SOlid day...biscuits and gravy
Jo has had another great day. No complications, handling pain from the surgery with ibuprofen and tylenol and tomorrow he will be officially of off any seizure medication. He remains breathing on his own, and supporting his own breathing without any neck support about 8 hours a day. He is managing his secretions well, coughing appropriately, and has long periods of peaceful sleep with no labored breathing.
Jo's eyes have been moving beneath his eyelids frequently. It's like he is blinking without opening his eyes (if that makes sense). It feels like he responds when we encourage him to open his eyes, like he is trying but just can't...yet.
Overall we have been blessed with a peaceful day in the exceptional care of Mary Bridge/ Mom. Jo is sleeping beside us right now, vitals solid, listening to John Bellion, and we've allowed the explicit versions he didn't tell us about.
Ok, so what's up with biscuits and gravy? Today took the kids to the original pancake house together with their friend Melissa. As we walked in we passed a homeless man just outside the door, mumbling to himself our eyes met. He warmly greeted me and said "god bless you sir, if you think about I'd love some biscuits and gravy". He was picking through a trashcan, smoking a burnt out cigar, and drinking an old cup of coffee.
It made me think about how the lord works. So many people talking to their God asking for peace and healing for Jo, across the country, and today we heard across the world! This struck me as God's call to action for everyone following Jo's story and blessing us with their love and support.
Tomorrow I'd ask each of you to help someone in need. So many of my friends already do this on a regular basis, but this time do it for Jo. He is a kind spirit, he cares so much for people, and when he finds out how his story helped so many he would be overwhelmed with joy. After you help that person, say a prayer for Jo to open his eyes to see this post. Post comments on this blog and share what you did. We have had over 2000 visitors to this site, think of the impact we could have in just 24 hours!!!! We love you all so much, I can't wait to see what we accomplish in Jo's honor...
The guy outside got his biscuits and gravy and a warm cup of coffee. He blessed us and asked us to pray for him. I said I would and asked him to pray for Jo. He asked his name, and said "I know Jo, he's a good lookin kid, he's gonna be alright." Then just continued mumbling as we walked away. God bless this man whom God spoke through and God bless each of you for the strength you give to our family. Go forth and do great things tomorrow, share your stories, light up this post with hope and faith. Jo is coming back to us day by day.
Jojobinks mommy and daddy are here. We love you to the moon and back sweet angel. Open your eyes to see what your family of angels have accomplished. The lord is guiding you through the fog, he finds ways to ease our fears and send us messages in the most unlikely of ways. Rest and heal with him, we know we will see those eyes soon. We miss you baby boy!
5/18/2017 07:32:33 pm
What an inspirational message and it gave me goose bumps. I accept this unselfish challenge. We love you Joseph! Keep it up! Constant prayers!💝💝🙏
❤️❤️❤️Following your lead, today I found myself in a situation to help someone out. While at the market I saw a young man returning a large package to the butcher. I overheard him explain that he was $10 short. I rushed over and offered the money for his meat! He was so appreciative, said he was shopping for his granny! What I asked in return were prayers for Joseph. 🙏. 'Of course' he said as we shook hands and I left with tears streaming down my face. As I was leaving the store two other strangers approached me and said they had seen my act of kindness and would be praying for Joseph as well! 🙏🙏 ❤️❤️❤️ see how easily kindness and love multiplies! Thanks for the reminder. 😘
5/18/2017 08:03:03 pm
Sending prayers of strength, love and health to you and yours!!!
5/18/2017 08:25:35 pm
I believe that homeless man was an Angel letting you know Jo will be back🙏
5/18/2017 08:41:45 pm
Hello, I was a Port of Seattle employee until just a couple of weeks ago when I left for a new position. Although I didn't work with you directly, I'm sure that we exchanged an email or two during my time with the Port. I have followed your story as I too have a son, and I think about your family and Jo every day. My prayers are with all of you, and challenge accepted! I will "pay it forward" in Jo's name as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Tomorrow is my birthday and I know what my "wish" will be when I blow out my candles. 🕯
5/18/2017 08:46:31 pm
i believe in Jo and he can fight strong and will fight throw all this, me and my family have been praying and think about Jo, Jo needs to keep up the good work and needs to take one step at a time.
5/18/2017 08:54:34 pm
Jim, as I've been wrapping my mind around your families situation, I've tried to come up with the best thing to say but I realized this is about being perfect. This story touched me deeply and it immediately took me to the day when I saw your son on the football field playing against my son. I pray for your families strength and the courage to share your story. Jo will open his eyes and I accept the challenge to pay it forward.
5/18/2017 09:27:16 pm
My Cougar/Mustang family will also pay it toward in Jo's name. We will put forth a light and pray it spreads far and wide. Jo, open those eyes!!
5/18/2017 10:06:17 pm
Keep fighting Jo! Meridian loves you! ~Mrs. Macey
5/19/2017 12:49:53 am
I don't know you but my daughter goes to school with Jo and was in Meridian before. I have no words but to say that Jo and you're whole family is in our prayers and thoughts. Your message is so inspirational and I will also pay it forward
5/19/2017 08:09:33 am
There are Angels among us......paying it forward and uplifting jo to God in prayer......
Oh my goodness, the hairs on my neck and arms are standing on end! I have goosies all over! Such an inspirational story and testament to prayer and faith. I will help some one for Joe and say a prayer for him to open his eyes and see what he has accomplished! My continued prayers for Jo and your family
5/19/2017 10:02:44 pm
Jackson husband service of weeding someone's yard with other young men. We will continue to look for her ways to pay it forward and serve. Jo we know that you are there and we know that you want to open your eyes. We love you so very much and miss the laughter and joy that you bring into our life.
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