Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday Evening, December 18th

Good Evening to All,

I am writing while sitting in Josh's quiet hospital room in the Paoli ICU. Never thought a place of such sadness for so many families could feel as peaceful as it often does. The fantastic staff and the beautiful new facility certainly contribute to this. But deep healing is taking place all around us here and the prayers and hopes of loved ones swirl in every corner.

Many other families here have reached out to us because of Josh's young age in this ward.
Their compassion for us and their prayers for Josh in the midst of their own crisis has been indescribably moving.

I wanted to let everyone know that we are reading and re-reading all the comments within the blog. My family down south is watching and receiving great comfort from the web of support you have all created with your prayers, your comments, the great treats that have been dropped off, and most importantly, the hotel room that we would be scrambling without especially in this cold and sometimes snowy weather. It has all made us feel so loved and cared for. We can never express the gratitude we feel for all the wonderful people in our life.

Please know that even the simplest hope of wholeness or prayer for healing sent Josh's way is a meaningful act. We feel them streaming through us and into him from every direction. Keep them coming!

Monday will bring the big changes that were postponed on Friday and we feel confident he is ready and just waiting for these new challenges. Meanwhile, our beautiful Nurse Amy just put his furry boots on again and we all know how much he must be loving that!

May your night be Peace-filled too,



  1. everything everything is making itself into something reminding me of Josh; i'm so glad to be hearing that he's in such a safe place with so many people taking care of him- not a minute goes by when he's not on my mind.

    here's just another reminder to you that all sorts of love are heading your way.


    sweetness and affection from,

  2. Darling!! I love you! And your whole family if you need anything at all feel free to ask!!

    Wishing you all the best
    Love, Tara

  3. Darling,
    I've been thinking about You,Mike and Rose alot, and I love you all so so much. Every day i check this blog to see updates on Josh and the progress hes making. I am wishing and hoping that the progress will get better and better.
    Much love,

  4. Darling and family,

    Much love is coming your way. Josh has been on my mind so often lately, and I can only imagine the struggle you are feeling. I'm so glad you have so many people who care for you and are helping to support you in all the ways they can. Sending good wishes every second.

    Molly Iris

  5. Bonjo's.
    I've been reading the blog constantly and it's my homepage on my phone so I can check it at work. Josh is in my thoughts constantly as are y'all. In my head I keep seeing this little kid that hated being called little and cried when playing dodgeball despite begging to play with the older kids...and then this man who radiates calm in a way that makes me wish I had myself as together as he does at that age.
    Little Josh.

  6. Deb &amp; Scott HunterDecember 19, 2010 at 7:51 AM

    Dear Mike & Darling -
    Please know that we continue to pray for Josh, his doctors and your family. If we can do anything to help in any way, please just let us know.
    Love, Scott, Deb, Catherine & Elizabeth

  7. Mike, Darling and Rose,
    We are all praying for you and Josh. We hope he can start a new phase of healing tomorrow. May the lord bless and keep all of you.
    Cousin Debbie and family
    Uncle Bo and Aunt Judy

  8. Darling,
    Just a quick note to say that we love all of you and are so proud of the way that you are all handling this with such grace and love and hope. We will be thinking about you today, tomorrow, the day after that, forever, sending you positive, loving thoughts. You are so blessed to have Mike and Elaine there with you to do for you what we can't from a distance. Bless them also. I hope that Michael is getting some rest and some peace, we often forget to tell him how much we love and appreciate him and have all these years. C'Rose, we love you and you stay positive and do what you need for yourself in the way of getting your future plans in order, it is really important that you keep your talent and your beauty intact and move on with your life. Love to you all from:

    Daddy, Mommy, Ted, Shirley Grammy and Grandteddy and also Shu Shu and Sissy Lu.

  9. Heading into Friends Meeting today - will be holding all of you in the Light.

    Love you.

  10. Darling your outlook on the situation and your surroundings during such a hard time is inspirational. No one benefits more from it than Josh. He is so lucking to have you. I'm sure it is a great comfort to everyone in the ICU as well. We love you guys so much and you are constantly in our thoughts. Stay the strong and beautiful woman you are. Love to your whole family.
    Love, the Entrekin's

  11. Checking to see if you have posted is the first and last thing I've done each day, in addition to the times I am near my laptop. Your words, and the web of people who love all of you so evident and real on this blog, create a powerful, positive energy. Amy said it - stay strong! We'll all continue standing right behind you!