Monday, November 2, 2009

New Home in Rochester

Enjoy the Fall Mums from our garden.

I apologize for the lack of updates recently. We've had flooding rains which required us to attend to our bridge.

Tonja and the kids have moved to their new home in Rochester to be near Michael. I would like to thank everyone for helping make this possible. Your donations are much appreciated. As we spoke, Tonja was cooking breakfast in their new home! She sounded well rested for the first time in over a month. The children were very excited and love their new home; it actually has running hot water and heat!! Eventually Tonja will return to Missouri to finish packing. Tonja with help from Mike's pastor Neal, from Missouri (Sandy Church), helped haul their belongings to Rochester. They had a good visit with Michael, and the pastor's wife Leanne, played the banjo for Mike. The nurses were pleased as they say the floor is usually fairly quiet. The children visited with their Daddy, and were very happy to see him. Tonja found a part time job with a nursing home she used to work for, and will be working nights.

Mike has been walking across the room unaided, by holding on to his IV pole. He works with physical therapy to daily gain strength. The Recreational Therapist brings books, magazines, and other activities to try to help keep Mike occupied and quell the boredom. From my own experience, hospitals can be a very boring place to be.

We all pray, a heart is soon found for Michael, and that he grows stronger and stronger each day. Blessings to all and much love to everyone!

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