Friday, March 5, 2010

Praying for Ben

I happen to notice the button above on one of the blogs I follow Adorably Distracted and I clicked on it...It directed me to Ben & Katie which then took me on an hour long adventure through the journey of the last 7 moths of their lives.. They were involved in a serious car accident which has left Ben with the task of recovery from a brain injury...The blog was started at the point of the accident by and family member and is now updated by his wife Katie. Katie has got to be one of the strongest women I have come across...She has taken control of both her and he husbands life decisions with complete faith in God and his journey for them. It is amazing b/c I am the same age as her and could not imagine the obstacles that she has had to endure since their life was flipped upside down while on the way to dinner one night. It just makes me realize how much I have to be thankful for and how everything can change in the blink of an eye!!

As some of you know me personally - you know that I do not vocalize my spirituality out loud... I believe it is a private matter b/w God and me. However I feel strongly connected to this story b/c  my father was involved in a serious car accident when he was a youngster in college. He too was in the Army like Ben and he suffered a serious brain injury only to recovery and meet my mom years later and have me. My father is an amazing man!! Even to this day he always see the bright side of things and is always cracking a joke!! This last year was a trying one for me as well b/c we had to make a decision to place him in a long term care facility..he calls it the hotel... it was a tough decision for my mother and I but it was the best one I think we have made in a long time...he has tons of friends and has a little lady named Ida that sits at his table that will only allow him to open her milk carton -- she won't even allow her own daughter...shes says "no I want Charlie to do it" cracks me up!!! 

It's stories like Ben & Katie's and my dad's that make me realize there is a higher being...through it all both Katie and my dad have stayed faithful in their beliefs... beliefs that would be questioned in those type of circumstances mom and I always joke that in the hierarchy it goes - God - Jesus - My dad ... anytime I go to her with problems she says "I'll have your dad pray for you...he's prayers always get answered"

If you happen to have time.... read their journey...if not all I ask is that you say a little prayer for them.


Adorably Distracted... said...

Awww I am so glad that you took the time to do this. I don't know Katie and Ben personally but I was so touched by their story and what they are going through that I had to post the button. I agree, Katie is one strong cookie because I don't know if I'd have the strength to do anymore then cry some days!

Hope you have a great weekend! I laughed about the milk also! lol


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