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- Cruel beauty- this 10 yr. boy was hit by a car a few days ago. I cannot even comprehend the thought of my own suffering like this. Would I have a taken a photo- hell yes- because each moment in our precious life reminds us of how delicate we all are. I’ve grown to believe in the power of prayer, so today wherever you are pray. Whatever your thoughts pray, whatever your faith pray, whatever your “ I can’t do this kind of thing “ pray. And if you don’t know how to pray... it’s the same as LOVE 💕#prayforlincolnjo #prayer #cruelbeauty #eatpraylove #theuniversehasyourback #spiritjunkie #sundayprayer #raiseyourvibration
- Cruel beauty- this 10 yr. boy was hit by a car a few days ago. I cannot even comprehend the thought of my own suffering like this. Would I have a taken a photo- hell yes- because each moment in our precious life reminds us of how delicate we all are. I’ve grown to believe in the power of prayer, so today wherever you are pray. Whatever your thoughts pray, whatever your faith pray, whatever your “ I can’t do this kind of thing “ pray. And if you don’t know how to pray... it’s the same as LOVE #prayforlincolnjo #prayer #cruelbeauty #eatpraylove #theuniversehasyourback #spiritjunkie #sundayprayer #raiseyourvibration
- Cruel beauty- this 10 yr. boy was hit by a car a few days ago. I cannot even comprehend the thought of my own suffering like this. Would I have a taken a photo- hell yes- because each moment in our precious life reminds us of how delicate we all are. I’ve grown to believe in the power of prayer, so today wherever you are pray. Whatever your thoughts pray, whatever your faith pray, whatever your “ I can’t do this kind of thing “ pray. And if you don’t know how to pray... it’s the same as LOVE 💕#prayforlincolnjo #prayer #cruelbeauty #eatpraylove #theuniversehasyourback #spiritjunkie #sundayprayer #raiseyourvibration
- Surf’s up!!!!! Just zinc’d this little kitty up for his first, official, post accident surf! 😭❤️ (He’s much happier than he looks, though he doesn’t love the feeling of applying the zinc to his tender skin and scars... ) It’s been 2 full months since his accident, and today, he’s going to surf a baby swell with his daddy, his brother’s and some friends. He’s just warming up today, and hoping he’ll regain his strength and full health in time for those bigger winter swells! 🤞🏻 // Friends, my cup is overflowing. I can’t.stop.crying. Thank you for being a part of this miracle in our lives. Having each of you standing with us through the terror, the tears, and now the triumph .... our hearts will never be the same. We LOVE YOU! #prayforlincolnjo
- Surf’s up!!!!! Just zinc’d this little kitty up for his first, official, post accident surf! 😭❤️ (He’s much happier than he looks, though he doesn’t love the feeling of applying the zinc to his tender skin and scars... ) It’s been 2 full months since his accident, and today, he’s going to surf a baby swell with his daddy, his brother’s and some friends. He’s just warming up today, and hoping he’ll regain his strength and full health in time for those bigger winter swells! 🤞🏻 // Friends, my cup is overflowing. I can’t.stop.crying. Thank you for being a part of this miracle in our lives. Having each of you standing with us through the terror, the tears, and now the triumph .... our hearts will never be the same. We LOVE YOU! #prayforlincolnjo
- Surf’s up!!!!! Just zinc’d this little kitty up for his first, official, post accident surf! 😭❤️ (He’s much happier than he looks, though he doesn’t love the feeling of applying the zinc to his tender skin and scars... ) It’s been 2 full months since his accident, and today, he’s going to surf a baby swell with his daddy, his brother’s and some friends. He’s just warming up today, and hoping he’ll regain his strength and full health in time for those bigger winter swells! 🤞🏻 // Friends, my cup is overflowing. I can’t.stop.crying. Thank you for being a part of this miracle in our lives. Having each of you standing with us through the terror, the tears, and now the triumph .... our hearts will never be the same. We LOVE YOU! #prayforlincolnjo
- Yesterday, uncle Matty and dad took him out, just to paddle around on his board. Neither his "mushy insides surgeon" nor his neuro dr would clear him for surfing. All the prayers and crossed fingers in the world, and they would.not.budge. Still at least 2 more weeks of recovery to go. 😭 He was cleared to swim though! So we're focusing on that win, instead of crying over the rest. Every time we start to feel discouraged (or face down on the mat exhausted by the longevity of all of this) we remind ourselves that we're talking about WHEN he can get back out there again, not IF. And that reality makes tears of overwhelming gratitude flood my eyes and lights my whole chest on fire. My boy is a walking miracle, and someday soon, he will be a surfing one. ❤️😭🙏🏻 #prayforlincolnjo (PS this is his new board. @raynorsurf let him help shape it and just paddling around the bay wasn't really how he had planned to break it in, but we'll take what we can get with a smile and a grateful heart!)
- Yesterday, uncle Matty and dad took him out, just to paddle around on his board. Neither his "mushy insides surgeon" nor his neuro dr would clear him for surfing. All the prayers and crossed fingers in the world, and they would.not.budge. Still at least 2 more weeks of recovery to go. 😭 He was cleared to swim though! So we& #39;re focusing on that win, instead of crying over the rest. Every time we start to feel discouraged (or face down on the mat exhausted by the longevity of all of this) we remind ourselves that we& #39;re talking about WHEN he can get back out there again, not IF. And that reality makes tears of overwhelming gratitude flood my eyes and lights my whole chest on fire. My boy is a walking miracle, and someday soon, he will be a surfing one. ❤️😭🙏🏻 #prayforlincolnjo (PS this is his new board. @raynorsurf let him help shape it and just paddling around the bay wasn& #39;t really how he had planned to break it in, but we& #39;ll take what we can get with a smile and a grateful heart!)
- Yesterday, uncle Matty and dad took him out, just to paddle around on his board. Neither his "mushy insides surgeon" nor his neuro dr would clear him for surfing. All the prayers and crossed fingers in the world, and they would.not.budge. Still at least 2 more weeks of recovery to go. 😭 He was cleared to swim though! So we're focusing on that win, instead of crying over the rest. Every time we start to feel discouraged (or face down on the mat exhausted by the longevity of all of this) we remind ourselves that we're talking about WHEN he can get back out there again, not IF. And that reality makes tears of overwhelming gratitude flood my eyes and lights my whole chest on fire. My boy is a walking miracle, and someday soon, he will be a surfing one. ❤️😭🙏🏻 #prayforlincolnjo (PS this is his new board. @raynorsurf let him help shape it and just paddling around the bay wasn't really how he had planned to break it in, but we'll take what we can get with a smile and a grateful heart!)
- Today, Lincoln has appointments with physical therapy and his neuro specialist. Friday, he meets with his plastic surgeon and his "mushy gushy insides surgeon" (official title). We're crossing everything (fingers, toes, eyes, hair, arms, legs... tongues 👅 ) that they'll clear him for surfing... or at the very least, clear him to be in the ocean.... 1) watching this kid, who eats, sleeps and breathes the sea, have to step away from his most favorite thing on earth or in heaven.... it's been rough. But it's also been incredibly inspiring. In many ways, the last month (plus) since he was released from the hospital has been even harder than those scary days and weeks in ICU, in and out of surgery and general recovery etc. Less physically painful, to be sure, but significantly more emotionally taxing. It's hard to step back into your life but with so many ridged limitations. It's been amazing to watch him choose to be grateful and joyful no matter what. It's been inspiring to watch him learn that complaining truly gives you nothing good and to consciously choose to stay positive, even though his ache for the ocean has been visceral and real. (Not everyone will understand this kid's relationship with the water, and that's ok. Those who know, KNOW, ya know? 💋😂) All that said, let's just get this baby in the ocean already! 2) the trunks he is wearing in this video are the trunks the paramedics cut off of him after the accident. He's still bummed about that. 😂 3) in solidarity, I haven't gone to the beach since July. 😭 I just didn't want Lincoln to feel alone in the world, and this was the one thing I could do to help bear his emotional burden... and if anyone can come close to rivaling Lincoln's love for the sea, it's ME. So Dr's one and all... 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻#prayforlincolnjo
- Today, Lincoln has appointments with physical therapy and his neuro specialist. Friday, he meets with his plastic surgeon and his "mushy gushy insides surgeon" (official title). We& #39;re crossing everything (fingers, toes, eyes, hair, arms, legs... tongues 👅 ) that they& #39;ll clear him for surfing... or at the very least, clear him to be in the ocean.... 1) watching this kid, who eats, sleeps and breathes the sea, have to step away from his most favorite thing on earth or in heaven.... it& #39;s been rough. But it& #39;s also been incredibly inspiring. In many ways, the last month (plus) since he was released from the hospital has been even harder than those scary days and weeks in ICU, in and out of surgery and general recovery etc. Less physically painful, to be sure, but significantly more emotionally taxing. It& #39;s hard to step back into your life but with so many ridged limitations. It& #39;s been amazing to watch him choose to be grateful and joyful no matter what. It& #39;s been inspiring to watch him learn that complaining truly gives you nothing good and to consciously choose to stay positive, even though his ache for the ocean has been visceral and real. (Not everyone will understand this kid& #39;s relationship with the water, and that& #39;s ok. Those who know, KNOW, ya know? 💋😂) All that said, let& #39;s just get this baby in the ocean already! 2) the trunks he is wearing in this video are the trunks the paramedics cut off of him after the accident. He& #39;s still bummed about that. 😂 3) in solidarity, I haven& #39;t gone to the beach since July. 😭 I just didn& #39;t want Lincoln to feel alone in the world, and this was the one thing I could do to help bear his emotional burden... and if anyone can come close to rivaling Lincoln& #39;s love for the sea, it& #39;s ME. So Dr& #39;s one and all... 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞 #prayforlincolnjo
- Today, Lincoln has appointments with physical therapy and his neuro specialist. Friday, he meets with his plastic surgeon and his "mushy gushy insides surgeon" (official title). We're crossing everything (fingers, toes, eyes, hair, arms, legs... tongues 👅 ) that they'll clear him for surfing... or at the very least, clear him to be in the ocean.... 1) watching this kid, who eats, sleeps and breathes the sea, have to step away from his most favorite thing on earth or in heaven.... it's been rough. But it's also been incredibly inspiring. In many ways, the last month (plus) since he was released from the hospital has been even harder than those scary days and weeks in ICU, in and out of surgery and general recovery etc. Less physically painful, to be sure, but significantly more emotionally taxing. It's hard to step back into your life but with so many ridged limitations. It's been amazing to watch him choose to be grateful and joyful no matter what. It's been inspiring to watch him learn that complaining truly gives you nothing good and to consciously choose to stay positive, even though his ache for the ocean has been visceral and real. (Not everyone will understand this kid's relationship with the water, and that's ok. Those who know, KNOW, ya know? 💋😂) All that said, let's just get this baby in the ocean already! 2) the trunks he is wearing in this video are the trunks the paramedics cut off of him after the accident. He's still bummed about that. 😂 3) in solidarity, I haven't gone to the beach since July. 😭 I just didn't want Lincoln to feel alone in the world, and this was the one thing I could do to help bear his emotional burden... and if anyone can come close to rivaling Lincoln's love for the sea, it's ME. So Dr's one and all... 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻#prayforlincolnjo
- Rugged. Today someone called his scarring, "rugged," and my whole heart was like, YESSSSSSSSSS. // Swelling is all gone, so we're pretty much where we're going to be as far as scarring and eye shape are concerned. (Though the redness will fade slowly over the years.) // At first, I would feel such a pang of sorrow every time I looked at his saggy eye. His eyes have always been my favorite of his features. But now? I rarely notice. And when I do, I just feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude. Those scars represent a bona fide miracle. They're a memorial to the remarkable power of God. They represent courage and survival and the power of great, all encompassing love. And man do I love my beautiful, rugged Lincoln boy! ❤️❤️❤️ #lincolnjojo (these scars also represent each of you! I hope they'll always remind him of the love so many feel for him and have spoken into his spirit and life!❤️😭❤️) #prayforlincolnjo
- Rugged. Today someone called his scarring, "rugged," and my whole heart was like, YESSSSSSSSSS. // Swelling is all gone, so we& #39;re pretty much where we& #39;re going to be as far as scarring and eye shape are concerned. (Though the redness will fade slowly over the years.) // At first, I would feel such a pang of sorrow every time I looked at his saggy eye. His eyes have always been my favorite of his features. But now? I rarely notice. And when I do, I just feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude. Those scars represent a bona fide miracle. They& #39;re a memorial to the remarkable power of God. They represent courage and survival and the power of great, all encompassing love. And man do I love my beautiful, rugged Lincoln boy! ❤️❤️❤️ #lincolnjojo (these scars also represent each of you! I hope they& #39;ll always remind him of the love so many feel for him and have spoken into his spirit and life!❤️😭❤️) #prayforlincolnjo
- Rugged. Today someone called his scarring, "rugged," and my whole heart was like, YESSSSSSSSSS. // Swelling is all gone, so we're pretty much where we're going to be as far as scarring and eye shape are concerned. (Though the redness will fade slowly over the years.) // At first, I would feel such a pang of sorrow every time I looked at his saggy eye. His eyes have always been my favorite of his features. But now? I rarely notice. And when I do, I just feel this overwhelming sense of gratitude. Those scars represent a bona fide miracle. They're a memorial to the remarkable power of God. They represent courage and survival and the power of great, all encompassing love. And man do I love my beautiful, rugged Lincoln boy! ❤️❤️❤️ #lincolnjojo (these scars also represent each of you! I hope they'll always remind him of the love so many feel for him and have spoken into his spirit and life!❤️😭❤️) #prayforlincolnjo
- He's reeeeeeeally over all of this lately. It's like trying to keep a stallion in a fishbowl....or something. But each PT appointment clears him for more and more activity. And we're both learning so much about patience and trust...the whole family is, honestly. We've become so accustomed to a rush, rush, rush lifestyle, and these physical and mental limitations have really forced us to slow down, notice and experience gratitude for the little things and to focus on how far we've come rather than on how far we still have to go. So in those ways, I guess you could say that this experience has enhanced our quality of life??? I mean, it is what it is, and seeing the good is an important part of keeping the madness at bay. We don't have it all figured out, not by a long shot, but we have learned that we can do hard, hard things.... and we can do them with a smile on our face and hope in our hearts. And when I think about it, that's a whole lot. ❤️ #prayforlincolnjo
- He& #39;s reeeeeeeally over all of this lately. It& #39;s like trying to keep a stallion in a fishbowl....or something. But each PT appointment clears him for more and more activity. And we& #39;re both learning so much about patience and trust...the whole family is, honestly. We& #39;ve become so accustomed to a rush, rush, rush lifestyle, and these physical and mental limitations have really forced us to slow down, notice and experience gratitude for the little things and to focus on how far we& #39;ve come rather than on how far we still have to go. So in those ways, I guess you could say that this experience has enhanced our quality of life??? I mean, it is what it is, and seeing the good is an important part of keeping the madness at bay. We don& #39;t have it all figured out, not by a long shot, but we have learned that we can do hard, hard things.... and we can do them with a smile on our face and hope in our hearts. And when I think about it, that& #39;s a whole lot. ❤️ #prayforlincolnjo
- He's reeeeeeeally over all of this lately. It's like trying to keep a stallion in a fishbowl....or something. But each PT appointment clears him for more and more activity. And we're both learning so much about patience and trust...the whole family is, honestly. We've become so accustomed to a rush, rush, rush lifestyle, and these physical and mental limitations have really forced us to slow down, notice and experience gratitude for the little things and to focus on how far we've come rather than on how far we still have to go. So in those ways, I guess you could say that this experience has enhanced our quality of life??? I mean, it is what it is, and seeing the good is an important part of keeping the madness at bay. We don't have it all figured out, not by a long shot, but we have learned that we can do hard, hard things.... and we can do them with a smile on our face and hope in our hearts. And when I think about it, that's a whole lot. ❤️ #prayforlincolnjo
- Perspective is everything. It's amazing the difference a month can make. The first two pictures were taken a month ago, about a week into his time in Intensive Care. The nurse had wanted us to try to wheel him outside for some fresh air. He lasted less than 30 seconds before he felt like he was suffocating and begged to be taken back to his bed. The last picture was taken just now, after getting home from 3 full (symptom free) hours at school. I mean, it's so easy to get overwhelmed by all of this, or frustrated by how long the road still seems to stretch out ahead. It's so easy to think our efforts aren't paying off. But we just need perspective. And I'm reminding myself how true all of this is in "real life" as well. It's hard to see the good you're doing, the difference you're making, the change you're facilitating etc when it's all right there in front of you. But I promise you, "as you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." (👈🏻Wayne Dyer) xo ❤️Nat
- Perspective is everything. It& #39;s amazing the difference a month can make. The first two pictures were taken a month ago, about a week into his time in Intensive Care. The nurse had wanted us to try to wheel him outside for some fresh air. He lasted less than 30 seconds before he felt like he was suffocating and begged to be taken back to his bed. The last picture was taken just now, after getting home from 3 full (symptom free) hours at school. I mean, it& #39;s so easy to get overwhelmed by all of this, or frustrated by how long the road still seems to stretch out ahead. It& #39;s so easy to think our efforts aren& #39;t paying off. But we just need perspective. And I& #39;m reminding myself how true all of this is in "real life" as well. It& #39;s hard to see the good you& #39;re doing, the difference you& #39;re making, the change you& #39;re facilitating etc when it& #39;s all right there in front of you. But I promise you, "as you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." (👈🏻Wayne Dyer) xo ❤️Nat
- Perspective is everything. It's amazing the difference a month can make. The first two pictures were taken a month ago, about a week into his time in Intensive Care. The nurse had wanted us to try to wheel him outside for some fresh air. He lasted less than 30 seconds before he felt like he was suffocating and begged to be taken back to his bed. The last picture was taken just now, after getting home from 3 full (symptom free) hours at school. I mean, it's so easy to get overwhelmed by all of this, or frustrated by how long the road still seems to stretch out ahead. It's so easy to think our efforts aren't paying off. But we just need perspective. And I'm reminding myself how true all of this is in "real life" as well. It's hard to see the good you're doing, the difference you're making, the change you're facilitating etc when it's all right there in front of you. But I promise you, "as you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change." (👈🏻Wayne Dyer) xo ❤️Nat
- I love where we live (and I love this sign our friend @hemeon made). // In other news.... I also love remembering that Lincoln and I won't be on house arrest forever. 😳❤️💪🏻 Poor kid. Imagine not being able to watch too much tv without vomiting, not being able to read without getting a splitting headache, not being able to walk without getting dizzy, not being able to concentrate to play board games without getting dazed and confused...... and not being able to go outside, because you have to keep your torn up face/ arms/chest/legs out of the sun.... we're getting awfully tired of sitting here all day, staring at each other. Haha! BUT things improve a little every day, and what we're experiencing in this moment is not going to last forever! Hallelujah!!!!! God is GREAT! During so many hard windows of my life, I've had to really work hard to consciously remind myself that what I'm feeling isn't permanent. It's easy to get really bummed and discouraged when life gets hard, because subconsciously, it's so easy to convince ourselves that everything is awful, always has been awful and/or will stay awful FOR.EV.ER. That's never true! Not just, that's usually untrue. But it's NEVER, EVER true. So as hard as this has been on Link (and his mom 🙋🏻), it's been an awesome opportunity for him (us) to learn that hard things eventually pass... (and that having a bad attitude, only makes hard things harder). 👊🏻 #prayforlincolnjo #attitudeiseverything #ruckuslist
- I love where we live (and I love this sign our friend @hemeon made). // In other news.... I also love remembering that Lincoln and I won& #39;t be on house arrest forever. 😳❤️💪🏻 Poor kid. Imagine not being able to watch too much tv without vomiting, not being able to read without getting a splitting headache, not being able to walk without getting dizzy, not being able to concentrate to play board games without getting dazed and confused...... and not being able to go outside, because you have to keep your torn up face/ arms/chest/legs out of the sun.... we& #39;re getting awfully tired of sitting here all day, staring at each other. Haha! BUT things improve a little every day, and what we& #39;re experiencing in this moment is not going to last forever! Hallelujah!!!!! God is GREAT! During so many hard windows of my life, I& #39;ve had to really work hard to consciously remind myself that what I& #39;m feeling isn& #39;t permanent. It& #39;s easy to get really bummed and discouraged when life gets hard, because subconsciously, it& #39;s so easy to convince ourselves that everything is awful, always has been awful and/or will stay awful FOR.EV.ER. That& #39;s never true! Not just, that& #39;s usually untrue. But it& #39;s NEVER, EVER true. So as hard as this has been on Link (and his mom 🙋🏻), it& #39;s been an awesome opportunity for him (us) to learn that hard things eventually pass... (and that having a bad attitude, only makes hard things harder). 👊🏻 #prayforlincolnjo #attitudeiseverything #ruckuslist
- I love where we live (and I love this sign our friend @hemeon made). // In other news.... I also love remembering that Lincoln and I won't be on house arrest forever. 😳❤️💪🏻 Poor kid. Imagine not being able to watch too much tv without vomiting, not being able to read without getting a splitting headache, not being able to walk without getting dizzy, not being able to concentrate to play board games without getting dazed and confused...... and not being able to go outside, because you have to keep your torn up face/ arms/chest/legs out of the sun.... we're getting awfully tired of sitting here all day, staring at each other. Haha! BUT things improve a little every day, and what we're experiencing in this moment is not going to last forever! Hallelujah!!!!! God is GREAT! During so many hard windows of my life, I've had to really work hard to consciously remind myself that what I'm feeling isn't permanent. It's easy to get really bummed and discouraged when life gets hard, because subconsciously, it's so easy to convince ourselves that everything is awful, always has been awful and/or will stay awful FOR.EV.ER. That's never true! Not just, that's usually untrue. But it's NEVER, EVER true. So as hard as this has been on Link (and his mom 🙋🏻), it's been an awesome opportunity for him (us) to learn that hard things eventually pass... (and that having a bad attitude, only makes hard things harder). 👊🏻 #prayforlincolnjo #attitudeiseverything #ruckuslist
- I think the longevity of the situation is starting to really settle in. Healing is exhausting and it takes FOR.EV.ER. And we're not just talking maybe pushing too hard and then being extra tired the next day... we're talking, if you push too hard you could make an already traumatic brain injury even more severe... or you could cause internal bleeding, rip out sutures etc. The kid has 3/4 of a liver and half of his adrenal glands. Of course he is exhausted, but knowing that he could actually cause further DAMAGE if he pushes too hard makes this such a delicate and difficult dance. He is so mentally tough, and his body just can't keep up with that iron will...which is both humbling and discouraging for him. (As you can imagine.) Yesterday, his brothers and some friends were talking about a swell that's hitting Hawaii on Monday. 10ft waves are expected. And I looked at Lincoln, and even though he played it cool, I saw his eyes shoot full of tears. He just wants to be a kid. He just wants to get out in the lineup and do his thing. And it breaks my heart for him. // Some of you have been asking how school has been going. He lasted an hour and a half the first day, two hours the second day, and the third day, he had been there only 2 ish hours when his TBI symptoms got out of control and he ended up vomiting, spiking a fever and coming home. See? Delicate dance. But he is ALIVE, and he WILL eventually be well. So when you look at it in perspective, anything short of mind numbing GRATITUDE is simply absurd. #prayforlincolnjo
- I think the longevity of the situation is starting to really settle in. Healing is exhausting and it takes FOR.EV.ER. And we& #39;re not just talking maybe pushing too hard and then being extra tired the next day... we& #39;re talking, if you push too hard you could make an already traumatic brain injury even more severe... or you could cause internal bleeding, rip out sutures etc. The kid has 3/4 of a liver and half of his adrenal glands. Of course he is exhausted, but knowing that he could actually cause further DAMAGE if he pushes too hard makes this such a delicate and difficult dance. He is so mentally tough, and his body just can& #39;t keep up with that iron will...which is both humbling and discouraging for him. (As you can imagine.) Yesterday, his brothers and some friends were talking about a swell that& #39;s hitting Hawaii on Monday. 10ft waves are expected. And I looked at Lincoln, and even though he played it cool, I saw his eyes shoot full of tears. He just wants to be a kid. He just wants to get out in the lineup and do his thing. And it breaks my heart for him. // Some of you have been asking how school has been going. He lasted an hour and a half the first day, two hours the second day, and the third day, he had been there only 2 ish hours when his TBI symptoms got out of control and he ended up vomiting, spiking a fever and coming home. See? Delicate dance. But he is ALIVE, and he WILL eventually be well. So when you look at it in perspective, anything short of mind numbing GRATITUDE is simply absurd. #prayforlincolnjo
- I think the longevity of the situation is starting to really settle in. Healing is exhausting and it takes FOR.EV.ER. And we're not just talking maybe pushing too hard and then being extra tired the next day... we're talking, if you push too hard you could make an already traumatic brain injury even more severe... or you could cause internal bleeding, rip out sutures etc. The kid has 3/4 of a liver and half of his adrenal glands. Of course he is exhausted, but knowing that he could actually cause further DAMAGE if he pushes too hard makes this such a delicate and difficult dance. He is so mentally tough, and his body just can't keep up with that iron will...which is both humbling and discouraging for him. (As you can imagine.) Yesterday, his brothers and some friends were talking about a swell that's hitting Hawaii on Monday. 10ft waves are expected. And I looked at Lincoln, and even though he played it cool, I saw his eyes shoot full of tears. He just wants to be a kid. He just wants to get out in the lineup and do his thing. And it breaks my heart for him. // Some of you have been asking how school has been going. He lasted an hour and a half the first day, two hours the second day, and the third day, he had been there only 2 ish hours when his TBI symptoms got out of control and he ended up vomiting, spiking a fever and coming home. See? Delicate dance. But he is ALIVE, and he WILL eventually be well. So when you look at it in perspective, anything short of mind numbing GRATITUDE is simply absurd. #prayforlincolnjo
- Do you follow @natalienorton? Do you know her? Do you love her? Offering my fair ⚠️ --- prepare yourself to be heart-blown when you click over to her space. ❤️ She's a fellow boy Mom whom I admire to the very core. Natalie helped me hold onto hope, when I couldn't find my footing --- all before I really even knew her. I can't remember most of anything she told me the first weekend I met her, but I will never ever everrrr forget how she made me feel! She's been touching my heart on Instagram ever since! I soak up her strength, post by post as I hold onto every bit of her wisdom with both hands. Her heart is unique. Her heart is pure! It is raw + it is refreshingly beautiful. The Norton family has seen miracles I never dream of 😭💔❤️ + they continue to pour genuine love into this broken world without thinking twice. The moral of the story + goal I'm pushing for here: share with others when their words or actions touch you. Let them know! May we all be a bit more grateful for our relationships. Never take them for granted 😭 Text mom, tell her you love her. Along with a new person each day. I'm going to do the same. Let's pick up the garbage on the sidewalk + join arms as we pray for Texas. Life is too short for hard feelings + untied ends, ya know? Kindness goes a long way in a broken world. Kindness will always, always be free. #lovewins #prayforlincolnjo 📷: @samijo_loves_you
- Do you follow @natalienorton? Do you know her? Do you love her? Offering my fair ⚠️ --- prepare yourself to be heart-blown when you click over to her space. ❤️ She& #39;s a fellow boy Mom whom I admire to the very core. Natalie helped me hold onto hope, when I couldn& #39;t find my footing --- all before I really even knew her. I can& #39;t remember most of anything she told me the first weekend I met her, but I will never ever everrrr forget how she made me feel! She& #39;s been touching my heart on Instagram ever since! I soak up her strength, post by post as I hold onto every bit of her wisdom with both hands. Her heart is unique. Her heart is pure! It is raw + it is refreshingly beautiful. The Norton family has seen miracles I never dream of 😭💔❤️ + they continue to pour genuine love into this broken world without thinking twice. The moral of the story + goal I& #39;m pushing for here: share with others when their words or actions touch you. Let them know! May we all be a bit more grateful for our relationships. Never take them for granted 😭 Text mom, tell her you love her. Along with a new person each day. I& #39;m going to do the same. Let& #39;s pick up the garbage on the sidewalk + join arms as we pray for Texas. Life is too short for hard feelings + untied ends, ya know? Kindness goes a long way in a broken world. Kindness will always, always be free. #lovewins #prayforlincolnjo 📷: @samijo_loves_you
- Do you follow @natalienorton? Do you know her? Do you love her? Offering my fair ⚠️ --- prepare yourself to be heart-blown when you click over to her space. ❤️ She's a fellow boy Mom whom I admire to the very core. Natalie helped me hold onto hope, when I couldn't find my footing --- all before I really even knew her. I can't remember most of anything she told me the first weekend I met her, but I will never ever everrrr forget how she made me feel! She's been touching my heart on Instagram ever since! I soak up her strength, post by post as I hold onto every bit of her wisdom with both hands. Her heart is unique. Her heart is pure! It is raw + it is refreshingly beautiful. The Norton family has seen miracles I never dream of 😭💔❤️ + they continue to pour genuine love into this broken world without thinking twice. The moral of the story + goal I'm pushing for here: share with others when their words or actions touch you. Let them know! May we all be a bit more grateful for our relationships. Never take them for granted 😭 Text mom, tell her you love her. Along with a new person each day. I'm going to do the same. Let's pick up the garbage on the sidewalk + join arms as we pray for Texas. Life is too short for hard feelings + untied ends, ya know? Kindness goes a long way in a broken world. Kindness will always, always be free. #lovewins #prayforlincolnjo 📷: @samijo_loves_you
- One of my biggest goals is to raise my boys to be supportive of one another. This isn't always an easy thing to do—I'll be totally honest and say that sometimes it surprises me how hard it can be. My boys are so close in age, that they are often hungry for independence and identity outside of one another. I get that. And I want them to have their own unique identities as individuals with unique dreams and talents and experiences. My goal is to make sure that being a Norton brother is a PART of that identity, and being a Norton brother means loving each other, showing up for each other when it matters and modeling for each other what it means to be a good, kind, honest and courageous human being. I saw this dream of mine coming true as @cardonnorton and @raleighnorton visited Lincoln's bedside.... it wasn't easy for them to be there, seeing someone they love in such an awful situation, and Lincoln wasn't conscious and wouldn't even remember anything that happened in those early days. But they came anyway. They showed up, anyway. Because that's what brothers do. I was so proud yesterday, watching Lincoln, sitting on the sidelines (in the blazing hot sun) watching his brother Cardon and their friends skate. I want my boys to know that yes, no one will annoy them or make them crazier than their brothers, but I hope they KNOW, beyond doubt, that when the 💩 of life hits the proverbial fan, no one will love them harder, either. This awful experience has blessed my boys (and all of us) with fresh, new perspective, and for that, I am eternally grateful. #prayforlincolnjo (And maybe these examples can extend beyond just our little family in our little home on our little island and remind us all what it means to be brothers and sisters in the vast, eternal scale....we need each other, friends. I need YOU and you need ME, and together we can fill this big ol world with LIGHT and LOVE.)
- One of my biggest goals is to raise my boys to be supportive of one another. This isn& #39;t always an easy thing to do—I& #39;ll be totally honest and say that sometimes it surprises me how hard it can be. My boys are so close in age, that they are often hungry for independence and identity outside of one another. I get that. And I want them to have their own unique identities as individuals with unique dreams and talents and experiences. My goal is to make sure that being a Norton brother is a PART of that identity, and being a Norton brother means loving each other, showing up for each other when it matters and modeling for each other what it means to be a good, kind, honest and courageous human being. I saw this dream of mine coming true as @cardonnorton and @raleighnorton visited Lincoln& #39;s bedside.... it wasn& #39;t easy for them to be there, seeing someone they love in such an awful situation, and Lincoln wasn& #39;t conscious and wouldn& #39;t even remember anything that happened in those early days. But they came anyway. They showed up, anyway. Because that& #39;s what brothers do. I was so proud yesterday, watching Lincoln, sitting on the sidelines (in the blazing hot sun) watching his brother Cardon and their friends skate. I want my boys to know that yes, no one will annoy them or make them crazier than their brothers, but I hope they KNOW, beyond doubt, that when the 💩 of life hits the proverbial fan, no one will love them harder, either. This awful experience has blessed my boys (and all of us) with fresh, new perspective, and for that, I am eternally grateful. #prayforlincolnjo (And maybe these examples can extend beyond just our little family in our little home on our little island and remind us all what it means to be brothers and sisters in the vast, eternal scale....we need each other, friends. I need YOU and you need ME, and together we can fill this big ol world with LIGHT and LOVE.)
- One of my biggest goals is to raise my boys to be supportive of one another. This isn't always an easy thing to do—I'll be totally honest and say that sometimes it surprises me how hard it can be. My boys are so close in age, that they are often hungry for independence and identity outside of one another. I get that. And I want them to have their own unique identities as individuals with unique dreams and talents and experiences. My goal is to make sure that being a Norton brother is a PART of that identity, and being a Norton brother means loving each other, showing up for each other when it matters and modeling for each other what it means to be a good, kind, honest and courageous human being. I saw this dream of mine coming true as @cardonnorton and @raleighnorton visited Lincoln's bedside.... it wasn't easy for them to be there, seeing someone they love in such an awful situation, and Lincoln wasn't conscious and wouldn't even remember anything that happened in those early days. But they came anyway. They showed up, anyway. Because that's what brothers do. I was so proud yesterday, watching Lincoln, sitting on the sidelines (in the blazing hot sun) watching his brother Cardon and their friends skate. I want my boys to know that yes, no one will annoy them or make them crazier than their brothers, but I hope they KNOW, beyond doubt, that when the 💩 of life hits the proverbial fan, no one will love them harder, either. This awful experience has blessed my boys (and all of us) with fresh, new perspective, and for that, I am eternally grateful. #prayforlincolnjo (And maybe these examples can extend beyond just our little family in our little home on our little island and remind us all what it means to be brothers and sisters in the vast, eternal scale....we need each other, friends. I need YOU and you need ME, and together we can fill this big ol world with LIGHT and LOVE.)
- The biggest ongoing challenge Lincoln is facing right now is fatigue. He can only walk veeeeeery short distances before he feels completely drained of energy, to the point where he becomes faint and has to immediately sit down. We have the wheelchair for this reason, it's not that he can't walk at this point, it's that he can't walk far...but even this struggle is slowly improving with time, commitment, patience and gentle conditioning (and as the liver and other internal injuries continue to heal). Still, no complaining from this little champion, though. (Aside from yesterday when @raleighnorton called "shotgun" before him...he deeefinitely complained about that. 😂🙄) // I have to say, my biggest struggle in life right now is endurance as well...but on a spiritual plane. It's exhausting, this life thing we're doing. And like Lincoln, sometimes I just need to sit myself down and regroup. But rather than worry about my weaknesses, or how far I feel I still have to go, as long as I keep getting back up again, and pressing onward, I'm winning. I genuinely believe that's true.... for Lincoln, for me....and for you out there, too. xo, friends. Keep fighting the good fight! #prayforlincolnjo
- The biggest ongoing challenge Lincoln is facing right now is fatigue. He can only walk veeeeeery short distances before he feels completely drained of energy, to the point where he becomes faint and has to immediately sit down. We have the wheelchair for this reason, it& #39;s not that he can& #39;t walk at this point, it& #39;s that he can& #39;t walk far...but even this struggle is slowly improving with time, commitment, patience and gentle conditioning (and as the liver and other internal injuries continue to heal). Still, no complaining from this little champion, though. (Aside from yesterday when @raleighnorton called "shotgun" before him...he deeefinitely complained about that. 😂🙄) // I have to say, my biggest struggle in life right now is endurance as well...but on a spiritual plane. It& #39;s exhausting, this life thing we& #39;re doing. And like Lincoln, sometimes I just need to sit myself down and regroup. But rather than worry about my weaknesses, or how far I feel I still have to go, as long as I keep getting back up again, and pressing onward, I& #39;m winning. I genuinely believe that& #39;s true.... for Lincoln, for me....and for you out there, too. xo, friends. Keep fighting the good fight! #prayforlincolnjo
- The biggest ongoing challenge Lincoln is facing right now is fatigue. He can only walk veeeeeery short distances before he feels completely drained of energy, to the point where he becomes faint and has to immediately sit down. We have the wheelchair for this reason, it's not that he can't walk at this point, it's that he can't walk far...but even this struggle is slowly improving with time, commitment, patience and gentle conditioning (and as the liver and other internal injuries continue to heal). Still, no complaining from this little champion, though. (Aside from yesterday when @raleighnorton called "shotgun" before him...he deeefinitely complained about that. 😂🙄) // I have to say, my biggest struggle in life right now is endurance as well...but on a spiritual plane. It's exhausting, this life thing we're doing. And like Lincoln, sometimes I just need to sit myself down and regroup. But rather than worry about my weaknesses, or how far I feel I still have to go, as long as I keep getting back up again, and pressing onward, I'm winning. I genuinely believe that's true.... for Lincoln, for me....and for you out there, too. xo, friends. Keep fighting the good fight! #prayforlincolnjo
- My son is a miracle. I see that. I feel that. I know it to be true. And when I read comments like, "God is so good!" or "God hears and answers!" I nod my head in emphatic agreement. But.... many of you remember several years ago when another little Norton boy lay in a hospital bed. His body was bruised and broken in different ways, but he was on the precipice of death, just the same. And we prayed. Oh, how we all prayed! And for weeks, I couldn't touch or hold that little boy, just like little Lincoln, and my heart broke watching him, lying there in pain, his mother, inherently sworn to love and protect him from the cruel world, helpless to offer comfort or relief. And then, one night, they placed that little boy in my arms. I held him tight, kissed his sweet cheeks... and felt the final beats of his heart. So if God is good for saving Lincoln, was he not good for letting Gavin die? If he heard our prayers and healed our Lincoln, did our prayers for Gavin fall on deaf ears? There are different kinds of miracles, friends. And part of loving and trusting God is recognizing the particular brand of miracle you're receiving, because God is always good, and the miracle is always there. See, today, Lincoln is the miracle. But all those years ago...I lost my son. I suffered the unimaginable—the pain, the torment of it, tore me down to ashes, and exposed me to a darkness and pain I couldn't have imagined before. But I lived. I learned. I grew. I came to know and love God in new ways, and I came to tangibly experience His love for ME through experiences I can't possibly describe. So yes, Lincoln is our family's miracle, today. And all those years ago, our family's miracle was me. And God is good, all the time. #prayforlincolnjo
- My son is a miracle. I see that. I feel that. I know it to be true. And when I read comments like, "God is so good!" or "God hears and answers!" I nod my head in emphatic agreement. But.... many of you remember several years ago when another little Norton boy lay in a hospital bed. His body was bruised and broken in different ways, but he was on the precipice of death, just the same. And we prayed. Oh, how we all prayed! And for weeks, I couldn& #39;t touch or hold that little boy, just like little Lincoln, and my heart broke watching him, lying there in pain, his mother, inherently sworn to love and protect him from the cruel world, helpless to offer comfort or relief. And then, one night, they placed that little boy in my arms. I held him tight, kissed his sweet cheeks... and felt the final beats of his heart. So if God is good for saving Lincoln, was he not good for letting Gavin die? If he heard our prayers and healed our Lincoln, did our prayers for Gavin fall on deaf ears? There are different kinds of miracles, friends. And part of loving and trusting God is recognizing the particular brand of miracle you& #39;re receiving, because God is always good, and the miracle is always there. See, today, Lincoln is the miracle. But all those years ago...I lost my son. I suffered the unimaginable—the pain, the torment of it, tore me down to ashes, and exposed me to a darkness and pain I couldn& #39;t have imagined before. But I lived. I learned. I grew. I came to know and love God in new ways, and I came to tangibly experience His love for ME through experiences I can& #39;t possibly describe. So yes, Lincoln is our family& #39;s miracle, today. And all those years ago, our family& #39;s miracle was me. And God is good, all the time. #prayforlincolnjo
- My son is a miracle. I see that. I feel that. I know it to be true. And when I read comments like, "God is so good!" or "God hears and answers!" I nod my head in emphatic agreement. But.... many of you remember several years ago when another little Norton boy lay in a hospital bed. His body was bruised and broken in different ways, but he was on the precipice of death, just the same. And we prayed. Oh, how we all prayed! And for weeks, I couldn't touch or hold that little boy, just like little Lincoln, and my heart broke watching him, lying there in pain, his mother, inherently sworn to love and protect him from the cruel world, helpless to offer comfort or relief. And then, one night, they placed that little boy in my arms. I held him tight, kissed his sweet cheeks... and felt the final beats of his heart. So if God is good for saving Lincoln, was he not good for letting Gavin die? If he heard our prayers and healed our Lincoln, did our prayers for Gavin fall on deaf ears? There are different kinds of miracles, friends. And part of loving and trusting God is recognizing the particular brand of miracle you're receiving, because God is always good, and the miracle is always there. See, today, Lincoln is the miracle. But all those years ago...I lost my son. I suffered the unimaginable—the pain, the torment of it, tore me down to ashes, and exposed me to a darkness and pain I couldn't have imagined before. But I lived. I learned. I grew. I came to know and love God in new ways, and I came to tangibly experience His love for ME through experiences I can't possibly describe. So yes, Lincoln is our family's miracle, today. And all those years ago, our family's miracle was me. And God is good, all the time. #prayforlincolnjo

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