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June 9, 2007 at 2:15 am 6 comments

i am leaving on a family vacation tomorrow with the requisite amount of guilt that i am being spoiled because i was just gone 2 weekends ago on that work trip. but as i told michael, the more refreshed i am, the better his life is since i am the one taking care of him most of the time. so the kids and i have been looking forward to this branson, missouri trip with my parents and one of my sister’s family for a while. we will swim and read and laugh and play. mike is being taken care of by a few Young Life friends who are coming up with hilarious creative ways to entertain him. mckaela was compulsively reminding mike that we would be back from our vacation and would never leave him so he needn’t worry. and i thought i had finished getting ready to leave yesterday but there’s always something else no matter where you turn. which reminds me that that is precisely the way i am experiencing God’s love as of late. no matter where i turn, whatever mundane average task i am engaged in, God sends something my way to inform me that he still has our every need taken care of, at the store, at the doctor, church or the playground. i feel like i cannot get away from him and i wouldn’t want it any other way. it reminds me of the psalm i made as a poster for my dorm wall so long ago which we listened to in church this week… “Where can i go from your presence?” there is no place, no heaven or hell that will ever separate me from this Savior i love.
on a practical prayer note… mike finished his allowance for speech and occupational therapy and will finish physical soon. Don will continue the exercises these people worked on with mike. i tried to get him evluated for marianjoy but we are currently awaiting the earliest appointment which is for august 15 unfortunately. i guess i will put that in God’s hands as well instead of being impatient with it. meanwhile, the speech therapist did give hie recommendation for a video swallow study to allow mike some aount of food again. Our study is scheduled june 19 and if that goes well we can make an appointment with a pulmonologist to look at the trach and its necessity. we are really looking forward to knocking down a few of those dominoes. pray, pray for it all, us all. we are watching God move,

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  • 1. Matt Koupal  |  June 9, 2007 at 8:50 am

    I am thrilled you can rest and renew and refresh in Brnason. What a great opportunity to gain strength for the journey forward.!

    In prayer for all the Z’s,


  • 2. Debbie Dixon  |  June 10, 2007 at 7:39 pm

    Dear Michelle-thanks yet again for sharing prayer requests, your heart for your family, the daily frustrations and your heart for God in the midst of every moment. Your post last week spending extra time with Mckaela in her bed has stuck with me all week and challenged me to be available for my own precious daughter who isn’t so little any more. In fact she just graduated from college and is looking for her first job. She has needed my presence, advice and companionship much this past week and your sweet moments with your preschool daughter have inspired me to take the time and just live in the moment. Prayers coming your way for safe and FUN trip to Branson as well as that Mike has a good week and that the appt with Marianjoy be miraculously moved uip-we serve a God of miracles. Love and Blessings, Debbie

  • 3. matt and eli  |  June 14, 2007 at 10:33 am

    We continually are thinking and praying for you all. we are coming into town and would love to see you guys. good news on the continual progress.


    matt, eli, and emma

  • 4. Heather Schmidt  |  June 15, 2007 at 9:05 am

    I hope you had a nice relaxing trip and all went well while you were away. May God continue to give you strength, peace and courage each and every moment. God Bless!

    Love and prayers,

  • 5. mark lehner  |  June 16, 2007 at 7:17 pm

    Leslie, T.J., Sarah and I got to spend a few hours with Mike when we were in town. Sorry we missed you!!! I hope your trip to Branson was nice and reenergizing. We shared some good laughs with Mike. It was great to witness the amazing progress since the last time I saw him. I could really tell that he is taking a great interest in his own small steps. He was clear about his desire to do many of the things he once enjoyed in life, and I really sensed a resilliency in his attitude that told me he may get there. I look forward to my next visit. See you later in the summer.

    The Lehners

  • 6. Debbie Dixon  |  June 17, 2007 at 11:05 pm



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