Jo just seems to get better every day. Mom and dad are trying not to get our hopes up for fear of another setback, but we both are so encouraged by what we see. Jo has less and less discomfort and needs only minimal support overall.
Today Jo was visited by his buddies and he was alert and seemed happy to hear their voices and see their faces. The picture below is bittersweet as we were so happy to see his friends here with him, but knowing how Jo would have interacted with them absent this injury is hard to ignore. At times like this I feel bad for ever judging his friends when he got into trouble, deep down it is clear they all have good hearts and truly love and miss Jo.
Seeing and posting photos of Jo can be crushing for Dad. Unlike Mom, Dad rarely looked at those pictures and took the time to see the details. His beatiful smile, the twinkle in his eyes, those dimples, but beyond that the pictures were such an amazing window into Jo's soul. It's hard to believe that a picture can show kindness, warmth, genuine joy of life, and compassion, but Jo pulls it off flawlessly. It makes me feel extremely shallow for not seeing all these things sooner. When I look at his pictures, see that smile, my only thought is "when will I see it again?". I tell myself to be patient and trust God, but it is the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. I miss him so much, when I see that smile it both breaks my heart and lifts me up. Jo is a gift to all that have had the pleasure of knowing him, and the most common trait they will share about him is "Jo has a great heart, and he cares". What greater compliment could a parent ask for?
Despite how hard it can be personally I'll keep posting his pictures, they are too amazing not to share. God willing, someday soon I'll be posting new pictures of our baby boy smiling ans laughing along with his friends.
Jojobinks we know you will be coming home soon! We can't wait! Keep resting with God and embracing his healing touch. You will serve as testimony to everyone that a life lived pure in God's light makes the impossible possible, one miracle at a time. We love you to the moon and back sweet angel, YOU'VE GOT THIS!
6/29/2017 03:48:35 am
What a beautiful, bittersweet post. Your son taught this teacher far more than I taught him. One day I will be able to thank him in person.
7/1/2017 08:45:02 am
Prayers are being answered keep up the strength Jen and Alex he's coming back get ready for him everybody's praying for him and he's doing a great job love you
7/1/2017 11:39:39 pm
I love the picture because it's a testament to who Jo is. These kids are devoted to him. And you as parents are devoted to him with every fiber of your being. What great support he has! How very exciting to hear he opened both eyes! I wish I had been there to see it for myself (but I will next week)! I'm sure he will improve by leaps and bounds in his normal environment. And while I know it's wonderful news Jo will be going home soon, I had a little feeling of panic in my heart. It literally brings joy into my life having ALL of you Witzman's at the hospital. You are the sweetest and most real family and I'm going to miss seeing you every day! My thoughts and prayers are with you as you prepare for the next step in this journey. <3
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