30 Mar A Note From Donna
Phil and I were able to travel to the U.S. this month to help with Harrison’s care. While there with him, our two daughters joined us, and for the first time in over 2 years, we had all our children in one place. We were able to see their three living grandparents, which was such a blessing to them as well as their grandparents. It seems that making things like this happen are harder and harder as our children develop their own lives and families and work obligations, but this time, the Lord blessed us with those special moments. Many have asked about Harrison’s progress after his surgical procedure to give him some much needed medication. His quality of life has certainly improved. As with most things, the positive is outweighing the negative so far, but there are some side effects that are concerning. One such side effect is an increased risk of seizures, and he had one the night before our return. The past several seizures have been successfully stopped at home with medication, but this one required large doses of medications that landed him in the hospital for observation for a couple of days. He is now at home and recovering. Because we are human, Phil and I often struggle with God’s plan for Harrison. One thing we observe is that Harrison truly has the peace that passes all understanding. He is full of faith and endures his suffering without complaining. He truly blesses all who know him. Harrison says he spends most of his time talking to God because He’s the only one that can hear him. Could this be his secret to peace in the face of struggle? I asked Phil today, “what if when we get to heaven, we learn that Harrison was blessed among men because he was ‘forced’ to commune with God while the rest of us got so caught up in the busyness and stress of this life?” We so appreciate your continued prayers for Harrison and for his incredible wife, Hayley. She is such a blessing to Harrison as well as to us. Her life is not easy, even though she communicates with great joy.