Feb 19, 2007


Ian was in his standing board for an hour today. Praise God! It's such a great thing for him to be able to stand for a long time.

He was awake for all but half an hour when I was with him today. He had a great session of speech therapy- his therapist said it's the best he's looked in awhile. Ian was following her with his eyes and reacting to the stimuli that she was using. He also swallowed with his mouth closed a few times, which is a good habit for him to start.

A lot of people have commented on how good his color looks and just how filled out his face is now. His eye looked fantastic again today and both of his eyes are regularly "in sync" now.

Every time I see him, he just looks more and more like himself. I'm so glad that he's still with us. Sometimes when I talk to him, I know he's kind-of in la la land and isn't really hearing me. But then other times it is so obvious that he is listening. I can tell when I look in his eyes whether he's with me or not. Today he was with me for a long time. We talked about some things that I know he definitely responded to by blinking. And they were things that I was really glad he was in agreement with, like memories from our past and talking about our future. We talked a lot about being on the beach in warm weather and how great that will be:) I can't wait for the both of us to be tan again....

Two things that I read this morning talked about persistence in prayer. This is another great insight from Charles Spurgeon:

"Prayer is thus connected with the blessing to show us the value of it. If we had the blessings without asking for them, we should think them common things; but prayer makes our mercies more precious than diamonds. The things we ask for are precious, but we do not realize their preciousness until we have sought for them earnestly."

Thank you for your prayers....



TimKurtz said...

Larissa - Great quote from Spurgeon! Thanks for sharing it. You have taught me so much over the past months. I'm praying with you for Ian. May the Lord be gracious to you this day. -tim

Anonymous said...

I am struck by how our deepest trials "hollow out" within us a greater capacity for joy in the future. The first time you two get to sit on the beach in the sun, you will enjoy the moment far more deeply than you ever did in the past! I wonder if this is true of Heaven.....that our earthly trials will form in us a greater capacity to enjoy the joys of Heaven. I think they will.
Good job, Larissa. The Lord is giving you grace....and you are taking it as well. We are encouraged and inspired by your active faith.
Cynthia Haughery