Joshua Hasten Bolt's Journal
This week's Reading by Joshua
Written Feb 16, 2014 2:30am by Jennifer BoltThis Week's Reading
Here today I was reading all the scripture readings, news articles, magazines, and books that Mama Linda brought to me for this week. Some I already read a few days ago. They were some of them very interesting, informative, and some of them made me think more than others.
The scripture written by Ben Sira, a Jewish philosopher, is one of the books of Wisdom from the Old Testament part of the bible. That book is called Sirach. This week's bit is about always keeping God's commandments and us having free will. We are responsible for our choices. Life and death are our choices, good and evil, too. He knows and understands. We should not blame God for our human choices that bring bad things into the world.
Another reading is a bit of another letter by Saint Paul, to the people of Corinth, again. He writes about how wise God is. He is more wise than any human. It is a mystery and from before the universe was created, he knows all from beginning to end. We will never know his entire wisdom, it is so humongous.
The Gospel reading is from what Saint Matthew wrote about what Jesus said and did. Jesus taught that he wanted to fulfill, complete, and perfect the Jewish laws, not do away with them. He gives four examples of specific laws Jesus taught About.this just one. He not only spoke against murder,but compared wrath to it and added that to the law. Being so angry like to kill is also a sin, even if you don't kill. He asks people to reconcile with each other or they cannot be reconciled with god. The other examples were the same. He added to the laws and explained them better, so people should know that the sins they commit in their hearts are just as bad as those they do and get caught at. This helps them to not be prideful and persecute others if they recognize all their own sins. He tells them they can do right with god's help.
I read today about chimpanzees who eat meals together. Scientists studied them. The better they were at eating together, the more oxytocin they had. That helps them be happy and get along. Sharing their food seems to be similar to the bond made between mothers and their Breastfeeding babies. That was a study about oxytocin done a while ago. Also mutual grooming g each other's fur made oxytocin levels go up. That was another old study. But this study says they do not have to be related to share food and bond, get to like each other. Human studies like this are not done. But I think it probably is the same. What do you think? The picture with this article is funny. Two chimpanzees have a pumpkin. A third chimpanzee's face is close, too. They are all grinning and looking at each other and the pumpkin.
Written Oct 21, 2013 7:17am by Jennifer BoltYesterday, a beautiful 11 1/2 year old friend of Joshua's passed away. Before she became unable to withstand the rigorous activity, she was doing a home based IAHP Intensive Treatment Program, similar to Joshua's.
At 5:58 AM Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, Kyli Abbinanti's soul departed from her frail and imperfect earthly body.
Praise God she now has finally has a perfect body with Him in Heaven! I was blessed the other night (before she passed on), with a beautiful vision of her, wearing a rainbow-striped dress, entering His Kingdom, running into his outstretched arms, and singing with the angels. I am comforted by that vision of her shiny black curls against the gleaming white robes of our Heavenly Father.
At the same time, I grieve, thinking of her family and friends, left behind here on earth, without the dear girl, sometimes called "Smiley Kyli" or " Kyli-Lou-Who", who gave them unconditional love, and taught them so many very important lessons.
Please pray for her parents, Jodi and Andy Abbinanti, and all her family and friends who join together in both sorrow and celebration.
Update, long overdue!
Written Oct 17, 2013 10:56pm by Jennifer Bolt--I was astonished when I saw how long it has been since I updated this site. I am on Facebook every day, so I often forget about Caringbridge. Those of you who are able to access Facebook, Joshua's Facebook group is called "Joshua Needs You!" We post A LOT there, including his writings, pictures, and even videos.
Please let me know if the link does not work.
I need to give a great big SHOUT OUT LOUD "THANK YOU!" to all of Joshua's volunteers! We really count on you! I only wish all of you student volunteers could volunteer in person forever, and I didn't need to keep recruiting replacements every semester! Praise God Joshua also has a small but very dedicated contingent of 'regular' (non- student) volunteers! You know who you are! God BLESS each of you, whether student , regular, or simply a long-distance prayer warrior! We love and thank you for all your support and encouragement you give to Joshua.Joshua is doing well, and doing more and more overhead ladder walking. We raised the ladder recently, so he is adjusting to that slowly but surely. He walked around his overhead ladder 'Walking Square' 29 times today, in fact! That is 928 feet !! of walking with his hands up on rungs, similar to playground 'monkey bars'. Check our photos section or Joshua's Facebook group to see this.
Joshua is also still enjoying (and excelling at ) his therapeutic horseback riding lessons, usually every Monday evening. This is a reward for him, after he completes his regular Intensive Treatment Program activities. But, it also helps him, as well. He rode in a Horse Show fir the first time in a year last Saturday, and of course he brought home two blue ribbons!
Our home schooling has taken on a radical change due to the addition of baby brother, Jacob. Joshua is helping Jacob to learn to read early, like he did. It is so much fun! Joshua thinks Jacob should spend more time reading, and I say a few seconds at a time is all he will enjoy right now. Boy, is Joshua going to be a hard taskmaster! He is such a wonderful intellectual role model for Jacob, though, while Jacob is a great physical role model for Joshua. Jacob can already walk perfectly, and even runs!
I also have been working hard. Just keeping up with these two boys, yes. But also on organizing and keeping Joshua's records better, and I have even gotten a start on the video for his re-visit history.But unfortunately, I did not manage to fund-raise anywhere near all of what we need for the revisit yet. Usually we would just pay the rest ourselves, but we have had some large, unexpected bills come up at a very bad time. We have not set the new appointment date, but we are hoping it will not be too long of a delay, just a few more months. Joshua and Jacob will hopefully both avoid the flu again this year, and we can go in early Spring.
Both my boys are actually very healthy. Though you wouldn't know it by the photo of Joshua above. He was showing his fat lip and telling me how much it hurt when he fell on his face on the kitchen floor Tuesday. (He was tall-kneeling and just lost his balance and didn't catch himself with his arms.) They both went to the pediatrician Wednesday morning, and although it was for Jacob's check up and both boys' shots, he seemed to think it was for his fat lip. He felt fine after a couple hours, though. No need for a special appointment for that. Pretty proud of the LIP, in fact. That's when I took the smiling fat lip shot, which is the very top picture right now..Jacob, Joshua's little brother, will be 11 months next week. Anyway, he's doing great. His iron levels are perfect, even though I don't give him the yucky vitamin they prescribed. He is 2 ft, 4.5 in. tall, and weighs 17 lbs, 7 oz. He has TWO teeth so far. Just the bottom two, both of which came in August. The doctor commented that his top gums are swollen, so we will probably see those 2 come in soon. He didn't react at all to the finger prick, but did NOT like the nurse squeezing it afterwards to get the 2 drops of blood. And of course she was not his friend anymore by the time she got to the vaccines. I usually only let them give him one (this time two) vaccines at a time. I just want to know what caused it if he does have a reaction. It seems irresponsible to me to put so many new (as in, never been exposed to before) chemicals into a person all at once.Joshua got two vaccines as well this doctor visit. He has a really hard time with the pain when it happens now. He dreads it, like any other child. And he cries out loud when it happens. While it is difficult to see my boy hurting, it is also SO GOOD that he can really feel it like other children now. The silver lining! Praise God! He will get his full yearly check up at our next visit in about 6 weeks, but he still wanted to be weighed and measured. I told him "next time." He also had to show them all his fat lip (which he got yesterday when he fell on his face in the kitchen), and his warts/corns, whatever they are, on his foot, knee, and knuckle. (They referred us to a dermatologist already. I haven't made that appointment yet.)I've rambled long enough. Joshua likes to type on the iPad. Here is a short sample of Joshua's writing now :
ABOUT SAINT FRANCIS
by Joshua Hasten Bolt
Saint Francis had a halo and birds around his head. He loved wolves, birds, space, rocks, everyone, everything. He built up the Church. He built a real church first. He attracted people's attention. The people are the Church. He built up the people with his love.
This is Jennifer again. I want to ask you to please pray for our friend, Kyli Abbinanti, and her parents, Jodi and Andy. She has been in the hospital for over 2 weeks, unable to breathe properly on her own. They did successfully take her off the respirator today, and she is breathing again, but the muscle weakness caused by her metabolic neurological condition makes breathing a very challenging prospect still. Please lift them all up in your prayers. http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/kyliabbinanti
Jennifer Lynn Bolt
Professional Mother to Joshua and Jacob