Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

update on John

Hey everyone! Its been a little bit since I have updated with the craziness of the weather and our lives here in AR. I just talked to my mom today and they were leaving Craig. John seems to be doing well. THey had a family meeting just to let the family in on how they thought John was doing with each of the therapies and what they thought this progress would be. He is doing pretty good in each area. They did however say that he was not as "well" as the hospital in Portland let on. He still has some bruising in the brain and clots which they said will resolve itself over time, but it is starting to form scar tissue. He also had two infections the last week so he was a little down from both of those. Overall things look good, as before it is just going to take time, and probably lots of it. He is able to place together letters and numbers and say what each is, but when asked the days of the week and things like that he is still having a hard time. By the time he leaves he will not be doing things completely on his own and will still need assistance and help from the therapies. Also because of where his injury was, he will probably think he can do things faster than his body is really ready for. He is expected to be leaving Craig possibly at the end of May, but will all depend on how it goes. Also, as for sending things to him, the hospital would prefer to not have too much sent, so we are asking if you would like to send him anything that you send it to my parents address(if you need their address please email me) and they will either take it to him (they are going up every day or everyother day) or give it to him when he gets out of the hospital. Anyways, things look pretty good. Please just continue to pray for us and John.Thank you!!

The Nails

Make sure you read all the way down to the last sentence. (Most importantly the last sentence)
There once was a little boy who had a bad
temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails
and told him that every time he lost his
temper, he must hammer a nail into the back
of the fence. The first day the boy had
driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next
few weeks, as he learned to control his
anger, the number of nails hammered daily
gradually dwindled down. He discovered
it was easier to hold his temper than to
drive those nails into the fence.
Finally the day came when the boy didn't
lose his temper at all. He told his father
about it and the father suggested that the
boy now pull out one nail for each day that
he was able to hold his temper.
The days passed and the young boy was finally
able to tell his father that all the nails
were gone. The father took his son by the
hand and led him to the fence He said, 'You
have done well, my son, but look at the
holes in the fence. The fence will never be
the same. When you say things in anger,
they leave a scar just like this one. You
can put a knife in a man and draw it out.
It won't matter how many times you say I'm
sorry, the wound is still there. ' A verbal
wound is as bad as a physical one.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Some pics and update on everyone

Here is some pics of when Jake got to go deep sea fishing in the persian gulf . It is beautiful and the water looks awesome!! You can click on the pic to enlarge it. Jake is doing pretty good. He is of course missing us, but I think he is enjoying the job over there. He hurt is shoulder so has been taking it easy lately. I miss him like crazy and can't wait for him to come back home. I will update with more pics as I get them from him.

Here is some pics of Halia. She didn't want to leave her shirt on, then couldn't figure out how to put it back on. I finally got a picture of a pony tail in her hair(she normally takes it out too fast) but she worked pretty hard to get it out.

Also, Update on John, he is doing good at the new hospital. Mom and Dad went to see him yesterday and said that it was probably one of the best days they saw him because he was working hard with rehab. He was able to identify different objects, and when asked, he knew who "Dad" was. He has been sitting up alot. They haven't started working on standing or walking at all yet. I got to "talk" to him the other day on the phone, but couldn't really hear or understand him, until I got the "NO" occasionally when I would ask a question! That is awesome though! Such improvement from what we first saw. God is good, and all we can ask is for continued prayer and support! Thank you to everyone, and all of his friends for being there and for keeping up with his condition. For those in other places, I will do my best to update here but since I am not there either, it is just going from what I hear as well. Thanks again, and please continue to check in. He will greatly appreaciate it someday and of course we are so blessed and thankful ourselves to have the support. I am hoping eventually mom can figure out how to upload her photos and send them to me, so I can add some pics of him! Keep checking, I will work on it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Storm pics from April 3 Tornados

A fence down
A family lucky the tree fell the way it did
The cabot car lot
See the trampoline?
A billboard on hwy 67
The car lot in cabot again
A field

see the house in the distance, I think this is supposed to be a field, and I think they had damage...
clean up crews

Another lucky house in cabot

On main st in cabot

Do you see the metal wrapped around?