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Here is an update on Josiah as of Saturday, January 8, at 8 PM:

Today was really a rather uneventful day for Josiah.  The snow here in Michiana kept most people inside, including Jennifer and the kids.  I had to work today, so I ventured out for work and work only!

Here are a few highlights from Josiah’s day:

  • I woke him up this morning at 8 AM so that we could do a  workout before I left for work.  Needless to say, he was not my biggest fan at that moment! 😉 He worked hard, just like normal!
  • After I left for work, he actually got all bundled up to go outside with Jennifer and Joshua while they shoveled some snow.  He carefully helped scrape one of the cars off, and then sat in the car behind the wheel for a bit and listened to some music until the others finished shoveling.
  • After he came in from the cold, he went back to work doing some puzzles and games that are part of his therapy.
  • That is really it for today.  The snow kept it pretty low-key.

His updates will probably go down to around 4 times a week since there is not as much going on for him.  Please stay tuned in though as I will continue to post!  The next post will probably be Tuesday as he has his first outpatient therapy sessions.

There are some things that we would specifically ask you to pray for as Josiah continues to heal:

  • Pray that the nerves on the right side of his face start working.  We have our meeting this coming Friday with the specialist at University of Michigan.  Pray for a safe trip and for wisdom from the doctors.
  • Pray for his outpatient therapy that starts Tuesday.  We want Josiah to get as much help in his healing as possible, so we would like to have him get therapy for as long as he can!
  • Pray for Josiah as we get his schooling all situated.  We would still like to see him graduate this year.  He can do it!
  • Pray that we would honor God in all that we do and say and that we point people to HIM!

Psalm 30:10-12 “Hear, Lord, and be merciful to me; Lord, be my help.” You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing your praises and not be silent. Lord my God, I will praise you forever.”


Here is an update on Josiah as of January 7, at 9 PM:

Today Josiah had the opportunity to go out and about with his mother to do some necessary running.  Part of that running was to go to the Rehab facility to get him all set up.  He will start his outpatient therapy next Tuesday. The facility is actually inside our local YMCA, which is pretty convenient since we have a membership there and I work out there 5-6 days a week.

Here are a few other highlights (according to his mother ) from the day:

  • He got to shoot some hoops at the Y while they were there.  This was the first time, and as he puts it, it was nothing but bricks!  But he enjoyed it!
  • He also stopped by Best Buy to see me and to thank some of my co-workers for their generosity, which allowed me to stay with him for the entire month.
  • They also stopped at Starbucks, which is where he works.  He got to see a few of his co-workers, but wants to go back again soon so that he can see some others that he missed today.
  • They went to the mall too and walked quite a bit!
  • In fact, they walked so much that when I got home from work at 7:30, he was already in bed.  Not asleep, but definitely wore out!

Here are some things to pray for as you remember Josiah:

  • Pray for his therapy sessions that start next Tuesday.  I want him to get as much as he possibly can so that his healing continues at this pace.
  • Pray for the nerves on the right side of his face to heal.  We have an appointment with a specialist at the University of Michigan next Friday to find out more.  We still believe his face will heal without the need for surgery.
  • Pray that his eyesight continues to improve.  He can see out of each eye, but there is still some healing that needs to take place.  The doctor says it is just a matter of time.
  • Pray for Josiah as he gets back into his schooling.  We would still like to see him graduate this year.  He can do it!
  • Pray that we have opportunity to build relationships and have influence for the Kingdom of God as we continue on this journey God has given us.

Psalm 25:21 “May integrity and uprightness protect me, because my hope, Lord, is in you.”


Here is an update on Josiah as of Thursday, January 6 at 10:15 PM:

Today was the day!  My boy came home!  It was so good to see Jennifer pull up in the van with him after 5 long weeks! We were able to have a few family members over as well as his girlfriend’s family for a little homecoming party!  It was a great time to celebrate!

Here are just a few highlights from the day:

  • The last two days have been filled with testing for Josiah.  Actually, he retook some of the tests that he had the first couple of days that he was there. He not only blew away his scores from the first time he took the tests, he amazed the therapist at where he is now at.  He has excelled at everything they have thrown at him!
  • Josiah had a great attitude the entire time he was in the rehab hospital.  He has been so positive, that all of those that worked with him commented on how much they were going to miss him.
  • On the trip home, Josiah reminisced about life before the accident.  As he got in to town he had memories come to him that he had not thought about in quite some time.  He is so ready to get back to life, though he knows it will take some time.
  • He even enjoyed a quick stop at Wal-Mart to pick up his medications.  He picked some things out and rang up all the items himself.
  • I have to admit, I cried like a baby as he walked into the house!  MY BOY IS BACK!

There are still many things that we would ask you to remember in prayer for us:

  • Pray for the nerves on the right side of his face to heal.  We have an appointment with a specialist at the University of Michigan next Friday to find out more.  We still believe his face will heal without the need for surgery.
  • Pray for his therapy sessions.  I want him to get as much as he possibly can so that his healing continues at this pace.
  • Pray that his eyesight continues to improve.  He can see out of each eye, but there is still some healing that needs to take place.  The doctor says it is just a matter of time.
  • Pray for Josiah as he gets back into his schooling.  We would still like to see him graduate this year.  He can do it!
  • Pray that as we continue to meet people through this story that God is writing that we will be Jesus to them so that they know that they matter to God and to us!

Psalm 9:1 “I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.”

Here is an update on Josiah as of Wednesday, January 5 at 9:00 PM:

Since I am at home and Jennifer is with Josiah in Grand Rapids, I had her email me a report for the day. Here is what she sent:

Today was a normal morning for Josiah, other than the fact that they asked him if he wanted them to take it easy on him (since it is his last full day there) or kick his rear. Being mom, I replied to kick his rear at the same time he asked them to take it easy! He got his therapies in though, and did a wonderful job!  He is such a hard worker!

Here are a few other highlights from the day:

  • Each therapist did a lot of picture taking today. I didn’t know why and thought it was a waste of time until I found out they send the pictures with him so he knows what exercises to work on.  Pretty good thinking!
  • He got his scores from his speech therapist and across the board was average to above average for a NORMAL 17 year old, much less a 17 year old with brain trauma! God continues to amaze us as He heals Josiah!
  • The number test specifically he scored above college level. He took a test today that he had taken and scored a 66 on one of his first days here. They said he should be in the 90 to 110 and range and he was 98 so they were very pleased with that.
  • He will definitely be homebound schooled with a teacher coming 2 to 3 times a week for the first 4-6 weeks. After those 4 to 6 weeks he will go for an extensive neuropsychological evaluation and they will decide then when he can go back to school. He will probably start out going half a day for a couple of weeks to month and then eventually back to full day.
  • He will have therapy 3 times a week for 8 weeks (that is their recommendation) but local rehab facilities are known to cut that by as much as half.

Some specific thing that you can pray for as you remember Josiah and the family are:

  • Pray for the nerves on the right side of his face to heal.  He has his appointment next week at University of Michigan to meet with a specialist.
  • Pray that his eyesight continues to improve.  He can see out of each eye, but there is still some healing that needs to take place.  The doctor says it is just a matter of time.
  • Pray for Josiah as he gets back into his schooling.  We would still like to see him graduate this year.  He can do it!
  • Pray that he will receive all the rehab he can once he gets home. I really want to see him get the full 8 weeks and more!
  • Pray for safety as Jennifer, Josiah and Jaidyn travel home tomorrow.
  • Pray for God to be made BIG as we continue to follow and trust in Him as He leads us in this journey!

Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”


Here is an update on Josiah as of Tuesday, January 4th at 7:30 PM

Today was a day that we had been waiting for to hear news on when Josiah gets to go home!  I am glad to report that Josiah is being released from Mary Free Bed on Thursday!  He will come home and continue therapy through a local out-patient facility.  It will be great having the family all together again after a long 5 weeks.  This by no means signals the end of our journey with Josiah and his recovery.  In fact, it is just another beginning of another long road for him.  The type on injury that he has takes many months, even years, to recover from.  He needs your prayers (the whole family does) now as much as ever!

Here are some highlights from the day:

  • His team conference was this morning, which is when we found out his release date.  They were all impressed with his recovery so far and were confident that he will do well at home.
  • He showered on his own today!  That is a first, and a very important step for coming home. The therapist said he did very well and had no signs of losing balance or anything!
  • He was almost running today!  Actually, he did have to jog a few times to keep up with his physical therapist!  He has progressed so much!
  • He got his phone back today! This is a first since his accident.  Now, don’t everyone go and call him now because he has a strict time limit as of now (and very limited minutes too on our cell plan!).
  • Jennifer came up to relieve me today.  She will spend the last two days with him and then bring him home.  I need to get back to work (starting tomorrow) and this was the best option for us.  I was able to ride home with some family that was in Grand Rapids for the day, so it worked out perfectly!

Some specific things you can remember for us as you pray:

  • They are still getting everything set up for his out patient therapy.  Please pray that he will get every bit of therapy that he needs!
  • Pray for a safe trip home for Jennifer, Jaidyn and Josiah on Thursday.  We had some really slick weather with some bad accidents on the roads around here today.
  • Continue to pray for the nerves on the right side of his face to heal.  He has an appointment next Friday at University of Michigan to see a specialist.  We are still praying for healing to happen without the need for surgery!
  • Pray that we will have left a mark on those we met, prayed with and interacted with every day.  More than anything else, we want people to know that God is in control and has a story for each of us to live so that HE gets the glory!

Psalm 33:4 “The Lord is truthful; he can be trusted.”