This is Nick with his oldest brother, Erich. You can see that Nick’s smile is sometimes a little weak on the left side…but he keeps smiling anyway!
I am just posting my prayer email update for today.
I love you all so much Thanks for every prayer!
Dearest Prayer Warriors, I can hardly believe that September is slipping by so quickly. I wanted to send a quick note to let you know that Nick has started physcial therapy with a dear friend of ours. It is so nice to have someone who Nick knows so well coming to help him with his hand. This morning when Kristy came, she was thrilled to see that Nick is starting to be able to move his fingers into a slow curve when asked to! She brought some type of electric therapy machine today too and was so happy to see Nick’s hand respond to the electrodes by watching his fingers move up! Nick’s grin was ear to ear and was so great to see! It’s strange how our perspective on Nick’s situation transforms through time. I remember when it broke our hearts to see him in a wheelchair. Now, we are so happy when Nick comes outside in his wheelchair to take a ride down our road! And now the simple of joy of seeing Nick’s fingers move brightens our entire day. I called Mom to tell her and she screamed with joy! I can’t help but think of Paul in Philippians when he says, “In EVERYTHING give thanks.” Today is our first day without Mom here. She left yesterday for a week or so, and it has been a big adjustment! Olivia’s comment when she heard that Mom was leaving was, “Oh, everything runs so smoothly when Mamaw is here.” Olivia always makes me feel so good. 🙂 In the midst of all of Nick’s medicines and struggles, the contruction on the garage has been such a nice diversion for everyone in our family. If things go well, the carpet will go in next Tuesday. The drywall should be finished and ready for paint late on Monday morning, so if anyone has time Monday afternoon or evening, we will be trying to get the entire room painted before Tuesday morning! Just send me an email if you can come so I will know how many rollers to have! I will have snacks and drinks, and we’ll get pizzas for dinner! We’d love to have you if you can make it! The more the merrier! (I wish those of you who read this from around the world and across the US could join us…….this is one of those many moments when I realize how wonderful Heaven is going to be!!!) And why am I thinking right now that one of my jobs in Heaven will be painting other people’s mansions!?! I think that would be great…..which now makes me think of Jim Neff and Bill Leamon and John Mark Pemberton and so many others who are already there waiting for us and I’m wondering what they are doing today! Well, I’ve rambled enough for now. I just wanted to let you know how much your love and prayers mean to us. I also wanted to let you know that God has given us a peace that passes all understanding as we face uncertain yet full of life, love, and laughter days. There’s something about looking at life as a vapor every single day that makes each day that much more precious. I pray that kind of day for all of you who read this. Soak it up!