Her therapy takes its toll on her throughout the day which is understandable and expected as she is still so weak. But praise the Lord! She gets a little stronger each day it seems. She remains focussed a little more each time getting tired as she goes farther into each session. The staff here is doing a marvelous job. We are so overjoyed with all who are taking a part in Whit's recovery. This facility is more than we could have hoped for and we are so thankful that she was placed here. There is a very special place in our hearts for the folks here at Spectrum.
Today she hopped a little more at the parellel bars and even turned around on her good leg with the help of her therapist. She has improved in her driving her own wheel chair up and down the hallways.The therapist did check to see if her ankle is flexing to which she gave a thumbs up even though it moved only a few degrees. But the thing that is so encouraging is that her mind seems to clear a little more each day. We are elated with each little hurdle that she comes upon and works hard to clear. It speaks for her character and the Lord's strength in her life. Now we understand that there is still a long,long way to go, yet we in our hearts jump for joy when she is able to endure more. Please know that her road up the mountain could take a long time so your continued prayers are still coveted by the family. Yet we are truly encouraged by her efforts. Our hearts ache when she says "I want to go home", knowing that that is exactly what we want. Please keep us in your prayers for patience through the long uphill process.
Another blessing to report to you happened last night. We went to the dinning room once again to have dinner. We all grabbed hands as is a normal custom at the Cerak table, bowed our heads and listened as Whitney gave the thanks for the food we were about to eat. That did this father's heart so much good, I don't remember much of what she prayed...I was leaping for joy that her heart is still God's and always will be.
We continue to pray for the VanRyn's. They are a kindred spirit with us. We sense their loss and know that their continued strength comes from partly from good friends. But it is God Himself who is sustaining them. As someone wrote us a line from a Ray Boltz song, "the anchor holds though the ship is battered". God is that anchor that continues to hold us firm in the storm.
In Christ alone, Whitney's dad