April 03, 2011

Sunday April 3, 2011 7:00pm

3 more days until we go home. There are a lot of things we won't miss about being in the hospital. If you've spent any time in a hospital, you know to well what I mean. I won't miss being separated from my family every night. I won't miss driving 40 minutes each way. I won't miss the plastic couch we sleep on. I won't miss the cafeteria food. I won't miss the hissing sound of air coming from who knows where. And the list goes on.

What a great day in church today! Pastor Rob talked about one of the most dreaded topics for pastors...money. It always feels a little uncomfortable to ask people to give money. But the bottom line is if we don't give to the church, the church won't be able to function. Today we took our annual Impact offering. This offering will go toward some special things we want to accomplish as a church this year.

Garren is getting stronger everyday. His cough continues to get stronger. His left eye is beginning to show some strength. Though progress is slow, there is definitely progress. I told you about his attempt at smiling. Well, today we got a laugh from Garren. Kelsey had drawn a picture of me. We showed it to Garren and Kelsey asked him if he thought it looked like me. He looked at it for a minute, then looked up (yes). I said "Seriously Garren? That looks nothing like me!" His shoulders started to shake, his eyes brightened, and the corner of his lip turned up just a little bit. He was laughing at me! It was awesome.

As you pray for Garren, continue to pray for strength to return to his left eye, for the swallowing, and for the cough to keep getting stronger. Also, this will be a pretty big week for us as we transition back to home.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

God bless your family! What a sight for you to see him smile! Still praying...
Sandy

wendypoovey said...

That is so cool. We are so happy with the little improvements and changes. How awesome that he still has his sense of humor. And we are happy Garren is going home and will have nursing care. We continue to pray for you all.

Diann said...

We wish a wonderful homecoming this week to Garren...we are so thankful to God for all he has done for each and every one of you ...and thank you, thank you, for continually showing us God's faithfulness....continuing to pray for your family and Garren....

Anonymous said...

So exciting!! A smile, a stronger neck, blinking eyes...HOME is coming!! God is still in control of all of this, and do be encouraged as this journey continues from the hospital to home...praying until you stay stop...love, Sandy & Russ

Anonymous said...

as I read about his smile and laugh it brought tears to my eyes...I can't wait to hear him laugh!!
Love you all!!!!
Rebecca LLoyd

Michelle said...

SUNSHINE is coming back in more ways than one!!
It was so great to see all of you at The Closet this weekend, it would not have been the same without you...
Love to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

I check almost every day for his progress. I have his picture posted on my facebook page asking for prayers for you all! I will pray for Garren's piece of mind as he is starting to become more aware! I know he is happy as you all are at his constant progress! Thank you God! Garren is no stranger to hard work. He is awesome! Love and prayers to you ALL each and everyday!

Tasha Via said...

Love it! That is AWESOME!

Kristi said...

Hilarious. Praying for a great transition.

KLP

tammywingate said...

the coolest news so far!!!! still praying for Sunshime everyday!!!
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