Hebrews 12:1-3

Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Timing is everything!

Well Sandra couldn't have pick a better time to go south! It looks like she will have a 47 degree temp change today.
Just a little update on how things are going. Sandra has her good days and bad, she is always uncomfortable and the pain varies. Her attitude is still amazingly positive but there are strange things she misses that non of us really understand. I was talking with a friend who is in his own valley right now and we both agreed that no matter how much people try to imagine what we and our families are going through they just won't understand, and hopefully never will.
So we are now over the 8 month point, I tried to explain Sandra's progress with a weight loss analogy. Imagine having to lose 100lbs, you work for 8 months eat all the right food, hire a trainer work out 4 times per week follow the process to a T and at the end of 8 months you have lost 5 lbs. Well are you doing better then 8 months ago? Yes, however you still have a long way to go, it gets discouraging and hard to keep pressing on.
I don't mean this post to be a downer but life isn't always a bowl of cherries.
On the up side I'm going to put up a video for you to see, it is the 1st voluntary movement she has had in her right leg. As you can see she can pull her right leg in I joke with her that she can do 3/4 of a snow angel. This is the muscle that scored a "2" in her last assessment, she needs a 3 for it to be functional.
Prayer request; Sandra will have an uneventful trip to Florida, Continued healing with the activation of her quad muscles, the few remaining pieces of equipment she needs will come in while she is gone.


  1. Bless you Mike for the update. So glad that Sandra decided to take this trip, albeit yet another challenge being without you and the girls....she's such a wonderful and brave lady.
    Nice sunshine and a place where she can get out and about without all these cold temperatures and snow, even just for a couple of weeks will be wonderful.
    Sandra - you are still in my prayers every day as I lift you up into God's heart for his healing.
    It's minus 31 degrees (with the wind chill) here in Ottawa, brrrrrr it's cold, so enjoy, enjoy, enjoy....Val.

  2. Thanks MIke for the update and the video.
    Sweet Sandra - enjoy the sunshine. Thank you for pressing on and fighting the good fight. Gee that is a pile of work for 5 lbs! You are one tough cookie Missy!
    But so excited to see you move your leg like that :) That is huge!!!! Just to know it is possible is unbelievable. Super proud of you both for carrying on with hope and strength.
    Continuing to pray you through the rough days.
    Love Keri

  3. Great news about voluntary muscle movement. An answer to prayer. Now I will pray for a muscle score of 3. The Lord is on the other hand revealing many things in the spirit and teaching her through these hard times. Praying for peace and encouragement and for the miracle of complete healing. cbonhomme

  4. This video is incredible!! So happy to see the voluntary movement, I think it's a great start to a full recovery! Love and hugs to you both; I prayed for Sandra today at church and hope to see continued progress. Keep your spirits up!

  5. Dear Mike and Sandra,

    We're still thinking of you and praying for you here in Cambridge.

    Rick and Linda Reed

  6. Thinking and praying for you every day, and was soooo impressed with the video. Keep going precious friend - Jesus us with you and so are we.
    Hope you're having a wonderful 'sunny' time in Florida......Val.

  7. Awesome work Sandra!! God is good - keep trusting Him. Continually praying for your complete healing.