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Well. . . God's response to your many prayers and ours was very loud and clear through not only the heart attitude and determination that God is giving Hope, but also in the abilities that God is continuing to give Hope! Trevor and I have suddenly realized just how far she has come over the summer by what she is doing in school right now! : ) It's awesome. . . God is AWESOME!!! And we are so thrilled to share the marvelous things that God continues to do in our precious girlies life!
The first day of school, both girls were super excited to go! Here is a couple cute pictures of them, before leaving for school that first day. . .
I was invited by the teachers to come into the two Grade 6 classrooms to share a bit with each class of what God was doing in Hope's life and continued recovery since they had last seen her in June. I asked Hope to help me, and she agreed, surprisingly, as she is usually not a big fan of speaking in front of a group of people. I was excited to share with the kids, but got to share much less than I had planned! Why, you may ask. . . for a most delightful reason. . . Hope!!! I told Trev that it was like setting up to tell a joke and half way through having someone come in and finish for you and get to give the punch line, every time! Hee hee!!! Of course, this was a true delight to my heart to see Hope so excited to share with her classmates what God is doing in her life and how He continues to further her recovery from this devastating brain injury! God enabled her to do a great job of describing things to her classmate, including why she is blind. . . it's not an eye problem but a brain problem and she would put her hand on the lower back of her head to show them where her brain isn't working right!
After school, she was disappointed that she didn't get any homework on the first day. So after the second day, she did over an hour of homework! She excitedly took on the challenge to memorize her class' Scripture passage, Matthew 5:1-4. She already has it memorized perfectly and recited to the teacher!!! It's not due until the end of week! Here is a video of her reciting her verse. . .
She was challenged to do 5 of the 20 spelling words, due the end of this week. She has already done 8 words! And not easy ones. . . aerodynamics, air resistance, barbules, and atmosphere are a few! She's learning definitions and dictating her own sentences, too! Hope started a Grade 2 math curriculum and is flying through it. . . it's her "treat" to do when she finished all her other homework! Exciting eh!!! We are totally amazed at what God is continuing to do in our little girl's body, heart and mind! It is a true marvel to observe His hand at work!!!
And after homework, you'll hear Hope say, "Okay, dad! Now it's time to do my walking in the walker!" She's super disappointed if we don't fit it in! Here's a picture and little video of her hard at work in her walker!
|Hope in her new walker!!!|
Here are a couple of videos of Hope walking on her birthday to show her grandparents what she's doing. These videos were taken in the last couple of minutes of her walking and so she's pretty tired. She is able to have her best coordination in walking at the beginning. This shows the struggle that coordination presents for Hope, especially when she's tired, but it still gives a pretty good picture of where her current skills are at. The first video shows her trying to get her feet flat on the ground and working at staying on her feet or bearing all her weight, rather than resting on the floating seat of the walker. At the end of the second video you can really hear how hard she is huffing and puffing, working so hard! As well, you can hear her giving her dad the gears to make sure that she does a full 10 minutes each day! Here are the links below:
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Thank you for your continued prayers for our sweet Hope! We are so blessed to continue to be held up in prayer by so many faithful prayer warriors! You are loved, dear ones!!!