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Thank you for all your mighty work in this journey. We feel all your many blessings and see your power in our healing. We continue to pray for the Sniders and hold them up. They’re truly amazing people. We ask you to fill their hearts, heal their pain, and help us to show our love to them by honoring Gracie in everything we do. Thank you for all the good work our special angel is doing.
As move towards the year anniversary, we ask you God to be with so many who will remember and look to you for comfort. Please bless all those who have prayed, loved, and continued to support us during this trying time. Please take all this pain, trauma, grief, and sorrow and make it yours. Thank you God for all the miracles! Thank you for Ayla!
Others in Need: Please continue to pray, love, and support both Alli McKernanhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/allistrong/ and Marcy Wetzel http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/marcywetzel and their families. Both are now at home and adjusting to their new “normal” as well. I continue to be amazed at this community's love and support for others. It never stops and is so powerful. Thank you Spokane, you are amazing. We ask that you pray for a special friend of Ayla’s who has been diagnosed with leukemia and is now receiving treatment from Seattle Children’s Hospital. We are constantly praying for Rebecca Pace and all her family. We hope you extend the same love and support you so graciously gave to Ayla. You can follow her story on caring bridge http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/nuketheleuk
Now for some updates on Ayla....
Eye Therapy: Ayla has experienced some improvements around the abnormal blind spot in her left eye. She is starting a new type of light therapy (infrared light wand) to see if we can make more improvements and hopefully bring that eye back to midline. Please pray for this therapy and for Ayla’s patience around the healing. Ayla has also had two therapy sessions with a Holistic Physical Therapist who was supposed to help with improvement around the eye. Unfortunately she is not able to do much with the bones/plates in the face and head since Ayla has had braces put on. The braces somewhat lock the potential of movement into place.
Struggles: Ayla is having some struggles around her emotions. She has started counseling but is having a tough time opening up and feeling emotions. This is understandable given her serious head injuries, we are trying to help guide her through the process. She is also struggling with motivation to work hard physically in healing. She has worked so hard for the last year getting better week after week. But she gets weary, as do we all, with all the physical work day in and day out. Progress is slower now so its harder to stay motivated. She has been through a lot over the past 11 months. It’s hard for all those around her to know exactly what she is going through. Or exactly how to support her in the direction that lends itself to heal to her utmost potential.
Family: We all could really use some thoughts and prayers around the James Gang. Janelle has started back in her Physical Therapy Assisting program right where she left off last year at the time of the accident. What a blessing that they allowed her back in the program without missing a beat. It is painful for Janelle to watch her class graduate this year and not be able to celebrate and finish with them. Those friends and classmates have been a wonderful blessing to our family. Thank you.
Noah continues to get back into soccer, school, youth group, and the teenage social scene. Pray for him to find his new normal and help us all to support him in this trying time of being 16. He is so special and he has been through a lot this year as well.
I continue to struggle emotionally in significant ways especially as the one year anniversary approaches. I am trying to find my way through so many things that have changed. I ask for your continued prayers around my total healing and health so that I can be the father, husband, and friend that I want to be.
Thank you so much for loving our family and supporting us over the past 11 months. No words can describe how powerful the support has been. Love to all
P.S. Please check out https://www.facebook.com/PlayforGracie to find out details about this year’s Play for Gracie Foundation tournament on July 11-12, 2015. Also each month there is a community project in Gracie’s honor. You can find out about upcoming events on ProjectGrace https://www.facebook.com/ProjectGracie