Wednesday, September 19, 2007

I am just counting my blessings!

We got back from our wonderful camping trip late Sunday night. We were very blessed in the fact that Luke did awesome. He only had to have a little bit of oxygen the last night we were there. He has been so smiley lately, it seems that he is more relaxed and comfortable, which is a huge blessing. The only bad thing about our trip is that Natalie caught the bug for a few days, beside that we were blessed with good weather, great camping sites, the gorgeous ocean to look at, fun times around the campfires, good times playing card games at night, Gordy & Amy went golfing a few days, the girls learned how to do one stroke painting, to say we had a great time would be putting it mildly. God is so good to have blessed us with this wonderful time after our stressful sick summer.

We were blessed to receive a donation from the Zander fund, The Zander Fund was established in order to benefit other children in memory of Alexander after his death in May of 2003. Alexander died from a drowning accident. I got to know his mom on-line, shortly after Luke's accident. This is the second time they've chosen to bless Luke. To say this was a huge blessing would be a understatement, as I've mentioned before having a child like Luke is very expensive, not only with his regular medical bills, but with the extra treatments and supplements that we give him it adds up to be huge at times. I was just praying to God recently to bring in some extra cash for Luke as we've just about come to the end of the money we can spend on him and God is so faithful to answer my prayers. Now I need wisdom in how to spend the money as there are so many ways that it could be spent. Some of the things that we are praying about is Hippo therapy, which is Horse riding for special needs child, more HBOT treatments that have really helped Luke in the past, going to either to Dallas, TX to see Dr. Tennant and take advantage of the treatments he has to offer or going to FL to visit a Dr. Cralle who has had amazing results with children's tone issues. Please be praying with us that God will continue to supply our needs and also for wisdom in how to spend the money we've been blessed with.

We began our school schedule on Tuesday. This year I'm putting Luke's PT and OT appointments together on Tuesday mornings, then in the afternoon is the Homeschool PE program at the YMCA, then off to choir after that is done. Amy and Natalie have really stepped up to the plate this year as they are homeschooling the boys in the morning and then both of them are volunteering at the YMCA, Amy will be in the pool giving lessons and Natalie will be helping to teach the Racquetball class, both are looking forward to helping out. I will be teaching the boys in the afternoons on the non-YMCA days. I'm hoping to be able to be at home more often this year, as the last few years have been so busy with appts for Luke, though I do have quite a few appts. scheduled soon for some of the other kids.

May God's blessings be poured out on you today!

Love in Christ,
Luke's Mommy Sue


Alesha said...

Hi Sue,

I'm Isaac's mommy. He is a special needs kiddo too. Through a series of God-ordained events, I am now working at the therapy clinic where Isaac goes for PT and OT. Along with the traditional therapy, we also do intensive pediatric physical therapy. Have you ever looked into that?

Isaac has had 3 sessions, but has been unable to do any during the last year, due to his uncontrolled seizures. Here is our website: and here is the site with lots of great info: We also work closely with Dr. Jeff Bradstreet who does HBOT at his clinic.

I know I must sound like a commercial, but I don't mean to. I just thought you might want to look into this therapy. It is wonderful.

Also, how would I look into the Zander Fund for Isaac? We do have need of some things at this time.


annie said...

What a great report Sue!
Love those smiles, they are priceless!

Anonymous said...

Hi Sue.
I know some people really hate to be asked this question, but here goes...
have you thought of putting the kids in school so it can help you free up some of your time?

dr_bristow said...

Dear Sue and family,
I am so, so glad you all were able to enjoy a family camping trip and that Luke stayed healthy! Praise the Lord! I'd love to see pictures of your trip sometime...
What a blessing that Luke was chosen to receive a gift from the Zander Fund. It sounds like there could be some great opportunities for the ways those funds could benefit little Luke. Continuing to pray for his health and healing,

Teena6 said...

Hi, Sue! I am so thankful you all had a great trip~ also that Luke is doing better. I am praying for all of you.
I think like us, home schooling is our life style. I know how much you love being with your children! We both have such great times.
I think Florida would be great. :) Thats on our side of the world! Come on over~

praying and give Luke a hug from Wyatt & Wesley!
your GA friends,
Billy, Teena, Michael, Mandi, Dakota, Alyssa, Wyatt & Wesley