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I will make rivers flow on barren heights, and springs within the valleys. I will turn the desert into pools water and the parched ground into springs. I will put in the desert the ceder and the acacia, the myrthle and the olive. I will set pines in the wasteland, the fir and cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this, that the Holy One of Israel has created it.

Isaiah 41:18-20

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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Tea time

videoJohn usually eats fruits during tea time and we've been trying to get him to feed himself. We tried big forks, small forks but nothing really worked until last week when I thought of the disposable party forks. This is the seventh time he's using it and I see improvements daily. We've been wanting him to acquire some living skills and feeding himself is obviously on the list.
We don't know about tomorrow and we can't change yesterday but God has given us today for us to work and enjoy. Often I have to resolute not to think about the tomorrows but to just enjoy John's company and progress today.
Rom 12:12 reads Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. The patient and faithful part I understand; but the joyful part is something Jesus is helping me work out in my life. Thank you for being a faithful prayer partner.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
Pushing my punching bag

video We have a punching bag in the middle of our living room so that John can push it around. Initially his left hand was not in sync with the right and he couldn't keep the rhythm. Now his concentration is better he can keep it up to about 50 counts. These are small steps to help him stay focus on what he's doing (the bag can hit back!).
You hear mom talking to him and John responding in his own 'word/sound'. He's still got no speech but there's some understanding so you see him following simple instruction.
To all the mothers and caregivers; "Happy Mother's Day" to you.

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