Today is an anniversary we really don't like to celebrate, but have to acknowledge. I guess I need to remember that many of you want to keep up to date, even if I don'tfeel like there is much to report. I think my goal has always been to be positive and optimistic and there are days we just don't feel it. Stephen has been remarkably brave and hopeful this whole time, but that doesn't mean there aren't some tough moments to work through. We are being taught how to find a deep, abiding faith and trust in our Heavenly Father, without that we won't survive. After we make it through these tough times, we can make it through anything. We continue to pray to know the Lord's will, which we have always felt is for Stephen to recover. Those impressions were answers to prayers and aren't diminished with the passing of time. Elder Costa told us to have patience, which I think means we will be tried beyond what we think is possible. I continue to have faith in the Heavenly Father's all encompassing power. I realize that the medicine tells us only so much is possible, but I know that with God all things are possible, including miracles and healing. We continue to pray and petition him humbly for mercy, compassion, and strength. I like to imagine that if Christ were on the earth, He wouldn't hesitate to heal Stephen, and so I find myself looking forward more than ever to the Second Coming. However, I also realize that we have the fullness of the gospel, including the priesthood power to act in his name. We appreciate all of you who continue to exercise your faith and prayers on Stephen's behalf, that those blessings will come about.
Just to let you know what's been going on...therapy is the same except the pool schedule moved to Wed/Fri afternoons which makes for long days and leaves Tues/Thurs wide open. We do exercises at homes much as possible and try to get up I the standing frame at home. The dilemma is we can only do that when Spence is home and we don't have any other evening plans. Stephen taught Elder's Quorum a few weeks ago, which I was great. He had taught every month up at school, but wasn't sure about teaching the "old married guys". I think he realized it's not much different. We also finally got those wisdom teeth out, which was scheduled last spring. Two teeth had already broken through, so it was long overdue. It was a really great recovery and we are glad to check that off the list. That pretty much is all the news to report. We are looking forward to visits from grandparents this week and Dan for Thanksgiving!