Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
I have to admit, this was the first year that I did not dread this or even remember what it was the anniversary of. It wasn't until this afternoon that I realized that my mother-inlaw's text that she loved us and was proud of our son made since. In my eyes that is a blessing. Yes, now I am getting teary-eyed remembering but what healing must be taking place in my life to get me to the point where I don't dread Aug 17th.
On that day all of our dreams for our son were shattered with the doctors words about amputation. We thought of all the things (we thought) he would never be able to do. Not in our wildest dreams did we imagine all that he would be doing today!
Are there still down days, hard conversations, and daily trying to have faith that God has a purpose for even this...yes, of course! But thank God for his redeeming power in our lives. That He continues to work in and through us and that I know He has and will continue to do the same with Bryson!
By the way, I do eventually plan to update all of you on Bryson's summer, especially Nationals, but I need to wait until I'm caught up from being gone on vacation for 2 1/2 weeks and the kids are in school!
Monday, June 6, 2011
All that being said, I have another prayer request for all of you. I had a friend from KY who emailed me last week about a family who also live in KY. Their two year old daughter was run over by a lawnmower last week, I think, and she did not survive. When I heard the story, my heart broke again. These tragedies with children will never get easy for me. I sat in shower again, which was always the place where I allowed myself to cry during the months after Bryson's accident, and cried for the family and also cried as a relived all of the feelings I felt that first night. I know the pain and grief I felt cannot compare to this family's. Please pray for this mother, father, and the 8 year old brother. (I think that's the right age) I left the story pretty vague on purpose. I have emailed the mother, but I don't really expect to hear back from them anytime soon and maybe not at all, so I don't really feel like I have permission to give any details. You have enough there to be able to pray though.
Like I said, I have emailed the mother and I did leave her a the link to this blog, so I thought it would be nice and encouraging for her (if she reads this) for you to leave your own prayers for the family in the comments to this blog.
Thanks for praying!
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
|Bryson on the morning before his accident in his brand new jersey.|
He fulfilled his promises to Bryson. Bryson was able to go to two OSU football practices and went to the Ohio State/Michigan game the next year and sat in the most amazing seats. On the notebook he gave Bryson he wrote, "The Buckeyes are cheering for you." Bryson was very impressed by that. While watching the football games even now a couple years later Bryson will say, "That's Coach Tressel! That's my friend!"
|At Bryson's 1st OSU practice|
|After Bryson's 2nd OSU practice|
|OSU/Michigan game - we had to hold him the whole game because he didn't want to miss anything.|
So, Coach Tressel's legacy in our family will simply be this that he was an encourager when we needed encouragement, was compassionate when we needed compassion, perfect - NO (but really who of us is), and to Bryson "friend." I'll take that kind of legacy any day of the week.
On a side note, random people have asked me how Bryson is taking all of this (knowing what a big fan he is) and I will tell you this, he is just sad that Coach Tressel won't be coaching the Buckeye's next year.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
"Dear Jesus, Please help Izzy with the cancer. Tell her all the things she can still do with one leg. Help her to be fine. Amen."
I think my favorite part is "Tell her." I love the childlike faith - oh that we would all have more of that. Of course Jesus can tell her in ways that we cannot imagine.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Anyway, this post is for one reason and one reason only, and that is to ask for immediate prayer for a young girl named Izzy. She has had cancer and chemo and will now be having her leg amputated on Thursday (I believe) in effort to rid her body of that cancer. Please pray for her, her parents, for the doctors, for other family members, for friends that they would be supportive and know what to do and what not to do. If you would like to see her story it is included on her Aunt's blog at http://www.dailyweaving.blogspot.com/. If you search by her name "Izzy" the entries should come up.
Thanks in advance for your prayers!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
So, about soccer season, does it surprise you that Bryson loves soccer?! It didn't matter that his team wasn't very good he just loved playing. His favorite position was goalie. He had a lot of practice with it since that's the position he played at most recesses.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
So about West Virginia games - kind of left the blog hanging after that, but if you have any connections to our family at all you probably heard the results. Bryson got 1st in each of the events he swam in (25 back & free, 50 back & free) and got his best times. He did standing dives this time which might have helped his times some but you could also tell he was really enjoying the competition. So, with no problem he was on his way to the Nationals in Chicago.
The best parts about these events is that it builds confidence but it is also a great place to meet others with disabilities. I know I have said this before, but Bryson is very sensative to people with disabilities. He really cares about them and loves being with people like himself. I love it that he is very comfortable in these situations and it has rubbed off on my other children. We hope to continue attending these events.
At this competition Bryson got to talk with a news reporter. He really had no idea how to answer the questions but it was cute. He was getting asked some pretty deep questions for a 7 year old. He only knew he was there to swim and to have fun, so asking him questions about what that meant to him went really far over his head. Well, anyway, it made for some cute pictures.