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Here is an update on Josiah as of Tuesday, December 28 at 7:45 PM:

As you can see from the video on this post (watch it above), Josiah has had a very big day!  He started out with physical therapy, and they took it up a notch with him and were pushing him to do things he had not previously done.  Today is the first day that Josiah has walked on his own!  I could not help but shed tears of joy as I watched him.  Rehearsing the last month up to this point, and seeing the great progress he has made makes me fall to me knees in worship of my God Who is the Great Healer! The healing taking place in Josiah’s life is for HIS glory and renown!  He is responsible for it!

Here are some highlights from the day:

  • The kid has amazed me by the way he has responded to his therapists.  He never complains or says he cannot do something.  He just says, “ok” and does it.  He has had an amazing attitude towards the therapy.
  • They nearly had him running today!  They also had him doing push-ups, getting up and down off the floor, and standing to do most the tasks that he would normally stand for.  I believe the prayers offered on his behalf are directly responsible for his attitude and his healing.
  • He is also killing his speech (thinking) therapy.  Today he has made huge strides and is even scoring some tests off the charts for his age! We thank God for this!
  • Just when I thought he could not get any funnier, today he took his wit to a new level.  He keeps the entire therapy staff in stitches literally all day long!
  • We are already looking forward to having the family together again this weekend.  We have spent some time talking about how nice it will be to be together again at home.  Not to put the cart before the horse, but we are hoping that day will be sooner than expected!

If you would, please remember these specific requests as you pray for Josiah and the family:

  • Pray for wisdom to work out the schedule for Jennifer and I next week, as I will need to get back to work.  I have been blessed to be off and with Josiah for the last month.  Again, I so appreciate the gift of vacation time that Best Buy employees gave me to do this.
  • Continue to pray for the right side of Josiah’s face.  I am praying and believing that it will come back on its own without the need for surgery.  The doctors are still hopeful that it will come back on its own.  He may still need to take a trip to U of M next week some time for another consultation.
  • Pray for Jennifer and the kids as they travel again this weekend to come up and be with us.  Also, continue to pray for Jennifer as she watches over the kids.
  • Pray for continued patience for Josiah, Jennifer and me.  It is great to see such rapid improvements in Josiah, but those improvements also could potentially bring desires for Josiah to do things that he should not be doing yet, like walking without supervision.  He will want to be more independent as time progresses, but he still needs supervision, which can be frustrating to him.  His improvement will also bring a desire for all of us to get him home as soon as possible, but he is in the place he needs to be for this rapid pace to continue.  We do not want to take him home one second sooner than they believe is good for him.

Romans 8:31 “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

Update on Josiah as of Monday, December 27th at 4:00 PM:

Today was a bittersweet day for Josiah (and me too, really).  He woke up with what seems extra strength today on the left side of his body, which is awesome, but he also had to get back to his weekday schedule for rehab and say good-bye to the family.  The last several days have been so nice to have everyone together again.  Jordan and Daniel left Grand Rapids around 7:15 AM to head back to Wichita and Jennifer left with the kids to go back home around 1:00 PM.  We only have a few days apart.  The plans are for Jennifer and the kids to come back up this next weekend again.  Josiah and I are already counting down the hours!

Here are some highlights of the day:

  • Josiah really seems strong on the left side today!  I do not mean his normal waking up with a little more strength.  I mean like a doubling of strength overnight!  His walking is excellent today and he was actually writing with very neat and legible handwriting with his left hand.  A HUGE improvement from last week!
  • If you have ever seen someone with a traumatic brain injury, then you know what I mean when I say that they have a glazed look in their eyes.  Josiah’s “glaze” seems to be almost gone today!    I have no other way to describe it than to say that I can “see” my son again through his eyes.  I am so thankful for this.
  • His “modesty” has come back as well.  Not that he liked having nurses shower and dress him before, but I just do not think he cared because of how he felt.  Today, he pretty much refuses to let anyone help him shower other than me. In fact, this morning he said, “Dad, she is an older lady.  I mow lawns for older ladies, they do not help me shower!”  Funny kid!
  • He is learning to recognize when he is about to reach his limit as far as stimulation goes.  He lets us know when something is too loud or there is too much going on.  This is all great progress for him!

There are a few specific things that we would like for you to pray for with us:

  • Pray for movement on the right side of his face.  I still believe that God is going to heal the nerves on that side of his face.
  • Pray for that strength in the left side to continue to increase as quickly as it is.  I am amazed every day when I see what he is doing compared to last week.
  • Pray for his focus to continue to improve.  He has make remarkable progress in this areas as well over the last two weeks.
  • Pray for us this week as we try to figure out our schedules for work.  I will need to get back to work next week sometime.  Both of our employers have been very understanding, considerate and generous during this time.
  • Pray that we will remember this quote that I read on a friends twitter feed this morning: “Every person you meet today has infinite worth. Each one an image-bearer of God. Each one loved so much that Jesus gave his life for them.”  We want to be used by God to help people here know that they matter to God.

This is what we believe and hold to for Josiah:

Romans 9:17 “…I raised you up for this very purpose, that I might display my power in you and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”

Here is an update on Josiah as of Sunday, December 26th at 9:00 PM:

We had quite a day with the boy today!  I think we wore him out a bit though as he was asking to go back to the hospital and go to bed by about 5PM tonight!

Here are some highlights from the day:

  • Since it is a Sunday, the schedule of therapy is just a tad lighter for him.  He enjoys the extra time to rest and visit with people.  He did very well in his session though.  His walking is becoming stronger each day.  I believe by the end of the week he may be able to walk on his own, with supervision of course!
  • After his therapy sessions, his girlfriend and some her family stopped by on their way to ski vacation to see him.  He loved being able to see her and her brother who happens to be one of his best friends.  Thanks for coming guys!
  • After his visit, we took him out on the town again.  We went to Best Buy and then to Olive Garden to spend gift cards that we all had gotten.  It was so nice getting to be with the family the last few days!
  • I have loved seeing Josiah interact with his niece.  Really, he has enjoyed all of his family being here, and is pretty emotional already that everyone is leaving tomorrow. He just wants us all to be together all the time, again.  I can’t blame him.  I look forward to the day we get to bring him home!

Here are some specific requests you can remember for us as a family:

  • Pray that he remains strong physically and emotionally.  I am praying that his strength is renewed each day as he works hard to recover.
  • Pray that we see movement in the right side of his face this week.  I believe that his facial nerves will come back on their own and that there will be no need for surgery.
  • Pray that his recovery continues to astound the doctors, nurses and therapists that are working with him.  It is a testament to God’s power and strength in Josiah’s life that Josiah is making such progress!
  • Pray that the families that are affected by their own tragedy will understand that we are a part of God’s story, and that the tragedy that has come to us is for His glory and to make Him known.
  • Pray that we can leave a mark of God’s love and grace on the lives of the people we intersect each day.

Romans 8:38-39 “ For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Here is an update on Josiah as of Saturday, December 25th at 6:30 PM

This has certainly been an unusual Christmas day for us.  I have never spent Christmas day in a hotel. I know many people that do this as part of their tradition, but I prefer to be home for the day. Certainly the circumstances for us around this holiday season are out of the ordinary, and we are just glad to all be together. It has been good for Josiah and me to have them all here.

Here are some highlights from the day:

  • Josiah actually slept in the hotel room with us last night.  We ordered in pizza and opened a few gifts.  The kids received a PS3 for Christmas and Josiah and his siblings have enjoyed playing it.  It is good therapy for Josiah!
  • He slept in a regular bed last night and slept all night long… and then some!
  • Josiah also got to meet his niece for the first time today.  Jordan, Daniel and Mady arrived around 4 PM. Gotta love that grandkid… oh, and my daughter and son in law too!
  • Overall, the day has been very enjoyable, and Josiah as responded very well to all that was going on.  He has to go back to Mary Free Bed at 8:00 PM tonight, and then he is back to work tomorrow morning.
  • We have received so many cards and emails over the last several days.  Again, we just want to thank you for remembering us at this time.  We ask for your continued prayers as Josiah heals.  He has come a long way, but he has a long road yet, and I do believe the prayers are a big part of his healing.

Here are some specific things you can remember in prayer for Josiah and the family:

  • Pray for Jen and the kids as well as Jordan, Daniel and Mady as they all travel back home Monday morning.
  • Pray that we can work things out over the next week for me to return to work after the beginning of the year.  I cannot believe that is has already been 24 days since his accident!  I am so thankful that I have had this time to be with him.  My co-workers that donated the time for me will never know how much I appreciate their sacrifice.
  • Pray that we see a great increase in strength on his left side this week.  Also that we might see improvement on the right side of his face.
  • Please pray that we will have the opportunity to touch people around us with the love of Jesus so that they know that they matter to Him and to us.

John 9:3 “…but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

Here is an update on Josiah as of Friday, December 24th at 2:15 PM.

After I posted the update for yesterday we got another visit from the doctor that is looking at Josiah’s nerve condition on the right side of his face.  They had a specialist look at the films, and as of now, the specialist does not feel there is a need to rush in to surgery for …him.  That does not mean he will not have to have it, just not real soon.  In fact, they want him to take a trip to Ann Arbor so the specialist there can look at it closer.  That may happen the week after next.

Here are some highlights of the day:

  • I stayed in the hotel with the girls last night, so I missed his first couple of sessions, but as I walked in he was up and walking with a therapist and his cane.  He said he was feeling very strong.  His attitude is very good as well.  The kid just keeps pushing on.
  • There was a Christmas party on the floor for lunch today with Santa and Mrs. Claus, great food, and presents for all the kids. I am not sure how it is funded, but they treat the kids VERY good up here as they spoil them with gifts.  Each family is here with their children.  They all have a story.  A story of what brings them here and the story that God is writing in their lives.  Both stories intersect, and God has a plan for each family.
  • After Josiah finishes his therapy sessions today we get to take him out until 8 PM on Saturday evening.  He will stay with us tonight at the hotel and enjoy his siblings as we open gifts.  He will also get to see his niece for the first time tomorrow!
  • We got to take him to Best Buy last night.  He enjoyed his visit out and did great in the car ride.

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

  • Pray for Jordan, Daniel and Mady as they travel here.  They will leave this evening and arrive some time tomorrow.
  • Pray for Josiah as he leaves the hospital for a night out.  Pray that he remains calm and has a great nights rest.
  • Continue to pray for his left arm and leg as his strength increases.  He is doing very well!
  • Also, continue to pray that we have the opportunity to speak into the lives of the people that are up here.  We want to show Christ to them, and help them to see that they matter to God.

Philippians 1:12 “Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters,t that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel.”