Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Update from Kari

Hello everyone!
This is the first time I’ve written anything on our website.  This will not be very long since I’m typing with my mouth stick- I can only push one key at a time.  I think that there are probably several people still checking our blog.   I apologize for not writing sooner.  Getting back to “normal” has been much more difficult than we had anticipated.  I realize that there have been hundreds of people following our story from the very beginning.  We are so grateful for the overwhelming response-financially and spiritually.  It still surprises me that so many people care.  There are a couple of things I wanted to share about the response we’ve received.  First- please don’t put us on a pedestal.  We humbly receive all of the beautiful things people have said about us- but we are no better than anyone else.  Also, I was beginning to feel like a reality TV show- (- with people waiting for the latest news of our lives.  But now that we are out of the hospital, we are just trying to get our lives back.  So please be patient with our long intervals of time between updates.
Aaron is doing very well.  He is super tired all the time.  He works about 9-10 hours a day at school.  At home he tries to keep up with the cooking, laundry, cleaning, the cats, shopping- oh yeah… and taking care of me.  He goes for 16-18 hours a day without hardly stopping.  He does all of this so cheerfully.  He never complains.  I am amazed by his love and devotion.  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband.  
I am doing very well also.  Every day I feel stronger and healthier.  I can’t remember the last time I had to take pain medication.  My pain is so much less than it used to be.  My equipment is all working well for me.  I am getting a new computer next week that will work better with the voice activated software.  I also am getting a new cell phone in the next few days that will be easier to use.  We’ve had several “technical difficulties” in the last couple of weeks- Aaron’s computer at school crashed- the internet at home stopped working- our laptop keeps freezing- and Aaron’s cell phone was stolen last Sunday at a restaurant.  It seems as though we are constantly battling something.
Things with Sarah are working out really well.  She is a tremendous help to us.  She is also very cheerful about everything- never complaining.
I’m going to close now.  My cheeks are getting tired from all this typing (about 2hours!) I will try to do another update soon.  We love you all.

Kari

12 comments:

Kathy Timmers said...

Hi dear Kari!
I was in process of signing off to get ready for work and decided to check the site, I had gotten out of the habit of doing it daily-
and what a delight to find a posting from you! How wonderful to hear you are doing well and how much your pain has decreased- thank You Lord Jesus! I am really excited for you that you have the new computer and phone coming to facilitate communication. I have wanted to call you and chat for the looooongest time and will wait until next week to be sure your new phone is up and running. And I'll finally be mailing your Christmas package this weekend- with a birthday gift for you added
-to you guys at your church so be watching for it. Sorry it took me so long- I was beginning to think I should re-wrap the gifts in Easter paper :-)
Love you and miss you tons and tons!
KT

Anonymous said...

My dear sweet Kari,
How wonderful to hear from you. I can hear your voice as I read your update. We keep praying and "checking up" on you and Aaron.
I'm here - ready to get on a plane - if you need some Janice help.
Love you,
Jan Yessa

NADYNE AND KEN NOFFSINGER said...

GOOD MORNING KARI AND AARON!!!!! WE HEART YOU.

TO LET YOU BOTH KNOW, WE CONTINUE TO UPHOLD YOU IN OUR MINDS AND HEARTS.
WE CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR YOU AND WITH YOU AT OUR THURSDAY NIGHT STUDY.

WOW, KARI, WE ARE ALL SO HAPPY FOR YOUR EMAIL!!!
I CAN NOT BELIEVE IT ONLY TOOK YOU TWO HOURS! THAT IS SO WONDERFUL! HOPE YOU ARE NOT TOOOOO TIRED AND SORE.
GO WOMAN.... YOU DID IT!!!!
WE CAN NOT WAIT UNTIL YOU GET YOUR VOICE ACTIVATED COMPUTER /HELPMATE.

WE PRAY FOR YOU TO REST WELL
WE PRAY FOR AARON TO GET REST TOO.
WE PRAY FOR STRENGTH OF MIND AND BODY. AND NO PAIN.

WE PRAISE THE LORD FOR YOUR FAITH
WE PRAISE THE LORD FOR BOTH OF YOU BEING REAL PEOPLE WITH REAL HONESTLY AND STRUGGLES.
KEEP SHARING YOUR STORY
THE GOOD, GREAT, GRAND AND THE SORROWS, SADNESSES AND SILENT TIMES.
YOU HELP US ALL TO SEE WE NEED THE LORD AND WE ARE NOT ALONE
THANKS FOR BEING YOU.

LOVE FROM LOLO'S FAMILY.
FOREVER
KEN AND NADYNE
NOFFSINGER

Blake Engel said...

So awesome to hear from you, Kari! And good thing you warned us about the reality TV thing being unwanted... I'm going to go call back NBC and say you're not interested after all. ;-)

Cyndi Fusek said...

Kari - How did you do all that without any typos? You're great! Thanks for the update- and of course, we love you!
Sistah Cyndi

Joy said...

Sweet, sweet Kari,

How amazing to hear directly from you!!! Since our trip out in November, so much has happened and I (we) miss you tons!!! How good that the pain has pretty much gone away!!! - PRAISE GOD!!! I agree with Cyndi - how in the world did you get away without any typos?!?! You rock! We can't wait to come out to Cali sometime - Carrie and I were talking the other day about how wonderful it was when we came last time. Of course, there's a huge famous frisbee golf course that Nate would like to visit (second only to you!) :-) You still have our love, prayers, and support!

Love always,
Your Joybird (and Nate)

Cathy Ross said...

Kari,

Don't worry about that pedestal, we'll be here to catch you! Just kidding!! Rod and I also check the website daily just to see what's happening so we know in what direction to be praying. I know I speak for several when I say we are concerned about you and want to know what going on. Anything you peck will be apprecitated.
Luv ya,
Rod and Cathy

Anonymous said...

Hi Kari! It was wonderful to hear from you! Thanks so much for taking the time to share! Praise God that the pain is subsiding! My husband, David, and I continue to keep you and Aaron in our prayers.
Sarah McCracken Wallman

Anonymous said...

Praise the Lord it is really wonderful to hear your pain has decreased so much. That is a wonderful relief!! I'm so happy for you both! I know it is hard for Aaron to rest & relax but it takes a toll on a person when they don't stop to take care of themself because only he can take that time to relax. Any way he can!!
I love you & miss you I'm so glad you were able to sent your email it is great to hear from YOU!!!
Your always in my prayers. Just a note to you I'm still OFF insulin praise God!! Every day there is a new challange but we have to I guess expect that such as life!! Just being able to trust in the Lord is a wonderful gift that he has given us!!
We don't hold you on a pedistal we just are so grateful to hear your expierence & to hear how much you both have grown through out this whole expierence. No one knows what they would do in your situation. But girl you've got great strength & faith!!
Praise you both
Love you lots
Donie

Anonymous said...

Kari!
I love you and MISS you!!!! It's so good to hear from you.
I'm working, but I'll write you an e-mail soon.
Thanks for writing and I'm not putting you on a pedestal, but you really are the BEST! :)
LOVE YOU!
Heather

Uncle Don & Kathleen said...

Dear Kari & Aaron,
So very good to read your blog, Kari. That took a lot of determination I am sure but then we all know that you are a wonderfully determined lady. We all admire your strength of character.

God is so good. I sent you an article from Forbes Magazine that I hope may prove helpful. Know you both remain in our prayers.
My email address in case you ever want to use it: eaglewings@sisna.com
Love,

Uncle Don and Kathleen

Anonymous said...

Hello!!!
It's so good to hear from y'all! Happy St. Patti's Day! I know you're excited, being so Irish and alchoholic and all. I'm so glad you're off your meds and out of pain. Well, we have been recording some of the songs in the studio. It's a 6 song demo/EP. We'll send you it as soon as we're done mastering it. Right now, we only have the rough mixes so far, but they sound pretty good. As far as putting you guys on a pedestal, I wouldn't do it but you're just so cool. What can I say, I can't help it. I look forward to hearing from you again, although I'm sure it will take your cheeks a while to recover: 2 HOURS! Well, I love oyu guys and I am so glad that things are going well. Hopefully I'll be able to come out again sometime. Dan, KT, and everyone else at our house send love.
Love,
Bryan BoiGuzman