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!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


I know! I know! It’s been awhile since our last post. It’s amazing how life keeps marching on. I had a warm and relaxing time away in Florida visiting my Mom and Dad.
My brother Rob and His girlfriend Ghania accompanied me down and back. Rob stepped in like a pro lifting and pushing me wherever I wanted. It’s not easy taking care of a Princess but he did it like a Prince. Ghania was my roommate and I would take her any day. Many nights I went to sleep to a deep back and leg message. This reduced a lot off my muscle toning allowing me to sleep better.
Mom and Dad had everything ready for us. Mom took over with helping me get ready in the mornings and at night and just like I was home again Daddy tucked me in with a kiss on my forehead and a hug to last the night. My Uncle and Aunt even got in on the welcome party and brought over a few things that I would need. Thank You!
We visited with friends, did some shopping…well some of us more than others… (Ghania) And of course there was the beach & enjoying the warm breeze.
While I was away enjoying the warm sun, Mike and the girls were enjoying the sun but it was a little chillier. Our annual ski trip with the Martins and Rolston families continued on. Off to Tremblant they went celebrating the end of exams. Even the Ouies family got to join in for some of the fun. I received updates and pictures daily. I even got to face-time them. Isn't technology amazing?  But I was still missing them. We have shared some amazing times as families and I hate missing out. It was a good time for Daddy and his girls to just relax and enjoy.  I got back on Friday to enjoy the weekend with them and to celebrate Mike’s birthday.

 Although I have been driving, I haven't been able to get into the van by myself and or put my chair in on my own. I have had to rely on others to help me. BUT, today was very exciting for me! Through the snow storm my sister came and drove me to pick up my van (nothing was stopping her) outfitted with a lift and a special seat to help me transfer in and out my van. FREEDOM!!!! Now for sure Mike won't be able to keep track of me.

 My week is very full between physiotherapy, acupuncture appointments and work. I've been back to work for some time now and enjoying every minute. I'm able to do so much of what I did before, giving me a real sense of accomplishment. I was never one to sit around and although I might have to physically sit more now than I ever have in my life it’s not stopping me from living.
Daily I continue to plead with God to heal my body completely. I know He can and He will, one day. Hebrews 11:1 "Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen, it gives us assurance about things we cannot see." Even though I can't see where or why God is leading me down this path I am trusting Him in everything. That doesn't mean for a second that it’s easy to do. God and I have had some serious discussions. I know that He is molding me into what He wants me to be. I pray that all this will be honoring and glorifying to Him. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 " Rejoice always (that's a hard one) pray without ceasing (I'm getting good at that) in everything give thanks (another hard one), for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (who me?)
Please continue to pray along with me for complete healing. Pray that God will continue to bless Mike and the girls and I with continued strength keeping their eyes focused on Him. I thank God for giving all of us a spirit of happiness. 
Big Hugs Sandra

Her Name is "FREEDOM"

A Note From Carla:
I just wanted to share with you all that as we drove out of the parking lot through the snow storm today, I was driving behind my sister and I was a little nervous (she was not).  I was praising God for this new found freedom for Sandra and as we pulled out onto the main road, a familiar song started to play..."Get your motor runnin'.  Head out on the Highway!!!"  Yep they were playing "Born to be Wild".  How appropriate.  For those of you who know Sandra...she's wild...never to be tamed and I love that about her!!!  I thank God for her full-tilt zeal for life and for not letting anything get in the way of living her best self each and every day...I want to be just like her when I grow up! ~cb


  1. Dear Lord we are so happy that you are with us in the midst of our suffering and trials, that we are not alone. Lord we have faith that you are all powerful and very loving. I lift up to you Sandra's muscles, extend your hand of healing and bring more and more voluntary muscle movement. Thanks for the lessons she has learned through this situation, now I pray also for healing and that she would be able to testify of your amazing power to heal. In Jesus name. cbonhomme

  2. I thank God for you Sandra! I love the zest for life that God has filled you with in spite of circumstances! I love how you grab life! I thank God that this accident didn't change who you are and I'm thinking that all of this is actually adding to make you EVEN MORE BEAUTIFUL inside... WOW! You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for your honesty about your faith walk... I love how you choose to have hard discussions with God, and choosing to walk in growing in your faith. Thank you! Love Darlene Fast

  3. Sandra, I am so happy for your new found freedom! You continue to amaze me with your perseverance, hope and especially faith! We continue to hold you up in prayer to the Lord, our healer. May God bless you with everything you need.

  4. Was it kinda like being 16 again?

  5. Sherry O'Grady FoxFebruary 11, 2013 at 10:33 PM

    Dearest Sandra, as you continue with our Lord and Saviour to be exactly as He made you with freedom may your healing be complete. I love the pictures both literally and figuratively. Watch out world here she is on the road again. God bless you, Mike, Julia & Emily.

  6. Sandra, you are just what the doctor ordered today. You pass on your joy, perserverance, confidence to me! You always lift me up after reading your blog. Yeah for FREEDOM! (You have the best parents ever! Just had to throw that in.)
    We are believing!
    Lorna & the little Powell's pray for you by name each and every night (cutest thing ever!)

    Hugs and high fives for FREEDOM,
    Keri xo

  8. FREEDOM! I so enjoyed reading every word of this exciting post.

    Because you know the Truth, it is evident have indeed been set free , Sandra. Free to be everything in Him & free to embrace ALL that He has for you in the coming days & months.

    Continuing to journey with you in praying for complete healing.

    love, Dixie