Monday, September 8, 2014


Darlin' Forrest.   It's hard to explain.  But even as I watch you refusing help and struggling to dress yourself, in spite of the discomfort and the logistics of managing the drains, I am grateful. My mother's heart is overflowing with gratitude  for your determination and your growing Independence.  The simplest tasks that most of us probably take for granted, you accomplish with patience, grace, and an unfathomable strength.  As I watch your fingers slowly manage the buttons of your shirt, I marvel at the exquisite precision of fingers that respond to your direction.

 None of us should ever take our own fingers for granted. 

I am grateful beyond words for your friends who brighten your days with their visits, face time, and messages. 

How great to be able to receive a visit from Caroline and Shelly at your front door!

It doesn't matter that you aren't strong enough yet to safely climb the stairs...
if Angel, Derek and Tami are waiting to applaud your arrival on the BrightWood "roller coaster"! 

And extreme Jenga ...

is so much more fun with virtual participation  by your awesome brother Austin!

How can I explain the thrill of hearing you belt out the words to your "Brothers Song" with Tom and Kyle during music therapy today at A Place To Be, when we couldn't even know that you would still have your voice after surgery?!? 

As the sun sets over BrightWood, I am grateful for this day and for every day we can share with family and friends,

Hug a friend, call a family member. breathe in the fesh September air, give thanks for this day. 

God Bless,



  1. Thank you for the update........your faith has inspired me and soooooooooooooo many others !!!!!!!!!!! Forrest,you continue to be a miracle in motion.....Tolliver,a gorgeous view of love and patience !!!!!! Keep up the faith and progress !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. So beautifully captured Rae! Inspiration for us all and reminders of what it's truly all about. Loved seeing you guys for just a quick sec today and will see you when he wows us yet again at rehearsal tomorrow!! Wow, wow, wow! In awe and appreciation.

  3. Hi Forrest, I'm so glad to hear that everything is going well at home. It was great that Caroline could come to visit you again. You two seem to always have a good time together.

    I got a little behind on reading the blogs, 'cause I haven't been on my laptop much in recent days, but it sounds like things are going great, which makes me very happy! Praying for you always!!


    Wilbur & Joyce Ellis in Missouri

  4. Gratefulness is the key to happiness I think...and how true, we should never take anything for granted. It is wonderful to see you able and determined, as always, to do the simple things. And then you always....move on the the bigger things. And with a smile. We are also grateful for your continued inspiration as we watch your miracle!

  5. Such a beautiful post! So grateful that Forrest is progressing so well. He is certainly one fine pig... i mean man!! err..boy...manchild!!! Love that guy. Love you all for sharing your journey with us. Bless you. Continued prayers for daily miracles!!!

  6. I'm so happy to see you are home and doing so well! You are on the mend and healing so quickly. Very impressive! Keep up the good work!

    Christie Jones

  7. There is nothing more precious in this world than a mother's love.