perseverance and strength...

Good Morning Everyone,

My apologies for not posting sooner. Things at the Lenaburg household have been busy. Thanks to everyone who included Courtney in their Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes. Many graces were received by her and our family during that time. Our lives have been transformed through our devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes. I hope to blog in the near future about our trip to Lourdes in 2000. It was a life changing experience for all of us.

Courtney continues to struggle with her seizures. The EMT's had to be called last week because she was turning blue during a particularly bad seizure. This is never a good thing, however, she fought through it and is back on her game for now. She is vocal once more and gives the occasional smile and laugh. These are precious moments for us and we cherish each and every one. She got into her walker earlier this week and took some steps. She is one very determined young lady and we marvel each day at her perseverance through all that she has to deal with just to function. Please continue to pray for her doctors, caregivers and Jerry and I. That we always remember how precious she is in God's eyes and make the best medical decisions for her. These choices are getting harder to make and we pray for each one to be the right one.

Big changes will be coming to our house in the fall. Courtney's big brother will be going to college in Ohio. I can't believe that time has already arrived. Jonathan is an enormous help to us with Courtney's care and an incredible big brother. This will not be easy for any of us, however we are so excited to see our little boy grow into the man God is calling him to be. As always, prayers are greatly appreciated as we begin this transition over the next few months.

Courtney's Campaign continues to accept gifts through Cardinal Bank and PayPal. Anything given is going into the trust we are establishing for Courtney to be used specifically for her future medical and daily living expenses. God continues to be ever present through the generosity of so many people. There are no words that properly describe how these past few months have completely changed our lives. Thank you will never be enough.

Blessings to you and your families. I will update this blog on a weekly basis from now on to let you know how Courtney is doing. As Padre Pio instructed we must "Pray, do not worry" about what the future holds. God is with us and Our Lady stands ever vigilant at His side guiding us on this path to Him.

May the remainder of your Lent be fruitful and know that you are in our prayers,
Mary and Family