Sunday, November 25, 2012

Update With WRAL TONIGHT!!!

Friday night I received a phone call from WRAL asking if they could do an update on our family and our journey.  My first response was "it's been a difficult few days for Adam", then I stopped... and I asked for time to think about it and pray over it.  Because I realized I wanted to say no because it was a difficult time and I had some fear around sharing that... If they were going to do an update, my hearts desire was for them to see Adam at his best... I was instantly convicted.  God is in control even when it feels like chaos in my own world.  He knew this update was coming and it was no surprise to him... I spent the next 24 hours praying to make the right decision about what to do... here is what God gave me...
 
I placed my name in the following scripture verses...
 
There is no fear in love. But perfect love, MY love casts out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love.  Have I not commanded you?  Amy, be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for I the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.  Amy trust ME (rely on, lean on, and be confident) and do good.  Feed on my faithfulness and truly you shall be fed.  Amy, delight yourself in ME, and I will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.  Commit your way to ME (roll and repose each care of your load on ME); Amy trust in ME and I will bring it to pass.  Be still and rest in ME Amy, wait for ME and patiently lean yourself upon ME. 
 
Amy, do not fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.  You have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish MY will, and thus receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what I have promised you.
 
Amy, you are MY chosen person, you are MY very own possession.  As a result you can show others MY goodness, for I called you out of darkness and into my wonderful light.  My love will quiet your fears and give you confidence.
 
(Scripture verses 1John 4:18, Joshua 1:9, Pslam 37:3-7, Hebrews 10:35&36, and 1 Peter 2:9)
 
My answer... I am humbled and honored to get to share God's goodness, it is because of God's goodness and His grace that Adam is here, walking, talking, and even living in our own home!  How can I not share that through JESUS Adam is being healed and renewed EVERY day.  I continue to give thanks for the healing that has taken place, the healing that is taking place, and for the healing that is still yet to come.  I continue to approach His throne with boldness and expectancy for Adam's FULL restoration... we have only just seen a glimpse of what is still yet to come.  I know Jesus heals, I am seeing it every day! Adam is in God's hands and so are we!
 
Watch for an update from our journey on WRAL tonight at 6:00pm EST!  I will post a link to our story later for those who don't live in the area!
 
Adam with Sloan

Filming our journey!
 

Friday, November 23, 2012

Happy Thanksliving

Thankful doesn't even begin to describe the over flowing gratitude my heart feels.  Getting to spend Thanksgiving in our own home without even having to ask permission for Adam to join us!!!  This was an incredible gift!

The last few weeks all 3 of us have been sick and with little time to rest... so being able to be home for an entire day was amazing!

Many of you have done an amazing job at posting on facebook all that you are thankful for, and I have so enjoyed reading them and rejoicing and praising the Lord alongside of you all.  Those of you who have been faithfully reading have heard me say this time and time again... I often write down what I am thankful for especially in times when it seems like my world is falling apart and I am hurting.  It really does help create contentment.  Paul writes in Philippians 4:11-13I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. AND in 1 Thessalonians 5:18 In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

So a couple of months ago, I decided I needed my thankful notes to be visible... I needed to always be reminded how much I have to be thankful for... more important now as the weariness for our journey has moments of really taking it's toll on me.  So I put Adam to work and this is what we made...
This is our "Wall of Thankfulness"
 
I designed it and Adam helped me create it and bring it to life!  It has been so much fun adding to it and even seeing what our friends and family write as they visit.  What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Holy Moly... Kerri Pomarolli

Adam, Mackenzie, and I have had one amazing week (last week)!  Where to begin...

God is doing some amazing things with our journey... including growing me beyond my comfort level.  I was recently asked to speak at a conference for health care professionals, I was so humbled and honored that I would be asked to share our story, our journey, our lives with those who work in the field of helping so many other families just like ours.  What a blessing it truly was, I have been asked to speak at a couple more conferences over the next few months and would love prayer for these, praying that God would be glorified, it is His journey.  Speaking in front of large crowds is quite a stretch for my comfort.

While Adam was hospitalized in Boston, Mackenzie and I would climb into his bed with him and watch videos on youtube that would make us all laugh.  We started with America's Funniest Videos and we soon discovered awesome christian comedians.  One that we would watch regularly was Kerri Pomarolli (http://kerripom.com/).  Her witty sense of humor always gets us rolling.  I found out in September that she was coming to our church and I instantly began figuring out how Mackenzie and I could make a date night to go see her.  I was counting down and so excited.

About a week ago, I was asked if I would like to pick her up and take her back to the airport, I jumped at the opportunity and could barely sleep I was so excited.  It was so amazing how God brought us together, 2 journeys, 2 difficult roads, both of us approaching the Throne of Grace with confidence, expecting to see God in the midst of it all, ONE AMAZING GOD!  I find that others going through their own journeys, believing and trusting God for His faithfulness and miracles, it creates an instant bond.  I feel so honored to come in agreeance praying for her daughter Ruby's FULL restoration and waiting in expectancy to see God through it all.  Mackenzie and Adam were both able to meet her as well, it was such an incredible honor and an unforgettable memory made!
Adam and I with Kerri
 
MORE UPDATES AHEAD, even one that is YUMmy!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

God's Help In Adam's Progress

I still am so amazed by how God is continuing to work through Adam's recovery.  I have some amazing results to share.  Many of you have asked for an update on Adam's recovery... and all I can think to say is WE SERVE ONE AMAZING GOD!!!  Adam continues to baffle the medical community by continuing to show documented progress weekly!  This is very significant, from what I am told most people will plateau in their recovery, and yet Adam continues to make significant progress... THANK YOU JESUS!!!

Adam continues to be treated in all disciplines of therapy and most of our week is spent in therapy or travelling to and from.  Adam recently started speech therapy in a new outpatient clinic and in order to assess where he is the speech therapist tested Adam in attention, memory, executive functions, language, and visuospatial skills... the results literally brought me to tears.  The test confirmed what I already knew, Adam's deficits are in memory and language.  He struggles the most with memory (please pray for his memory) and his language is improving almost daily.  The part that brought tears to my eyes... his executive functions, attention, and visuospatial skills tested with very mild struggles!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

This is amazing!  Originally, Adam was diagnosed with the inability to ever be able to use his executive functioning.  Today while this speech therapist was giving me these results she explained that anyone with a brain injury that tested as well as Adam has an excellent chance at making an incredible recovery.  AMAZING... GOD IS SO FAITHFUL!  Jeremiah 32:17 'Ah, Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.

Adam continues to work hard EVERY day.  Some days are better than others but we all feel that way.  This morning I asked Adam what his favorite worship song is and he said "Helper" and I said I wasn't familiar with that song, I asked how it went and he started to sing "Jesus help me".  I loved his song, and it was truly from his heart and this is often his prayer in our morning devotions.  I ask you all to please join Adam in his prayer for Jesus to help him, for complete healing, FULL restoration.

There is more to update on, but we are in between appointments and this is all have time for today. 
Adam with his speech therapist after he just finished testing!

Monday, November 12, 2012

A Summer Time Adventure

I have received many questions about Adam's progress over the last couple of months.  So I just wanted to give an "Adam Update".  Consider this Part 1 of his update...

Adam was discharged from all rehab therapy in the end of April and was moved home 100% of the time!  I was really nervous about this transition, but honestly can't believe how smoothly it has gone!  We spent most of May running around for check ups and doctor visits and preparing for our cross country adventure.  The for the next 2 months we were with our families on the west coast... so there wasn't a chance to get used to our new normal until we returned to North Carolina.

Our time on the west coast was amazing. Just the miracle in and of itself that we were travelling and spending time with family and friends was a glimpse to me that Adam's recovery has only just begun.  The blessing of the journey was meeting so many of you who have been praying for Adam and our family.  This was such a gift to me.

Before I go into Adam's progress and update, I wanted to share some photos of our summer time adventure...

Meeting Dottie was one of my favorite memories of our trip.  Dottie is my best friend Debbie's mom, she lives in Louisville, KY and opened her home to us in our travels.  We had a ball staying with her and sight seeing around Kentucky.  Dottie faithfully sends encouraging cards and messages to Adam, it was so special for them to meet!
 
Next was Colorado where we stayed with Brett Adam's cousin.  The last time Brett saw Adam, Adam was in the ICU in North Carolina, so this was an incredible change.  Christie is also Adam's cousin and it was so good to see them and their families.

 
Yes, Adam even jumped on the trampoline at Brett's house, I think my adventurous husband is back :)
 
We also had the incredible blessing of staying with Cale and Kathleen for a night on our trip.  This was the first time we had seen each other since both our men were hospitalized together in North Carolina. 

Adam and Cale playing video games!
 
Because we were going to be gone for so long, I didn't want Adam to fall out of routine of therapies or activities, so we had a VERY busy time.  Adam and I joined a swimming class 2 times a week, took classes and created as many opportunities for Adam to participate in "therapeutic exercises" as possible... here are few...
Adam and his brother Tristan making kabobs to grill.

Adam crafting a model space ship

Adam mowing Tristan's yard

My sister Renae and Adam baking dessert together, one of Adam's favorite things to do.

Adam and Bob crafting a World War II fighter plane
 
Visiting with family and friends was by far the best and most relaxing part of our trip, we cherished the memories we created and the time we had.
 
Adam's mom Cookie came up to Seattle to spend the day with us
 
Adam's brother Tristan gave us a tour of where he works, the statue should be a clue.
 
Like I mentioned before, meeting our prayer warriors was such a gift, this is Sheri... one of our encourager's and prayer warriors.

My sister Renae and I spent HOURS on my mom's deck.  And once you see the view in some pictures below, you will see why.  Adam took this picture of us!

Adam holding our really good friends Tim & Carlee's newest edition, meet Jude.  Such a sweet baby!
 
Views from my mom's deck...

There truly isn't anything like a west coast sunset, that is one thing I miss the most about living in the east.
 
 
And to think I'm not even sure I am half way through yet...  Onto our Oregon visit, visiting Adam's family.  Adam's family has a horse farm and they bread and train race horses... one day we went to the track with his mom and dad to watch the training.
Meet Kenzie Carolina named after Mackenzie.

Mackenzie and Kenzie

Adam watching the training

Adam and I hanging out in the barn, doesn't my man look amazing!
Adam enjoying dinner on the patio with his mom and grandma

Adam's dog Vince LOVING the farm life

Adam and his dad

Mackenzie out on the paddle boat

The view from the kitchen window... what's not to love, flowers and horses

LOTS of chickens on their farm, they were so much fun to watch
Adam and his uncle Doug (another prayer warrior)

Adam on the right and Mackenzie on the left


Our nephew Hunter, yes, he golfed in a cape... it was so adorable

The sunset as we golfed or for me as I tired to golf
 
Adam and I enjoying the St. Paul Rodeo, I was really nervous about the crowd and the direct sun we were sitting in, I was worried about how Adam was going to respond... I never thought about how it would effect me as I watched a young cowboy bucked off a bull and watched as the bull trampled his head... I still have not recovered.  Not sure many of you know this, but I witnessed Adam's accident, I watched the whole thing unfold before my eyes and I often have sleepless nights and horrific flash backs from this, it doesn't take much to trigger it.
 
Adam and I spent a lot of time travelling back to familiar territory, we went on a tour of Adam's life and I took a ton of pictures, I am currently making it into a memory book for Adam. 

While travelling to the place we got married we stopped at this roadside seafood restaurant where we met these two ladies and joined them for lunch... it was amazing how God brought us together for lunch to encourage them.  One of the ladies was going through something very difficult and tragic and it was amazing how God used our journey of faith to bring encouragement into their journey. 

Up on that hill is where Adam and I exchanged our marriage vows

Adam I love you so much and knowing what I know now, I would say "I do" all over again in a heartbeat.

Adam and his dad answering a vet call

Adam assisting his dad in the call
Adam with 2 of his 3 brothers, mom, dad, and sister in law

Ben, Jack, Adam, & Brad

Mackenzie helping Granny pick out her baby chicks
 
Adam and his mom, Adam looks amazing!

On the ferry boat, one of our favorite past times
Mackenzie and I at my brother's wedding

My brother and his new wife Amy... this could get confusing

In Montana on our way home, we were hungry in what seemed like the middle of no where, we had to travel nearly 6 miles off the beaten path to find a restaurant... little did I know God had this in mind the whole time... meet cowboy Jim.  While Jim was saying "howdie" to Adam, Adam mearly yelled at the man and walked away... I walked Adam to our table, but returned to the Jim and apologized explaining to the man that my husband was recovering from a brain injury.  He then went on to tell me his journey through brain injury, 25 years post injury from a rodeo accident.  He gave God the glory for his recovery.  It was pretty incredible.  He came over and encouraged Adam and Adam began to light up as he shared his story.  He was a gift God sent to us.  Thank you God for our 12 mile detour so that we could meet Jim.

 Adam and I have a special moment during one of our hikes. We would stop and take hikes at national parks to stretch our legs. Mackenzie did a beautiful job capturing this sweet moment.
 
Adam and I enjoying ice coffee while making the trek home

If you could, you know you would... we toured the Jelly Belly factory on our way home... and oh how SWEET it was.
 
How blessed we are and how much we truly have to be thankful for... this was one incredible summer and not one moment was taken for granted.  These pictures refelct what a MIGHTY GOD we serve, they reflect His goodness, and His faithfulness.  God is so good and He continues to direct our steps.  His word is our guide... Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.
 
More on Adam's update, recovery, and progress to come.  Rejoicing in God's love today and thankful for all that He has done, all that He is doing, and all that is still to come!