March 7,2005 (from Jenny!)

YES, IT REALLLY IS ME. YESTERDAY, I SAT AT CHURCH THINKING,”WHY DO’N’T I HOLD DOWN MY RING FINGER WHEN I TRY TO EXTEND M PINKIE?” (I USE MY RING FINGER TO SAY I’S AND J’S IN ASL SINCE MY PINKIE WOULD NOT GO UP ALONE.) LO AND BEHOLD IT WORKED! I WANTED TO SCREAM,”HURRAY! LOOK WHAT I DID!” AT THE SAME TIME I WONDERED WHY HADN’T I THOUGHT OF THAT BEFORE? IT SEEMED SO OBVIOUS! BUT WOULD IT HAVE WORKED? MY PROUDEST MOMENT WAS WHEN MARK NOTICED IT TOO-WHICH WASN’T TOO LONG AFTER. NOW I WONDER WHAT’S NEXT? IF I’VE LEARNED ANYTHING FROM THIS, IT’S TO BE SUPER PATIENT AND NOT TAKE ANYTHING-NO MATTER HOW SMALL IT MAY SEEM-FOR GRANTED.

16 comments

  1. Wow!!! I was just sitting here at the computer talking with Joe on the phone and all of a sudden I couldn’t get the words out fast enough. I often, meaning several times a day, check your web-site and am always so inspired and amazed. But today….wow!! It was fun to share that moment with Joe so he could quickly go to the site from his work and read your entry. It was so incredible to see you video tapoing Sophie’s birthday party. Now this is so wonderful to “hear” your voice. Thanks for your thoughts on patience. Joe would agree I am the most impatient person in the wold. You are an outstanding example to all of us. We love you all!

    Crystal, Joe and the girls

  2. Jenny, you are an inspiration to us! Your example of patience, faith, and endurance provides encouragements for all who visit this site and those who witness your love first hand. We always knew that if there was anyone who would triumph no matter the odds it was our SUPERMOM neighbor, Jenny from the block.
    The Coleman Family

  3. WOW!!! This is wonderful!!! We get to hear from you, too, Jenny. I just sat and cried when I read your letter. I’m so glad to be able to hear your thoughts now, too. Patience is a TOUGH lesson to learn. I wonder how long it takes? I hope it goes faster for you Jenny, than for me (Aunt LA). I still don’t have it even close to mastered and I’m in my 60’s. Hopefully you’ll accomplish this soon so you won’t have to keep being tested in this area at least!

    Keep writing. This was SO GREAT!!!

    About Mark’s last letter. I wonder if I could get Uncle Dee to try this idea of stating my thoughts when we disagree? I would be wonderful to have him do my arguing for me. He is such a master at it that it is almost hopeless for me to try to state my own opinions. So enjoy this part, too, Jenny!!!

    Aunt LA & Uncle D

  4. Hi Jenny! It’s great to hear from you!!! Like so many others, I regularly (daily, at least) check your site for new news. I’m sad to hear you guys will be leaving for Texas, but I’m happy that you will be able to be more comfortable in a milder climate (well, hot summers are ahead, but at least not Indiana winters). Hunter and I will miss seeing Zach at school, but you guys will always be part of our memories. Keep up the hard work – it’s paying off! You will never know how many lives you touch and inspire. Love, Sharon πŸ™‚

  5. JENNY, THIS IS WONDERFUL NEWS! IF THERE WAS EVER A LESSON IN THE POWER OF THE HEAVENLY FATHER, THIS IS IT. THANK YOU FOR HELPING ME AND SHOWING ME THE IMPORTANCE OF CONTINUALLY BELIEVING!
    LOVE AND PRAYERS,
    ALICE

  6. Jenny,

    This is awesome!! I am so proud of you. You just make me want to cry (as I am writing this). You where always to very patient (especially listening to all of our boy talks, etc). Keep up the good work & many more wonderful things will happen for you & your family. We love you!! Thank you for your wonderful example. I have much to learn from you.

    Love,
    Maureen & Art Tyczka (former Miller)

  7. HI JENNY,

    HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING YOUR STORY AND THIS RECENT ONE IS WONDERFUL. IT’S TRUE LOVE, PATIENCE AND ENCOURAGEMENT CAN CONCORD MANY TASK. YOU ARE ON THE ROAD TO MORE, TAKE CARE AND MY BEST TO ALL!!!

    FONDLY,

  8. Wow Jenny,
    Way to go! You are an inspiration to us all! We too continue to follow you on a daily basis and are so impressed with your progress. Thanks for sharing your recovery with us, we are learning much through you and your family as you have faced this challenge with dignity and courage.

    Lee and JoAnn Hartman

  9. Jenny,
    I’ve been impressed with you over the years, that you could do anything you put your mind to, and now you’re going above and beyond! It’s wonderful to see your thoughts. We’re going to miss your family when you move, and we’ll miss Mark as our home teacher. But you’ll continue to be an inspiration to me. I’m so thrilled for your progress!
    Love,
    Maria

  10. Jenny,
    I’ve been following your progress closely. I was a big fan on the primusic site before your stroke, but an even bigger fan now. You are an amazing source of strength, courage and creativity. I’m so glad for your amazing progress. Keep up the great work, and the great attitude.

    Your sister in primary music
    Mindy Smith aka Mindy in CA
    (currently teaching Gospel Doctrine, though–yikes!)

  11. Hi, Jenny —

    I can’t even begin to know the amount of blood, sweat, tears, laughing and all the other strengths and emotions that have brought you to the point of being able to write to everyone! I am just sooo glad that you take time to do it!

    I share your happiness and joy —

    Love,

    Sherry

  12. Jenny, you are by far the most amazing woman I know-with the most amazing husband. I have learned so much about faith and determination from reading about your progress! I love you and Mark, and I am praying for you! I wish you the best in your move to Texas!
    Love,
    Jen

  13. Jenny, I’m so thrilled to see that you are progressing by leaps and bounds. You are an amazing young woman. You are also married to a very amazing young man. You have a wonderful family and everyone looks at you with inspiration. I will continue to watch the website and add your family to our prayers. Keep up the good work! You go girl. May the Lord bless you and your family each and every day with new and unexpected blessings.
    Best wishes,
    Lacy & Paula Croft – (we used to be in your Arlington Heights ward when you were little.)

  14. HOW WONDERUL…IT IS GREAT TO HEAR FROM YOU. i AM SO EXCITED THAT YOU WERE ON THE SIT WRITING. GOD BLESS YOU.
    KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
    JANET AND ROB

  15. Jenny: I have been following your site for some time now! You, Mark and your children inspire me each time I read your entries. When I saw the entry from you, I almost jumped out my chair! What a delight. Keep on keepin on! May God continue to bless and hold you and yours in the palm of His Hand.

    Peace,

    Jill

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