Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Very Merry Christmas!

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We had a wonderful visit with Michael, his parents Kim and Jim, and his sister Britany on Christmas Eve!  Cooper was a bit shy but he and Michael got along very well!   Britany has put her life as an elementary school teacher on hold and since June has been with Michael first at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland and now in a small apartment on the Hospital grounds.  Michael is mastering his prostheses and has amazed his therapists with his rapid progress.  Michael is upbeat, very comfortable with his new body, and determined to live life to the fullest.  He said he refuses to give the enemy any more of him than they already took!  He has gone hunting, sky-diving, competed in a hand cycle marathon and is driving his new truck with hand controls!   He has been given a beautiful German Shepherd  assist dog named Rocky who will learn to help Michael as needed. 

Cooper was bonding with Michael, but didn't have much to do with the rest of the company!  He's still learning that the world is a big place filled with people!

Larry and I ended Christmas Eve at the 7:00 pm service at our church where we had the privilege of hearing "O Holy Night" sung by a young lady who is destined for musical greatness!  It is the voice God will give me when I get to Heaven some day!  As for today, the turkey is in the oven and we will enjoy our Christmas feast, thankful for friends and family and looking forward to the New Year.

Merry Christmas to all of you! 

8 comments:

Barb said...

Judy, you have some wonderful people in your life - truly a blessing! I'm glad Michael is doing so well - what an amazing attitude he has! Merry Christmas, my friend! :)

Nancy said...

It sounds like "santa" came early to your house, Judy! What could be better than a lovely visit with your remarkable family and capping it with an inspirational worship service. There is no music as beautiful as O Holy Night sung by an angelic voice! That song is always a Christmas highlight for me.
Thanks for sharing your blessings, Judy. Merry Christmas!

donna mikasa said...

Hi Judy! I knew you'd have the perfect Christmas! Michael looks amazing, and Cooper is just adorable! I hope you continue to have a wonderful holiday--Happy New Year to you and Larry! And Cooper!

sheila said...

What a lovely looking family you have Judy! You brought tears to my eyes with the story of Michael and how he is handling the turns that life has handed. What a courageous young man. Cooper sounds like he is learning to "share"....hhehehe

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