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Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Storms Do Not Have To Overcome Us.

I was telling Kathy today, that everyday there are so many new things and always so much to write! I hope you don't mind reading! :)

We didn't get to see OT today, but Monica said Cale did great! He's been doing really well with learning ADL's (activities of daily living). I know I've mentioned before about brushing his teeth and washing his hands and how hard it can be for him. He's getting so much better! This afternoon, he washed his hands and I only had to cue him twice. He's doing so great! yay!

After OT Cale had PT. Mitch stretched him and then tried something new with Cale. One of the biggest things they've been working on is weight shifting. Today, they had him get on this thing that looked like he was playing a video game :) There were different levels and ways that Cale was supposed to shift his weight. Almost every one, Cale got 100%!! Go Cale!

After therapy's were done, it was time for church. Right now, we're still going to the chapel at the hospital, but I'm hoping very soon that we'll be able to go to church outside of the hospital! There's a few in the area we can go to! I would love it so much, but I want to make sure Cale is at a point that it's a good experience and not miserable. One of the things the Chaplain shared was really neat so I asked for a copy so I can share with you! :)

Did you know that an eagle knows when a storm is approaching long before it breaks? The eagle will fly to some high spot and wait for the winds to come. When the storm hits, it sets its wings so that the wind will pick it up and lift it above the storm. While the storm rages below, the eagle is soaring above it. The eagle does not escape the storm. It simply uses the storm to lift it higher. It rises on the winds that bring the storm. When the storms of life come upon us we can rise above them by setting our minds toward God. The storms do not have to overcome us.

I loved that! "It simply uses the storm to lift it higher" Yes! That's what I want! I want this "storm" to strengthen us, to change lives, to encourage us and others, to draw us so much closer to the Lord! Cale has a lot against him, but that doesn't mean it has to overcome him! I will say that if we knew this storm was coming our direction, we probably would have run a way! Good thing God knows all and not us! How many other things would we run from?

When church was over, Cale was ready for a nap! He ended up sleeping for a couple hours which is such a good thing! Usually he gets woken up so much. That gave Kathy and I time to run to a store and find Cale some comfy pants that are long enough. The weather is starting to change and all I have for Cale is shorts! When we got back, Cale was awake and sang "You are my sunshine" to me! It was so sweet! It was with help from the nurse, but still so sweet!

Today we had a pass to go out, but ended up staying here and hanging out at the Fisher House. We played two games of Sorry! and had a blast! It was so much fun! All three of us were laughing so much! Cale did amazing playing! He was counting and reading some of the cards. He even made a couple plays that I thought were pretty impressive. We played for over an hour which in itself is huge! Cale so far has a very short span that he can be apart of something that's constant like that with out taking breaks. After we finished the first game, I thought he was going to be done but he wanted to keep playing! So fun!

He did finally hit a point that he was done, so we all went back to my room to lay down. We put a movie in, but I thought either he's going to get worked up (so far TV is a no go...which is not a bad thing!) and we're going to have to stop it or he's just going to fall asleep. Well, Cale watched the WHOLE movie! It was wonderful! He didn't seem overstimulated at all and it was just nice for all of us to be cozy and lazy watching a movie, especially since it was a gloomy day outside! When it was over I said "you watched a movie with me!", "It was your first movie and it was a chick flick!" haha! It was about desserts, so maybe that's what kept him watching... :)

Cale has been talking so much more! He's using sentences now instead of just one word answers. It's really neat! Sometimes it all comes out in a slurred mix, but for the most part, he realizes it and starts laughing! He knows it's not supposed to sound that way.

I was thinking about how so much has been happening lately! I keep trying to remind Cale everyday about how he's doing things now that just a few days he couldn't do! It's so amazing! I know we still have a long way to go, but jeepers! I sure do love how much is happening!

All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory. 2 Corthians 4:15

Tonight when we prayed, Cale said he was thankful for "Jesus" and "My mom" :)


  1. Wow....I never get tired of reading your updates, In fact it is something I check for every night before I go to bed. I am so amazed at Cales progress. He is a remarkable man and still so full of love for our Lord and Savior. And you Kathleen, you are a very strong women, with true love for your husband and God. You are right, You both are rising above the storm..yay! Also people including myself, are encouraged to be closer to God just off of reading your posts of the miracle Cale is making. He does have a bit more to recover but with God, we all know that ALL things are possible!! Now you had a movie Andrea Alvarado

  2. Hey Kathleen! It's Julie Hales again, I go to Amy & Adam's church. I have continued to follow both your blogs and love seeing what God is doing in your lives! I'm so happy for Cale and the wonderful weekend God blessed you all with. My 2 youngest boys, 8 & 12, love seeing the video clips & pictures and we pray for you guys at night together. I was thinking about a game that we recently got and wondering if Cale would enjoy it. It's a card game called "Bandits". It's a fairly simple concept, but lots of fun. I would love to send the game to you if you think Cale would enjoy playing a card game. I wasn't sure if he was up to holding cards or not. Thank you for continuing to share your journey with all who read it. It is such an encouragement and I even use it as an example when I'm encouraging others to keep their eyes on God through whatever experiences they are going through. He is a faithful & awesome God! :D <3 P.S. Happy Birthday Cale!!!


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