Today was a great day! Jo continues to improve and today we witnessed Jo's strength and the Lord's power in an amazing way.
Alex and I were planning to pick up our kids after school, and with Jo's stability lately we've been able to leave for short periods together. It doesn't sound like much to be together for a few hours, but we have come to cherish those subtle moments of "normalcy". As I bent over to kiss Jo goodbye I noticed his right eye ever so slightly open, and when he saw me he opened it even wider!
I dropped my keys and started talking to him. "Jo, I am so proud of you. You are so strong. Mom and dad are here and we love seeing your eyes. We know this is hard, but keep it up! You are so strong! Jo, do you remember when you smiled at us a few days ago? It was amazing. Can you smile like that again? Can you smile at me?"
He slowly but deliberately showed his teeth and curled his left lip into a half smile. You could see the start of his beautiful dimple, and he looked happy! This has happened once prior, but never this pronounced, and never when we asked him to. His eye locked with mine and it was like magic. He was reminding me to have faith. He was smiling and saying, "I've got this dad, don't worry, be patient." For the first time in over a month tears of joy rolled down my face. God is amazing and Jo is with him healing day by day. I never asked for a sign but I certainly got one!
Just a few minutes later Mom got to the room. Jo's eye was still slightly open, she kissed him a 100 times in 2 seconds and asked him to smile again. He did! Jo is amazing. My faith is restored, Jo and God have their plan, and their timeline, and all we must do is believe and trust them.
Thank you all for the kind words and support after yesterday's post. They gave Alex and I the strength to carry on, and never lose hope. Today Jo gave us an amazing gift, that smile. Jo could light up a room with a smile, those dimples, and today he lit up our hearts. He knew that I was hurting and reassured me in my time of need. I am still overwhelmed with joy.
Jojobinks, thank you for pushing so hard. Thank you for fighting through the pain with that smile. We needed it so much. We will be patient, we will never lose hope, our faith will never waiver. We love you to the moon and back sweet angel, YOU'VE GOT THIS!