In church this morning, we sang "Count Your Blessings". It's an older song and I just love it. I remember growing up singing it a long with so many other hymns. After we were done singing I started thinking about all the blessings in my life and I ran out of fingers and toes! God has blessed us so much I can't even keep count! Cale seemed to be more focused in church today which was really neat to see! We also sang "Amazing Grace" and I heard a little voice! On the way back to his room we sang it again and with out all the people around he sang the whole song with me! :)
Count Your Blessings
When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,Count your many blessings, name them one by one,And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Count your blessings, name them one by one, Count your blessings,
see what God hath done! Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
Are you ever burdened with a load of care? Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear? Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly, And you will keep singing as the days go by.
When you look at others with their lands and gold,Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold; Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.
So, amid the conflict whether great or small, Do not be discouraged, God is over all; Count your many blessings, angels will attend, Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
Good song! Speaking of blessings...today was another day that I felt like blessings were being poured out! After church, I brought Cale to Fisher House so he could lay down while I organized a few things in my room. It was so nice to be able to get things done and have him there with me! It's such a big deal that I get to have him in my room! Life isn't anything like what we had thought it was going to be like, or that we would have planned it to be, but right now, it's amazing to me that Cale and I still get to be us. He's very different, BUT so much the same. For those of you that knew Cale and I before the accident, you know that we always are laughing together! We're always playful with each other and very cuddly...it's still like that! Cale and I are always laughing, and being playful! He's starting to do it a lot more lately. It's so much fun! How blessed I am!! I remember the days when that's what my heart desired most was for us to be playful again, and we are! Even though it's not quite what I had in mind yet, it's happening! I wish you could all see my face and hear me as I write this...big smiles with lots of giggles and squeals-a few happy sighs too! :)
We had another outing today. We went to a plaza with a few shops to work on transferring in public bathrooms. First we went to Best Buy, which I thought Cale was going to love, but he wasn't the biggest fan. I realized while we were there and I looked around, that Cale used to love this store but he can't really use any of the things that he used to love going there for. That was probably really frustrating to him and it made my heart incredibly sad for my husband. Next we went to Petsmart and until he got really tired, Cale was loving it! He got to see some dogs (which he said "hi" to each one!), a snake and lizard things (that he waved hi to), and a couple guinea pigs. We were going to pick out a treat for Basil, but by that point Cale was done with the whole shopping thing...he's a guy ;)
Later today, I was messing with my cell phone and Cale started to tap his chest and move his hands around. "What do you want?" I asked. Cale said "you!" It was so great! I dropped that phone in less than a second! He knows how to get my attention! Haha! Just a tiny bit after that, Cale was pointing to the door and said something I didn't understand. I asked him if he wanted to leave and he said yes. Katie and I ordered pizza (because we've been working out so much! ha!) tonight, so I grabbed my wallet and we headed out of his room. We didn't get very far and Cale stopped going and was grabbing at me and pointing behind us. I had no idea what he was trying to tell me and i asked him to use his voice, but I'm not sure what was coming out of his mouth! When I asked him to show me, he turned around, went back in his room and grabbed my purse! It was so crazy! "Oh! My purse...I forgot it!" He smiled and said "yes". After I put it on, he headed back out the door! This is huge! That shows problem solving! He's still taking care of me!
ALSO, I was doing devotions with him tonight. I started to read and decided to ask him to read a little (totally not thinking he was going to!). Well, He read the title!! "Guard Your Heart" he says, like it's not a big deal. "What?" "Are you joking me?" I ask, as I'm pretty much jumping out of the bed! He smiled and shrugged his shoulders. Oh my goodness! I ran over and grabbed the birthday board, erased our goals, and started to write words. He read so many! He had trouble with some, but he read more than not! I ran to get a nurse and showed two of them. Amazing. I kept saying, "Caleb Michael, you're an amazing man!" Afterwards, I started thinking about when Patty writes two words and has him choose the right answer, he's reading, but this just seemed so different. He was saying the word out loud-with voice! I reminded Cale that last night when we prayed together, I specifically prayed that big and amazing things would happen today, and they did. Such a blessing!