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Amber’s Story

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Latest Journal Update

November 5th

So tomorrow is four years since Amber's accident.

Is she a little emotional?  Sure.  Does she feel blessed?  Sure.  Does she appreciate life even more?  Who could go through that and not?  The person who has really changed is Master Bailey... in going just a few weeks before the age of three, to being almost seven, he is already becoming a leader.  Just tonight Shelly was telling me of a conversation with him and I couldn't believe the maturity of his thought; his questions.  Where he hasn't changed is his heart.  My goodness - it's so much like Kayla.

I am still asked how Amber is doing - by someone - almost everyday.  Here is the best way to describe Amber progress, and I believe the brain has three primary functions:

1.  It comprehends.  We read and the brain dissects this information; does something with it.  It still learns from education and experiences, and it knows how to enjoy life.  It embraces our children, cares and loves.  In this regard Amber is functioning at a very high level, perhaps (now, anyway) at 100% of where she was four years ago tonight.

2.  It remembers.  Memories are precious, aren't they?  Well, usually they are!  This is so key for all of us and in this area Amber is probably at 80-90% of where she was previously.

3.  For Amber, the TBI  leaves it mark most on her physical ability.  We are sooo thankful that she can walk without an aid, feed, bath and clothe herself.  This is not as it was before, however, because it's not easy for her.  She doesn't complain.

But I'm so happy these three things are not turned around!  Praise God for answered prayer!  A friend always told me early that she thought Amber would get to "100%," and as far as I'm concerned, that prayer has been answered by what I see in # 1 and #2... her personality is preserved as is her ability to communicate and continue raising her son.  It's unabated and we are so thankful for these things!

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Steve Walters
By Steve Walters
What a great tribute on God's work and mighty hand in all of your lives!
Kim Fasse
By Kim Fasse
God is glorified daily in the story He is writing with your life.
Sharon Goetz
By Sharon Goetz
Dear Craig, Shelly, and Amber, What a privilege it has been to walk this road with you! It has also been a real faith builder to all who have read these posts! All I can say is ,"Yea, God" for what He has accomplished in Amber's and your whole family's lives. We love you all and still regularly pray for Amber.
Mandy Flaming
By Mandy Flaming
I am thankful with you, Craig. Thankful for Amber. Thankful for Tatum. Thankful The Lord has led us down difficult paths, together. Darkness is not dark to God. The night is as bright as the day. Much love from our family to yours!
Mary Mackey
By Mary (cuz :) ).
I was one who told you Amber would be restored to a high level if not completely. Not only have prayers been answered, but answered in special ways for you which I'm sure you have witnessed. The Lord is in control and we bless Him for that. Continued prayers are with all of your family and blessings for the future in God's care.
naomi gochenaur
By naomi gochenaur
I just checked yesterday for an update in case something was amiss with our computer. I assumed everthing was ok. But now this morning - God does exceedingly more than we can ever imagine or think - and I am grateful. Still waiting for complete healing for a grandson who had a tbi 2 years ago. Doing well but the headaches and slowed down lifestyle ( no soccer) are hard for this grandma to watch so we will continue to pray!!
Herb and Barb Anderson
By Herb and Barb Anderson
It warms my heart to hear all these good things about Amber and Bailey! Praise God! Many called unto Him on behalf of Amber and He answered and showed us great and mighty things--more than we could imagine (Jeremiah 33:3). I remember all those weeks and months of heading for the computer first thing every morning for an "Amber Update" on Caring Bridge! You, Craig, did such an awesome job of keeping us updated. Many of us cried with you, prayed with and for you, and cheered for Amber and Bailey! It is wonderful to rejoice with you now! Praise The Lord! Keep up the good work and God bless you, Amber! 😍 👍
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Kimberly Guthmann
By Kim
I remember when you were collecting Christmas ornaments for a tree in her hospital room. At the same time, wishing she could communicate or even smile at Bailey! I hope she still gets out her ornaments and notes every year to remember how far she has come.
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