It probably goes without saying, but our household is always a bee hive of activity. No matter the time of day (or night) there is something going on. Now, throw in moving Ryan’s entire operation to the lower-level and it’s organized chaos. Our home is in complete disarray. My mom would not hesitate to say my house looks like a cyclone hit it. Sadly, she would be correct. It’s a mess. A pig’s sty, to use my dad’s terminology.
It’s starting to come together. Really, it is. We must work around contractors all day who are putting the finishing touches on the space. Most notably, they had to re-tile the entire shower floor (i.e., wasn’t draining properly). This is now in its third day, but I believe the border tiles and grout are going in this morning. This should complete the job. Hopefully we can get Ryan showering again tomorrow night.
Besides general organizing, I have so many side projects that need done. I need to wire and mount the camera, televisions, and doorbell (Which reminds me, if you rang our doorbell and nobody came it’s because we cannot hear the chime in our basement… at all). I’d like to knock-out the kitchenette as a high priority project.
We’re also dealing with Ryan’s bed being partly functionally damaged as a result of the move. The movers did a poor job of relocating it. Fortunately, it is under warranty and will be repaired for free. That is, if Hill-Rom (bed manufacturer) will ever get to our house. It should have been resolved Friday, but the technician never called me within the 24 hour promised timeframe. So, I kept calling. Then, guess what? Their closed on weekends! Ugh!
These are just issues that crop up during a renovation and need to be dealt with. Nothing that is a show stopper.
We love the new space. It’s better than we ever imagined.
Thank you for taking the time to respond. It seems as though Jen’s second post made her intentions clear, as it sounds as though she truly did not mean to offend.
Regarding the expression, ‘prayer warrior.’ That could mean a group who designates themselves as such, and in the broader sense of the word, it could refer to a person who has prayed about something in an unceasing kind of way. May I suggest that those of us who do rely on prayer in their life, may all be warriors fighting for a cause at some point? In this situation, we are all fighting for the full restoration of Ryan and the complete healing of the Diviney family in general.
I pray that in our journey with the Divineys as we all struggle to convey just exactly what we mean, even though we fall incredibly short of understanding all that they have been through, that we be patient with each other, accept each other’s differences and always keep the main thing the main thing… that is, Ryan fully coming back to his family.
Cass~ You stated exactly what I meant to say in a much more eloquent way. In referring to “prayer warriors” I was not speaking of any specific group of people. Many of us call ourselves prayer warriors, individually or as a group.
I certainly was not giving credit to one person or group of people. You said it best Cass, when you said it was praying without ceasing. Everyday, whether it be morning, afternoon or the middle of the night I say some sort of prayer for Ryan, Ken, Sue or Kari. I have never for a moment thought that Ryan will not recover from this assault. For that I am sure.
I am fortunate that with the “Dislikes” to my original post, Ken, Ryan, Sue and Kari know my heart. That in the end is all that matters.
You are doing such a fantastic job in the rehab. therapy services that I think, as soon as Ryan is all better, you should open therapy clinic. Only God knows your total dedication and drive. Be at peace and I pray for Ryan’s healing.
Family friend says
Bryan T says
I’ll come by to tie up the loose ends and list out the remaining work later today / this evening. I’ll grab a doorbell also.
Had an incredibly busy weekend.
Bryan, thank you for all you do. You are a fantastic friend and neighbor!!!
Gail Doyle says
Ken, Hoping all gets completed soon and Ryans bed will be fixed ASAP….Try to not push yourself too much and things will eventually get done .Wishing I could help ,but as Jen said we are all holding Ryan and your family in prayer and are with you all . Praying Ryan had a good day. love. Gail
Ken, You and I have shared our views on prayer and where it functions or not in each of our lives. As I have watched Ryan respond and react to the tickling of his feet, as well as the experience of the shower, I have to wonder would he really have progressed so far without the prayer warriors making it our goal to hold your family in prayer.
When I watch in amazement at all the people that have been moved by Ryan’s story, whether it be to contribute in a small or substantial manner, I am even more sure that God is resonsible for bringing all these wonderful people together with one goal in mind. I promised you that when I am praying with Ryan, that I do it silently. That was our “deal” and I will continue to honor that.
Is there a chance that deep down your heart is softening to the fact that a higher being is playing a part in not only Ryan’s progress, but also in bringing together so many people from all walks of our human community to help our Ryan? Much, much love, Jen
I apologize if I offended anyone (which clearly I did) for my post. My intent was to honor those people that have given so generously of their time and efforts to help Ryan, Sue, Ken and Kari. I adore the Divineys and have had the pleasure to spend a fair amount of time with each of them.
I certainly did not mean to discount anyone’s opinion of faith, simple expressing my own thoughts that the Lord has played a part in bringing these people into the Diviney’s life.
Could somebody please help me understand why this is disliked?
This comment can be interpreted in a couple of ways. First and foremost, it appears (at least to me) that Jen feels as if it weren’t for the Prayer Warriors, Ryan wouldn’t be doing as well. Perhaps that’s not what she meant, but that is how she came off. Secondly, while I believe God has surrounded the Divineys with lots of people who pray, help, etc., it kind of sounds self-serving to promote credit. When we give, we should give freely, not expecting anything (including credit) in return. Many, many people are praying and helping the Divineys every day. I’m so thankful for that. I’m sure Jen meant well, but unfortunately when she singled out a group of people, she offended many more. 🙁
Hi Ken, I’m annoyed with the people who moved Ryan’s bed — I mean, it’s a 50K bed and they should have treated it as such. I hope it works well enough that Ryan is still comfortable in it.
There is still a fair bit of work left to be done, but I don’t know how you can do it when you’re taking care of Ryan 24/7. Hoping some folks who know how to do these things will lend a hand. I bet they will — the right person always seems to appear at the right time : )
I have to reiterate how elegant and cool that shower is. Ryan seemed to enjoy tasting the water — I’m sure it was very refreshing for him!
Slowly but surely your house will get organized and stuff will get put away. You and Sue have worked so hard and accomplished so much — Ryan looks fantastic!!
I know you are a very driven person but please don’t push yourself too much with getting everything done. You already have your hands full with taking wonderful care of Ryan.
Sending you lots of love and a special prayer that you can get some decent rest. Hugs, Paula
Vicky Scott says
One of the hardest things for me to deal with is that there is always something to do, always, so I can’t imagine what you are dealing with. I trust you can get some additional help to do the wiring, and other projects you need done but then I suspect someone will step up to the plate as they always do. Praying it all gets done well and asap.