Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/31/18

At my age, smoke starts coming out of my head when I think. Well, maybe not smoke per say…but I tend to get a headache (or heggit as Ryan referred to it when he was a wee lad) when I over-think. And, after yesterday’s God winks, my mind was racing today…and my head was, and still is, pounding. It probably didn’t help that I didn’t eat or drink anything until around 5 P.M. Yeah, that’s probably it…

Anyway, as I said yesterday, I am excited to start working with Ryan to see if there’s a way to connect/converse with him, but didn’t get a chance to start because I had some other appointments today that took me away from the house, and therefore I wasn’t able to watch him. I’m hoping to get started and into a routine tomorrow…then, watch out!

Is it me, or are the mornings coming faster and faster? For the past couple weeks, I’ll wake up at my normal time (sometime between 2 & 2:30 A.M.) and before I know it, my alarm goes off at 6:20 A.M. Even though I toss and turn the rest of the time (roughly 4 hours), but it feels like 15 minutes. DOH!

Y’all rest well tonight, and tomorrow turn your dreams into reality on purpose!

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/30/18

Had an amazing day today!! First, a wonderful Christian lady from a church we used to attend stopped by to meet/visit us, and offered assistance in finding ways to communicate with Ryan. She’s a teacher who helps disabled children find their “voice”. Not sure if I’m supposed to make “voice” plural there, but if I do, it sounds like a child is schizophrenic. Didn’t want that, so I went with the singular “voice”. The first step is to see if Ryan can move anything in the slightest way consistently. Could be a toe, a finger, an ear lobe or an eyelash. It will take a lot of time and patience…but, if we pray well enough, God’ll give us plenty of that. Anyway, I’m excited to get started, and if it be God’s will, to see what Ryan has to say…

Second: We had a visit from the new director of the agency that provides Ryan’s nurses. Turns out, she is the sister of one of my partners from the Black Bear Diner I was involved with the year of Ryan’s incident. She didn’t know it before she walked in our house, but when she found out, she shared how she knew about Ryan from her family, etc. It was…let’s see, how can I describe it? Wow!!!! Talk about a small world, and God blowing my mind!!!! He works in the most mysterious ways.

I’m still processing the entire day’s events, so I’ll share more if/when I’m able to wrap my mind around the implications, etc. I will say God is at work…

Question: Is it considered “work” for God?…because it seems everything would be easy for Him…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/29/18

I really enjoyed being with Ryan today. It’s not that I don’t enjoy any other day I’m with him. It’s just today felt a little different. It was so peaceful and pleasant in his room. He was awake for most of my shift; something that doesn’t happen often. And, he looked so relaxed and content. How can someone in his condition look so content? I’ve really got a lot of work to do to be half the man Ryan is. Oh, the lessons he’s teaching me…

Switching gears: How ’bout Klay Thompson’s performance tonight!?!?!?

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/27/18

Stacie, Thank you for posting this poem on FB today. I hope you don’t mind my sharing it here with my family…

When the request is not right, God says, “No.”
When the timing is not right, God says, “Slow.”
When the request and timing are right, but you’re not right, God says, “Grow”.
When the request is right and the timing’s right and you’re right, then God says, “Go.”

I can’t wait for the timing to be right for Ryan’s healing…

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/26/18

One of Ryan’s dear friends, Hannah, got married today. What a beautiful bride she made…and what a beautiful ceremony. I wish Ryan could have been there. Actually, he was in a sense, in that he was in the hearts and minds of many of the people who attended. To those who came up to Janine and I today, THANK YOU for all the love and kind words you shared with and poured over us. You have been of tremendous support throughout the years, and we are so grateful God put you in our lives.

Thank you Mike S. for giving me a topic for a new song…Living in the Blink. I hope and pray I’m able to write lyrics as profound and meaningful as the title.

2 Peter 3:8   But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

1 Corinthians 15:52   In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.

Revelation 21:4   He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

I rest easier at night knowing y’all are standing in the gap for us when we’re not able to stand. Please know, we’re standing in the gap for you as well when we are strong enough to do so. Praise God He is our strength!

It takes a village…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/25/18

Got my results back from Ancestry, and it’s no surprise I’m a mutt. Or is it nut? Probably a combination of both. I don’t know. What I do know is, I’m a child of The King. I can’t think of a better head of our family tree…

Check out Vincent Van Gogh’s family tree:

To steal a phrase from Ryan’s afternoon nurse, “Ryan’s had a couple of stellar days in a row”. It’s true. Ryan’s vitals have been great, and he’s been so relaxed. Must be directly attributable to the care he receives from his incredible morning nurse. You know, that pistachio-faced bulldog…

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/24/18

Saw this posted on FB today. Don’t know who wrote it, but it reminds me of Ryan…

“Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, slow down and walk beside them. If someone is being ignored, find a way to include them. If someone has been knocked down, lift them up. Always remind people of their worth. Be who you needed when you were going through hard times. Just one small act of kindness could mean the world to someone.”

Colossians 3:12   Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/23/18

I won the jackpot in tonight’s lottery…Not really, but I did win jack something. There will be no more posts after this one, because I’m too depressed for not winning a billion (with a “b”) plus dollars. Just kidding. I wouldn’t want to win anyway, because if I did, it would put me in a tax bracket, and I really wouldn’t want that…

This is my all-time favorite cartoon. Ryan likes it too. Maybe not as much as I do (I proudly own and wear three Pete Puma shirts, but not all at once. Well, maybe I do…), but he likes it. I just know he does…

 

Ryan’s Miracle Watch 10/22/18

Finally! My suggestion to celebrate Christmas all year round is beginning to take hold. Home Goods already has their Christmas decorations up and items for sale. Good for them! Now, if only the true meaning of Christmas could be front and center, it’d really rock! Jesus is the reason for the season! Need I say it? Better start your Christmas shopping now…

Had a few tears in my eyes after watching last night’s episode of Shark Tank. I encourage you to find it and watch the last presentation. The story is amazing…and so is the product. I’m going to be buying a Cup Board…

Ryan smiled at me a few times today. It makes my heart leap with joy to see. I can’t get enough. Thank you Lord!