August 14, 2006 at 11:52 pm 10 comments

Mike was up in his wheelchair today for a couple of hours, and he was in good spirits during a visit with Michelle and the kids.  He and McKaela were copying each other’s facial expressions back-and-forth, goofing around.  When Michelle asked how he was doing, he answered that he is okay, specifically in response to her concerns that he might be feeling depressed.  Therapy is also going well.

Michelle posted in the comments the other day, so you may have seen this already, but maybe not, so she’s being syndicated here …

oh my gosh, what an amazing 2 weeks it has been. camp was more than good or great. i am stunned at how much fun, how much ministry, how much energy i enjoyed. kids had a great week of adventure and saw Jesus. i have never come home with so much energy, and refreshment before. your prayers are amazing at upholding my family. it almost seems shameful that it takes such extreme difficulties to call us to live by prayer because more people than just me could be using this kind of power! mike did not seem to suffer too much setback from his brief Edward hospital stay while i was gone. he has been back at manorcare for more than a week and is doing wonderfully. he is using a (i have NO clue how to spell this) pacymere valve on his trach during speech therapy so that he can still utilize the trach and verbalize at the same time. they are also impressed with his swallowing which is great for his muscles and will help with speech. Monday will include more practice with this as well as getting mike into a wheelchair for the first time since he left marianjoy.

I just got back from hanging out with mike tonight. we talked a while (me talking, him sometimes mouthing a word and nodding his head to answer questions) and then we watched tv together. he said he was feeling ok physically and emotionally. i told him there is sometimes concern for his emotional outlook and he said he is basically not great but ok. i figure it is hard to really be great in a hospital bed all day so i figure the ok seems like abundant grace to me all the same. he definitely seems relaxed and comfortable. i haven’t seen him in pain all week.

i have been teaching mckaela simple songs like “God is so good, God is so good, God is so good, He’s so good to me. he loves me so…” and i enjoy her very bad singing along with my very bad singing. but i also enjoy the chance to proclaim the truth of those words out loud, over and over. he is so good. wow and thanks for being tools of his goodness to us.
by the way, what a distinct and unique pleasure to catch up on 2 weeks of encouragement through your comments all at once. a broken computer does have its perks after all.

love and joy,
michelle z


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  • 1. Jim Hudson  |  August 15, 2006 at 12:44 am


    I have been reading your updates daily and praying frequently for you, Mike, your family and all involved in Mike’s support and care. My biggest prayer has been that Jesus would reveal Himself in a way that no words could express, that He would be speaking to Mike in a way that we all would long for as Mike is being “forced” to sit and wait, and that He would provide for all of your needs according to HIS abundance and mercy. Your latest update gives such testimony that He has been doing just this. I am struck by your faith in Jesus and His ability and power that is at work within all who believe. I just wanted you to know that you all are being faithfully lifted up in prayer in California and are loved. We are with you in spirit as you love and support Mike and as you continue to lift your eyes up to Christ!


  • 2. Debbie Dixon  |  August 15, 2006 at 7:33 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MICHELLE!! Welcome new Zegarski!
    Up in a wheelchair and having a fun family visit-Praise the Lord. May each day find Mike stronger, physically, mentally and spiritually. May Mike feel the prayers of thousands around this country lifting him up. Michelle, may this day of your birth be a special day for you. It is a glorious day with picture perfect blue skies, warm temperature. Enjoy the outdoors with your kids, treat yourself to something special. Extra hugs all around. Love, Debbie

  • 3. Lisa Haid  |  August 15, 2006 at 7:48 am

    Oh, Happy Birthday, sweet Michelle!

    I can’t tell you how my heart leaps to hear about the grace and joy that God continues to shower on you and Mike. I hope that on your birthday, you’re celebrating YOU – the life God has given you and all the blessings that come with that life.

    I’ve been thinking so much about Psalm 46:10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” – How often do we all struggle to do this? What does this really mean? And, I look at Mike… a man who is full of life, always on the go, full of energy – those wonderful qualities we all love about him have been put aside momentarily and he’s allowed to completely “be still”. I can’t image how frustrating it can be at times, but my prayer is that Mike is resting in God during this time and using this “stillness” to “know God more”, that this is a time of clarity.

    Please tell Mike that I’m thinking of you all and praying for you daily. The two of you and your awesome families come into my head at the most random times during the day. I sometimes let myself image that God is calling you to my mind so that I’ll pray for you just then – when you’re in a moment of frustration or loneliness… so when you feel like that – let’s believe that God is letting us know and that we’re all with you in prayer!

    With lots of love and many joyful prayers!

  • 4. Rachel E  |  August 15, 2006 at 9:26 am

    Happy big 3-0, Michelle!!!!!!!!!!! The best is yet to come! We continue to keep you and Michael and your whole family in our prayers! Love you! Rachel (and Mitch and Caden)

  • 5. Laura Tarro  |  August 16, 2006 at 9:32 am


    Happy belated birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day. I’m working on a commentary on the book of Romans and I came across something yesterday I thought you might like: “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace” (Martin Luther). Hope you are full of daring confidence today!


  • 6. Nancy Gervel  |  August 16, 2006 at 10:26 am

    Michelle, how exhilerating to hear how our prayers are being power-surged your way and that you are feeling them in tangible ways! I frame my prayers around the needs expressed in your website entries, so it is really making a difference how you communicate back with us, so we can be specific and direct, as we intercede for you. May this trend of improvement for Mike continue!

  • 7. Rosemary McGuire  |  August 16, 2006 at 5:53 pm

    It was great to hear your trip with the kids from church went so well. It is also great to hear Mike is doing better, Priaise the Lord. Michelle, I think the word for the valve might be “pachymetry”. The valve diverts air into the esophagus while the person exhales, producing a sound if this is the correct word and use. Our love and prayers are with you both. Rosemary

  • 8. Brad S.  |  August 17, 2006 at 11:14 pm

    I anxiously awate these informative updates, as everyone does. I think we are all incouraged thru prayer. Happy to hear camp was again, as usual, awesome! Mike, you, your kids + family, and all the care-givers are in my prayers multiple times throughout the day! Take care.

    Brad S.

  • 9. Heather Schmidt  |  August 19, 2006 at 4:07 pm

    Mike and Michelle,

    Hope you are well. Amazing how much progress Mike has made in the past few weeks. Praise God! We continue to think of you all often. Words do not seem enough to express how we feel about you two. May God continue to be with both of you and your families. Take care and I hope we can see each other soon!!

    Love and prayers,

  • 10. greg field  |  August 19, 2006 at 6:01 pm

    I think and pray about you and Mike pretty much every day these past few months. I haven’t had the courage to visit or step into your situation because I love Mike so much, its really hard for me to imagine all that has happened. Much like yourself, except no where near the same level I’m sure, I have dealt with anger, disbelief, heart ache, thankfulness, joy, and a bundle of other emotions in a time of realizing God’s power but not fully understanding why his plan for our lives sometimes takes us down the harder road. I do know this though, that every time I hear about how Mike is improving my heart leaps. Every time I read your letters and words of encouragement I am inspired to be so much more. I know that life doesn’t always make much sense but in this hazy world there is a hope that finds a way to clear it up. My prayer is simple, and within reach, that the Mike and Michelle I see SOON will be the Mike and Michelle I remember, but stronger…
    Love you guys dearly, Greg


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