Friday, October 9, 2009

Making a Dream Reality...

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As some of you know, one of our biggest challenges we are currently facing is our housing situation. We live in a second floor apartment and for obvious reason this living situation and haveing a child who is wheelchair dependent just doesn't mix -- not even a little bit. Everyday I load Gavin up from his crib into his old kid cart, being sure not to pull any of the various drainage bags out of his belly, trying not to rip the O2 off his face and most importantly trying to lift his heavy IV pump bag without breaking his central line, aka his life line. It's a scary frustrating thing. What is even more frustrating is that I then have to manage to get that wheelchair including Gavin and his equipment down a flight of stairs and then transferred over into his new wheelchair.

sigh.

It literally makes me frazzled thinking about it -- and to think I do this several times a day. I'm not looking for pity because really, I choose to leave the house -- it's just how we roll.

Anyway the big news is that last night we signed papers on a new house! A house that through the heart of another family who has endured massive crisis is being totally renovated to meet the needs of our family. The house will be completely accessible for Gavin. I'm literally floored every time I even begin to think about the donated manpower that is coming together to make this dream a reality.

Erin and Jeff and endured such intense heart break over the past few years. Here is a small excerpt off their blog, "Most families encounter misfortune – some more than others. Against all odds, Erin and Jeff lost two beautiful children to Infant Leukemia in less than two years. They now have a third child who is also considered at risk for the same deadly disease. Every parent’s worst nightmare became reality, twice." Adam and I are grateful beyond words, and truly overwhelmed, that this family is reaching out to us and making our life a little easier -- even in the midst of their own grief and loss.

Thanks to Erin's Dream and the community around us for making this dream happen. You all are simply amazing!

29 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOOHOO! So excited for you guys!
Praying as always!
The Cloens

Me and My Boys said...

WOW! What a blessing! And we will be praying for Erin and Jeff and their family!

Rachael said...

I'm crying happy tears for you. How wonderful, and wow, Erin and Jeff. You guys are fantastic.

Lucy and Ethel said...

That's AWESOME!!! Even though you THINK you know, you are going to be AMAZED by what a difference an accessible home makes in your life. I've been there and I am SO excited for you!!

Many blessings in the days and months ahead,
Ethel

Tiffany Lockette said...

Wow, what a true blessing. I am so happy for you guys.

kyna said...

SO... INCREDIBLY... WONDERFUL!!!

Anonymous said...

Karen and Adam. I am truly amazed at how God works through others. I am also crying tears of joy for you. God has blessed us by placing you in our family. We love you.

Aunt Carol

Paige said...

Yay!! This is amazing news!! I'm so happy for your family!

Prayers-
Paige & Charli Beth

brandiandboys said...

karen and adam,

i read this post in tears. i am so touched that God has provided this home for you all. what a blessing... can't wait to follow this journey into the new home.

grey like snuffie said...

HAPPY DANCING!!!!!! Thank You Father! We just can't imagine...His provision!

Courtney said...

awesome, awesome!!!

Tina said...

I am crying tears of joy for you. Congratulations!

Cindy Heintz said...

Love You All....thoughts and Prayers Always :)
I love my shirt and wear it with thoughts and pride!

Anonymous said...

We are so HAPPY for you all! Praying for a smooth move, and rejoicing with you! SO EXCITING!!!!

erin said...

We're happy to help! Welcome to our family! Erin, Jeff & Calvin of Erin's Dream!

Ellen said...

That is incredible news!! Renews your faith in mankind. Prayihg for Gavin as always and will add Rin and family to our prayers too!

kate. said...

I'm crying my eyes out - I'm so happy for you. This is the best news ever. Congratulations! When's the housewarming party - and I better be on that list!! :-)

Lisa Marie said...

PRAISE THE LORD!!!!!!!!!! Oh my gosh- I am SO SO SO happy for you all and so excited for you! I can't wait to see pictures (if you post them) of the new house- yay!!!!!! yay for Gavi!! and for all of you! What a blessing. God is SO good! We love you all and are so happy to rejoice with you about your new home. Thanks for the comment on my blog Karen! yeah the kids are getting big- geez it goes fast. Can't believe Madi is in school now! Both your kids are just gorgeous :) Love and Blessings

Anonymous said...

THRILLED for your family. Just truly THRILLED for this blessing to be bestowed upon you guys. May you have many, many moments there together to make more memories than your hearts can hold. God bless you Karen and your precious family. Sincerely, Trish

Anonymous said...

Congratulations! I am thanking and praising God for His provision for your family. I was blessed to meet Erin and Jeff at the church last week. I will continue to pray for both of your families. Be blessed and be safe in Him! ~Debbie Heisey

Sarah Thomas, Nora's mom said...

WONDERFUL NEWS!! Congratulations Owens Family! You are always in our thoughts and prayers.

Rusty & Teri said...

Great news! Congratulations and enjoy!!

therextras said...

Thanks be to God!

Kelsey said...

THIS IS SO EXCITING! Congrats to you and your family!

Lois said...

Praise the Lord for people like Erin and Jeff. I pray for your family everyday,

Lois said...

Praise the Lord for wonderful people like Erin and Jeff. I pray for your family everyday

Anonymous said...

What wonderful news. Couldn't happen to a more deserving family. The new blog makeover is great too!

kathleen

Lorra said...

Wonderful news of the new home! God answers prayer. Continued prayers for Gavin and your family.

carrie-anne said...

coming home to see the news of you're home totally awesome. God is good! as always we are praying for the entire owens clan. <3