March 01, 2011

Tuesday March 1, 4:00pm

I was just sitting down to share some of Garren's baby steps with you. As I was trying to figure out how to start, I looked over and saw Garren moving the fingers on his left hand. I went over and took his hand in mine, and he closed his hand around mine. It was a weak squeeze, but it felt good.

Yesterday morning I was talking to Garren and he moved his head. Not a lot, but enough to see that he was trying to lift his head to the side.

We've been in rehab for a week now. The therapies are going well with Garren. It's a lot to take in, a lot to learn.

Nancy and I received an email today with a great story. In the email they let us know that their 6 year old daughter had prayed to receive Christ, due in part to what Garren is going through. So great to hear things like that!

I was immersed back into reality this morning. I had to take Kelsey to the doctor (she has an ear infection, blech...) and then had to pick up a prescription for her. Then I went to work. It was good to be back in staff meetings. Somebody asked me how it was, being back. I said it felt like coming out of a cave - dark, warm, comfortable - and being overwhelmed by the brightness, the busyness and the noise. It was great to be back.

Many of you have asked, "What can we do to help?" We really want to take you up on your offers, and plan to. Right now we are stil trying to figure out what our long term needs are going to be. I promise, as soon as we have a need, we will let you know. In the mean time, thank you for continuing to pray.

One other thing - when you post a comment, Nancy and I would love to know who you are. If you don't mind, just sign your name to your post. It means a lot knowing who you are!


Anonymous said...

You and your family are in my families prayers everyday. We think and talk about your family everyday. We have never met any of you but feel like we do. My prayer life has gone to a higher level than its ever been. May God bless you and yours!


Kelli said...

We continue to pray for Garren faithfully. It's interesting to hear our girls pray for him, because most often they pray "Lord, Thank you for Garren." I know that is exactly how you feel as well. We are so excited to hear how he is moving forward and God is continuing to work in his and so many other's lives. We love you all!
-the Almaguer's :)

Anonymous said...

i am still praying for garren , and i am glad to see he is recovering . I just wanted to let you know me and some of my friends are trying to come up with ways to raise money to help yall out a little bit . Just tell me if you have any ideas .
~Christi Mayhew~

sheila said...

I've been praying for Garren and your family from the beginning. I will continue to pray until Garren is home. It is a privilege to lift you all up in this small way. My heart aches for you. Know I care.
Sheila Murphy

Anonymous said...

How wonderful to feel the touch of someone's hand gripped around yours...especially when it's your son & you've been waiting for it for so long. I'm sure your heart rate had to be elevated for a moment, even if it was weak. Another baby step....another day given to Garren by God, what a blessing. You know we are here for you guys..we'll be here to walk along side you all during this trial...just let us know when you need us& what we can do@ that time.

Love you all,
Ritchie, Donna, Racheal, Katherine, Luke, Madelyn& Brady

Mike said...

How awesome to have that response, holding his hand and feeling him squeeze it! Praise God for these continued signs of his progress. We continue to pray and lift Garren up to our Father in heaven. He is answering our prayers, his hand is wrapping around our hearts and we feel his comfort, the same way Garren felt yours. To know you are there must give him great peace as he continues to recover! Love you guys very much! The Harveys

Maddie said...

I look forward to reading your blog every day and there is not a day that goes by no matter where I am that I don't think of Garren and pray. My daughter Madison has known Garren for several years. Sending blessings your way and continuing to pray.

Dawn Vandewoude-Carlson

Anonymous said...

Another day has ended again...but, with the ending of one day, there is always the hope of a new it is with Garren...always the hope of more baby steps, more toddler steps, more walking steps, more skipping steps, more running steps, more leaping steps, and more praises to our God...I am not very good with words, but just want you all to know that you are loved, and that we are praying for Garren and you...that's all...please be encouraged...I know this is hard...ok? Love, Sandy & Russ

Anonymous said...

We continue to lift Garren, the girls, Nancy and you in prayer daily. May every day hold an unexpected blessing!

In His Love,
The Skinner Family

Anonymous said...

We have learned more fully than ever what it means to 'pray without ceasing'. And so we continue...for Garren to grow stronger and for you and Nancy to remain strong.
All our love, The Kush family

Anonymous said...

Our family has been reading your posts since Day 1. We are saddened by this hardship, but inspired by your faith. Garren is in our thoughts daily as we continue to pray for recovery.
~The McMahans (Coach Jerry, Logan and Family)

Anonymous said...

Im so glad that garren is getting better. I hope things will fall into place soon. Please dont hesitate to ask me and my family if we can do anything.
~Kayla Elko~

Anonymous said...

I just wanted to let you know that my family, youth group, and entire church is praying for you! keep the spirits high!

Sarah Howard

Brett's box turtles said...

We are praying for Garren. Jacob had classes with Garren last year and he was sad when Garren moved to Piedmont. We are thankful for your blog so we can keep up with Garren's progress. We will continue to pray for Garren and all of you during this time.

Rusty, Paige, Brett, and Jacob Warner

Stephen said...

Hey PG and Nancy!
It's Steve Harris from Vegas, I can't tell you how happy I am to read your blog everyday and know know that Garren is getting better! He's one tough kid, but we always knew that. I just wanted to stop in and say your family is in my prayers, and look forward to hearing news of Garren's recovery!

Jill Linscheid said...

Just wanted to let you know that you all are constantly in my thoughts and prayers! I know you are trying to be there for the girls and Garren all at the same time. I know God will give you strength to do so! So happy for the "baby" steps Garren is showing. Just hang in there! Everyone is behind you for the duration!

POTSMOM said...

Nancy, Geoffrey and Garren,
There is not a day that goes by that I don't check morning & night on Garren's condition. I pray 2-3'x a day for you all and for Garrens healing. ~ If there is ANYTHING you need at all, please let me know.

All my love and prayers,

Lisa Thompson ~

Ps. I have no doubt at all that dream was from the Lord. ♥