Yep! That’s right! It’s been 16 weeks!
Sixteen weeks ago, Austin had his traumatic accident which led to 11 broken bones, two punctured lungs, one hemothorax, and a body full of bruises.
Life has moved on, but how has Austin fared since all of that injury?
First of all, if you have no idea what happened to Austin, our oldest son, I wrote about it in detail on this page.
Austin was nineteen at the time, now has turned twenty, and this was more than a major hiccup in his Spring and Summer plans. In fact, he’s still not back to work, he’s still receiving therapy on his arm and leg, and has some residual weakness and pain when he pushes it.
And push it he does!
Austin has never been a guy to sit around and let life happen! He’s always been the take the bull by the horns kind of guy. I think that served him well in his recovery. Austin is really doing great overall!
We cannot believe how great he’s doing on most days. He goes to the gym with his brothers and keeps pushing his body to do more. No–that right arm can’t perform like the left one, but he’s not letting it hang limply at his side. He keeps exercising it, and does whatever exercises he can for his whole body.
Austin drives his truck, gets out there and helps volunteer with the church building project, and helps out where he’s staying. He’s just determined to get his strength and performance back.
Lately, Austin has been discussing future career options. He’s got several ideas on the table, some of which he won’t need to wait until a full medical release to begin pursuing. He can take advantage of his downtime and learn, gain some new skills, and improve himself. Austin will return to the orthopedic in a few weeks. Although his bones have healed and he’s been released to light duty, I don’t think they will give him the full release until he’s fully capable of working like he did before. That still will take patience and time. That pesky nerve is slow to heal, and, we have to remember this he underwent surgery, major trauma, muscle, nerve, bone, and organ injury.
Austin knows that he was spared.
We often run into someone we haven’t seen for awhile, and almost always, the first question is, “How’s Austin?” Again and again, we praise God! He continues to be so good to Austin, and to us.
Every time I think back on those dark, uncertain days, I remember the fear, but I also remember how thousands of friends and strangers pulled together and prayed for our boy. It buoys me up to recall that, even though it was hard.
Never be afraid to ask how it’s going. Because every time we recount the events, we get a deeper sense of how God intervened.
God has a plan.
For you, for me, and for our children. They are never too old for our prayers, parents! God is good.
Welcome to the Homestead Blog Hop!
Homestead Blog Hop will take place every Wednesday and is for all things homesteading: real food recipes, farm animals, crafts, DIY, how-to’s, gardening, anything from-scratch, natural home/health, self-sufficiency, self-reliance, natural remedies, essential oils, & more! Basically anything related to homesteading.
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FEATURED POSTS from the Last Homestead Blog Hop
Each week we take turns choosing three posts to feature. Each post will be shared on all social media platforms by all of the hosts! Here are the features from Last Week’s Hop
1. Supermarket Tricks Revealed from Fluster Buster
2. Farm Fresh Marionberry Jam from Milk Glass Home
3. Moments from a Tired Mom from Perfectly Imperfect
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Guidelines for this Get-Together:
- Click on the “Add your Link” Button below and add a great image of your project or recipe. Make sure you link to the page of your family friendly post – not the main page of your blog.
- Link up to three posts each week.
- Try to visit at least a few other blogs at the party. Be sure to leave a comment to let them know you stopped by.
- Link your post back to the Homestead Blog Hop. If the hop isn’t linked to your post then you cannot be featured. All featured posts will be shared on all hosts’ social media channels.
- Please link up posts that you haven’t linked to the hop before. You are welcome to link old posts from your blog.
- By joining the party, you are giving the hosts permission to use one photo from your post with a link back to your site if it is selected as one of next week’s Features.
- This is a family-friendly link up meant to inspire and motivate the homesteader in all of us.
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