~ Update from the Booher Family ~
Dear Friends and Family,
Much has occurred since our last update for Anna and Evan. For a period of time, I just did not have the heart for writing. Below is a portion of a letter to some dear ones who, in a very special way, brightened our holidays. This will give you a picture of what has happened.
Anna’s health journey has been long and tiring. The ups and downs have been extreme, and even though we have tried hard to remain positive and strong, there have been many days of discouragement. Shortly before Christmas, Anna’s legs and feet became affected by the Lyme disease. Since that time, she has had to use a wheelchair.
As her mother, it has been absolutely heartbreaking to see her experience this setback and to see her now have to rely on a wheelchair and, at 16, to have to literally crawl up the stairs to get to the bedrooms. I didn’t know if my heart could enjoy the holidays at all.
We don’t know where this journey will lead us next or how long this will last. We ask for your continued fervent prayers that Anna’s health and ability to walk will be restored and that Evan’s health will also continue to improve.
This letter was written on January 10, and Anna was still using the wheelchair, BUT, this precious child, even when things are bleak, keeps hanging in there. Her goal was to be able to walk into the concert hall for Adam’s piano concert (see attachment) this Friday, February 13. Through prayer, sheer will power, and much painful therapy with Mr. Paul, Anna gradually used crutches, then a cane, and NOW, she is walking again and Lord willing, will meet her goal on Friday! We give glory and praise to the Lord for this!! Thank you to all who prayed for her to walk again! We look forward to seeing her walking improve each day.
Anna continues to have intestinal and urological issues, and Evan has had ups and downs as well, but we have recently had a consultation with an additional doctor who specializes in chronic issues, and we are hopeful that he can offer the last pieces to their health puzzles. We ask for your continued prayers as we press on. Thank you again for the many ways you encourage us.
With a grateful heart,
(For Gil, Adam, Evan, and Evan)
Personal thoughts for those who want to keep reading:
(Or, as my children would call it, “sermonette”)
Friends, I can now say that I know somewhat of what it feels like to be beaten down, attacked by one challenge after another, discouraged to the point of despair, and lonely at times despite all your wonderful support. I know somewhat of what it is like to be a “single mother.” I now have the utmost respect for military and single mothers who must tend to every detail of life, and I have a greater love and appreciation for my husband. I know what it is like to be absolutely exhausted, to literally cry myself to sleep, and to cry out to the Lord night after night, pleading for His mercy, strength, and wisdom. I also know what it is like, to almost give up hope all together. This is how I felt when both of Anna’s feet were turned in, stiff as boards and when we found out that she likely has Crohn’s too – I was still praying but felt hopeless and very discouraged.
At the point, though, when I could not even bring a smile to my face, the Lord provided, as He always does. He provided special encouragement from a mother and daughter we had never met before. He provided a beautiful bouquet of flowers from a dear friend. He provided special visitors from home two weeks ago with whom we were able to visit, and who encouraged us beyond means. They helped us laugh and see hope again. He provided an opportunity for me to see my parents and be renewed by them. He restored Anna’s ability to walk. He is reuniting our family this weekend to experience Adam’s wonderful music and to provide more encouragement from those who will attend the concert.
I could go on and on, but the point is that through these recent blessings and through meditating on various passages, I imagined the Lord saying to me, “I am still with you, providing for you in every way. Do not lose heart. Do not give up. I have given you examples in my Word of many who have felt like you, and I provided for them just as I am and will continue to provide for you. I love you, dear daughter. Keep persevering because I am with you.”
Dear friends, I have left my comfort zone to pour these thoughts out in hopes that YOU may be strengthened and encouraged to press on through the challenges of this life and that no matter how dark the way may seem your faith in God’s promises and faithfulness will carry you through until the end.
Blessed is the man, who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test,
he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
When life is hard for you, remember Anna’s wristband which says, “Never Ever Give Up!” With God ALL things are possible. (Mark 10:27)