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December 13, 2006 at 2:14 am 10 comments

sometimes i catch myself repeating the same story to different people and i realize it is because it summarizes life, or blessing or perspective for me.  i cannot get it off my mind because it fuels me or points me back to the Father in some way.  this week, when a dear dinner deliverer dropped off her regular anonymous monday fare i happened to catch her and drag her in for a quick visit.  mckaela was lost in a nap and eli had followed me to the door.  i asked him to show her where daddy was and he turned tail and led her straight through the hallway, turned through the kitchen and headed straight over to mike’s bed.  i have described what i see as eli falling in love with mike.  mike is so limited in how he can actively love eli and eli was still so little the last time mike could pick him up or swaddle and comfort him.  it is beyond explanation how eli has come to desire, clutch for, seek out mike.  he inherently knows and longs to be close to his daddy.  may it be so for each of us with our own heavenly dad.

by the way, mike is still hanging in there.  my hunch is that progress will be slow or below my radar to report for a while.  this is not horrible, simply the reality.  mike is still weak and finding it difficult to actively move his muscles, limbs, etc. much.  we will continue exercising him for him to maintain range of motion but he will only get stronger as he moves muscles himself.  i use mcKaela to try flashcards and funny faces with him.  she is persistent and influential…my best bet.  but your prayer is our foundation.  please keep us covered.  thanks and blessings,  michelle

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  • 1. Emily (aka "Little Barrett")  |  December 13, 2006 at 4:21 am

    You have an amazing family!! It’s always amazing to see how kids adapt to their situations and want to help out in whatever way they can — be it by entertaining and charming, doing small chores, etc. You may not be in the most ideal situation, but it’s truly inspiring to see how well your family unit still functions and thrives! I am so glad that Mike is at home, so he can just be “around” all of you.

  • 2. Kevin and Carol Reeve  |  December 13, 2006 at 8:41 am

    Michelle, I look back to this site for updates 100 times more than my sporadic comments would suggest, and I would guess this is true of many who carry your family with them on their daily prayer journey. While I can’t speak for others, for me it is often that I just don’t have intelligible words for you. One of my favorite illustrations of being with someone in a hard time is early on in Job, when his friends come to visit him and for the first few days, they just sit silently. I know this current reality has been far more than a few days for you, but please do not mistake any silence around you with any wondering where everyone went. Sometimes, friends come around you and just sit with you in it. May you be carried today by the unmistakeable peace of Christ, and may you know you are all dearly, dearly loved.

  • 3. Jess Lucht  |  December 13, 2006 at 10:02 am

    It is so fun and refreshing to see Mike at home. I loved watching Eli climb Mike’s wheelchair and shout things at him. I loved hearing about little Mckaela persistantly commanding Mike, “Show me your tongue Daddy. I said, show me your tongue! ” during therapy. I’m sure that all the little things like listening to the everyday chatter of his family and having company when watching T.V. are such huge comforts and blessings to Mike. The Lord is full of grace.

    Much love to you,

  • 4. Liliana  |  December 13, 2006 at 11:28 am

    Rest assured that you are prayed and loved everyday. Your faith is overwhelming.

  • 5. Rob Engelhardt  |  December 14, 2006 at 2:02 am

    The late night prayers are still flowing…

  • 6. Kim Schutter  |  December 16, 2006 at 10:58 pm

    I check the website and pray for all of you more often than I actually stop and write. I first read your entry on the 13th and I have been pondering how precious Eli’s relationship with his MIke is. I just love how he just wants to be with his dad and spend time with him. His little heart points me to my heavenly daddy and challenges me to long for the same thing.

    Michelle thanks for sharing the realities of life, the joy and the challenges. We continue to lift you up.

    With much affection for all of you,
    Kim and Dave

  • 7. Emily  |  December 17, 2006 at 4:27 pm

    I smile as I picture your precious kids with their daddy. I thank God that their love is unconditional, and they know how to pour out their love so easily! We can learn much from their uninhibited little hearts….All of you are carried in my heart day after day.


  • 8. Torrey and Jenelle Landgraf  |  December 18, 2006 at 4:23 pm

    We love you and continue to be encouraged by the amazing strength God gives each of you – Mike, Michelle, McKaela, and Eli.

    Love and Prayers,
    Jenelle and Torrey

  • 9. Heather Schmidt  |  December 18, 2006 at 8:07 pm

    I am sorry I haven’t written anything in awhile. I have been praying for all of you especially this holiday season. Praise God that there haven’t been more updates, that everything is “status quo”, that the paramedics haven’t had to visit and that the kids are enjoying their time with their dad.

    Praise God for all that God has done for your family and praise God for you Michelle.

    Merry Christmas! We love you!

    Love and prayers,

  • 10. Steve Fisher  |  December 19, 2006 at 12:09 pm

    Hello Michelle and Michael:

    In freshman/senior campaigners we are studying the “I am” statements of Jesus. Last week, on the 11th, we looked at John 10.

    2 “The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. 3 The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 4 When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5 But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice.”

    Eli knows his daddy’s “voice”. This is a vision of the future. Mike will call his daughter and son and they will know his voice all their lives. Mike will call them by name and lead them out to life. This will happen. I don’t know when or how. I just know. Eli knows. McKaela knows. You know, Michelle. Make sure Mike knows. Tell him everyday. Tell him 7 times a day. I will continue to pray this. Thanks for “seeing” it!

    When we are walking with the Lord in the Wilderness our senses can either be stifled by the lack of “normal” comforts and familiar and pleasant places or they can be enhanced by the raw beauty and starkness of the wilderness. It only depends on our focus. Your’s, Michelle, is on the One walking with you in the wilderness. Keep “seeing” new things.

    I pray for you the wonder of Christmas, as Mary experienced it, “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. (Luke 2:19) Bless you and Merry Christmas!




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