“For I know the plans I have for you declared
the Lord. Plans of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then
you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you
will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
My mom wrote this verse in
the card she gave me when I graduated college. Of course I had heard this
quoted many other times, and I thought, what perfectly applicable words to the
next journey of my life. Little did I know what God really meant by this, and
what He promises us every day through this short verse.
He had a plan on February 3rd,
2012, and He has a plan today as my family and I continue to fight the most
difficult battle we have ever come across. God says He will give us a future,
He will give us hope, He will give us peace- when we trust in Him and completely
turn our hearts over to His loving hands.
The improvements have not
been as easy to come by this past six months as they were in the first six
months, but they are still present and giving us hope. Kylie’s physical
abilities are absolutely amazing. She jogged a 5K in December, and her and me
are at the gym every single morning! We do cardio, weights, core, and balance
work. She still needs to regain a little of her balance, and her knee causes
her pain and gets stiff throughout the day, but other than that she is in great
Kylie’s mental capacities
have also improved greatly. She values routine and schedules greatly, and we
keep a journal every day of what we do and what she needs to remember to do.
Her short-term memory is still not working that well, but she is getting better
at forming some longer-term memories of important events. The every day,
mundane things don’t stick in her head and she sometimes forgets conversations.
I have learned that she learns (and remembers) best by seeing and doing, not by
hearing. We are not sure if her memory will ever fully return, but that is not
something we spend time worrying about because it is not our plan- it is His!
We just figure out ways to make a new normal and ways to work around the
challenges we face.
Never have I seen such a strong-minded
person face something so terrifying and come out with a more determined nature than
before. Kylie motivates every single person around her every day- not only
through her words but also through her actions. We all know her brain is still
healing, still rewiring, still building new pathways, yet she continues to engage
in the world around her the best she can. She makes us laugh every day and her
personality is starting to shine through more and more.
I know God still has a lot
of healing yet to do, but I can say that I trust in His plan for Kylie, and for
my family. In Jeremiah, God promised us His unconditional love, hope, peace and
a future, and really, what more could we ask for?