Friday, April 8th

Today was a little bit different of a day. Some of Jacob’s usual therapists were gone for training of some sort. It’s hard when you’re used to someone being there everyday and then all of a sudden they’re not. I think that kind of threw Jacob off, including myself. He still did good, but wasn’t as enthusiastic as he normally is. Most of his sessions today were all about strengthening his legs. He also did a lot of walking and he got to shoot a Nerf bow. He had a blast with that! Also, more Lego building while standing – always a hit!

Later this afternoon my sister and family (The Endsleys) brought Caleb up to see us. We had a great time visiting and the kids helped decorate Jacobs room. There are stars and planets hanging all over the walls and hanging from the ceiling. It’s a nice touch and makes it feel a little less like we’re living in a hospital. 🙂

It’s hard to believe that we’ve been in Grand Rapids for only 17 days. It feels like so much more than that. But at the same time, I realize that Jacob has come such a long way in such a short amount of time. Even though it’s so tough being here – seeing what Jacob is going through, that my sweet baby Caleb isn’t with his mom or dad, and my wonderful husband is alone 8 hours away – I have peace, total peace knowing that my Heavenly Father is in control. It’s out of my hands and in His. He has a plan…something greater than any of us could ever imagine. And the best part is? We get to be a part of it!

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  1. Darlene Ahlberg says:

    Hi, Erin. You won’t remember me, but I worked for your dad when you were just a young girl in Sault Ste Marie. Selden Collins informed me about Jacob and I just want you to know that thoughts and prayers are being sent your way from Bay City, MI.
    I’m sure you are already aware what an amazing place Mary Free Bed is. You and Jacob are at the BEST place in the midwest for rehabilitative care. The son of a close friend of ours was predicted to never walk again, but through the determination of the MFB staff, his hard work, and God’s grace, he is now living a normal life.
    I pray that Jacob will be completely healed and you can all return home very soon. I know it is extremely tough being away from your youngest son and family. Your faith is strong, and it will be your rock as Jacob works his way back to perfect health. God Bless.
    PS: Please say hello to your dad for me. He is thought of often.

  2. Stacy Sibanda says:

    Hey Erin. I am continuing to pray for you all. Keep your faith filled attitude as God is protecting you all and giving you strength. Call me if you need anything at all, even if you just need to talk. Keep your faith and remember that you will all get through this and you have lots of love and support. Stay strong and I love you! Love, Stacy

  3. Tami Westman says:

    Hi,
    It warms the heart to hear of your faith and complete dependence on our Lord and Savior. It isn’t always easy, but we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else but in His tender care.

    Jacob, Pastor Ron and I continue to pray for you. It sounds like you are having lots of fun as you work hard. Here are a couple more jokes for you:

    What is a baby elephant after he is five weeks old?
    Six weeks old!!

    Policeman: “One of your elephants has been seen chasing a man on a bicycle.”
    Zoo Keeper: “Nonsense, none of my elephants knows how to ride a bicycle!”

    Ms Tami



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