A Shower of Blessings & a Peek Into Eli’s Journal

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

  So much has happened since our last update, I don’t know where to begin!  Since Eli had surgery on both of his feet, he has maintained a positive attitude and a sense of determination.  Recovery is hard work, and not as speedy as we would like, but God has blessed us with the love [...]

Recovery Begins

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  Saturday’s surgery went exactly as we had hoped.  Dr. Joe said that Eli was so good at being still that it was very easy to place the stent in each of Eli’s feet. He was given pain meds before the surgery and a local anesthetic at the incision areas just below his ankles.  I [...]

Eli’s Having Surgery & You Can Help

Eli and Matthew Newell, director of The Family Hope Center

It is becoming more and more difficult for Eli to stand for long periods of time.  He doesn’t complain, but I can tell when he starts to get uncomfortable on his feet. We were happy to be attending our home church on Sunday.  It’s always nice to be home!  PCC’s Sunday service kicks off with [...]

Missed Opportunities

Giving in to my own fears is so normal for me, that I often don’t even realize I’ve done it.  Recently, I was lamenting one such time in my early teens.  Yes, it took me almost 20 years to realize I missed an opportunity because of my own fear!  It all started in First Grade [...]

Infinite Wisdom

February 19, 2003: Eli at Children's Hospital

John and I are in the process of writing a book to share what God has done in our lives.  I was looking back over the website updates that we had posted in 2003 during the first days and months following Eli’s accident.  On Day 14 we posted the following message that was sent to [...]

Happy Birthday, Jesus!

  Thanks to a package that Eli received in the mail from his new friend, Jen, we had all of the ingredients to bake a “Happy Birthday Jesus” cake.  It’s even Eli’s favorite, vanilla cake and vanilla frosting.  The candles are in honor of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School.   As we celebrate [...]

Progress In Action

Eli continues to amaze me with his positive attitude and determination!  Several days ago, the staples in his head were removed, and the remaining scar is almost hidden underneath his growing hair.  Our concerns that he may be wheelchair bound more often than not, seem to be behind us!  Eli is getting around the house [...]

Home Sweet Home

Thursday, the day before the neurosurgery, was busy for all three of us.  I hadn’t planned it that way, but I was glad for it.  It gave me less time to worry.  John had office work and an afternoon meeting.  I worked with Eli doing some last minute physical therapy and I rushed around the [...]

Next Step: Neurosurgery – Not Your Everyday Plumbing Job

I’m going to begin with a disclaimer.  If you have no interest in the medical details, then you probably won’t be interested in the majority of this post.  So, I will just ask you to pray for us as Eli will be having surgery on July 13.  It’s somewhat routine, at least as far as [...]

Eli, Mark Batterson, and Rascal Flatts

  We are so encouraged by the support shown to us since John’s post last week.  Your prayers are precious to us and God is answering:  Eli is doing better. He’s been working really hard!  His physical therapy (PT) at Children’s Hospital has been doubled to twice/week and we’ve been doing daily intensive PT at [...]