After a long reprieve from the blogging world, I am back at it. Josh had to teach me how to update on this new site, but it turns out to be easier than the last! I am about as computer illiterate as they come, so easy is always a bonus.
Life here has continued on. Very little change has been seen in Josh's physical condition over the last few months. This is very discouraging for him. It is also a fact of life right now. Although we have seen little change, our prayer is still for God to heal him. Both Josh and I have come to the consensus that if God chose to heal him to the point of paraplegia, we would almost consider him healed. What many people do not understand is the significant difference between quadriplegia and paraplegia. Josh needs about 90 percent of daily living done for him. Because he has such little use of his upper body, his independence is very limited. He needs help eating, showering, moving from one position to another, changing batteries in his wheelchair, getting a drink of water, and the list goes on. Those with paraplegia (and by no means am I discounting the heartbreak and major life changes these people go through) can typically learn to be 100 percent independent again. They learn to do things very differently than before, and almost everything is more difficult than it was before the accident, but they do not have to count on other people to help them all the time. So, as you can see we would be happy with more independence even if that includes a chair. This would still take a total miracle, but we serve a very powerful God.
We had an eventful day today. The morning started out with a church board meeting at our house. I kept the kids in another room while the group met. About noon Grandpa S. came to pick up the kids (they hadn't seen them in over a week as they had been on vacation in Mexico). Noah was absolutely beyond excited, screaming like a wild banshee. They watched the kids while we were going to go over to some friends' house we had met through MFB. As we were nearing ready to leave, Josh began to get dysreflexic and our plans came to a halt. We stayed home and worked at getting Josh back to where he needs to be health wise.
We then headed over to my parents for a pizza party. The kids were all playing on the bikes outside and enjoying the sunny weather. They all had a great time. It makes me very anxious for spring to show it's lovely face again.
The house is coming along incredible well. Drywall and siding are starting next week. Framing is completed, shingles are done and many other things are moving at lightning speed. According to the builder, he estimates we wil be in by the second week of June. Amazing. We would love to have the summer to get used to our new surroundings, spend time with new neighbors, and get the kids acclimated to their new surroundings. We are starting to see the end in sight and cannot believe we are going to be moving into a new house built by amazing people throught he love of Christ! Thank you to all of you who have given so selflessly to us over the last 14 months. We are yearing for the day where things start to feel normal agian. We keep in mind how long it took us to get to that point after Ava died. We know we have some ground to cover but believe that God will continue to give us peace and reassurance that we can handle this life change if we depend on him.