When a Heart Breaks

As I was getting ready to teach a Sunday school class this morning, the song When a Heart Breaks by Ben Rector played on my Pandora. I felt my eyes start to tear up, but I didn’t understand. I wasn’t listening to every word because I was preoccupied painting my eyelashes jet black. But a…

Wheeling and Dealing… and Grieving

For everyone else–on the outside looking in–it’s been nine months. For us, it’s every day. And it’s hard, not to feel forgotten. It’s hard not to be angry. It’s hard not to be jealous of the other couples who are “normal” when we are “other”. It’s hard not to ask others why they no longer…

Frustrations

One question is always at the back of my mind: where is our miracle? Where is that miraculous recovery I see so many other people achieve? How do they do it? Where do these people get the money? One of the main experimental treatments is stem cell therapy. The Stem Cell Institute in Panama City,…

Thankful Heart

One thing that has always stuck with me is that this picture is the last I have of our previous life. I think about how on that day, we had no idea that everything was about to change. In the month that Caleb was in rehab at the hospital, he had to learn how to…

Life is Beautiful

I like to remind myself every morning that each day is a gift. Each day that I don’t get a life-changing and devastating phone call is miraculous. Every day I get to spend time with Caleb and our fur baby is a blessing. Sometimes it can be hard to remember this when I’m feeling the…

In Detail

I have talked a lot about Caleb’s injury and the effects it has had on our life together, but I realized today that I have never provided a representation of exactly what his injury is. If all I do is tell you: his spine was fractured/dislocated between T9 and T10, that doesn’t tell you what…

Autumn

‘Tis the season of thankfulness. For family, and friends, football and touchdowns, pumpkins and togetherness. This season I am incredibly thankful to have such wonderful people surrounding me. To my mom: who always supports me, cheers me on, and sets me on the right path. Who sees my strength yet also my weakness and braces…

Progress

Written by Kat Most people do not consider their legs an important part of sitting up or balancing in a seat. (Spoiler alert: they are.) After the initial days of recovery from surgery, Caleb had to start learning to sit up in a whole new way, without his legs to provide assistance. Just twodays after…