Practicing rocking and crawling

Slooooow and Steady

We are so blessed by the people in our lives who are still praying for our Mighty Warrior, and so appreciate those of you who ask about him regularly. “How’s Ryder?” seems like such a simple question, and yet I always find myself stumbling over the right words to choose.  See, all things considered, Ryder is […]

Pastor Gordon let Ryder take home the vial of oil as a reminder of God's faithfulness.  It rests on a shelf in his room, near this awesome print of a Mighty Warrior... just like Ryder.

{ James 5:14-15 }

In my last post, I went over a couple new therapy strategies we’ve recently employed.  But I’d be remiss if I didn’t describe our most important, most effective form of therapy: prayer. When we were in the midst of our long journey to become parents, losing one pregnancy after another, we learned a lot about joy.  God […]

New Season, New Therapies

New Season, New Therapies

Overall, Ryder is as healthy and active as he was before he got sick but we still have a long and winding road ahead of us.  His grip strength continues to improve, and the few movements he can make get stronger as the weeks go on.  We were told that if he’s ever going to regain functional […]

He's Still Faithful

He’s Still Faithful

Approximately fifteen weeks have passed since Ryder first loss the use of his right arm. Most days, it feels like it’s been for-eh-ver and I’m so over it I can’t even tell you.  While I’ve never believed, even for a moment, that God can’t heal Ryder, there are days when I begin to doubt whether or not He […]

Highs and Lows

Highs and Lows

Nothing extreme happened today, but looking back, it was pretty full of enough emotional highs and lows to leave me pretty exhausted. High: Spring cleaning the boys’ drawers, and finding a decent stack of Ryder’s old warm-weather clothes for Ev. Low: Calling Evan into his room to try on Ryder’s old clothes and noticing just […]

Tutorial: Healthy Smoothie Popsicles

Tutorial: Healthy Smoothie Popsicles

I loooooove a good smoothie.  I make one every morning for breakfast, and the boys are starting to love them too.  Inspired by this weeks summer-like temperatures, I figured it was a good time to make some popsicles.  We have a pretty relentless ice cream truck driver, so I try to keep healthy alternatives on hand for when she […]

A Matter of TIME {Magazine}

A Matter of TIME {Magazine}

After being so enraged by the People Magazine incident (which I blogged about here), I have been very hesitant to share our information with any media, local or otherwise.  I felt that there was a bit of irresponsibility on their part because much of their information was both incomplete and incorrect, and led to a […]

Adventuring

Adventuring

Every once in a while it’s nice to escape from real life for a bit… to leave the housework behind, disconnect from technology, and reconnect with God’s amazing creation.  And it’s even more awesome when “escaping from reality” is only 40 minutes away. We took advantage of a free Saturday to drive out to Knights […]

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 […]