may 18, 2011

May 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm 6 comments

sometimes it just takes too long to find a quiet moment where there isn’t something more pressing due to be done. so today my thoughts are actually crowded…
first, mike has had another seizure–last week–after i thought we were stabilized on our replacement seizure med. so it is slightly discouraging whenever you feel like you rounded a corner and discover you really didn’t. but it is not too big a deal–just need to keep monitoring and praying we have the right medicine balance to his need now. i always seem to summarize that it has been the best year for mike in strength and skill stretching. he has been working on taking steps all year, first at therapy last summer and at home daily with caregivers, just a couple, then a few and today he got himself up to 8 steps forward while holding hands with the caregiver. he doesn’t have the balance to stand alone but wow! another ministry called His Wheels brought over a demo bike to check out and list needed adjustments for mike to utilize. it got dropped off on an off day for mike where he felt short of breath enough to run to the ER so he didn’t try it out. (he was fine and came right home). then it just sat in the garage all week until a friend came over and had mike test it out. it is a large tricycle with hand-operated pedals to propel and mike rode down the sidewalk (with tom hovering to keep him safe and sound). he was worn after a few minutes but again, wow!
there are still daily ups and downs while mike and i navigate boundaries and expectations and goals with each other and others within relationships. but i love every chance to be wowed. and i love how God continues to surround us with others who show up and give the next push when we are too loathe to push ourselves. isn’t God good?
even sitting here i can’t stop smiling at all the ways he sprinkles sweetness into our lives as an old young life committee friend saunters out after a surprise visit to watch a Bulls game tonight with mike. and i reread the comments from beloved strangers who have loved us before meeting us and count on God’s repayment for such debts of love which we could never adequately convey enough thanks for. and the wisdom he scatters through old friends!
and i love reading comments out of nowhere from old young life kids whom we “were delighted to share with you not only the Gospel of God but our lives as well because you had become so dear to us”. what a validation that mike and i were spending our lives just where God wanted us! i hope and pray that we are still spending our lives just where God wants us, different though it looks today than back in the 90’s!
thanks for being letting God sprinkle you around our lives!

Entry filed under: updates.

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  • 1. The Naffzigers  |  May 23, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Always good to read an update from you, Michelle. We are going to try to head to Naperville for a visit in June…when the dates firm up we will let you know & try to stop by. We would love for that to work out. Praying HE continues to give each of the Z’s just what you need for each & every day…”Give us this day, our daily bread.” Hope to see yall soon….Love from TN

  • 2. Steve Fisher  |  May 25, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Hello Michelle and Mike: Wow! You always surprise me. It’s been about 2 months and I wonder, is the silence busyness? setbacks? discouragement? Does my leaving a note mean something? Well, they were all answered. 8 steps, a “Madman on a tricycle”, and an unbelievably devoted wife who is encouraged by simple notes written by even simpler people. I continue to think of you and pray (when I remember).

    There are no debts to be paid to us. We are indebted to you because you cause us to pause and wonder, when we think (or say) “Did I really just complain that someone cut me off? Did I just complain about loosing a job? Did I really complain because I didn’t get what I wanted for my birthday?

    We are indebted to you and Mike because you show us how God wants us to live. “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s perfect will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2

    Paul would have said, “Like Michelle!”, if he had known you! May God’s blessings flow over you like a waterfall!



  • 3. Lisa Magnuson  |  June 20, 2011 at 11:06 pm

    Hey Michelle!

    Even though I don’t always write, I read and keep up with you guys all the time! We’ve spent the last year in San Francisco but I’m excited to say we’re finally moving back to the Chicago suburbs this summer! I hope we’ll get to see you guys (and soon) so you can meet our little ones (Madeleine is 3 and Holden was born in April).

    Thanks for keeping us all updated so faithfully! It’s wonderful to hear all the small but significant milestones. I’ve missed being able to keep up with you in person and I hope we get to do that more often now that we’re coming home 🙂


  • 4. Beth Ann Hunter  |  July 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    Michelle, so sorry to say that it has been ages since I’ve checked up on you guys. And once again your blog has encouraged and humbled me– your gratefulness to Jesus is absolutely astounding. I was reminded today in my Beth Moore study that God would never guide us to a place that He cannot use to bring more glory to Himself. Sometimes I cannot imagine what you face each day and why God would choose this to bring glory to Himself, but as a testament to that truth, I must say reading your blog has definitely given me a better glimpse into eternity and how God sees things rather than how we see them. I hope your children are doing ok– would love to see pictures of them one day! I just got an email today from the service centre about your donations/credit card, etc and realized before we were always sending our stuff to the area address– and now we do most of our communicating via email. Is there a good email for us to use to be in touch with you?

    In His joy,
    Beth Ann hunter

  • 5. Bessma  |  July 5, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    The Lord brought you to my mind today. So praying for you guys.

  • 6. LK  |  October 30, 2011 at 10:00 am

    The Lord brought you to my mind also today – I’m still a stranger, never met you or Mike – but care deeply through the work of the holy spirit I am guessing – but I continue to be blessed through your response to trials and feel blessed to be called to pray!


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