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Trudging through peanut butter…

Along with my running, music has been very therapeutic while I have been on this journey with mom .   I have started a TaylorStrong playlist.  Normally the songs that minister to me are ones I hear while I am running.  But, the two songs below came in a different way. The first came from a dear friend from college.  She suggested I listen to He Said…I am so glad she did! It couldn’t be any better for the journey we are on.  The second one I heard on the way back from a very grueling 20 mile training run…it was horrible. 🙂  I know a lot of you would say 20 miles would be horrible, but it is what I do. Usually they are hard but not HORRIBLE!  This particular song is about a relationship but I heard it through different ears…it was about the storm we have been living through and the one I had just come through just 30 minutes before. 🙂  Enjoy! (Lyrics at the bottom of the blog.)

He Said – 1 Crew

Every Storm – Gary Allan

Today’s blog is not such much about mom and her recovery, but about a realization I had that goes along with her recovery.  We have been told all along she would move at a snail’s pace(or a turtle’s.)  Brain injuries are ones you don’t just bounce back from and start right back where you left off.  They take time.  Your expectations may be high and that is good…but don’t expect to get there too fast.    Mom is a fighter. We know that. She is ready to be where she left off NOW!  It is a slow process and though we see improvement daily…it is slow.  She will get there. We have NO doubt.  We are encouraged every single day by what we see and how she is progressing.  She is well on her way.  It is just a slow go…as we were told. 🙂  Major trauma produces major recovery.

This week is an important one. We take mom back to Springfield to follow-up with the neurosurgeon and the rehab doctor.  We look forward to hearing great news! We are hopeful she will receive the go ahead to have her bone flap replaced very soon.  Once this happens mom and dad will have even more new normals to unwrap.  We have read once the bone flap is replaced things kind of right themselves within the body…makes sense! She will be one piece again! 🙂  She will not be as restricted due to the fact her head is all together.  We are hoping that this will make transitions at home easier.  So, Thursday is a big day…pray we receive great news!

Now to my realization…I too am moving slower and meant to move slowly during this process and on this journey.  What do I mean? Well, after running Boston 2013 and living through the circumstances around the race I decided I wanted to run another marathon before the September deadline and try to better my current (Boston 2013) qualifying time.  I figured that a lot of people would try to qualify and run Boston 2014.  My qualifying time did not leave much wiggle room. 🙂 I have lived this before…qualifying but not getting in because I still wasn’t fast enough.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am running Boston 2014 with Team Hoyt no matter what…I just wanted to run as a qualified runner this go around…did you get that? I wanted to run…not necessarily God wanted me to run!  So my plan was to train hard and run Tupelo Marathon on September 1 and get that 3:45:00 time that I so desperately have been striving for…again, MY PLAN not HIS PLAN.

All summer, even after mom’s incident, I decided I was still going to do it…no matter what.  Well, I am as stubborn as they come.  I was going to train hard even though I was sleep deprived. I was going to train hard even though I was stressed beyond belief.  I was going to train hard and hit every magic pace even though I am living away from the comforts of my home.  I was going to train hard even though I was in the hills and humidity of Arkansas…I could go on but I won’t.  Am I complaining? NO!

I am saying it took me almost 2 months to realize I AM meeting the expectations the Lord set before me not the ones I set before me. He had different plans.   I am giving myself permission to train hard and not worry about the outcome because I am doing what HE wants me to do.  I have verbalized I was there already in previous blogs….but I was wrong.   It took me running a grueling 20 mile training run an hour slower than normal for me to get it.  For me to be happy I covered the miles. For me to release the expectation of maybe 3:45:00 is not what is in store after all.  Is that okay? YES, because I am running the race He set before me and that is ELT – or Eddie Lou Taylor – or MOM!

Hebrews 12. 1-3

Hebrews  12.1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

Mom, dad and I are in this together…we are fighting the battle He gave us.  Our whole family has been by our side in prayer and in person at different times…we are making it and we are making it well.  Slowly but we are trudging along like ‘turtles in peanut butter.’ (Good thing we love peanut butter!)


My realization came after a great talk with Mike after my 20 miler.  He had to remind me that the journey we are on is one God put us on.  It is one wrapped in unconditional love.  It is one that He allowed us to traverse and His glory will come from it.  Mom’s recovery is the main goal not a BQ.

I also had some wise words sent to me via text that helped me put it all in perspective as well:

I know that god has big plans for you. I would not stress over speed drills. Your plate is full and you are doing as god leads you to do. Being in his will is what is important. Your mom was blessed when she had you and is now being blessed again. Enjoy your time with her and the journey that god has you on. There are small things that he wants to reveal to you in this big picture. When we shift our usual focus off of our usual routines, doors  and opportunities are presented. He must have a bigger plan for you and may want you to continue on your Boston journey with team Hoyt, changing nothing because you are positively influencing others during the journey. He may want you to focus on that, him, and the journey, rather than a qualifying time. Because he loves you and Yes You Can. Love you

Then a different conversation with another friend:

I said:  “It’s just hard! But God has me here for a reason and it’s not a BQ it’s ELT! Aka-mom. :)”

Her reply:   We talked about that this a.m. you both have already qualified for Boston, so you should run the next one just because you can.  Yes, and it is another “race” that has made you stronger. (referring to mom)

I have been truly blessed by family and friends that set me straight when I need it. They do it with love and the do it with care. God is blessing us during a peanut butter trudging.  When we slow down we see the beauty around us.  We have laughed so much.  We have reminisced about the old days. 🙂  We have taken time to smell the roses.  We have even taken time to watch eggs hatch and become baby birds…another slow, beautiful process.

IMG_5887 IMG_5972 IMG_5977God has a way of slowing us down…literally.  We are on this blessed journey for a reason.  And we are surrounded by love from all over…He is showing us that daily.

After having my pity party about my 20 mile run I rewarded myself with chocolate…of course!  This is what I received in return…confirmation!IMG_5982

What a message! I needed it…

Then another reminder came…

IMG_5990Mom was reminded of this herself when she received an amazing gift in the mail from people she has never met. They surrounded her with love and prayer because of who she is and they know how special and strong she is…

IMG_5985TaylorStrong – LGLG – Romans 8.28

Let Go and Let God

Romans 8.28 –

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who   have been called according to his purpose.

Like the chorus says:

I won’t give you more
More than you can take
And I might let you bend
But I won’t let you break
And no, I’ll never ever let you go
And no, don’t you forget what He said

And I have to remember: We are exactly where God wants us to be!

He Said – 1 Crew

So your life feels like
It don’t make sense
And you think to yourself
I’m a good person
So why do these things keep happening?
Why you gotta deal with them
You may be knocked down now, but don’t forget
What He said, He said

I won’t give you more
More than you can take
And I might let you bend
But I won’t let you break
And no, I’ll never ever let you go
And no, don’t you forget what He said

Who you worrying, and what you’re going through
So don’t let it get the best of you
‘Cause God knows everything you need
So you ain’t gotta worry
You may be knocked down now
But just believe what He said


Don’t fear when you go through the fire
Hang on when it’s down to the wire
Stand tall and remember what He said

Every Storm – Gary Allan

so your standin’ in the middle of the thunder and lightnin’
i know you’re feelin’ like you just can win but your tryin’
its hard to keep on keepin’ on when your being pushed around (pushed around x3)
dont even know which way is up you just keep spinning down round down

every storm runs, runs out of rain
just like every dark night turns into day
every heartache will fade away
just like every storm runs, runs out of rain

so hold your head up and tell yourself that there’s something more
and walk out that door
go find a new rose, don’t be affraid of the thorns
cause we all have thorns
just put your feet up to the edge, put you face in the wind
and when you fall back down keep on rememberin’

every storm runs, runs out of rain
just like every dark night turns into day
every heartache will fade away
just like every storm runs runs out of rain

it’s gonna run out of pain
it’s gonna run out of sting
it’s gonna leave you alone
it’s gonna set you free, set you free..

every storm runs, runs out of rain
just like every dark night turns into day
every heartache will fade away
just like every storm runs, runs out of rain
it’s gonna set you free
it’s gonna run out of pain
and set you free..


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The Overcomer!


There are days during mom’s recovery she feels as if she is moving at a turtle’s slow pace.  When in her reality, considering the traumatic experience she has been through, she is really moving more like the hare. 🙂


She is an OVERCOMER….

Overcomer – Mandisa

Staring at a stop sign
Watching people drive by
T Mac on the radio
Got so much on your mind
Nothing’s really going right
Looking for a ray of hope

Whatever it is you may be going through
I know He’s not gonna let it get the best of you

You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer

Everybody’s been down
Hit the bottom, hit the ground
Oh, you’re not alone
Just take a breath, don’t forget
Hang on to His promises
He wants You to know

The same Man, the Great I am
The one who overcame death
Is living inside of You
So just hold tight, fix your eyes
On the one who holds your life
There’s nothing He can’t do
He’s telling You!

As mom and I were driving to therapy last week we heard Overcomer by Mandisa.  As I listened to the words I told her “This is your song! You are an overcomer!”  Those of you that know mom, know this is very true!!!

As far as recovery goes, she is doing extremely well.  Most days are strong.  We have stopped counting the duration of the strong days because they are all strong now.  There are times within a day she might struggle…most of the time it is at the end of the day when she is tired.

We learned last week she can’t stay up too late! Her body needs rest and more than usual.  Mom has always been the last one to bed.  Staying up to watch the news…to wind down…to read.  So last Wednesday we were watching ESPN’s ESPY awards late into the night.  Team Hoyt was being awarded the Jimmy V Perseverance Award.  This excerpt was taken from the website:

Father and son running team from Massachusetts exemplify determination

Dick and Rick Hoyt, a father and son team who have been participating in races together for more than 30 years, will be presented the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at The 2013 ESPYs presented by Capital One on July 17. Rick, now 51, was born with cerebral palsy and though unable to use his hands or legs he and his 73-year-old father have run in more than 1,000 endurance events—including triathlons and marathons—with Dick pushing his son in a custom-made running chair.

We wanted to see this amazing duo receive this prestigious award.  They have been such important part of my life these last two years.  Even more so now!!! Who knew when God orchestrated my  Team Hoyt membership that their example of determination and perseverance would encourage me on a different type of marathon – mom’s recovery?  God did!  He also knew mom would draw strength from their example.  So needless to say, she wanted to stay up and watch it as well.  She slept through it in the chair but she was up. 🙂  As we learned that night, strength comes from knowing you can but also respecting the need for sleep. 🙂  The week before the ESPYs mom received this from Team Hoyt…


Yes, She Can!!!

Therapy is going well.  Mom doesn’t look forward to these days but knows they will make her stronger.  We are seeing the fruit of her hard work every day.  She is moving through the house at lightning speed…not really but she is moving faster and more confident.  She is coming back center.  We are not having to direct her right as much.  She is sensing her boundaries on both sides now.  She didn’t care for her left side for a while. 🙂  She is overcoming…once again!

Dad, mom and I are laughing a lot.  We are enjoying the quality time we are being forced to have…but we are thankful for it.  Lesson – don’t wait until you are forced to have quality time with the ones you love! Of course, I miss the rest of my family that I am missing my quality time with but…thanks to my mom’s generosity with her air miles, Mike was able to fly to Arkansas and visit us a week ago.  He was a blessing all of us. He helped daddy around the yard and he lifted mom’s spirits with his kind heart.  We loved having him here and I hated seeing him go! 😦  He and I both know this is where God wants me now and his never-ending support in that is so very comforting.


So, as you can see….Mom is doing well. We are doing well.  We are all working in unison to help mom progress and get back to being ELT! She is on her way.  She is taking it one step and one day at a time! If she gets discouraged we remind her how far she has come! This is all a direct result of prayer…we firmly believe that!

Mom is still hearing amazing stories of people praying when this all first started and throughout the whole process.  She is humbled. We are humbled.  We are thankful for placing such godly people in the right place at the right time to pray mom to where she is now.  Prayer works!  Keep them coming!

As mom and dad’s child, I am in awe of the community of people who have come together to encourage and lift them up in so many ways! How? Through prayer, through cards, through phone calls, through visits and through meals! I couldn’t be more comforted by the outpouring of love I have experienced from their community.  It is often said it takes a village to raise a child….well it takes a village to take care of a traumatic brain injured person as well…and Bella Vista Village has shown this is so true! I cannot express my gratitude enough!

Now, the rest of the story is my story…

Today’s devotional summed up my day yesterday.

Youversion – Praise In the Presence of God Daily Devotional – July 21, 2013

Psalm 16. 8-9

8  I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9  Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.

Deep Down Gladness

If you’ll allow the Holy Spirit to, He will enable you to receive God’s precious Word with faith, hope, obedience—and with joy. The joy He brings is not only personal down deep in your soul, but it penetrates your relationships with other brothers and sisters in Christ.

As God’s redeemed, walking in His Word and by His Spirit, you can enter tomorrow rejoicing that God’s commitment to His purpose in you is absolute. And you can live every day with confidence, assured of the inevitability of His life triumphing in you.

Rebuilding the Real You

God is rebuilding the real me and helping me find my joy in my circumstances!  I have figured out during this process I am pretty good at bottling up my emotions – good to bad – and then they all come out on my long runs.  Running long is physically draining as it is but when you are a little sleep deprived it makes it a tad bit harder.  Then when you have emotions bottled up it makes it even that much more difficult.  Have you tried to run and cry when you are TIRED and trying to go up hill? It doesn’t work too well. 🙂

Now, I am not looking for sympathy at all! I know I need a release and that is why I run.  It allows me, especially on a long run, to deal with it and get it all out! I listen to praise music as I run.  These songs are how God speaks to me!  He used Laura Story’s Blessings to speak to me yesterday.


As this song played, I listened and I cried out to Him.  I also realized that I had DEEP DOWN GLADNESS as the devotional talks about.  I want to be obedient. I want to receive God’s grace.  I want mom to heal and to be blessed in the process. Our blessings are coming from unexpected sources as the song describes.

Blessings – Laura Story

We pray for blessings
We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love is way too much to give us lesser things

‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if the thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise

We pray for wisdom
Your voice to hear
We cry in anger when we cannot feel You near
We doubt your goodness, we doubt your love
As if every promise from Your Word is not enough
And all the while, You hear each desperate plea
And long that we’d have faith to believe


When friends betray us
When darkness seems to win
We know the pain reminds this heart
That this is not, this is not our home


What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
What if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are your mercies in disguise

God is in control! God is rebuilding all of us! God is showing us how to receive deep down gladness.  We are so thankful!  God is blessing us through the prayer of others, through the time we are having together, through laughter and heartache, through friends and family, through small steps like the turtle and through eager steps like the hare!


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The Power of Prayer & Forever Friendships….

Youversion devotional reading from Thursday, June 13 but read on Wednesday, July 4 upon mom’s return home…

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.” Alburt Camus.

Friendships based on God’s love are so important for us to have. Our inner circle of friends are the ones who guide us, strengthen us, listen to us, and most importantly are there for us no matter what. These friends are the ones who tell us Godly wisdom when we need to hear it, the ones who pray for us, and the ones who shine light in our lives when we are in dark times.

We are called to love one another as Christ has loved us while discerning who to share our pearls with so that those intimate friendships remain Christ centered. Christ blesses us through the people He brings into our life for a reason and purpose.


“I know you well enough to know you’re going to want to do it all yourself. And you’re going to tell people ‘we’re fine’ and ‘we don’t need anything,’ but if you deny people the opportunity to help, you’re taking away their blessing. You’re taking away a gift they want to give you.

Mom is home and she is surrounded by many friends who love her dearly.  Just being home has been therapy.  This is good because we couldn’t get therapy scheduled initially until next week.  This has since changed…thank goodness.  Will go over this later in post.  She has her cats and her precious dog taking care of her as well. Mom was little apprehensive about coming home, as we all were…but we are doing well!

One of the reasons she is home and moving forward is the fact she was in great shape before this ordeal. Mom has a group of friends called the Walkie Talkies.  They walk up to 5 miles a day 3-5 days a week.  They talk. They laugh. They care for one another.  I had the privilege of going with mom to eat breakfast with them the day after we returned.  They were ecstatic to see her…her helmet and all.

They shared a story that was so powerful and showed us how God has been in control from day one.  On Wednesday, June 12 mom was supposed to join the Walkie Talkies for a memorial walk.  The group has started taking memorial walks once a year to allow individuals to share about loved ones they have lost.  Mom is one who always shows up…she may be late, but she will be there.  Several of the members texted her and called her wondering where she was on this particular morning.  They did not know she was being airlifted to Springfield, Missouri with a subdural hematoma that could have potentially taken her life.  The group went on with their walk and their memorial stories.  At some point during their walk one of the group members received a phone call from a member of mom’s church who shared mom’s news.  At this point the group stopped, held hands and prayed.  This was probably happening when mom was in surgery correcting the brain bleed and while dad was in route to Springfield.  God knew mom needed the support of her group right then!  She got it.  She was touched greatly by this story of God’s provision and the godly friends she has been blessed with…we were too!

Mom and I read the above devotional together the day after we returned home from breakfast with this amazing group.  This led mom, dad and I to reflect over the many prayers that have been sent up for mom and our family.  We are so very thankful for our godly friends who love us through the good and the bad.  We have felt and have seen your prayers answered daily.

The same day I read this from Joni Eareckson Tada’s blog:

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada with a very familiar hymn, the arrangement is a little different, but try it

Sweet hour of prayer, sweet hour of prayer,
That calls me from a world of care
And bids me at my Father’s throne
Make all my wants and wishes known.
In seasons of distress and grief
My soul has often found relief,
And oft escaped the tempter’s snare
By thy return, sweet hour of prayer.

She was discussing praying for caregivers….which daddy and I have become.  But it also was timely in regards to prayers from others. She then prayed this prayer:

So, let me take a minute here and pray. I’m going to pray for not only you listening today who might have a physical disability, but let me pray for the people who help you, okay?

“Dear Father in heaven … As I think of the Cross your son endured for me, I thank you that the cross you’ve called us to bear will never, ever be heavier than you’ve designed. Our cross is exactly the right size and weight for each of us, your willing children. And daily, as we pick up our cross and follow you, bless you for more than matching the burden with grace-upon-grace. And if, at times, our hardships seem too ‘heavy’ a thing to daily endure; if these struggles are too much for our caregivers, too much for our husbands or wives or children to bear, then remind us that you are there right beside us shouldering the worst of the weight of the cross. Never let us forget that you are with us through it all, whether it is us, always sitting down in a stand-up world, or whether it’s our caregivers, always tending to our needs. And please, Lord Jesus, expand our vision so that we can appreciate the influence our trust in Jesus is having on people, others who watch and learn, even from a distance. For that brings you glory and gives rich and wonderful meaning to our days. In Jesus’ name … Amen.”

Mom was and continues to be moved by the outpouring of support by the many people who have reached out in different ways.  We are too!  I am seeing what a difference maker mom is in other’s lives.  I knew it but there is truly nothing like seeing it in person.  Both mom and dad have and will always care about others deeply and they are now seeing it come back to them.  We thank the Lord for showing us His love in action through many of you! We have a new saying thanks to my cousin, “this is a group project!”  She is right, it is!


Mom said it takes a village in response to Chris’ statement.  We are a village. You are part of that village. You are our prayer warriors! You are lifting us all up as we work to help mom move forward.  Every day we see a little progress in some area.  I have to be honest…it is slow and at times mom feels very frustrated.  She is so not where she wants to be.  Her determination and her desire keep her moving forward.  As I said earlier, we did not have therapy scheduled until next week because they were booked.  But thanks to one of our dear village leaders, mom and dad’s doctor, we have therapy starting on Wednesday of this week!!!

Their doctor is a personal friend who I went to college with and dad had the privilege of teaching when he subbed in a 7th/8th grade science class many years ago.  Who would have ever dreamed a student in his class would remember him subbing and then become friends with his daughter years later and then even later be his and mom’s primary care physician?  God did! He started orchestrating this many years ago!

“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord … ”(Psalm 37:23)

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

”A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” (Proverbs 16:9)

Thank you for being part of our village. We can not do it without you.  Mom, dad or the rest of our family…we are all cherishing and coveting your prayers! We feel them. We see them.  We know God is there!

Update on mom:  She is happy to be home. We are learning together…creating new routines for breakfast, lunch, dinner, bathing, dressing…all of it. Dad and I are working together to provide for mom’s 24 hour needs. We have become a great team. 🙂  She is a great leader.  She is still experiencing weakness in her left side.  This frustrates her…but we know it is normal and we have to take each day one at a time.  Therapy will be good to get her up and moving more than we can.  We are doing what we can at home to be in home therapists but we are ready for the professionals to give us guidance. She has had her nails done.  That was a great outing.

Every day is a new day.  Every day brings new challenges.  Mom is having to remind her brain what to do.  She knows and we are so thankful…now it is just getting her body to cooperate.  Thank you for praying that she approaches each day as a new beginning and has the courage to take a deep breath and start again!


Isaiah 41:10-13 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish. Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought. For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.”


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Going home…




Isaiah 58.8-9a & 11

Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.

11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.


Romans 8.28

28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for

the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.IMG_5821

21 days ago Mom entered St. John’s Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.  On that day the above two verses were in my devotional.  I did not read them until today…that day, June 12, was a little crazy!  But, again God knew what He would provide and it would be perfect timing.  Isaiah 58 talks about healing and strengthening mom’s frame…this is EXACTLY what she needs.  Then Romans 8.28 is our family verse and one we cling to.  We know this is all part of God’s plan and we are trusting Him through the next phase.  Home is our next mailbox. 🙂

Home is where we are headed today – Bella Vista, Arkansas. We will leave her team of many WONDERFUL doctors, physicians assistants, nurses, patient care assistants, occupational therapists, physical therapists, recreational therapists,  and speech therapists behind.  God truly blessed us with amazing people who cared for mom as their own.


We are so blessed to have had Jason, Dave, Ben, Jill, Nicole and Tessa as well as others who are not pictured.  Our thanks will never be enough! They did wonderful things with mom! Loved her, cared for her and helped her in many ways! Thanks Mom’s Rehabilitation TEAM!
For the next month mom will have dad and me. 🙂  Mom and dad will learn a new normal.  She can not drive for 3 months…so I have told her I will be kidnapping and babysitting her car until she can use it again. It needs some TLC. 🙂 But, of course I will only drive it in Arkansas. 🙂
Mom will follow-up with her surgeon in one month to see about replacing her bone flap.  She will be sporting her fancy helmet until the bone flap is replaced.   Then she will  follow-up in two months with her rehabilitation doctor to see how things are going and discuss the possibility of driving again.
We are excited about going home.  It will bring new challenges but will also help mom and dad resume life.  They will be creating new pathways to normal.  The doctor feels she will have a full recovery within a year.  Mom said this morning, “boy, how things can change in an instant.”  We are so thankful to be where we are at this point.  Mom’s instant changed things…but she is alive and well and getting better every day! Praise the Lord!
God is teaching us along the way.  He is showing us what patient endurance looks like.  He is helping us truly rely on Him because His strength is sufficient.  He is showing us what faith in action looks like.  As we start this next phase, we want to thank all of you for your continued prayers. We feel them! Thank you for your cards and emails.  Thank you for the beautiful flowers.  Mom has been encouraged every step of the way.  We covet your continued prayers during next journey.  Our team is smaller but we are strong. We can do this…mom is doing it and we will do it with her.
So…here we go – HOME!
Hebrews 12.1 Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
Mom’s one regret during this 21 day ordeal – is that she doesn’t remember the helicopter ride. 🙂  So, here is a memory for her…
IMG_5827So thankful for these men and women too…we don’t know who they are but are thankful for their job and ability to get mom to Springfield safely.  Now we are headed home by car….Praise the Lord and thanking Him for His blessings!!!


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