Monday, April 25, 2011


We had cousin Caleb over the other day, and he was singing and swinging with the girls. I couldn't help but notice the beautiful crop of hair on his head (growing back in after losing it during treatment), and I couldn't help hearing his song - about miracles.

He was singing about God making miracles. I couldn't recall the song, but the word miracle is still in my head today.

Yes, miracles still happen. Miracles might not always be sensational, and I need to be reminded of that. Miracles remind us to be thankful.

We are thankful that Rachel is showing interest in weight-bearing and movement. Sure, she doesn't move more than a step in twenty minutes, but she is happy and showing interest.

We are thankful to witness Janneke zipping around the room in her Pacer, chasing her current favourite toy, a set of drums. Her recent skill of going to the door, as if to get outside on the driveway, is evidence of a personality that won't be limited to her disability.

We are thankful we did not spend time in the hospital this Easter. For the last two Easters, we've been in the hospital with Janneke - 2009 for the aftermath of her birth and 2010 for her seizures.

This photo appears clinical, but we are so thankful for homecare and medical advancements for kids like ours. This was taken when our homecare nurse was flushing Janneke's portacath - while she was being fed through her g-tube. We are so thankful so much can be done at home.

We are thankful for our church family, for their willingness to learn alongside us, for the love and concern they show. Last week, an older couple came to us and said, "Your children, all the children here, are so important to us."

In this photo, Mendelt is directing the children as they sang on Easter morning. He had a little help from Rachel who supervised the whole business. It took some help (thanks, Boks family) to get the equipment to church, but there's something special about having Rachel stand with her peers.

And above all, we are thankful for grace and joy. It's no accident that Rachel and Janneke carry those as middle names. We are given joy for our journey through His grace, evident on the cross and alive in the resurrection.

So, we might not always get it right. And there will be crappy days.


We know how this Story ends.

Peace for your week.


Anonymous said...

I love your line, "a personality that won't be limited to her disability". So true. Beautiful. I need to remember that quote.

Sara said...

Your post reminded me of the song "Ordinary Miracle" by Sarah McLaughlin. God works so many wonders around us and we just need to see them! Thanks for reminding me of that today.I'm glad you all had a hospital-free Easter. I love to see that Rachel could join her peers at church. Thanks for sharing!

Ordinary Miracle - Sarah McLaughlin
It's not that unusual
When everything is beautiful
It's just another ordinary miracle today

The sky knows when it's time to snow
Don't need to teach a seed to grow
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Life is like a gift they say
Wrapped up for you everyday
Open up and find a way
To give some of your own

Isn't it remarkable
Like every time a raindrop falls
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Birds in winter have their fling
Will always make it home by spring
It's just another ordinary miracle today

When you wake up everyday
Please don't throw your dreams away
Hold them close to your heart
'Cause we're all a part of the ordinary miracle

Ordinary miracle
Do you want to see a miracle?

It seems so exceptional
The things just work out after all
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Sun comes up and shines so bright
And disappears again at night
It's just another ordinary miracle today

Lisa said...

Whoops! That was me, not Sara... :)

Leida Dykstra said...

Thankfulness, Grace, Joy.

Ralph and Sara, you and all four of your daughters are so uniquely blessed!

May you know that the richness and peacefulness that you share with us through your blog is encouraging, enriching and aweinspiring! Through your sharing, we may pray for our Heavenly Father's guidance for you...

Heather said...

I sooo love having a peek into your lives so full of gratitude. Your own grace and joy in it all is infectious. What very blessed girls to have a mommy like you, Sara and how blessed for the whole family and church body to have your precious girls in their lives!
Happy Easter!

Trish Krale said...


Your posts are very inspirational.
Some days it takes more work than others to be thankful, but the blessings are there if we look for them.


The Brands said...

It's a miracle, another miracle, something only God can do!

anya genevieve said...

Happy Easter :) what precious girls you have; what true gifts. I too got to experience the amazing joy of watching Caleb jumping and laughing with Nella on the trampoline and seeing the beauty of his red, thick hair and how much its grown in since last visit. met your sister Rhoda; she's wonderful, as i'm sure are you and so one day soon would love to meet you and your family; maybe come see a run?? prayers and love,