Six years...six years that have flown by in the blink of an eye. Six years and Luke continues to surpass all expectations the doctors set for him six years ago. I think this kid was born to defy the odds. They said once he reached two years post injury, there would be no more recovery. The biggest lesson I have learned in these six years, is "they" know nothing of the powers He has. Thank you Lord for the healing you continue to bless us with today, even six years after that fateful day when our lives were changed in an instant.
I was not even going to do a six year post. I feel like there needs to come a time where this is just another day, and attention doesn't need to be brought to it. We will just celebrate in our own way the mercy and grace the Lord had on us March 6, 2007. However, it seems like so many people lately have been asking about Luke.
The hardest thing about the six year anniversary is this year we will reach the point where we will have the "new Luke" longer than we had the "old Luke." We have already reached the point where he has been not walking and talking longer than he was walking and talking before he was hurt. In my heart of hearts, I still believe that someday Luke will walk and talk again. "You don't have enough faith," Jesus told them. "I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it would move. Nothing would be impossible." Matthew 17:20. The biggest obstacle in Luke's way now is puberty and the angst/hormonal changes that come with that combined with the frontal lobe damage from the head injury. This makes for a very angry/aggressive Luke at times. I just know if he could somehow channel this aggression into his recovery, he would amaze us all.
I am excited about some things on the horizon, and will share some of those details in another post. In the meantime, thank you so much to those of you that have walked this journey with us the last six years. You have no idea how much it means to us, from our families that sacrifice so much to help us out with the kiddos for just a night out, or a weekend away, to friends who simply just continue to ask how Luke is doing, we appreciate it all.
Now I finally get to show something, I prayed six years ago I would be able to do for everyone that has walked this journey with us (turn volume up.) From Mr. Luke himself, he says:
That was thank you if you had a hard time understanding him. Luke will now use his words fairly frequently. Somedays he will be telling us things in full sentences and some days it may be just a yes or no. For the most part, we can understand him. If we can't he is very persistent in repeating the same thing over and over again. In his brain it all makes sense, why can't we get it.
In other happenings, Mike's mom has been taking Luke to archery and shot put lessons every Saturday morning for the last month or so. He really seems to enjoy it. Here are some pics of him in action:
Luke drawing back his bow.
Luke doing the shot put with some help from cousin Dylon.
Thanks again for following along with our gladiator. Many blessings to you!