Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/20/16

Janine’s out of town on business this week, so that means I get to pick up an extra shift to watch my boy. He’s looking great today, just lying there calm as can be. Hopefully, this will continue throughout my shift of 8 hours. Time goes by fast when you’re enjoying what you’re doing…

I actually wish I didn’t have to watch him, but circumstances dictate that I do, because he needs me to. I’d rather he be out and about. It’s a bitter-sweet thing if you know what I mean…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/19/16

This is a little something for all the Warriors’ fans to cheer them up after a tough loss…

A blonde, brunette and red-head are waiting in front of the pearly gates when God comes out to greet them. “Usually I wouldn’t let any of you girls in, but I’m having a good day” He says. “I’ll give you all a deal. If you can climb my 1000 stair staircase and listen to a joke at each step without laughing, I’ll let you in.” They all agree.

The brunette loses at the 100th step. The red-head loses at the 500th. The blonde makes it to the 999th step and begins laughing hysterically. God asks her “You were so close, why did you laugh?”

She replies “I just got the first one.”

Okay, so maybe this didn’t cheer up all you blondes out there. But the rest of you…you know that was funny!

Again, a Very Happy Father’s Day to all of you great dads out there!!

Psalm 103:13   As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/17/16

I couldn’t be a more fortunate father. My Father in heaven gave me the most beautiful boys I could ever ask for. It’s not always easy being a dad. Patience is probably the hardest thing I’ve had to learn, and I can’t say that I’ve completely learned it yet, but waiting it out while Ryan is healing sure is testing me.

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger…so they say…

Let the Father’s Day weekend begin!!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/16/16

61616  That’s the last time that date will ever happen. Of course, yesterday was the last time that date will ever happen as well. So, make every day count…

Joshua 22:5   But be very careful to keep the commandment and the law that Moses the servant of the LORD gave you: to love the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to keep his commands, to hold fast to him and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Notice, this verse doesn’t specify what the circumstances are surrounding your life at any given time. They should be obeyed at all times, in all circumstances. If we got to pick and choose when we obeyed, I don’t think we’d obey during times of trouble. And, I’m not sure we’d even obey when times were good…human nature being what it is and all. We’d even complain that we were being fed…manna…

Ryan and I are watching the Warriors get stomped by the Cavs in game six of the finals. Thank goodness it’s just entertainment, and my life isn’t dependent on whether my team wins or loses. I know where my dependency lies…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/15/16

So sad to hear about the little 2-year-old that was killed by an alligator. Please pray for God to pour out an abundance of comfort and peace on, over and in that family. I can only imagine how they must feel right now…

Job 5:11   He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.

Found this prayer on-line and am praying it for the family, and all who have suffered the loss of a child…

“God, bring comfort and peace. Peace is your essence. Peace is your name. Bring peace to this family who has lost their precious child in death.

We come to you, God because we know that you sorrow, and are acquainted with grief. You too have endured the loss of a child. You empathize.

We can’t help but ask, “Why?” Forgive our insistence, our confusion, even our anger. We believe that you are just, and we ache to understand how this tragic death is an expression of that justice, how it expresses your love. We also know – in our minds at least – that you seldom answer the “why?” question. We press you, but on these matters you are mostly silent.

What we ask instead is “how?” How can we move forward? How can this bring us together and not tear us apart? How can we now live under the shadow of this untimely death? Answer this prayer with your comfort and guidance.

There is no way to remove the pain. The grief is real. The only sanity is to know, to believe, in a life beyond with you, when all the scales are righted and the sufferings are made good. We trust you and your promise that while this child’s life on earth is done, his life beyond has just begun. With that release we lose him and let him go into your arms, then by faith receive in return the boundless comfort of your presence. That is all, that is enough. In Jesus.”

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/13/1

It was nice getting home from a long, but fun weekend, and seeing Ryan. He looks good. We’re getting ready to watch game 5 of the Warriors game. It oughta be a good one, and we’re hoping the Warriors win to clinch their second championship in a row. If they do, they’ll be considered the best team in the history of the NBA…at least for one season. And, no one can deny that, because their single-season record proves it. I think you’ll agree, we’ve seen some pretty amazing things in our lifetimes. And it’s only going to get better, because Jesus is coming again! Can’t wait!!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/12/16

Missed a post yesterday, as we were out celebrating my nephew’s 21st birthday with the boys. Didn’t forget my own boy, but I didn’t want to take away from my nephew’s special day/weekend. Ryan understands. I wish Ryan were here to join in the festivities with us. He would enjoy it very much…Perhaps one day…and soon, I hope.

Love to you all who continue to support Ryan on his journey year after year. He/we appreciate it so much.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/9/16

Ryan and I are watching an episode of Cutthroat Kitchen. The sabotages that Alton Brown comes up with are devious and hilarious. Who’s in for a Cutthroat Kitchen party? Ryan will pick the dishes to be cooked. I know one will be a pasta. Another will be garlic bread. He’ll also make up the sabotages. He’s pretty creative, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with…

By the way, he’s doing well today. He’s relaxed and smiling…always a good thing.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 6/8/16

Since Ryan’s turned 22, the school district will no longer be providing any occupational/teaching/therapy time; which is a sad thing, because his teacher for the past 4 years will no longer be coming by 3 days a week. It took a year before Ryan would open his eyes for her; as he has a tendency to close his eyes when he’s not comfortable with someone. She’s part of the family now, and Ryan will definitely miss her regular visits.

The good news is, today a new occupational therapist/company (provided by the state) stopped by, and the transition was set in motion. Both the outgoing and incoming therapist were there, along with Janine, and Ryan seemed to be receptive to the fact that he’d be seeing someone new beginning soon. He actually opened his eyes for the new person…a good sign.

Please pray that our perception is reality; that Ryan is indeed comfortable with the new people, and that he progresses with his new therapy…Thank you.