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The Year that Ran Away

The Year that Ran Away

It was December 2013… in fact, just over a year ago when we all laced our shoes up to get ready for the annual Jingle Bell Run here in Tallahassee.  All three of our boys were excited about running the race and Brooke (quite great with child) cheered us on from the sidelines.  Brock was off and running with ahead of us and I had Jake and Cole in tow. Jake was learning about pacing himself and I kept a…

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Healing and Hope

Healing and Hope

I can honestly say there hasn’t been a time for us in this journey where we have ever felt totally hopeless.  There were times, however. when we seemed to be scraping at the bottom of the hope barrel… but never totally without hope.  And there is no doubt that even the smallest hope we could muster came from our unwavering trust in a God who loves us and faithfully ministers to us.  Drawing encouragement from His Word, like in Romans…

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gain through pain

gain through pain

You know the old saying, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” or “no pain, no gain.”  I definitely find some merit in those statements and I have found them to really be true in my life in many areas.  But when the tables are turned and it is your son having to experience the pain in hopes of some gain, everything changes.   I took Cole to his physical therapy appointment last week (and we are very grateful to…

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One Foot in Front of the Other

One Foot in Front of the Other

There are moments in this journey that take your breath away.  After being a bit nervous while his cast was being removed, there were moments of anticipation and excitement as he got to see his body (since the good majority of it has been covered… with his tough guy body armor) for the first time.  He looked down and felt around but was unsure if he could move.  After a quick scrub down, he able to put regular clothes on for the first…

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Learning to Receive

Learning to Receive

There is something within each of us that is self-protecting response that resists vulnerability and dependency.  I most certainly think it is a learned behavior that increases with age and maturity.  The worse parts come from our sinful nature.  But it is a normal piece of development to grow to be independent is learn to do for ourselves.  It’s a natural process that all of us experience personally and then as parents, we get to go through again, but this time from…

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The Medicine of Community

The Medicine of Community

In the big picture, we are still in the infantile stages of our journey.  Even when the cast comes off (hopefully in less than 6 weeks), Cole will still have a long road ahead as he will go through physical therapy to retrain and strengthen his muscles and figure out how to walk again – prayerfully without his infamous limp!  All the while, perthes will still be in process.  Our prayer is that in the final phase of perthes, his…

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The Crossroads of Prayer

The Crossroads of Prayer

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of” – Tennyson That quote often finds itself stuck somewhere between my head and my heart.  Intellectually and theologically I know it to be true.  And in some of the lowest valleys and highest mountaintop moments in my life my heart has found it to be true.  And here we as a family find ourselves at a crossroads between our heads and our hearts. I mean, how do you exactly…

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