Saturday, October 31, 2009

DAY 133

Rick took advantage of the weekend and slept in as usual. The baclofen pump is definetly working as now when I get him out of bed, he's doesn't push backwards or pop up...he stands slowly and then leans on me pretty good for support. We had our choice of KFC or Taco Bell for lunch and he chose Taco Bell. He ate good and Kelly P's parents brought chocolate chip cookies, and he ate his share of those, too! He took a long nap this afternoon and then we sat outside for a while. We had visitors after supper...Jennifer and Mark Griffin. I worked with Jennifer at Wright's 11 years ago and now she lives in a little community called West Minster that is 5 minutes from here! Mark is the captain of the West Minister VFD. He came on a call to Pate last week, and when I saw him, I thought he looked familar, but never could place him. Then she called yesterday and it all clicked.

These bumps in the road are just the enemy at work. He wants us to all give up...quit praying and just give up on God. But we won't do that...we'll pray even harder until the devil gives up instead. God is at work rebuilding, repairing and restoring Rick. Just like Nehemia had to remain focused to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem we have to remain focused on our assignment (praying for Rick) until his complete restoration. I remember some time back, I told Riley to keep praying for Daddy and she said, "well, I had to quit praying because every time I pray, I have a nightmare" And I said, "well, it looks like the devil got what he wanted...he gave you the nightmares so you would quit praying and it worked" Oh she did not like that at all and had never even thought of it like that...needless to say she's praying for Daddy!

Keep the faith!


  1. Crystal,
    You are so right about Satan. He will try anything and everything to cause havoc. Just when things seem to be going smooth or getting better, he throws something at us to try to make us doubt.
    Your strong faith and unwavering belief encourage me daily!
    Still praying for you all!
    Ann & Cliff

  2. Crystal,
    I was beginin' to wonder if you were going to post tonight. I used to go by Westminster about once a month, I had a account in Blue Ridge. That was in one of my previous lives. You are so right in your analysis of the situation. Jesus has already paid the price for absolutely everything we need, however we have to believe that we can possess those things and sometimes to do that is a pretty awesome task. I think you have done well, as a matter of fact, very well throughout this ordeal. We must maintain our faith in God and all of his promises to us and exercise that faith. Have a great Sunday, peace be with you both, God Bless, Later, Rick

  3. We are still praying. We love you both so much and the kiddys too. Tell Rick, Aunt Cyndi loves him so much.

  4. you are such a beautiful family--your children will grow strong in so many ways. i believe that you all have so much to look forward to in this life and beyond. shelah

  5. Please tell me that youre going to keep this up! Its so good and so important. I cant wait to read more from you. I just feel like you know so much and know how to make people listen to what you have to say. This blog is just too cool to be missed. Great stuff, really. Please, PLEASE keep it up!