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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Mission Accomplished.

I completed the mission I set out to do (yesterday) today. We now have a placard for the car! Date nights will be so much easier! It was smooth sailing since I had the paper signed! Haha! Oh dear...I'm glad that part is over. On my way back, I stopped at a Starbucks :) I had a gift card and took advantage of it! White Chocolate Peppermint Mocha...Yum! Since I had to go even earlier today, I still made it back to the hospital in time to help Cale get ready for the day. I hate if I miss that time. Sometimes I get there early enough for some good morning cuddles, but even if I can't make it there for that, I always wanna be there to get his day started. We have a routine going and try to keep to it as much as we can!

After getting him all ready, it was time for Neuro Psych. Dr. Howe is still testing Cale every day to monitor where he's at with PTA. I had missed yesterdays session (while on my adventure...), so I was curious how it went and interested in his session today. From what I could tell he was doing really great. When she was all done and added up his score, she said he got a 75!! This is so great! When I showed how excited I was, Dr, Howe said "Yesterday he got a 90!" What?! Yes! To be out of PTA (by the books), Cale needs 78 or higher 3 consecutive times. He is doing so great. I know that he still is struggling, but even with other things that I ask him, or talk to him about, he's doing so much better with being able to lay down new memories. It's not always all the way correct and sometimes he still gets mixed up, but part of that is his speech barriers too. Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness!! Eeek! There is so much healing happening! Yay! Cheer! Wooooohoooo! :)!!! I'm loving every minute of it! Thank you Lord!

When I put the placard away in the car, I found Cale's Army Beret. He had left it in there before he deployed. When he came back last year, he was looking every where for it. He didn't want to buy a new one since he was getting out, but he had to have one. I knew that I had seen it, but wasn't sure where. Well, I found it! I might be a little late, but, I did tell him we would find it eventually! :) He recognized it right away and put it on. It doesn't quite fit like it used to, but he still looks so handsome with it on! :) heehee!

Tonight we went on a date. This was out FIRST date that was-just the two of us! It was so much fun and SO special! It was a date that reminded me of so many that we've had before. First we picked up our pizza that we had ordered ahead of time from Pizza Chicago. I just love their pizza so much and Cale has a blast saying "Pizza Chicago" in an Italian accent. Once we were settled in the car, Cale opened the box and while driving to our destination, we ate (safely!) right out of the box while drinking root beer. How fun! His favorite band was playing so we sang along the whole ride! Both of us laughed and giggled over cheese and sauce getting on our faces :) We arrived at a Fantasy Light Show in San Jose. We drove through a park that had a ton of Christmas lights everywhere. They give you a radio station to listen to that had Christmas music playing for the ride. We sang along and laughed some more at how silly the songs were and how silly we sounded! Once back to the hospital, I helped get Cale ready for bed and then it was cuddle time! Oh yeah! Such a fun night!

This is what was left of our dinner...think we enjoyed it?! Heehee!

When we got back to the parking lot at the hospital, I asked Cale if he remembered what we did. He first said no and then I asked what we had for dinner "cheeseburgers" and then asked what we did, "watched a movie." I think the dinner is kind of close, they both have bread, meat, and cheese! The lights were kind of like a movie, especially with Cale and I adding in our own story line for the lights... ;)

All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware. -MB

I read this quote today and it reminded me of Isaiah 30:21 "Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, 'This is the way; walk in it."

Cale and I have no idea where this journey is going to end, how it's going to end, or what it's going to look like. I'm not sure if I'm always doing the right thing, making the right next step, or if there's something I should be doing that I'm not. This was definitely a journey that I wasn't prepared for, I didn't have time to study or learn about TBI before faced with it, I was never trained to be a wife in my place. The amazing thing is that God does not leave us! He is preparing the way, leading us, directing us, guiding us, helping us, and has already gone before us. He knows the secret destination He has for us! He is always there for me to lean on and trust in. I love that He is walking every step with us-holding us, rooting for us, and pouring his grace on us every day. I am so thankful that we are not alone on this walk! What a blessing to know that all the weight doesn't have to be carried on my shoulders, rather, I can surrender daily and the Lord is faithful to carry it for me.

If you have any questions for us that you have been wondering about, email me and I'll answer later this week all the questions that I can (you can ask Cale too! He can answer whatever questions you have for him!). I did this once before, where I answered every ones questions at one time and that seemed to really help! Ask away! :)

I know we are a little cut off in this picture, but we were having fun with the camera and I thought this one was kind of sweet :)


  1. You are on the right path Kathleen - you are exactly where God wants you to be right now. Listen to His voice. You are an inspiration to all of us & a great example for Cale. You are his rock! God bless you.

    Pattie Andring

  2. Oh, my Friend, You have an understanding of Father (at such a young age) that it takes many a looooooong time get. Even then, they don't have quite the handle on it you do. Father is proud of you. I am glad your adventure ended with the "prize" in the window. I continue to trust Father for your and Cale"s needs. I love you, Marion

  3. I agree with Marion Kathleen your wisdom is beyond years, your understanding miraculous- You are so close to his heart you can hear it beating! So many people grow so much more slowly because they refuse to give God every inch of their situation, you my dear continue to turn everything back to him So proud of you ! So excited for Caleb's progress how exciting a 90 and a 75 He is deffinatly on his way !!!! Still praying for you both each morning - believing for great things for you and your love this year Blessings as you ring in 2011 !!!!!!! love ya Reenie


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