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 again, either with his cane, or as in more recent days, completely independently.  His energy level seems to be greater, his memory seems a bit better, and the seizures have greatly decreased (we recently started him on medication for that).  I thought I’d share some of Eli’s activities since the surgery. That very same evening, he was working on his art.  I’ve added his most recent pictures, “Summer”, “We Love Pizza”, and “Happy Friends”, to his place on our website.

He’s been working extra hard at Physical Therapy.  Mostly he’s been working on strengthening activities, but recently he has also been working on some extremely challenging balance activities.  He says, “P.T. is hard, but it makes me feel awesome that I can do it.”  Here he is on the stairclimber …

He went to our church’s Mega Camp!  He kept thanking me for signing him up!  He was super excited!  He enjoyed being with friends and being a part of the Art Group.

He has resumed responsibility for setting the table.  When he heard John making breakfast this morning, he rushed into the kitchen to make sure that no one set the table for him!

And, for the first time this year, he got to get in a pool!  Our friends invited us to a social and it included swimming!  I asked him what he liked about being in the pool and he said, “I got to walk around on my own so freely!”

Eli has also been able to resume his summertime weekly overnight visits with his grandparents.  Life is good for the little man and I’m so, so thankful!



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  • Aaron j Robinson

    What an AWESOME kid!!!’ Karen and I were laughing the other day about his knock knock jokes!!!! You should film a couple of those to share!

    • Tricia Tiller

      Thanks, Aaron! And what a great idea about the jokes!

  • Kelly Combs

    Hey Tricia! Looks like a great summer. Pool time seems like just the thing for a little “fun” PT. Glad things are going so well. God bless.

  • Craig Witt

    WOW what awesome progress. So proud of him and his positive spirit. Keep up the great work Tillers. Always thinking about you and your great family; glad I got to know you John.

    • John Tiller

      Thanks so much, Craig! Glad we’re able to keep in touch!!

  • Klemna

    God is so good. What a precious precious boy. Love the artwork… Especially the “Summer” one… that’s my fave!
    Many blessings!
    Kimber Lemna-Braunwart

  • Michele Forester

    What an inspiration! Keep up the good work!

  • Cheryle Ayscue

    How WONDERFUL IS OUR GOD!! I am so happy to see and hear that Eli is recovering so well!! I will continue to pray for his recovery and you guys as well!! I love reading on how he is doing. I hope that you guys will have a great rest of the summer and I look forward to the next update!! God bless you all!! Cheryle Ayscue

    • John Tiller

      Thank you, Cheryl!

  • Casey

    Thank you so much for the update! Eli, as well as you, Tricia and John, have continued to inspire me in a way that I cannot describe. The strength and faith that you continue to show throughout everything life throws at you is a true demonstration of what being a Christian is all about! I love you all and will continue my prayers for your lives and your ministry!

    • John Tiller

      Eli says, “Thank you!”

  • Tammy

    We are so blessed to watch Eli’s progress, but also to see how God is working in your family’s lives. You are truly a remarkable family. My prayer is that God will continue to strengthen you and to comfort you and to continue to bring Glory to His name through all you do. Thank you for your service to the Lord.

  • KeithFerrin

    So cool to see the progress and God’s provision. Press on!

  • Judy Brooking

    Such a sweet young man, he seems to grown since his visit to our church, (Second Branch Baptist) So glad he came through his surgery so well and has seemed to recover so well. Our prayers will coninue to be with him and with you.

    • Tricia Tiller

      Thank you so much for your prayers, Judy! Eli has had a bit of a growth spurt this summer. He keeps reminding me that he’s going to be a teenager soon! :)

  • Sue Spencer

    Eli is an exceptional person!! God has blessed him in so many ways and he just wants to spread it around – the joy, the zest for life. I love his art work – beautiful and imaginative. God bless you all and fill you daily with his Spirit. May it continue to overflow and spill out on to all those around you.
    Sue Spencer

  • Cari Harris

    Wow!!! How wonderful, reading the updates just melts my heart! I pray that things continue to go so well for Eli and the entire family. God Bless!

    • John Tiller

      Eli says, “Thank you for the note!”

  • Tim Churchwell

    Glad to see and hear he is doing well. Thanks for keeping us informed.

  • Teresa, Josh and Russ

    Eli looks GREAT! Thanks for letting us know how his recovery is going. Hope he will be up to playing Fall Ball. Enjoy the rest of the summer!

    • John Tiller

      Eli says, “Can’t wait to see you guys at the Miracle League field in the fall, too!”

  • Barbara

    Thanks so much for the update! Our God is an awesome God and you all are an awesome family of God. Keep up the great work and thanks again for the update!

  • Athompson35

    Thank you so much for the update on Eli. We are so happy for all of you. He is an amazing young man and we continue to pray for him.

    Anne & Rowland Thompson

    • John Tiller

      Thanks, Thompsons, for your prayers!!

  • Pam

    you are doing GREAT buddy !!!!!!!!!!!

    • John Tiller

      Eli says, “Thank you!”

  • Marco G

    Eli you are soo cool man! Your growing up dude! Haha I havent seen you in a while, maybe we can get togeter sometime and listen to some cool tunes! I know you like rascal flatts, their guitarist Joe Don Rooney was my 300th follower on twitter this week! I still listen to your tracks man, hope the album is going well and I cant wait to get a signed copy from the coolest kid artist I’ve ever worked with. (: Love ya Eli!! Stay happy.. Yeah you know the reat ;) haha

    - Marco G
    Solid Rock Studios

  • debbie thompson

    Eli, I am praying for you right now. You are so inspirational. I loved having you at SBBC on Jan. 8, 2012. I am at Dover BC in Goochland now—and am going to talk to Pastor Mike to see WHEN we can have you come—-get better! Have a great time at your grandparents!

  • Jane and John Basinger

    We are so happy to learn that your surgery went well and that physical therapy is helping you to move around so much better. You are such an inspiration to us and proof that God does answer prayers. By the way, you are a GREAT artist! Hope to see you at the beach. Love You All–Jane and John

    • John Tiller

      Eli says, “Can’t wait to see you all down at the beach, too! I can’t wait to be down there!”

  • Matt Soderstrum

    I am happy for you guys and the progress you have all made! What an uplifting email!

    I am cheering for you all!

    • John Tiller

      Thanks for the encouragement, Matt!!

  • Donna

    So inspiring! Love to you all!

    • John Tiller

      Thank you, Donna!

  • Robert M

    I just love this little guy and his parents are pretty cool, too! I am praying for all of you often and for Mike and Rose-Marie, too! We love ya.

  • Aaron Ross

    your beautiful, we have a child that we raise that deals with menatl health. We need to blog about him and show his progress to the people. We have taken him off of psyc medications and he is doing so much better now. It is amazing at how God and his son our Lord and Savior Jesus has done in his life. His name is Talor Ray