(Larissa wrote this last night and asked me to post it today. Steve)
One of our friends who is working with Ian reported today that he swallowed around a dozen times while she was working with him. When he was in Children's, it was a good day to have one swallow per session. This may not seem significant at first, but him swallowing more means that he is gaining control of his tongue. We've been told that after he learns how to consistently swallow again, him forming words should come pretty quickly after that.
We took Ian to the movies tonight to see Pirates III. He did really well for about an hour and then he was happy to be home and back in his bed.
As Kristi wrote, this weekend is New Attitude, a conference with Sovereign Grace Ministries. I don't like the thought of being there without Ian. It just feels awkward. But God knew that he wouldn't be there and He knew that we would be wishing he were in Kentucky with us. Somehow this is better and is accomplishing something greater. God can minister to Ian no matter where he is and He can also comfort our emotions of longing to have Ian there with us.
"Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without thee I am weak, but with thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without thy guidance"
Thank you for praying