Sept 17, 2004

Yesterday was the 6th month since Jenny’s stroke. It seems like so long ago, but it is a relativley short period of time in relation to how long Jenny will be progressing to her full potential. It is too long for Jenny, but she will admit to increased progress lately. It is exciting to see what new things will be done by Jenny each and every day. The movements seem to be getting bigger and better and they surprise Jenny more than anyone. Today, Jenny had a nice visit with lots of friends and family, as well as being able to go out to eat with our extended family. The woman has a huge appetite and I could not feed her fast enough. I love going out into public with her and I am glad she feels more comfortbale doing so. I’m so proud of Jenny and all she has achieved so far.

While demonstrating her ability to push the exercise bike pedal down with each foot, she amazed everyone by completing a few revolutions on the bike without help from anyone. I have only seen her push the pedal down and then stop. She still hates the bike exercises, but is doing great.

Jenny has also been doing some communicating with her friend using sign language. I have seen her do it, but it did not look like something that would work well- despite being told else wise by those signing with her. Well, I came to the realization, while watching her brother learn sign from her, that this really works great. I can not believe how good we communicate now by signing (well, she signs and I interpret outloud). She struggles a bit with some letters. Instead of using her pinky to make an “i”, she uses her ring finger and her “y” looks like she is hitch hiking. Once that is understood, there is no problem. The good thing is that many of her friends know sign language- at least the alphabet. To make things better, I like that her hand will be getting stronger with more use. So, I publicly apologize to Laura- who tried to convince me of this sooner.


  1. Jenny, Mark’s going to fingerspell with you now! You did it!!!! Mark, I publicly accept your apology hahaha. More importantly, now Jenny can tell you herself how much she hates that rower/abdominal/torture device thing you say is good for her =)=)=). You all are the best of the best – Laura

  2. I’m probably one of many who have been thinking of Jenny and putting her name on the temple role. I know the Lord hears and answers the prayers of those who pray for those in need especially in the House of the Lord.
    Trust in the Lord. Wait patiently for Him, and He will give thee thy heart’s desire. I know this to be true. Hang in there, Jenny. Love you, Dianne

  3. Jenny,
    I watched you today from the stand and was thrilled to see you nod and shake your head as Mark asked you a question. You’ve come a long way, baby!

    Seeing you overcome so much has given me the courage to do anything that comes my way. You have taught me more than you’ll ever know.

    I need some help with my finger-spelling. Maybe I should come over for a visit and lessons!

    Love always,
    Vanessa Croshaw and family

  4. Jenny-
    I am so excited to hear that you are doing so well. I am thrilled that you were able to do multiple rotations on the bike. My husband and I have been checking everyday to see how that is going.
    I got to see your mom and Brian on Saturday night. Jenny they were so full of joy when speaking about you. i am so happy to feel the excitement when they tell your wonderful stories. It was so nice to se Brian I have not seen him for quite some time.
    Ssaturday was Expressions preview. Mikey did so well. I went to support him, you all are like such family to me. I wish you all the best and hope you can make it out to a compition for a show sometime. It would be wondeful to see you all.
    God Bless you and Be well
    In Love and Faith

  5. Having not visited he Jenny site for many weeks I am impressed with the progress evident. Wonderful, keep up the marvelous work and best wishes. RER

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