHTY way.

In the last year and a half Adam has been through 13 surgeries, 10 months in a coma, 1 lifeflight, 2 medflights, 7 hospitals across the nation, made it home after 16 months in a hospital,  learned how to walk and talk again, has began writing, reading, and typing, his initation sparked a silver alert... and I'm sure there is so much more that I can't think to write.  Mackenzie and I have lived in 3 states, Mackenzie attending 3 schools in three states in one school year (yes, she is one of my heros!), survived 5 blizzards, one hurricane, one earthquake, and the beginning of middle school.  We succesfully (with the help of MANY) moved into our own home for the first time in 19 months.  We are constantly surrounded my incredible, amazing friends, and we a great family support (even if they're miles away).  WE HAVE SO MUCH TO BE THANKFUL FOR AND GOD IS SO GOOD!  I am excited to see what 2012 will bring for our family, one thing is for sure... miracles happen every day and I can't wait to see the miracles that this year will bring.  Happy New Year!

I want to thank WRAL for choosing our story as one of the most memorable of 2011, they chose 5 to feature last week and our story was picked.  Thank you! http://www.wral.com/news/local/page/10452891/