Tuesday, December 14, 2010

a christmas wish and photos galore...



Christmas Wish:
I have a special prayer request for you all! I have asked Ben several times what he would life for Christmas this year! He has never asked for anything materialistic but has only said, "I just want my memory!" I wish that I could buy that for him but I cannot! He has alot of long term memory but lacks the every day to day short term memory! I wrote a bit of his progress below but he has a long ways to go! Please pray for Ben and his memory...that it be fully restored and that his mind be sharp!!

Ok, I have a mass amount of photos for ya'lls enjoyment! They go back to a when one of Ben's buddies from NC drove up with his wife and girls, then our van came and a much needed visit from my mom to rescue me from my lonliness!! I will be posting more on my sister and nephews visit soon! Whenever I would tell Ben that I was going somewhere new he would say, "that's not fair!" When I asked him why he says, "because I cannot go!" I just have to keep telling him that I am checking out the places for him! After some training tomorrow I will be getting Ben out and about!! Enjoy!

Erick, Claudia, Victoria and Olivia visit...





Our swanky swagger wagon...









Mom visits...















Ben continues to do well! He is still working so hard! I find that I have to remind him less on things and for the first time I have noticed that just after a few weeks here he is catching on to many people's names! Many times I don't even have to remind them who they are...he already knows there names! Ben and I have only known some of these people and dogs for a few weeks and Ben is remembering their names!! This is huge! His therapies are challanging him and I think he is really responding well to it! He told me the other day that he was tired and wanted to take a nap! I asked him why and he said, "I had a brain injury and so I am tired!" He is realizing more things about what is going on himself!
Oh the joy and happiness that fills my heart to see these things taking place in this amazing husband of mine!
We will get there! Time is what we have and we will use all of it to get us where the Lord wants us to be!! Little strides equal HUGE steps!!

Sayings by Ben...I came in on Sunday morning to see that his call light was on! I went inside and found Ben crooked in Ben and looking like he was trying to get out of bed. I asked him what he was doing and he said, "I am going to the service!" Me-"what service?" Ben responded, "the one they just talked about!" OH MY GOODNESS! I had read the day before that they were going to have a church service...Ben heard the annoucement they had on the loud speaker and wanted to go! Thank goodness he didn't fall to the floor and thank goodness he was comprehending the fact that there was a church service and he was on a mission to go!!

5 comments:

Erin said...

Okay so this post made me tear up. Praise GOD for the HUGE steps Ben has taken the past few weeks. I am praying for a Christmas miracle for his memory. I will never stop praying for y'all!

Theresa said...

Praise God for the progress Ben is making. I will pray for his memory and sharpness of mind.

Anonymous said...

Bless God, my friend!!!!!! I am so excited for you both. Father is so good. Again, this is just the tip of the iceberg of Ben's healing. I love you guys. Marion I am so glad you could have your mom with you.

Alma Thompson said...

Wow! Go Ben! What amazing progress he's made. So glad Jersey is a great fit. Love your pics in NY. Miss you and think of you every time I go to Starbucks :)

((((Hugs from Sacramento))))

LaDonna Rae said...

LOL. You tell Ben not to stress over names...I've worked with my co-workers everyday for 4 years and I don't know many of their names. They simply don't sink in. My dad works for UPS; he scares people when we are out shopping (and he's not in his UPS uniform) because he can tell them their address, their make/ model of their car and/or license plate...but doesn't know their names.

That being said...WAY TO GO BEN!!

While I understand that his memory is important, and will be praying that GOD gives Ben the desires of his heart this year for Christmas--completly restoring his memory.

I am amazed that Ben knows that he has a relationship with God and with you Katie. I am amazed and awed that Ben has never questioned his relationship with God or you...God is giving Ben the memories that matter most. In the bigger scheme of things we have technology that will remind us of birthdays, phone numbers and appointments, but techonology cannot assist us with relationship. Ben has the memories of the things that matter most: his relationship with God and with you. To me that is just simply amazing and awed by the way that God works.