This morning, Katie and I walked "The Dish". It's 3.7 miles of walking up hill. When you reach the top of a hill, it will be flat for a tiny bit, and then you walk up another hill. Every now and then we'd get to go down hill...it just didn't seem to happen often! All around us, we could see God's glory. It was beautiful out! I couldn't help but think of this journey that Cale and I are on. It's hard. It takes time. We get tired, and wish we were at the end of it. While we're going though it, every step is unfolding, and we're making progress-we can see God's glory all around us. There will be a time of victory and we will conquer every hill that comes in our path, because God is giving us the strength to make it to the end! After Katie and I were done walking (we even ran the last bit!), I felt SO good! Good enough that we even talked about the next walk! I can't say that after Cale and I get through all of this that I'm going to be excited about making plans with God about the next crazy journey we'll have to face like this, but...that's okay! I hear having kids is a crazy journey, and I'm up for that! ;)
I really liked this version of Eph 6:10! After reading it, I felt so encouraged and ready to fight! We are in this battle to win!
"And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we'll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels."
Cale worked very hard today! I always am telling Cale that I'm so proud of him, but I feel like it was coming out non-stop today! In OT, Monica had Cale working on bending and picking things up off the ground. I did the squat motion right along with him (yes, this would be after the crazy walk! My legs were jello!), and he did so many! His balance is getting so much better.
In RT we went to Michaels as an outing and picked out some things for Cale to work on. He did so well with the picture frame he had made for me, Rebecca wants to continue his interest in projects. It was fun picking out stickers because any of them that we showed him that were girly, he would shake his head no and push them away! We ended up picking a bunch and we'll have him choose when he's actually working on something :)
ST was amazing today! Cale did soooooo great! One of the other therapists had told Patty that Cale had started singing, but she was still so surprised to hear his voice! She asked him a bunch of questions and had him answer yes or no with his voice. His answers are a lot more reliable with his voice because his coordination with head nods doesn't get all confused. She also would start a riddle and have him finish it, or she would say something like, "Salt and..." and have him finish it. She's tried this so many times, but he would always shrug his shoulders. Awe! I love his voice!!!
There are SO many things happening right now! It's been such a big week! I can hardly stop smiling! There are so many things to be thankful for, so many things to praise God for! There's a verse in Exodus that says "The Lord is my strength and my song!" yes He is!!
Thank you for all the emails that I keep getting. I love every one of them! I don't get them answered very quickly, but I read each one and am encouraged. Also, THANK YOU for all the birthday cards for Cale so far! I was just telling Rachel the other day, that I thought there would have been a lot more, and she reminded me that it was still early. Well, I walked in my room earlier and I had a delivery! He's going to LOVE opening them! Thank you!