Dear Kerry and Mario, Can't tell you how much I have been praying for you both! As I read your news in the e-mails Matt would forward to me, I was vaulted back 34 years ago at this time. Our daughter, Nancy, had been seizuring since mid-summer. She had been born in April and seemed a perfectly normal infant. I was immediately smitten with her. She rarely left my arms while I was at home. However, as the months rolled on, we began to be aware that she wasn't progressing as expected. Since she was our first child, we weren't exactly sure, but we could just sense that all was not right with her. The random arm motions that appeared in July began to be more frequent, as did the fussiness that always accompanied them. Finally, the first of September we met with a pediatric neuralogist. It took until February, just two months before her first birthday, to have a diagnosis. We were told to "find a place for her" because she would never be able to do anything for herself. Devastated, we went home. CRIED many more tears. Shouted at GOD. Pleaded "Why?" One day I happened to be directed to Exodus 3-4; the familiar account of Moses' encounter with the Living GOD. What the Holy Spirit "smashed me over the head with" was GOD's reply to Moses' plea that he couldn't go to speak on GOD's behalf to the Egyptians because he was "slow of speech and tongue" (NIV 4:10) GOD said in verse 11: "The LORD said to him, 'Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? (Now get this!) IS IT NOT I, THE LORD?" GOD said HE was responsible for man's affictions. You know what that did for this old dad? GOD told me that HE was in charge. That Nancy's "condition" was perfectly in HIS perfect plan. I could give up my worries, cares, concerns about the future for Nancy. HE had everything under control. All that I had to do was love and care for her. That's it! I didn't need to ask why. I didn't need to know why. I had no grounds for anger at GOD, or anyone else. No need to be resentful when Nancy's cousins could do things she couldn't. Nope! GOD said all I had to do was love her. And, since I already did, I was FREE to just do so all the more. Now, I must confess that I had some grieving to so. I had to mourn the death of MY vision for who my little daughter was going to be. . . . no girl scouts, no silly sleep-overs, no sports or piano, no dating, no wedding. I had to give all of that to HIM and just LOVE HER. I'm rambling on to you both because I so much want you to know that REESE has been given to YOU for HIS purposes. Embrace her because she is a gift from our LOVING HEAVENLY FATHER who knows how to give good gifts to HIS children (Matthew 7:9-12) HE will teach you so much about HIMSELF through Reese in ways that HE can't even through Faith. Dear Ones, my eyes are full of tears as I write knowing that you are in pain as Carolyn and I have been in pain through the years as Nancy and we have struggled to provide a life for her. Even today, Nancy and Carolyn had to stay home from church because Nancy is having one of her dizzy spells. But know this, HE IS FAITHFUL. HIS GRACE IS SUFFICIENT. Just love her! HE will do the rest. Know that Carolyn and I stand ready to support you both in whatever ways we can as you learn to care for Reese in the days GOD gives you with her. Please do us the honor of letting us encourage your hearts whenever we can. Just let us know.