Hopey turns 8 years old on September 5th and remains completely non-verbal. This morning, she awoke EARLY and started playing with her angel (yep, it's a real angel that none of the rest of us can see---if you're ever around Hopey for a long period of time, you'll witness it yourself). She was running all over the house giggling and playing when ALL OF A SUDDEN, she said: "Where is it?" followed by: "There it is!" and a whole bunch of giggles. My heart just about popped out of my chest. She hasn't said anything since, but God is answering our prayers. Hopey is going to speak!
The second miracle involves him:
who looked like THIS exactly one year ago after breaking two bones in his arm after a scrimmage:
It happened just before Caleb's junior season....he missed every game and was only able to play in a single play-off game. Over the 3 months that it took his arm to heal, Caleb battled depression as he considered, for the first time, that his dreams of playing college football might not come true.
But ever the athlete, he worked diligently this summer to rehabilitate (thank you Axel Burgos!):
Last night, in a full pre-season scrimmage in Tullahoma, TN, Caleb completed 12 of 15 passes and threw just shy of 300 yards in the first quarter and a half of the game. The coach then put the second string quarterback into the game. Caleb, in the first quarter and a half completed three touchdown throws. The score when they pulled him was 34-3.
The miracle wasn't the athletic feat of Caleb last night, even though that was amazing. The miracle for me was in seeing Caleb's face after the game. God allowed Caleb's faith to be tested last year, and while Caleb wrestled with God as he stood on the sideline last year with a cast on his arm, he ultimately made the decision to preservere with much faith, with dedication, and with hard work.....trusting God....and believing He has a plan and purpose for all things.
For football fans, here is film from last night's miracle: