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Expectations… that aren’t expected

Expectations… that aren’t expected

We all live with expectations… some realistic, others unrealistic.  Some expectations are met, others unmet leaving us disappointed.  In many ways, our expectations come from a deep desire that lies within all of us… hope.  To live without hope would be… well… hopeless.  But eventually, we all will come to realize that our expectations will be unmet and it will feel like our hope has been dashed – that our hope has left us lacking and disappointed. There is no…

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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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The Roller Coaster Called Emotion

The Roller Coaster Called Emotion

Needless to say, this journey has been full of emotion.  Many times we have felt like we are on a roller coaster – at times in fear, hanging on with white knuckles and other times exuberant with joy.  There have been many tears shed and many smiles shared.  We definitely have experienced what Jesus meant in John 10:10 when He said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.”  I’ve always described this verse…

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We Have a Date!

We Have a Date!

Talk about anticipation.  On Thursday, Cole went to have his one month post-operation x-ray.  This would be the x-ray that gave us either the news that the cast was ready to come off or we would have to wait longer… up to two more weeks.  Thursday couldn’t come fast enough, but really the waiting to hear from the doctor couldn’t come fast enough.   We had the x-ray overnighted to Dr. Killian in Birmingham.  We needed it to be read…

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Finding Joy in the Journey

Finding Joy in the Journey

We’ve all heard that really life is what you make of it.  It’s the idea that even despite our circumstances (good or bad) somehow we are in charge of our destiny.  And while I understand the sentiment, those thoughts are often misguided when it comes to our autonomy and free will and God’s sovereignty.  But when circumstances get tough, usually the questions and trite quotes come.  People falling into the proverbial ditches on either side of this road of life….

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Longing for Restoration

Longing for Restoration

When sin entered into the world, it touched… or better, fractured everything.  Things that were once whole became broken, things that were infinite became finite, beauty become dulled and bodies that were designed in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27) became subject to frailty.  We not only can look around and see this in the world around us – disease, brokenness, dullness, etc., but we even can feel this in the very core of our being.  And something…

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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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