September 23, 2007

Spina Bifida Picnic

Saturday we were invited by the West Michigan Spina Bifida Association to their annual picnic. We decided last minute to attend and were a little nervous about going. We had a Youth Leaders meeting that day and guess where the picnic was, about 1 1/2 miles away. So, we dropped in and met parents and children in our area with Spina Bifida. They were very kind and encouraging to us. It was good to talk with a few parents about their experiences and with a few of the kids about school and other activities. It was wonderful to hear that out of the kids we met they all attend schools in our area that integrate them into the classroom and a few of them are involved in hockey, tennis and basketball. We are very blessed to have access to these activities nearby. It was also hard not to notice that they were all in wheelchairs. We left with a more realistic view of what our family's future holds and disappointed that Whitney may have to be in a wheelchair. We are holding on to hope knowing that God can do a miraculous work in this little one's body and we will not cease praying for that.


Amanda said...
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Amanda said...

Matt and Susan, thanks so much for starting this blog not only to let us know what is going on, but also to share your honest and heartfelt feelings with those who care about you. As I read your prayer requests I was reminded of a comforting verse: Romans 8:26. "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express." Take heart in knowing that the Spirit will take over for you when you just can't pray or don't know what to pray for. Also know that you have a host of others praying for you and lifting you up.