Sunday, June 17, 2007

Family Time...

today as mentioned in a previous post was dad's birthday as well as father's day. we had a large group of us (kids and grandkids) at the hospital enjoying the time with dad. he was in good spirits and obviously enjoyed the time with us.

we were able to sit outside most of the afternoon and have food and cake while dad took it all in. there was a time that we were all sitting around and dad was expressing what he felt about each of us in his own words. it was cool to see that even when he didn't have the right words to use, he sure knew what he wanted to say. all of the non-verbal communication is there and we were tracking with him most of the time. there was one point in the time, however, that he turned a bit more serious. he made sure loud and clear that he wants to go home to fort wayne. we couldn't do anything but say that we know it is frustrating and that time will come.

dad's progress is slow but steady. please pray that his progress keeps ahead of the frustration for dad. the better he gets, the more frustrated he gets.

thanks for all of your encouraging words and prayers. we really appreciate and enjoy all of your comments.

check out the new pictures. we had a nice time, kelli was there the day before so unfortunately she wasn't in the picture with the kids.


Anonymous said...

Sue and gang:
Thanks for the update and the pictures! What a change from the last time I saw Jim in Fort Wayne; awake, standing, alert-- praise God! I know Jim has a long way to go, but the progress he has made is awesome. We will continue to pray that Jim will be able to return home soon! I'm also praying for your whole family, that God will give you peace, patience, strength and joy as you go through this together.
Kevin Roe

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the update
and new pics... you all look great
and especially Jim! We will pray
that the "progress will stay ahead
of the frustration " .
Helen & Steve

Anonymous said...

It was great to see the pictures Jim looks great. You had asked for cards to be sent did they come through? We sent ours but it seems the mail is very slow. Again Jim looks great and I am sure FW home is a lot closer than it was a few months ago we will continue to pray that everything keeps moving forward. I gave an update last week at our prayer meeting and Jim is still on our prayer list at our church. P&PMILLER

susie said...

Thanks, everyone who sent jim cards. He so enjoyed them and I read each one to him. May God bless each of you.

Pete and Pam, he has not received yours yet but will keep a look out for it.

Anonymous said...

What a journey...And how sweet to be together as a family! Each of you continue to be in both thoughts and prayers as you walk the road. What great comfort to know that our Lord is walking beside you!
Thank you for sharing the visual update with us!
Please, give Jim a hug for me!!

Anonymous said...

Wow! Jim looks great, I don't think I have ever seen him with full cheeks!
We continue to pray for you all, and hope Jim will journey home soon.

Love, Robb, Malissa, Alivia & Madaline

Anonymous said...

Wow! The pictures are wonderful. Jim looks great and we're amazed at his communication. We will continue to pray that he will be able to be patient and not be as frustrated. Although we can only imagine how frustrating it really must be for him. We are praying for all of you also, that you will be able to hang in there and continue to be positive daily encouragers to Jim and to each other. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
With love, Ron and Minda