Friday, July 20, 2012

Happy Birthday To One Amazing Young Lady!

Yes, it's true, my baby is 12!  Happy Birthday Mackenzie!  I am truly amazed and blessed by the young lady God is making you into!  I watch you everyday as God shapes you and renews you to be more like Him.  I am often touched as I watch you, you have an amazing servant's heart, and you are one of the most selfless givers I have ever met! I love you kiddo!  Keep your eyes looking up!

Our time out west is quickly approaching its end... we are within hours of our departure and again have been blessed to have had so much wonderful time and the memories we have created are truly a gift from above.  God is restoring our lives.  We leave Saturday early morning and again we are driving from Seattle to North Carolina so please keep our travels in your prayers.

We have more major event to take place before we leave town... my baby brother's wedding.  If you know me or have been reading this blog for any length of time, you know how passionate I am about marriage and about covenant vows and relationships in general.  I love people watching and especially relationship watching.  I am entertained by the way people communicate both verbal and nonverbal.  For example, recently we were at a restaurant with some family and I glanced over and there was this couple sitting at a table in the bar and the lady was texting almost the entire time while the man was eye balling the sports on the tv... I thought to myself, if they only knew how precious time is, maybe, just maybe they would lay down the distractions of the world and enjoy each other... then it hit me... how many times am I guilty of not laying down the distractions of this world to enjoy my loved ones.

How many times am I checking email, texting, writing down notes, or even trying to hear something on the radio and I silence the world around me.  What did I miss when Mackenzie has had something to say and I hush her?  Often I think about a date night Adam and I had several years back... I was upset that Adam was so busy with work and other projects outside of work that we had hardly had time together (and remember quality time is my love language)... I can remember this particular night, just the 2 of us were out and I didn't have one conversation with him.  I waited for him to engage me and when he didn't I just got even more upset.

Looking back I can see how precious even those few hours were.  How stupid I was for being angry about something that was a blessing.  How silly to have not looked at the blessing of the moment Adam did carve out time for me.  I am thankful to say that prior to his injury my attitude and mind set had changed quite a bit... but I do still often think of that night and I am so thankful to have learned and still learning how precious our moments are and to stay in the moment we have been given.  I am still learning how to lay down my distractions and be in the moment, but I am thankful for the perspective I have.

My time with Adam is so much more rich and beautiful than it ever was... because with Adam, I have to concentrate on everything that he is trying to say or communicate that I really do have to cut out all distractions and focus on what he is saying or trying to say... by doing this I have seen more of my man's heart and I have been blessed, honored, and cherished by him in ways that I could have so easily missed. 

The same is true for my relationship with my Heavenly Father... if I am not intentional about laying down my distractions and recognize the Divine moments I am given and taking every opportunity to spend time with Him, what would I miss, what have I missed?  I know when I do take the moments, when I do lay down my distractions, focus, and concentrate on Him, when I am intentional about meeting Him and hearing what He has to say through His Holy Word... WOW am I blessed and boy do I feel cherished and loved.  How could you I not, Jesus loves me this I know, FOR THE BIBLE TELLS ME SO!  

1 John 3:1 How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

I will try to blog on the road, but we will just have to see what time will allow... as for pictures and a trip recap, stay tuned... it will be coming!  (I have over 1400 pictures to sort through that I have taken so far)

Monday, July 9, 2012

Truly An Honor

Sorry for the delay in getting a posting on here... I can honestly say, I have been on vacation for the first time in 2 years!  It has been amazing!  The blog has suffered from my vacation mode, but I do feel rejuvenated!

Where to begin... well, we are still on the west coast and at the moment enjoying the fact that we have managed to escape the east coast heat wave.

Adam, Mackenzie, and I have the amazing honor and privilege to meet so many of you who faithfully pray for our family!  From east coast to west coast and so many places in between, truly it's been an honor to meet God's people who have been called into our journey.

For those who didn't know of our plan, we wanted to spend the summer with our families and decided to drive!  It has been one of the greatest gifts God has provided for our family.  The blessing it has been to make cherished memories as a family, sight seeing, visiting family and friends, and just getting time together... is at times almost more that my heart can take.  I am so overwhelmed with joy and excitement.  I know many of you can understand what I am about to say, but none of you will truly be able to know to the depths what it truly feels like to be where we are both physically, emotionally, spiritually, and mentally... not that many months ago I wasn't sure we would ever be given the opportunity to make family memories again outside of a hospital or facility, and many of Adam's doctors when we first began this journey told me it most likely would never be possible... THANK YOU JESUS for where we are today!  THANK YOU JESUS for healing!  THANK YOU JESUS for EVERY DAY miracles!  Tears are welled up in my eyes as I share these sediments with you all.  Joy... so much joy. 

We have been invited to worship with friends and family at different churches since we have been out here and the real treat is the blessing of so many of you laying hands on us and praying for us.  It has been amazing to hear through the prayers the message that God has for us... One particular prayer that has been prayed over us and spoken to us in multiple churches, and through multiple people... is that God has only just begun His work in Adam!  Adam's restoration has only just begun!  God is doing a work in Adam, I am honored that I truly can see it, hear it, and touch it every day!    Adam's prayers reflect God's work in him.  My man loves the Lord God with all his mind, body, and soul and his prayers are evidence of his heart.  God is truly amazing and I am thanking Him for His provisions daily, His strength and wisdom that carry through each moment of each day and for His miracles He preforms in Adam daily! Job 9:4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast, Job 9:10 He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 9:19 If it is a matter of strength, he is mighty!

God is so faithful, He is so good, and He is so worthy of ALL the glory!

Adam and I have been truly enjoying our time with our families.  We have continued with therapy while being out here... not rehab therapy, but there has been some awesome community classes that we have been able to participate in.  Adam and I have been swimming 3 days a week and have truly loved each and every moment.... okay, well, I have loved each and every moment... sometimes I have to convince Adam that he loves it.  This trip has truly served its purpose, we have both rested well and have had plenty of relaxation.  I know I said this last posting but when I do have some more time, I will upload pictures from our trip.  I just am so excited to share with you all how awesome and amazing God is.

While being down here in Oregon, we have taking several little side trips to take pictures and build Adam a book of his life so that he can see where he has been.  Saturday, Adam, Mackenzie, Cookie (Adam's mom), and myself loaded into the car and drove to Corvallis home of Oregon State University... GO BEAVERS!  We parked and we were walking campus, we asked Adam to show us around, he walked as if he were on a mission straight to the computer lab... he knew where he was going!  (For those that don't know Adam, he was a computer science major and probably spent quite a bit of time in that lab!)  We have also traveled to a few other places to take pictures and add to his book... it's been so much fun to see some of his reactions.  This afternoon, Adam, Cookie, and I went to Adam's favorite lunch spot House of Teriyaki... we walked in and the lady who normally served Adam was there and quick to give him a hug, as I explained Adam's story tears ran down her face.  She couldn't believe all that he had been through and yet... he remembered her! 

So many awesome and amazing things have happened it truly is overwhelming.  We attended church with Adam's uncle Doug who is the author of Last time we were able to visit with him Adam was still in the hospital in Boston.  It was really special to attend church with him, to worship with him and to rejoice with him all that God has done for us!  We have also been creating so many wonderful memories with his brothers and family... last night we went to a driving range and hit quite a few buckets of balls... Adam was amazing to watch, hitting ball, after ball... after ball and making it look so effortlessly that I decided to try.  After quite a bit of help I finally found my swing and was successful at hitting several balls, but nothing compared to Adam.  He never ceases to amaze me.  My favorite moments have been watching him initiate conversation as we just hang out on the porch of his parents amazing farm.  It's so fun to watch him with our nieces and nephews, with his brothers, and his parents... what a gift it is to be creating new memories.  God has only just begun a work in Adam!

I find myself sitting out here like I am now, tyring so hard to soak this all in, not taking one second for granted and giving thanks for it all.  Here I have to amazing surroundings of a gorgous farm and at my mom's the 180 degree view of the Olympic mountains and the Puget Sound... no matter where I sit... I am surrounded by God's creativity, but his majestic beatuy, and experiencing His miraculous hands... I can't help but to offer all that I am and all that I have to worship such a loving, creative, miraculous God!  Jesus I love you!