My Prayers, His Plans

My Prayers, His Plans

About nine years ago, Ryan and I embarked on a journey that would make us very familiar with the phrase “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”  However, the older we get and the closer to God we become we have come to understand that it’s not about our plans at all.  We […]

Neurology Follow-up

Neurology Follow-up

We’ve been really intentional about celebrating every one of Ryder’s small victories.  But every now and then, it’s nice to have someone validate just how far he’s come since the initial onset of his symptoms.  Our neurologist has been working Ryder’s case since the beginning, but we haven’t seen him in about a month so […]

Today Show Video

Today Show Video

In case you missed it, The Today Show featured a brief segment this morning about Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) and Enterovirus D68.  Unlike the People Magazine article I wrote about a couple weeks ago, this clip seems to give the most accurate information I’ve seen so far. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and […]

Confidence

Confidence

Ever since Ryder was a tiny boy, he has looooooooved to dress up.  There was no shame in this kid’s game when it came to sporting his super hero cape and mask or construction hat and tool belt to Costco… or In & Out, or Target, the doctor’s office or anywhere else for that matter! So when […]

Speed Racer

Speed Racer

Ryder has been receiving lots of attention on the blog lately, and for good reason… but there is another courageous boy in this house, and his name is Evan (in case you’re new here). We first realized something was really wrong with Ryder on the evening of Evan’s fourth birthday.  Luckily we had already celebrated a couple days […]

Great News!

Great News!

When we met Ryder’s Occupational Therapist for the first time last week, we left the office a little disappointed.  He asked lots of great questions and got a good idea of what Ryder could and couldn’t do at the time, but he didn’t do any actual work.  This week, we practically floated home on glittering clouds […]

Ryan discovered this card pinned to our church's prayer wall while preparing for rehearsal last week.

[Brain Dump]

This post may go ’round and ’round a bit… but I feel like that’s what my brain is doing nowadays anyhow.  So if you’re actually gonna read this, please bear with my rambling and rabbit trails. About a week and a half ago, I wrote a post in which I expressed the relief I felt […]

Another Hurdle

Another Hurdle

In keeping with recent trends, Ryder faced another challenge, and hopped right over it.  He willingly went to gymnastics! I know he was nervous.  I know he was self-conscious.  I have no doubt he would’ve rather been just about anywhere else.  But he held his head high and answered questions, and then walked out onto […]

Back in the Saddle

Back in the Saddle

We try to take Lobo on a walk every day to burn off some of his extra energy.  Before Ryder’s paralysis, the boys loved to come along and ride their bikes, but we’ve avoided taking walks while Ryder is home so he’s not upset about missing out.  Today I invited him to walk with me, and […]

Small Victories Add Up

Small Victories Add Up

It’s really easy to get stuck in a place where all I notice is that Ryder’s arm is still not working.  I’m really grateful for the moments when God helps me take a step back, look around, and realize we’ve taken some pretty decent strides in the right direction this week. First off, Ryder actually survived […]