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Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers. Pray for powers equal to your tasks. Then the doing of your work shall be no miracle, but you shall be the miracle. - Phillips Brooks

Well, the past month certainly has not been easy (not that anyone expected it would be), but it is daily filled with work, frustration, laughter, tears, and most importantly ~ miracles!

Yes, Harrison is home and integrating back into life. It’s not his former life, but it’s our new reality. And daily, it makes headway towards becoming more “normal”.

For the first three weeks that he was home, H was going to Lancaster (about 45 min away from our house) for therapy. They were very nice at Fairfield Medical Center, but could only see him three times per week, with 30-45 minutes sessions. Needless to say, this did note meet his needs or his doctors prescription for at least three hours of therapy five days per week.

Nationwide Children’s kept telling me that they weren’t set up to handle five days of week of outpatient PT, OT & Speech therapy. In my usual persistent (and charming ; ) way, I proceeded to talk, explain, cry, beg and push my way to the right people. As of last Wednesday, H is attending hour long sessions daily at Nationwide Children’s! Believe me, all I did was not take no for an answer, but God opened the doors. And for that, like so much else, we are thankful.

I have so much more to share ~ from my daily (ok, sometimes hourly or minute by minute) struggles to keep my sanity and care for H, and our three other children; to Harrison’s antics and surprises (yes, we discovered he could read – who knew?); to insurance and school issues that would make Mother Teresa swear…well, you get the idea. There’s more to come.

But for now, we’re heading out the door again, on our way to therapy as soon as we put Vivian on the bus for school.

Meanwhile, please continue to pray for Harrison ~ his miraculous recovery is still underway and to date, God has definitely been hearing you; and throw a quick one up for me and our family, as we struggle to meet H’s needs, and maintain some sanity (lol).

Thank you for all the cards, emails and calls. You have no idea how much they mean to us, how they lift us when we’re down, and how they’re appreciated.

With love,

Colleen & family

Proverbs 3:5, 6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and don't lean on your own understanding. In all things acknowledge him, and he shall direct your way.