November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm sitting at the hospital watching Garren walk on the Locomat machine. He's got three therapists working with him, helping his body learn to walk. Sometimes it seems like this is taking an eternity. But looking back over the past several months we have a lot to be thankful for.

Last week while I was gone in Haiti, Garren did something pretty amazing. He surprised us all! One night, while Nancy was upstairs putting Kelsey to bed, he realized he needed a shower (of course that is an amazing realization for any 14 year old boy!)

So he went into his bathroom and got himself into the shower, washed himself, washed his hair, got dressed, brushed his teeth, and brushed his hair...all by himself. Garren has really begun to become more independent. He continues to surprise us with the things he does. He baked cookies and brought them to me when they picked me up from the airport.

The other night I gave him a surprise. I rented one of his favorite Xbox 360 video games. It's one he's been asking for. I wanted to see if he would play it before I paid the money to buy it. Amazingly, he hasn't stopped playing it since I brought it home! He's pretty good at it too (don't tell him it's good therapy).

We have a lot to be thankful for. And though we know that God isn't finished with Garren, we do want to remember to give Him the glory for all He has done.

I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!


Heidi said...

We are continuing to pray for Garren and for your family. Happy Thanksgiving!

Kelli said...

Love to continue to hear about each new step forward! Praying always... and wishing you guys a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing Geoffrey. God's plan for Garrens recovery is on track and although we sometimes want it to speed up. God knows what the correct order and speed needs to be for Garren to benefit the most. Praying for all of you joining you in Thankfullness this Thanksgiving
Carol T

Tasha Via said...

This is such GREAt news! I know that seeing Garren and his slow progress on a daily basis is so hard. It's like watching a kid grow...unless you step away for a few weeks, or months, it's really hard to see the change.
Well, we've been in Uganda for 2 months and had VERY unreliable internet and certain sights just wouldn't load most of the time, so we've been away from Garren and his progress for quite some time. After reading through many of your posts lately I am just shocked at how amazing he is doing! We are ALL so proud of you and your family. We are so thankful with Garren's progress and God's grace...
We love ya'll and we're STILL praying!

Anonymous said...

Thank you for continuing to update us on Garren. My family and I continue to pray for him and your family as God continues his healing. God is good!

Kelly Tyler said...

I am thrilled to hear about Garren's progress! Amazing!