Easter News

First of all, I want to celebrate my beautiful, smart, and hard-working sister for finally being discharged from the hospital. 358_509727006312_9920_nShe has earned it! Every time I went to see her she was stretching, working on range of motion, in her wheelchair instead of her bed, or strengthening her muscles. She makes me proud, and inspires me to work harder.

Now, onto discussing last weekend’s activities!

Easter is many things to many people. For Christians it is a time to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, for others it is a time to enjoy festive bunnies and eggs, or a combination of both, or for some just a Sunday. Above all, this day is a day meant to be spent in love, reflection, and thankfulness. Our family has celebrated Easter a variety of different ways, but has always included time with family. Our holidays look different now… Holidays for our family are hard now. Rowan_9-12_months_110They are a time when we can physically feel the emptiness of celebrations of the past. Fortunately, for us, we were able to experience love and a sense of belonging this Easter. We’ve been left with an amazing set of family, and friends that have helped to take care of not only our physical needs, but also are emotional ones.ImageRaces_2

We spent Sunday morning trying to pile all of us into the rented van. It worked fairly well. 🙂 There might’ve been a little rolling around, but nothing too major!Rowan_9-12_months_159

When we arrived we saw sidewalk chalk, Easter decorations, and a couple of smiley kids to welcome us. We had a late lunch filled with excellent prime rib, ham, potatoes, egg casserole, cinnamon rolls, cake, and many other delicatessens. We all miss fresh, home made food!Rowan_9-12_months_135

Jeremy took off a little early to make sure he got back to Cheney before nightfall. He was home on spring break for a little over a week, and it was really nice to see him. He came by the hospital here a few times, and he came to Pushing Boundaries once to watch me in therapy. I tried to make him proud. 🙂Rowan_9-12_months_112

He also escorted JaimO up to her apartment to deal with, I do believe, the fish tank. But with Jaime, I just never know.

After our late lunch I propped myself on the couch out of my chair. The temptation of an empty chair was just too alluring for my friend Heather, who as a child found herself at Safeway spending her entire allowance attempting to claim the teddy bear by means of crane from the toy machine. And, to her credit, she was quite good at it. I’m sure that Tony the Tiger stuffed animal was worth the $782 spent on it. So she popped on and away she went.Rowan_9-12_months_093

Well certainly it wasn’t fair for just Heather to have a turn, so each person had to have a ride! It was hilarious! They got stopwatch and timed each other as they raced a modified track around the house. It was oddly gratifying to see just how challenging it was for other people.


The best we can do during the holidays is to move forward with being the best people we can.Rowan_9-12_months_146 My mom and dad would want me to remember both of them and all the wonderful traditions and memories that we have built over my lifetime. But more importantly they would want me to go on with my life, so that we can share those same warm, loving, memories with people I care so much about. I am lucky to have a great support system, and I’m thankful for a fun and relaxing Easter. untitled

Keep on keeping onRowan_9-12_months_108


14 thoughts on “Easter News

  1. Dear Jessie and Family,

    Thank you for this beautiful Easter message. You give me a lot of hope! Please know of my continued prayers for your recovery. Your courage is a great inspiration to so many.

    Keep going and God bless!

    Fr. Bill Heric

  2. So great to see you all enjoying yourselves and having fun with family! Awesome pics of everyone and looks like a beautiful Easter! Keep on keepin on friend!

  3. Gorgeous…spirit, presence, feelings….can’t wait to celebrate the day you go home…walk, navigate the world. Hands are looking so much better….Easter indeed

  4. I’m teary reading your heart-warming story of your Easter time together. Also from reading the Times articles, which were just posted on line an hour ago (I guess it will be in the Sunday Times?) Stunning as it still is to imagine your parents are gone from here, you all are carrying on with so much of the drive and purpose and spirit that they shared with all of us. We can imagine your emotional wounds. And what it takes to adjust to your injuries. Cheers for your progress and successes. Love seeing you in a “regular” home with friends and family. And in your real home, Jaime! Great photos.

  5. Thank you Jessie for the wonderful pics and update. Very touching to read and see. You are all very much loved….. No doubt about it!! You parents would definitely be very very proud of each and every one of you. Love and hugs, Geri

  6. Jessie, I’m reading this as I’m monitoring a test at school today. I’m crying tears of joy at your strength and how wonderful all of your family and friends are. Thank you for sharing about your Easter
    holiday. I agree that holidays will be a tough time, but remembering all the love you were and are showered with will help. Do keep the traditions going and keep up the great work. Again, I am so proud of all of you.

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