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March 23, 2012 / Ingrid

“Be Thankful For The Little Things…”

“Be thankful for the little things.  Be thankful for the little things.  Be thankful you can put on your own shoes and socks.  Be thankful you can brush your own teeth.  Be thankful you can put on your own deodorant.  Be thankful you can walk.  Be thankful you can go to school.  Be thankful for the little things…”.

This is what our precious son repeatedly said tonight with tears in his eyes.  These are just some of the things Jesse cannot currently do but would LOVE to do.  He wishes he was “normal” and that people could see how fortunate they are.

Jesse has had a very busy week. He has been eating and enjoying real food ever since his feeding tube was removed.  Since he is no longer connected to any device, Jesse can freely roam the halls (with us pushing him that is 🙂  ) in his new wheelchair.  Monday we will be taking a field trip to taco bell & the mall.  This will help Jesse gain some confidence to become Mr. Independent prior to coming home.



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  1. Laurie Bridges / Mar 24 2012 6:09 am

    Amen to that Jesse! Great wisdom young man 🙂


  2. Dee Dee Rauscher / Mar 24 2012 9:42 am

    Praying, Jesse! Thankful for every step of progress we hear about. This time it’s food! And getting to go out to Taco Bell soon. Looking forward to hearing about the next step. I know progress must feel achingly slow when you are the one who wants to do normal stuff, but sounds like you are definitely making progress. We love you.


  3. Chrystal Clayton / Mar 24 2012 10:58 am

    Words of a true champion!


  4. Diane Snellenberger / Mar 24 2012 11:19 am

    Jesse is so right. We all take so much for granted. We are so thankful that he is able to eat without the tube and get out. Jesse we all are praying and I just know you will make great strides. God be with you.


  5. Angela Cole / Mar 24 2012 12:23 pm

    Jesse, Glad to hear that you are still fighting hard and you are so right we do need to be thankful for the little things. We love you sweetheart and you know like you told me the last time that you texted me its been a hot minute since we talked……………well it has been a “Hot Minute” ! Hope you will continue to improve with each passing day. Hello to the Family hope Savannah is doing well it was great to sre the pic of the two of you.


  6. Sue Cox / Mar 24 2012 5:29 pm

    Jesse, you don’t know us but we feel like we know you. We are John Robert’s granny and poppy and we hear about you after the deer hunting trips which he loves. We also know your uncle and aunt here. Any way, the above news is great and we are so happy for your progress. God is so good and knows the best for each of us and sometimes it isn’t in our time line. You are a brave young man and many prayers have/are being said for you. You hang in there and enjoy every second of progress.
    Bob and Sue Cox


  7. Makenzie sanford / Mar 24 2012 7:04 pm

    Brings back so many memories. I would have tears in my eyes asking the same questions… And now I’m thankful for the little things. They will come bal Jesse, hang in there! You’ll have the little things back ❤ you. Prays, prays, prays!


  8. Louise Verni / Mar 25 2012 6:07 pm

    Praise God the feeding tube is out. That is great progress.


  9. lynette carver - your biggest fan / Mar 26 2012 9:01 am

    Way to go Jesse, Keep up the good work. It’s worth it. Luv to the fam


  10. Annie Unger, Josh,Sam and Gregory / Mar 28 2012 8:57 pm

    God Bless you and yours, Keep fighting the fight. Although we became a part of the RCS family after you moved, you are a great inspiration to both our boys Josh and Sam. May Angels always be with you. The Unger Family


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