10.9.12 Keep living life

During our ALS journey over the last 3 years, we have learned it helps to have the attitude to keep living life each day. We try to make the most of the day that we have been given…each day is a gift. It may be a good ALS day where Peter has energy or he may only be up for a few hours. This last week was very intense when he was in bed for 3 days with hospice at the bedside. We really were not sure if he would pull out of the tailspin he was in. Every day with ALS is different and some are more of a challenge than others.

Our son Ryan was turning 30 and we had planned a surprise dinner fiesta for him in the backyard with a few of his closest friends and family.We were going to cancel the event because Peter had just come through some rough days. But on the morning of the planned fiesta,  the sun was shining, the backyard looked beautiful with flowers… it was as if the day was announcing itself and saying “I’m here, use me!” It reminded me that we have been given the gift of today; and the gift of our son Ryan, family and friends. So we choose to keep living life and celebrated Ryan’s birthday… with fiesta food, music,family, friends, affirmations, ice cream cake and sombreros. Peter was able to join us only for about 30 minutes, but he created a special memory for our family with his presence. Ryan told us one of the highlights of the party was seeing his Dad in the backyard while we all yelled “surprise”. Peter seems to be feeling stronger now and he has had a few good days. We will see what tomorrow holds, but no matter what we will try hard to keep living life in faith with family and friends.




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6 Responses to 10.9.12 Keep living life

  1. Joyce Devin says:

    Thanks for the example of living, “This is the day the Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Peter and Andrea, and family, you set a memorable event for any who will see. Love…

  2. Janet Terrell says:

    Dear Andrea & Peter,

    I know these days are filled with many emotions, some amazing moments and some incredibly challenging ones. We do get to choose how we walk through them, and what a blessing for you, your family and your friends that you choose to do it with joy, faith, love and endurance.
    You have run a great race and honored and glorified the Lord!…….you are in our prayers
    Janet Terrell & daughters, Amy, Allison, & Ann Marie

  3. jody snyder says:

    I have tears of Joy as I read your message! Praise God and all the glory to our Father for even the small gifts he gives us. You and your family exemplify perseverence and love, what a joyous 30th celebration! The sun and son shines through your life story; thank you again for sharing, you bring hope and love to all our lives!

  4. cheryl larrick says:

    Praying for you and your family. God is good, God is amazing!.

  5. Mary says:

    You all have set such an example of living life to the fullest, being grateful for everyday, and finding JOY in every minute. Thank you
    Love M

  6. Terri says:

    “Rejoice evermore.”* (1 Thessalonians 5:16) “As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing.”* (2 Corinthians 6:10) “Rejoice alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”* (Philippians 4:4) “Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations.”* (James 1:2) This is the power of the Christian life. We can always rejoice. We can be contented and happy, whatever our circumstances in life. God’s grace will sustain us. Every day can be, and should be, a day of rejoicing. God is pleased to have us happy, but He would have our rejoicing to be in Him and not in His blessings. To rejoice in the midst of trial is health to the soul.

    Thank you Lord for a day of celebration of a wonderful gift of life, Ryan’s!

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