Whitney Cerak

We, the Cerak family, are elated beyond description at Whitney’s return home. It is so much more than we ever imagined three months ago.We would like to restate our plans of not speaking to the media. There is still much on the road to Whitney’s full recovery. We want to thank the media for the respect they have shown of our privacy in this time. And ask that the same courtesy given us would be extended to our family and friends.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

July 13, 2006

“The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion. The Lord protects the simple hearted; when I was in great need, he saved me.” Psalm 116:5-6

Today was a quiet day – a day that we felt the normalcy of a routine. Whitney did take another step toward independence by spending her first night alone. Carly was not able to spend the night and I offered but Whitney said she would be just fine and she was.

Whitney had her morning therapies and had lunch with Newell and me. She has her dad wrapped around her little finger. When she mentioned that she wanted something different for lunch, he ran out and got it for her. She then had her afternoon therapies while Newell and I had meetings.

We all had a short rest as we waited for Carly to come back from her day of interning. Carly has had a few busy days so dinner was fun time of catching up. We talked about home and missing “Alpenfest” back in Gaylord and how quickly each day goes by. We are thankful for these “normal” days… a chance to regroup. A chance to regroup and at the end of the day say “This is the day the Lord has made – let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

With love – Whitney’s mom


Blogger isabella284 said...

you have the nicest writting x). Keep up with you love for God!

7:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems as if the media wants to really "milk" this story. I assume the pictures for the Today show were taken without your permission, and if so, I'm sorry you can't have the privacy you desire. I hope you don't have too much of a burden because of your openness to share through this blogsite.

We respect your right to allow Whitney to live her life outside of the public eye. Obviously, your lives are changed forever, but hopefully it will not be cumbersome for all of you.

May God continue to bring healing to Whitney's mind, body, and soul.

A sister in Christ.

8:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Whitney's Mom, you are so wonderful...I love to read your writings...thank you...

I pray the media will leave all of you alone and will let you try to live normally...

love from illinois

9:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy that Whitney keeps progressing and moving more towards independence once again. She inspires me so, whenever I feel in the dumps or sick...I think of her and her determination of what she is going through. I am so happy that you all are so loving and have many friends that constantly visit and support you all :) God Bless all of you!

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Just a friend. said...

Don't worry.... we will eat an Elephant ear in your name on the Alpenstrauss! That's what friends are for, right?

Miss seeing your smiling faces around town and at church, but are so thankful for each of you and your committment to the Lord. You have influenced each of my children in so many ways, that all I can say is "thank you!"

God bless you all!

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys!!! Just wanted you to know that we miss you all! Whitney, your Rehab buddies at CCC are very excited and proud of what we are reading here! Keep it up! Take care. All of you are in our thoughts and prayers daily.


10:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you inspire me.. i'm sure you get restless waiting and yet your trust is always in the Lord. thansk for your bold life.

11:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the scriptures today (and every other day)! They were just what my daughter-in-law was needing. She has been trying for a few years to get pregnant and they find out from the doctor today if the in vitro worked! I saw the scripture you wrote and sent it to her (Psalm 116:5-6). It was just what she needed. God works in mysterious ways and you have helped with a blessing today. To God be the Glory for his working through you to help others.

God Bless Whitney and your whole family. You are in our prayers as are the other families that need our prayers from this accident.

Keep up the good work Whitney!

12:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful and beautifully written updates. I hope your writing helps you heal and that you will continue to share. It's wonderful to read about Whitney's remarkable progress. Thank you. She is an inspiration. May God continue to bless you all.

12:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you for your wonderful updates and scriptures. Reading your blog has become my routine of the morning and I love the scriptures you all pick out.

Alpenfest. . .the theme this year is "come home to Alpenfest". I've been thinking all along that maybe Whitney would be able to "Come home to Alpenfest" It would have been great to see her beautiful smile down on the Alpenstrasse. Maybe we'll just have a new festival just for Whitney when it's time for her tocome home.

Tonight is the christian concerts, a local group (All 4 Him??? they were awesome last year) and Big Daddy Weave. I'll be thinking of you all and praising God for your Awesome family. WE LOVE YOU GUYS!!

2:22 PM  
Blogger lost indie said...

Thanks so much for sharing. You all inspire so many people.

2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I commented earlier about my daughter-in-law seeing if she was pregnant through in-vitro after trying so many times. Well, they found out today that the tests were negative.

They know the Lord and trust in him. I had a friend say to me, "keep praying that God comforts them and really shows them some of His plan for them, especially at this time. We can't always know; that's what 'trust and obey' and 'faith' is all about, but sometimes part of the comfort is showing us the next bit of the path..."

Can you give me some words of wisdom and scriptures that I can share with them? I know this may seem small to some, but to them, it is very big. They have been trying for over 4 yrs to have a baby.

God bless you!

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just thought I would say hello, I am so glad that Whitney is progressing so well. Just as you miss the Alpenstrauss, it misses you too. You will continue to be in my prayers. Heather Guss (Yohe)

2:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that know that I enjoy reading the blog daily. Whitney is such a strong and admirable young lady. You're in our prayers!

God bless,
From Porterville, California

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FYI.....There also was a story with recent pictures on the New York Post, July 11. Story was under NEWS in middle of paper.

3:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a note of love and hope for the family trying to conceive-- God knows your heart and your needs--He is so good--keep trusting and He will pull you through.

KNOW that he is right there beside you always...

fondly from a grandma in Ohio

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am praising God for everything He has done in your lives. I know that when someone is sick for along time, it can wear the family out. I also know that when this hump in your road clears up, you will be on your way home to Gaylord to another phase in getting your lives back to some kind of normal. You are all being lifted up daily in prayer. As we remember you we still pray for those whose lives this has touched. You may not see on earth all that has been accomplished for Our Saviour, but His message is still being preached to those who need to hear. Whit keep up the great work. Home is soon around the corner. God Bless you Love and prayers.

5:46 PM  
Anonymous Nicole said...

I just want you to know that Whitney and Laura are in my thoughts everyday. I feel as though I knew them both personally although I am from Mass. I have watched the videos and read the blogs and I am just amazed with your strength and faith in the Lord. You have renewed my faith and encourage me to share it with my daughter. I know that you are hearing from many people but I just wanted you to know what a difference your story has already made in my life.

6:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy to read of Whitney's continued progress. I saw a photo of her which I'm sure was unauthorized and an invasion of her privacy...but it was good to see her looking well and happy. I hope the press honors your plea for privacy. God bless.

Joanne in PA

7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck tomorrow guys. We are praying that everything goes well. Hope to see those beautiful dimples soon!! Found a special gift and Bad Brad will drop it off tomorrow. He will be in Grand Rapids and would love to see you all! If that is not possible, he will drop a package off at the desk. We love and miss all of you. Friends from E-Free

9:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sending hugs and saying prayers in Gaylord. Nathan

9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

First of all, continued prayers to Whitney and family...I anxiously await to be updated in the mornings to see how Whitney is doing. Your family is truly amazing and an inspiration.

Second of all...to the poster who's daughter-in-law just found out her in-vitro failed...my heart goes out to them. My husband and I tried for over 5 heartbreaking years to conceive. One verse I found comforting was Jeremiah 29:11.."For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Feel free to contact me at clsuchecki@msn.com if you want to talk more.

C in Grand Rapids

4:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your ongoing updates have been such an blessing to the entire world. My heart is heavy that the news media may have taken advantage of you to get a "story". We as Christians need to take the high road and give your family the privacy you need. God Bless you and forgive us for not respecting your privacy.

Please know many are praying for you and the other Tayor families.

5:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read about this blog in People Magazine. I'm amazed at your faith. Your strength and trust in the Lord has no doubt helped Whitney's recovery. It's wonderful to see how you've taken something as awful as Whitney's accident as an opportunity to share the Lord's grace with others. Congratulations on how well she's doing, and I'll keep you all in my prayers.

7:53 PM  

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