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Friday, May 27, 2011

a blessing after all!

So far our trip here has been a blessing. If you can remember back to my post (click here to read) when I first found out we were going to have to come back here, well, I wasn’t too thrilled about the whole idea. In fact, I was sinking into a miserable dark hole, and that’s exactly what I thought our stay here was going to be like. Now that we’ve been here a few days, I’m going to write about how much of a blessing it’s been! Praise God!

We seem to have come up with some kind of system/routine already. In the mornings we get up and have breakfast and get ready for the day. Then, it’s some kind of therapy for Cale and then after lunch we go to his appointment. If we think of somewhere that we need to run, we go while we’re out, and then we come back to the hotel for Cale to rest. This of course gives me time to write, read, and whatever else I can do quietly. Then we’re having fun game/movie time in the evening. It’s working perfectly and I’m so very much hoping that it can transfer for when we go back home! Its also just been fun and not miserable at all (except for my break down with parking the first day...)!

I’ve been waking up before Cale like usual, but unlike at home where I can go to the living room, this time I have no other place to go. In the first room we were in, I sat by the door and read my Bible, but this new room has a little nook with a second bed…ooooh yeah! This gives me a spot to sit with my friend Jesus and have some time to visit. I always love getting to visit friends! :)

I just started a new devotional…and I LOVE it!

It is written as if Jesus is speaking to you. Sarah explains that she knows that these writings were not inspired as scripture was, but that it helped draw her closer to God. I wanted to share today’s because in just the first day, I was so blessed by spending this time with the Lord and for having such a beautiful written love letter and reminder from His word.

Come to me with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind. As you focus your thoughts on Me, be aware that I am fully attentive to you. I see you with a steady eye, because My attention span is infinite. I know and understand you completely; My thoughts embrace you in everlasting Love. I also know the plans I have for you; plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Give yourself fully to this adventure of increasing attentiveness to My presence. - Romans 12:2; Jeremiah 29:11

In so many ways this was just what I needed to read. As I opened my Bible and read and then journaled; I began by thanking God for those specific words. I want to come to Him eager to be changed and I don’t want to cling to my old ways and life. Following Him and desiring to be closer to Him, does bring newness and I know that with this, He trusts us to reflect His love, joy, and peace. I am a girl that is all over the place; mixed up and a mess…and it’s always been that way. Thankfully, Jesus does see me with a steady eye, and He never grows weak and weary of watching me run around like a blind duck. He sees me!

Awww! I just love the sweetness of the Lord along with His power and majesty!

Cale had OT this morning. It was another great session! There were more questions, walking, going up and down stairs, and he did fantastic! Now, this is not an enjoyable trip for Cale…and right now, because he’s so limited, doing something enjoyable comes rare for him, but he is keeping his head up and going along with what’s being asked of him. Today they gave me some cold cream (like Aloe) to rub on his face because of the radiation. It’s another uncomfortable thing, but he let me rub it all over and then even gave me a kiss! I’m just so proud of how strong and willing he’s being.

We went to lunch with Theresa our AW2 and before she showed up, we ran into Starbucks. Cale didn’t want anything, but I still didn’t have coffee for our room, so I needed the “pick me up.” I had a little bit more on a gift card and I didn’t see why it needed to sit in my wallet! ;) While we were waiting in line, Cale picked up his cane and said, “Stupid cane!” When I agreed, he added, “I should not need it.” YES!!! This is SO awesome to hear him say! He still needs it, but yaaaaaay! He has it now set in his mind that he doesn’t want it. This is what needed to happen with the wheelchair and his walker! We haven’t used the wheelchair since we’ve been home and haven’t used the walker in a couple weeks! Of course, he would be able to tolerate the store and going places longer if we had his chair, but those legs are doing just fine! During lunch he told Theresa and I that he didn’t need it. Usually when I ask to take his cane away he says I can’t because he still needs it…so then after lunch, we got up to walk out and he wouldn’t use it! Again, he does still need it, BUT we’re working our way there!!!!!!!! Wooohooo!!!!

I forgot to write yesterday that we were given the garage key! Yipee! No more paying for parking…doing a happy dance!

Here are a few things from today that I love…

Our new view from our window…it’s so city-like! ;)

Fruit for breakfast that we had…yum!!

These are just awesome. I love that the little shopping mall place had these. So cute!

p.s. thank you to those of you that took the time to answer my questions with our trip! that was sweet of you and I loved it!! :)


  1. Jesus Calling sounds like the book God Calling that waas written back in the 1930's. I love that book. I have read it so much, my copy is dogeared and falling apart. Yay garage key, and yay Cale is doing so good. I love you, Marion

  2. And your new mailing address is?

  3. OHHHHH !!! So excited for Caleb!!!! He is doing great! Glad the journey isn't into a dark hole but a lighted meadow ;) Love the pictures! (the umbrella's are a great touch !!!) I too will have to check out the devo~ geesh you should get a promo check - lol ;)I'm Really focusing on trying to acknowledge Christ in ALL my that he will direct my path- problem is when I don't acknowledge him ... it limits what he Can do on my path ..... If I'm not open to it.... he won't steam roll me through it. He will wait til I say Yes, and mean it :) He's a gentleman like that ;) Love you !!!! Hope today is phenominal !!!! Praying for you !!!((())) Reenie !


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