Wednesday, September 23, 2009

DAY 95

One day at a time, Sweet Jesus, that's all I'm asking from you.

Today Rick walked 150 feet pushing the shopping cart. Again, he had minimal assist from Katie up top and moderate assist from Olivia with his feet. If he can walk 150 feet consistently, with the aid of only one person, then great things can happen. First, he can quit taking his blood thinner which is a shot in the belly once a day that they have trained me to give. I can do it, but I'd rather not have to! The 2nd thing is he can get a bump in his FIM score!

He was sleepy today, and nodded yes to Julia this morning when she asked if he was tired. He still did really, really good today. In speech therapy Christina held up two objects at a time, like a mirror and a salt shaker. And then she'd say, "can you grab the salt shaker?" and he would. then she'd say "what would you do with that?" and he'd shake it! He did that with a hammer, hairbrush, mirror, dice, knife, etc. The funniest thing was the mirror. He held the mirror up to his face and looked at himself. I said, "your lookin' good Rick, what do you think?" and he crinkled his nose up like "nah"! It was really funny. He's really just so spontaneous now, and so aware of everything around him. If he wants something he'll either reach for me, or if he's close enough, he'll tap on me on the shoulder and try to tell me what he wants.

We have come so far. And he is doing so good...we'll get day at a time. Thanks for all the support. I appreciate the e-mails and cards and reponses on the blog. Please know that I may not be able to respond to everyone of them, but I read all of them.



  1. Crystal,
    If he can walk a 150 ft. great things are happening, this is just one more of many.
    Thank you Jesus!! He is going to continue to do better and better and better. God has not brought him and you this far this fast to slow down now. Praise and thanksgiving be unto God forever and ever. Have you thought about yours
    and his testimony, how powerful that will be?
    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a preacher's wife? OK! I'll hush and cut you some slack. Let's pray, Father in Heaven we are so thankful for your faithfulness to the
    body of Christ. Father we come into your presence with praise and thanksgiving and Father we thank you for the healing in Rick's body and mind. Father we thank you for all you have done and for all you are going to do. We thank you for the renewing of his spirit and we thank you for watching over the whole family. Father we thank you that all good things come from you!! In Jesus name we pray,
    and all of God's children said Amen and Amen
    and Lord, please bless all the folks at Baylor who have helped Rick and Crystal, the Morriss's, the Moorehouses, the Tongue River Ranch family, and anyone who has contributed to their well being. in the Name of Jesus, Amen
    God Bless America and the world leaders at the U.N. right now, or watch out for the rest of us! later, Rick

  2. Praise the Lord and thank you Rick Vandiver for another good prayer for our prescious kids.
    I think God has a plan and your right, it just might be that Crystal ends up, the preachers wife. Heaven knows, she will know the Bible inside out when this is over. Love you Rick and Cyrstal.

  3. One Day at a Time is one of my specials that I sing in church. Next time, it will be especially for my Rick!!!
    We love ya'll!!!!