Met with Futures Explored today; the organization that sends someone to visit Ryan on a daily basis. We discussed revising their visits to focus on seeing if he is able to consistently communicate with us. They’ll be designing curricula and coming 3 days a week to work with him for an hour. This will be a good/consistent way to evaluate any progress he is able to make in the direction of communication. When it works (positive thinking and a lot of prayer), we’ll explore current technology to convert any ability (the slightest twitch, blink of an eye, eye tracking, breathing differently, etc.) into a formal means of communication. Please pray for Ryan to be awake during these sessions, and that he’s up to the challenge. Ah, what am I saying? Of course he’s up to the challenge…
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
Here’s an updated version of one of yesterday’s whimsical jokes:
I wish that whoever prayed for all this rain would pray for Ryan’s healing…
Yup! Much better…
Couldn’t wait until tomorrow to post some funnies, so here you go:
“I just saw this idiot at the gym put his water bottle into the Pringles holder on the treadmill.”
“I have a bumper sticker on the back of my car that reads Honk if you think I’m sexy. Then, I sit at green lights until I feel better about myself.”
AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: WHOEVER PRAYED FOR RAIN, PLEASE PRAY FOR MY BANK ACCOUNT.
Ryan laughed, and that’s all that counts.
I’m beginning to figure Ryan out. I know, it’s about time, right?!? Whenever the weather changes, Ryan’s temperature rises. So, last week it was cold. This week, it’s been a bit warmer, and sure enough, Ryan’s temp rose a bit…not to the point of outrageous, but something to watch. I looked outside, and there was pollen on the ground. Ahhhh, weather change…Ryan’s becoming predictable…Now that I’ve said it out loud, I’m sure Ryan will change things up and prove me wrong…Not that I mind…He can keep me on my toes…
Also, Ryan’s been awake during my shift these past couple weeks. Awesome! We’ve listened to the Bible on the internet an hour or so a day. We’re 2/3’s of way through Leviticus. I know, not very far along, because I missed a few days, but far enough.
“Never look down on anyone. Only God sits that high.” – Will Smith
Someone posted this on FB, and it reminds me of Ryan:
“Always be kind. If you see someone falling behind, 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.” – My Life
I want to be like this…
We were walking down a country road next to a pasture in McCloud (ten miles from the town of Mt. Shasta) in front of Ryan’s grandparent’s house. There were a lot of cattle in the pasture and we said to Ryan, “Look at the cows! They go moooo!” Ryan relied, “No they don’t! They go Mmmmmehhh!” Ryan imitated the exact sound of the cattle. Think about it. They really don’t go moo. He was two…
Ryan was awake throughout my entire shift today. What a blessing to be able to talk to him…hoping he’s comprehending what I’m saying…which. most of the time, is that I love and miss him…
Continuing with the theme of yesterday’s post, here’s another young Ryan story; the content of which may not be appropriate for children under the age of 55…
Ryan was two years old. I was sitting on the couch and Ryan was playing quietly on the floor in front of me, when all of a sudden he passed gas. He looked up at me and exclaimed, ” Daddy, I burped out of my bottom!”
Yep, that’s Ryan for you…
LITERAL adjective: limited to the explicit meaning of a word or text; without interpretation or embellishment; being or reflecting the essential or genuine character of something
As far back as I can remember (I know, it’s not that far back), Ryan has always taken things literally. Here is an example from when he was a wee lad (around 3 years old).
The following note came along with a gift (see picture) from his Auntie Nee (pronounced nay) & Uncle Eddie (pronounced Eddee):
When you were little, I don’t know if you remember, you spent a weekend with us in Lincoln, CA. We had so much fun with you staying with us! Well, there were many peacocks calling our apartment complex home and there was one peacock who had somehow lost her leg. But she hopped along as if she had two! We all called her Granny! Anyway, you saw this peacock and were amazed! You were so happy…you said, “It’s….it’s….it’s….” so Uncle Eddie said, “Spit it out!” So, you stopped, looked at him, then spit – as told! Then you continued, “It’s a flamingo!””
Instead of a moose head and/or antlers mounted on the wall, we have a flamingo. Yeah…I know….
It was great to get home and see Ryan today! I missed him a lot! It’s tough being away…
God is good! Wherever I go, I run into someone/s who knows about Ryan and read about him on this site. It just so happens that a new friend in McCloud (a little town near Mt. Shasta), who happens to have done some work on the house I’ve been working on, is one such someone. Mark is a true believer/follower of Jesus, and has offered much support and encouragement while I’m up there. I appreciate him and his son Bart (yep, the same name as my brother), and thank them from the bottom of my heart for their prayers and encouraging words. Thank you guys!!
So, I get home and there’s no dinner on the table. Janine’s away working. What’s a man to do?? Gee, it isn’t like I’ve been fending for myself all week. Suck it up Bret!!
Anyway, I apologize to those of you who have been up for almost a week waiting for me to post again. Believe me, you’d have been up all week anyway due to the nature of the slowest ever downloading internet service up there. For those of you out-of-staters, Mt. Shasta is north of my normal dwelling place. Of course, many of you believe I live under a rock (you’re not too far off), in which case everything is north…
By for now. Sleep well, and May God Richly Bless All Of You!!
I’m up in Shasta for the next couple of day working on a project…yes, the same project I’ve been working on for the past three years…Anyway, par usual the internet is extremely slow, so I probably won’t post for a couple of days. I know y’all are throwing temper tantrums upon hearing this (or is it reading this?) news, but it’s better than trying to write something worth reading but you getting it
You’re welcome! No matter how you feel about me, I hope y’all will still pray for my boy Ryan. He’s a good kid, and can use all the prayers he can get.