Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Buddy WalkTomorrow is the fourth annual Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome in Ann Arbor. We are members of the local Down Syndrome Support Team (DSST), which exists to support families with child who have DS, as well as to increase awareness and inclusion of individuals with DS.
Laura and I got involved with DSST about a year ago, and we are so proud to be involved with this organization. When we found out about the Buddy Walk, we were excited and jumped in. The community support has been phenomenal! It amazes me that so many people's lives have been touched in a positive way by DS.
Part of our responsibilities were going throughout our wonderful community and collecting donations of goods and money to support DSST. Every single person we talked to knew of someone in their immmediate circle affected by Down syndrome. The generosity was overwhelming! Our local paper ran a 1/2 page story on our family as well:
It's humbling to have such an awesome responsibity with Manny, but I know that God has GREAT things in mind for him! If anyone still comes by, I want to thank you for your support of Laura and I over the last four years. The years have been trying and sorrowful at times, but God has carried us through it all! Praise Him.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
weird but strangely captivatingI know I said good bye, but I am back. I found something that had me transfixed for over 6 minutes. And since my family motto is transfixed but not dead, I thought it appropriate:
MUTO a wall-painted animation by BLU from blu on Vimeo.
Have a wonderful day!
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Goodbye for nowMy posts for the last few months have been sporadic at best, and although I loved this forum at the start, I have felt guilty when I don't post for a while. My time is precious to me, and I feel it could be best used to other endeavours at this point. Who knows, I may return. In the mean time, God Bless, and keep your gaze set on Him, all the rest is small potatoes.
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Another inspiring talkThis is a bit long...10 minutes or so, but worth the watch. Helps put my minor struggles in perspective, and also helps keep the right attitude towards struggles.
Dr. Randy Pausch is the guy speaking:
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Crazy busyIt's been a little hectic around my house lately. Wow is on strict rest, her mom is here helping, but I seem to busier than ever. Thanks for all the prayers, keep 'em coming.
Monday, February 25, 2008
***ring, ring, ring***
Wow (crying): I think I just totalled the Jeep...
Me: Are you ok?
W: I don't know, but I think the Jeep is totalled
Me: I don't care about the (expletive) Jeep, are you ok?
W: I'm waiting for the ambulance...
Last Friday morning, I was busy shoveling the walk when my cell phone in my pocket rang, and the above conversation took place. Wow was driving to work, and hit some black ice, fishtailed a bit, was hit in the driver's side rear of the car, spun 90 degrees to the right, and hit the guard wall of a bridge over a river at 50 miles per hour. She was right, the Jeep was totalled.
Here are a few events of that day:
1) She hit a wall at 50 mph, and received only muscular injuries. (Both the airbags deployed, rear windows blew out, front end was crushed)
2) There were no other cars on the bridge at the time, even though it is normally bumper to bumper at that time of the morning.
3) The man who was driving the truck that hit her was extremely kind and considerate.
4) The trooper who showed up didn't issue a citation, even though wow was 100% at fault (according to him).
5) When we got to the hospital, everyone was phenomenal, rushed her in, got her CT's/Xrays, etc within 2 hours.
Looking back on the day, I just keep thanking God for answered prayers, keeping my beautiful bride safe, and providing in His perfect way.
Wow has a long way to go on the road to healing, physical therapy, exercise, etc.
I just can't stop praising and thanking God for all He has done and is doing...
When I figure out how to transfer pics from my phone to the computer, I will update w/ pics.