Monday, December 27, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. Remember it is not about the gifts we open or the jolly man in the red suit. It is about a baby born in a manager for us. Because of Him I know that even if it never happens on Earth, someday my son will be healed in Heaven! Thank you again SO much for following Luke's journey this year!
Monday, December 13, 2010
The craziness of the holidays has begun, now if the weather would just cool down a bit. This week Luke's class has a Christmas program at school, so hopefully I will have some pics to post of that. Thanks for checking in:)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Thanks to Tami Proffitt Photography for the great pics:
With their cousins from my side, minus Baby T who made her debut just a few days ago (congrats to Rusty and Allyson!)
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thanks Summer for the great quote:
"This mountain was not placed in front of you to defeat you, but to show you the great heights you can rise to!" -Margaret Byars
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I wanted to pop on real quick to put something out there for Luke's Physical Therapist.
This is what he posted on facebook:
Hey everyone, I’m in a fundraiser for the brain injury assoc. most of you know that my mom suffered a brain injury and I work with a bunch of kids who also for fall into this category. click on the link and search for my name or team name if you would like to help out. the team name is “The Jive Turkeys”. if evryone one donated $1.00 it would be awesome. thanks a lot!
August 19 at 9:46pm · Like
PLEASE everyone! HELP this guy out! The team needs to raise $500! So easy to do if we all donated $1! Ummm… You will see I have not donated… Yet… And ummmm… Well… You have to have moola in the bank for your debit card to work… So He will get the change from my couch! =)
The funds raised goes DIRECTLY to the Brain Injury Association… Here is the direct link to his team… PLEASE donate to THE JIVE TURKEYS or they will not get the credit…
Please copy and paste this in an email and spread the word! Must be done SOON!
Thanks for supporting a Non profit that helps out people like Luke!
Remember...every little bit helps so please help out if you can:) Greg has been great with Luke and lots of other kids too like: www.prayforsantana.org.
An update on Luke next week:)
Sunday, August 29, 2010
We are going to be switching up his therapy/trying new things for the month of September. We are going to try a therapy place that is right here in Queen Creek that offers water therapy. I took Luke for an eval a few weeks ago, and the PT there really felt Luke could benefit from it. He said one hour of water therapy is the same as doing 5-10 hours of regular therapy. Pray we see great gains from this, as it would help out so much if we can find a good place that is close to home. This place is 10 minutes from home verses the 45 minutes we now drive. We will be going three times per week for an hour a session, starting after Labor Day.
We had a great weekend up north picking blackberries! Here are some pics:
Monday, August 16, 2010
Luke continues to love school, and put up quite the fight today when I had to put him in the car to go to the appointment. He was having some behavior issues last week, so I pray those will go away. Honestly, I think he is realizing school is not going to be all about fun, there is going to be some work involved too:) Thanks for continuing to follow along and believe with us that there are great things in store for this boy!
Saturday, August 7, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
In his desk at school, he was so excited to see this!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
We are busy getting everything ready for Luke to go to school. He will meet his teacher on Tuesday afternoon. As it gets closer, the pit in my stomach gets bigger. I just pray it is a good thing. It is so hard to know how he is going to react knowing what school and the kids he was with before he was hurt was like and then how school and the kids he will be with now. I just hope he is accepted and not laughed and stared at by the kids who knew him before he was hurt. I received this email that sums up just how I want Luke to be accepted. I appreciate all your prayers for this transition, that it may be positive, and bring more restoration in Luke. Thanks!
At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities,
the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten
by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he
offered a question: 'When not interfered
with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay,
cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?"
The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. 'Ibelieve that when a child
like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity
to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat
Then he told the following story:
Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay
asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" I knew that most of the boys would not want
someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were
allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence
to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.
I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could
play. The boys looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game
is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to
bat in the ninth inning."
Shay struggled over to the teams bench and with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I
watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at
my son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few
runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a
glove and played in the right
field. Even though no hits came his way, he obviously was ecstatic just to be in
the game and on
the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the
ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded,
winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they
let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was
given the bat.
Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to
hold the bat
properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate,
recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in
Shay's life, moved
in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first
pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps
toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and
hit a slow
ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over. The pitcher picked
up the soft
grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have
been out and
that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right
first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and
started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!' Never in his life had Shay ever run that far,
but he made
it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone
to second, run to second!' Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second,
struggling to make it tot he base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base,
fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance
to be the
hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the
he understood the pitcher's intentions so he too intentionally threw the ball
high and far
over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base as the runners ahead of him
circled the bases toward home.
All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'
Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him
direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators,
were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home!
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam
and won the game for his team. "That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling
down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity
into this world."
Thank you Chloe for sharing this with Lynsey!
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Luke with all of his cards...SO MANY OF THEM!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that sent Luke a card on his birthday! He loved them:)
The countdown is on for school...three weeks from yesterday. I think as it gets closer the larger the pit in my stomach gets and the more nervous I get. I just pray it will be a good thing for Luke and his progress with continue to amaze us! Thanks for sharing this journey with us.
Saturday, June 26, 2010
Ten years ago today,
A precious baby boy was born.
His parents named him Luke.
We never knew how much of an influence,
this little guy would have on each and every one of us.
He has changed many lives in so many ways.
What a blessing he is!
(Thanks to my grandma for the great poem above.)
A HUGE THANKS to everyone that has sent Luke cards...he has enjoyed opening them all. I think he has received over 100 so far...amazing!!
So today we will celebrate 10 incredible years. We will celebrate the fighting spirit and perseverance this boy has. We will celebrate the miracles we have witnessed along the way. We will celebrate answered prayers, and family and friends who have been there thru thick and thin. We will thank God for the 10 years we have been given, and pray for many more with lots of continued progress and restoration. Happy Birthday son...we love you more than you could ever know!!
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
One hundred years from now
It won't matter
What kind of car you drove
What kind of house you lived in
How much money you had in the bank
Nor what your clothes looked like
The world may be a little better
Because, you were important
In the life of a child.....our child...THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
"The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise…"
(2 Peter 3:9, NIV)
Remember, God is not slow in keeping His promise. I believe we are entering into a decade where we're going to see the hand of God move like never before. He is going to open up doors that no man can shut. He is going to turn impossible situations around and take you places that you never dreamed. It's time to get ready for more of God's favor because that breakthrough is going to happen quicker than you think!!
Couldn't have said it better myself!!!
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
This coming week is a busy week! We are going to San Diego on a vacation, and to get Luke some more stem cells. This time he is going to be part of a new protocol they are doing. They will be using fresh cells this time instead of frozen with an added preservative. He will also be getting more cells than the previous times. The web site that gives more info on this protocol is: www.mexicostemcellproject.com. So, we ask for your prayers on Thursday, June 3rd, as he gets these cells. Pray they will bring more healing and restoration!! Thanks for your continued support of our son and this journey he is on. I will post again Thursday afternoon after he has had the procedure.
But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble. Isaiah 33:2 NLT
Sunday, May 23, 2010
This week I had the last meeting with the team for Luke to start school in the fall. He is set to attend Queen Creek Middle School in fifth grade starting July 29th. It is bittersweet as he will be in the same school as all of his friends before he was hurt, only he will be in the "special class." I pray when these kids that remember him and see him at school that they will embrace him as he is and accept the new Lukey we have. I pray it is a positive experience for him. He will only be going half days to start with for three hours. The school and staff seems very willing to work around any requests we have, and for that I am very grateful.
Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Monday, May 17, 2010
Sunday, May 9, 2010
Luke continues to do great in his therapies! As part of his speech this week, he has to use his words to tell us "yeah" or "no." He has been doing very good doing this!! I am very proud of him!! Here are some other things he has been working on.
Luke also had his last meeting with the school this week. I was reminded once again how important it is that Prop. 100 passes here in AZ. The future of all of our children is at stake. So, being a very non-political person, I am urging all of you here in AZ to Vote Yes on Prop. 100. Regardless of what you think of our government and the spending problems, our children should not have to pay the price for the crisis we are in!! I know the outcome of this vote is going to have a huge impact on where Luke is next year....so go out and vote Yes on 100....Every child is worth a cent!