Oct 12, 2004

For the past several years, our family has enjoyed the tradition of having weekly family nights. Once a month, we have a night where all we do is take turns sharing our feelings for each other, the gospel, and what ever else that person would like to share. For those familiar, it is like a testimony meeting at church, but much more intimate. The past several months have come with a void in which Jenny has not been able to be involved by sharing her thoughts during this favorite family activity- until now. Last night, Jenny was able to use her ever improving ability to finger spell her thoughts and feelings. We really miss hearing her voice, so it was wonderful to experince the miracle of her communicating her thoughts to us this way.

Jenny has told me on several occassions lately that she tries and tries, but her left side does not respond anymore. It has been 2-3 months since her voluntary movement on her left slowly went away. It was her stronger side and had more voluntary gross motor movements initially. She refuses to give up. We went through our closet this week, as a yearly tradition dictates. I was impressed that she finally got rid of some of her 80’s clothes from high school. When it came to her high heels, I asked if I could get rid of them. Jenny refuses to believe that she will not walk in them again some day. So, we kept them. Because it is Jenny, she probably will.


  1. Mark! You should know better than to try to get Jenny to give up her heels! A girl can never have too many shoes…ever! 🙂

    It’s great that Jenny is again able to actively participate in your family nights. Times together and sharing are so precious and important.

    Hunter and Haven still remind us how persistent and thoughtful we should all be. Not a meal or bedtime goes by that they don’t ask God to “please heal Zach’s mom.” They never doubt that she will be healed.

    Love to all of you! Sharon & Will

  2. Jenny and Mark..I am so happy to hear that you are continuing to do well. There are so may things I wish I could do to help you. I hope and pray that you are lifted up by the messages you have received here. I think there are so many that what to do more, like myself that feel like we cannot or do not know how.You are so wonderful.
    Keep up the good work and may your family continue to athrive.
    God Bless You.
    In Love and Faith

  3. Dear Jenny and Mark,

    We love your family – we think of you often. Thank you for sharing your life with so many, inspiring countless numbers of people.

    What a great idea for FHE – sharing your thoughts about the gospel and each other. I bet it’s strengthened the kids’ relationships with each other. I think we might try that!

    You have touched our lives for good, and we will never EVER forget you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

    Love, The Croshaw Family

  4. Mark and Jenny…. Wow!…How far you have come! Sounds like great progress in the house. We’re sure the new shower convenience will be a great addition. Jenny, you go girl! Don’t give up on those shoes…or anything else. You’re determination and courage are truly inspirational. We may not write to you often, but we check on your progress all the time, and support you in our thoughts and prayers always. Much love…and God’s continued blessing on you and your family! Bruce and Ann Caster

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