Just want to update and tell you how we are doing.
We are still living at our old home in Wenham, MA. We finally received the termination of my guardianship of Gary, which allows us to sell the house. It took less than a minute for the judge to happily grant the termination, but getting there took 5 months of waiting.
While waiting for this issue to settle, we have been feeling more and more that we are to stay in the Boston area---at least for now. We have also decided to stay in our house until the spring as trying to sell or move in the New England winter didn't seem wise. In the meantime, Gary will continue to receive medical and therapeutic help, and we will pray and wait for God's further leading.
Today, I had a wonderful walk enjoying the glorious New England autumn while Gary was in therapy, and I thought of how peaceful our life has become compared to just a few months ago. We still have so many unknowns, Gary is still very much in need of recovery before he can be independent, and I am often very physically tired. But definitely a sense of peace and normalcy has come back into our daily life.
Most of our days are filled with Gary's therapy schedule--physical, speech, cognitive and occupational therapies. But no longer we are constantly thinking about recovery and shuffling to deal with crises. We are now able to enjoy the small things in life instead of barely managing to make it through the day.
We are learning to think about others rather than our needs, giving rather than receiving. We talk and dream of how we can be useful for our Lord now and in the future. We are more aware of every situation and encounter as a chance to say "yes" to God and serve others. We are finding joy and healing from serving others. Praise be to our God!
It took a long way to get to this point, and we are so grateful for all of your love, help and prayers. Thank you for standing with us.
As Holly mentioned, I am now in therapy every weekday. I have recently begun speech therapy, and executive skills in a group setting.
I am also auditing a course at the seminary and go to chapel once a week. The seminary has given me a new office space for a few hours each week. I hope to be meeting and praying with students in that time. Also, meeting and praying with folks at our church has been a renewed blessing.
My walking has been a challenge, as has been my speech and writing. Please pray that I can make more steps toward independence, so that Holly will feel some help from me, that we may more fully enjoy our partnership again.
Please pray for a continued healing for Gary's brain and body. Gary is doing very well emotionally and is still making gains in some of his functions. The common belief is that the recovery of brain slows down as time passes away from the date of injury and that the traumatic brain injury recovery process is very unpredictable--repeats of gains and set backs. But we still come to God for His healing because He is able to make Gary 'better than old and better than new'.
Pray for more energy for Holly. Gary is getting stronger, working out in the gym (his PT), but Holly is getting older and weaker, sitting and waiting...boohoo!
Pray for God's provision and leading for the selling of our house and moving.
Pray that God will give us more strength and meaningful opportunities to serve others.
Pray for God's grace and guidance for Alisa as she finishes her senior year of college.
Although we and our life situation have been altered by the accident, our goal in life has never been changed... "What is the chief end of man? It is to glorify God and fully to enjoy Him forever". (Westminster Catechism) To this end, please pray with us!