Saturday, December 31, 2011

So long 2011...

I have two blogs. 

I've kept a private blog about Ben for a few years now.  It's mostly a way for far away family to see him grow.  It's an easy way to share pictures and experiences.  I love it because I'm able to quickly jot down some of my most favorite memories.  Then I use and turn the blog directly into a book.  I was working on the 2011 book a few weeks ago and I was editing a post that was written on January 12, 2011. 

This is what was written:

light at the end of the tunnel

We ventured to Cook's Children's Hospital today and visited with Ben's neurologist. Dr. Perry is very nice and easy to talk with and today he had wonderful news! 
It's been 1 year and 3 months since his last seizure. So if all continues to go well, we won't go back until October. And he said at that point we will develop a plan to get him off of his medication! This is wonderful news because we were told that we needed to get to 3 years without a seizure before we could start weaning, but it looks as if we can begin the process at the 2 year mark. I'm thrilled beyond words and so thankful for God's protection on Ben's life. I pray that he will continue to experience healing and truly be able to be 'trileptal' free by the end of 2011!

You just never know what the future is going to hold.  We are "trileptal free" (the first med he ever took), but this isn't how I imagined it. 

Last year on New Year's Eve, my friend, Angie and I made these blessing jars.  The idea behind it is to count your blessings for the entire year.  Each time you experience a blessing, you write it down and place it in the jar.  We get to open up the jar and read all of the blessings we received this New Year's Eve! 

Here's a picture of our blessing jar (bear in mind that I'm not the most craftiest of people):

I included the lyrics on the jar because I love that old song!  I remember singing it as a little girl in church - I can still see Pastor Stephens and Mr. Karjala up there leading us.  :)

Here are the lyrics:

When upon life billows, you are tempest-tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one.
And it will surprise you what the Lord has done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one
Count your blessings see what God has done.
Count your many blessings, name them one by one
Count your many blessings, see what God has done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their land and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings - wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven; nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged; God is over all!
Count your many blessings; angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.

In case you've never heard it before, here's the song:

I don't know what 2012 will hold...I don't even know what tomorrow will hold...but I know that God will help us through every day of 2012.  He is with us through our current struggle and is using it to create something beautiful.  We don't see it all yet, but I know it.  He has promised to finish working out all the things that he started. 

If you are looking for a great book to read on this subject, click here, I've really enjoyed reading it.

Happy New Year!

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