may 6, 2010

May 6, 2010 at 10:12 pm 9 comments

hurray! we do have 3 caregivers in place covering different shifts throughout the week and even being able to have days off themselves so it feels like a healthy system for awhile. justin and megan desired to keep mike at their house a little longer to work on some social habits as mike transfers his physical needs into the caregivers hands successfully. that is a complicated way to say that mike and i have gotten used to some bad habits of interacting in the last year that justin and megan have high hopes of adjusting so that it is not the same debilitating communication that we have had for so long. the kids and i keep visiting and we keep trying at having a conversation that does not immediately digress into a demand for physical care (that ultimately the caregivers are there for) or some errand running or my stonewalling instead of a social opportunity. we all have high hopes. it is not always the most rewarding interactions yet between mike and i or even between mike and justin and megan. please pray for insight for him, for wisdom & patience for justin and megan, for i am not quite sure for me! overall mike is still doing great and i am eager for when he is really ready and able to be home. thanks for being on the long road with us and for the encouraging comments and prayers, michelle

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  • 1. Sarah N  |  May 7, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    Thanks for the update, Michelle. I have been checking the site often to see how things are going. It is good to hear things are heading in the right direction for the most part. Yall are always on our minds & in our prayers.
    Chad & Sarah

  • 2. Bessma Shammas  |  May 9, 2010 at 10:41 pm

    Praying for you. Hope your Mother’s day was blessed!

  • 3. mary stadler  |  May 10, 2010 at 9:19 pm


    I pray for you and your family all the time. I am so glad that you are able to have some less stressful days. I have had experiences in my life when I just felt I needed to do something that surprised me or was totally different then what I had been thinking about doing. I have come to know that it is God way of leading me where I need to be. It has always ended up being the right thing. God wasI leading you, I am sure, when you missed those exits. God bless all of you and I will keep praying!!

  • 4. Johnna Bond  |  May 11, 2010 at 9:35 pm


    I know it has been years since I commented on your site, and even longer since I have seen you. I check in every now and again, but I never know what to say to you. I am sure and I hope you remember me because you and Mike helped to shape who I am (whether you know it or not). I was there when you two began dating, and I found a picture the other day of me with the girls from Central High School and you and Mike at your wedding. I don’t know what exactly is prompting me to say anything to you right now. As I just stated I often don’t know what to say. But as I have been reading your latest post I just want to tell you that I am so happy to hear how human you are. Yes, I do feel that you are a superwoman for the life you lead, the children you raise, and the husband you support in more ways than I can list, but I appreciate so much how much you reveal. How life isn’t always perfect and you don’t try to pretend it is. How you have hardships. I am NOT happy you have hardships at all, but I am happy you admit and share them. I live in a city and an industry where people deny they are human, where they are power hungry, and money hungry, and if you ask them how they are they reply how perfect their life is when you know it really isn’t. I am sorry you feel the way you do so many times. I am sorry you have been dealt the hand you have been dealt sometimes. I know you have God, and I know you have prayer, and I know that doesn’t always feel like it fixes your HUMAN feelings. I just want you to know that you still help me be who I am. You and Mike helped give me such a faith in God that even though I felt I lost it for some time I have recently found it again. You and Mike lead a life that isn’t easy for either of you, and I hope you don’t think I am being rude for coming out of the woodwork to state these facts so bluntly. In my usual Johnna fashion I am very awkward, but what I am trying to say is that I appreciate you and your sharing. I hope it helps you to share. I don’t want to sound generic by telling you what a saint you are, or that I couldn’t do what you do, and that I am praying for you. Frankly I don’t know what you want to hear, or if you even want to hear from people. Sometimes I like to talk rhetorically, or even just complain without people offering me answers or solutions. I just needed to tell you that I think of your family often. I needed to tell you because I don’t think you knew that. I don’t think you knew that someone you barely knew and haven’t spoken to in years (me) is still touched by what you and Mike have brought to my life. I needed to tell you because I hope by telling you that I can bring something to your life. Something you may not have heard in a while. I really do pray for you and for Mike, and for your kids. I am thankful you are who you are, and I am sure Mike is thankful for you too. Again, thank you for being human, but you a really are a superwoman.

    Love always,
    Johnna Bond

  • 5. Kelly Potilechio  |  May 12, 2010 at 12:41 am


    Ya’ll have been on my heart lately, it’s been so long since I’ve seen you guys last, but I think about you often. I’m glad to hear things are starting to smooth out! I’m home for a few weeks, so I’ll have to stop by sometime soon!

    Always praying for you!
    Love yall so so much!

  • 6. Steve Fisher  |  May 14, 2010 at 2:31 pm

    Hello Michelle:

    Once again I sit in front of my computer with tears running down my face. I hope you enjoyed Johnna’s comments. I am again surprised that God continues to use your lives, your honesty, your faith to move others closer to the Maker of the Universe.

    I hate that you have to be there but I am proud to be your friend. “It may be raining, but there is a rainbow above you.” You are certainly not a desperato; you are a Saint!

    Love, Steve

  • 7. emily bishop  |  May 17, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    And you continue to “consider it pure joy when you encounter trials of many kinds”…..considering it doesn’t mean if feels joyful!!! Thanks for your honesty and the pouring out of your heart. I will continue to be strengthened by YOUR journey….and hope that I can be half of the warrior in my own life when God calls me to be…


    Emily Bishop

  • 8. Wendy Schild  |  June 8, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Hi Michelle, most Beloved of Our Father in His beloved,Jesus… This is the first time I saw this part of the sight and I can’t resist an open invitation to post a prayer… SO Abba, Father who so loves us and gave Your very best, Your Son , of course You will also along with Him graciously give us all things. You know what we need… thank You for so caring for our hearts and lives. surrounding us with favor as with a shield.We know it is You whoi rescues us from every evil attack, and brings us safely to Your heavenly kingdom…to You be glory forever and ever. Amen… Thank You

  • 9. the hunters  |  June 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Hi Michelle, it has been great to read teh updates as always and I’m so thankful that you are getting a break (if there is such a thing!) of having Mike at your friends for the time being. I continue to pray and know that God is sufficient for you, even in all the trials you all are facing. Its amazing to watch how your life has adapted to the new Mike that you had never imagined. I’m praying for your kids and all they are facing right now.


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