Friday, August 20, 2010

Ben's sister visits...

Written by Ben’s sister Darlene…
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil 4:13
Ben is living this every day. Katie is living this every day. I got to visit Ben and Katie this past weekend! I had a great time being a part of their lives. Katie went on a camping trip with her family and WA and I stayed with Ben and got to know the other people in his life.
On Friday I got to watch him in water therapy. Awesome describes that! Later on I asked how he was and he said ok. I asked what was wrong and Ben said, “I need Katie.” I said she will be back soon! He said, “She needs to hurry up!” That’s Ben! Later that night his face lit up when he heard his brother’s voice and he also talked to Katie and said good night. We prayed together and said good night.
On Saturday we had a great morning. Ben stood on his own for over a minute and he stood so tall and strong. Later that day we went to an outdoor mall. It was great to see him soak up the sun and the smells of life. Back at the hospital he got to talk to a good friend Knute Krigger, he was so excited. Ben sang Jesus Loves Me. How simple and true these words are. When it all comes down to it and all that matters is that Jesus saves and Jesus loves.
On Sunday we had church and I loved singing with Ben. I have always loved going to church with my family and it was no different today. Ben walked in therapy and stood again on his own! God is working in Ben’s life and Ben is doing his part in the miracle process. Another blessing was to have friends come in and visit us. We have known the Schielders for many years. They are good friends of our parents. They brought Ben a squirrel that squeaks when you pet it, footballs, paper and writing stuff and some hand weights. Ben also got to talk to both sets of grandparents later on in the evening. He wants them to know that he loves them and is working very hard.
Katie, a word from our family and friends. Thank you for loving, caring, being there and everything you do. You are his rock and love. Every day he asked where’s Katie and I love her. You make it easier on us knowing that Ben is cherished by you. May God give you the strength, wisdom, love, patience, guidance and peace as you love our son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew, friend and Army Ranger who loves his country. We all love you and Ben so much!



Anonymous said...

Ben, It is good to see some of your family. I've known Katie's family well over 25 years. You are doing so well and are a testimony to Father's saving grace and mercy. I look forward to the day I get to shake your hand. Your friend, Marion Hansen

JJF said...

I miss you Darlene! Awesome to see pics of you and Ben. Praying for you, Ben, Katie, Dar, Joe, Mike and Jan. I love you! God is with you and Ben and Katie. I'm so proud of you, in the midst of this tough journey.
The Farnsworths