A Healing Environment

Ruth is an aggressive juicer. 🀣🀣🀣 she’s my juicing hero. Her knife skills are πŸ’―. She stuffs ALL KINDS of produce in that machine. It routinely gets stuck. Unfazed, she fixes it, and proceeds until a giant quart jar of juice appears, and Ernie downs it in short order. I had the privilege of staying with them for several weeks over the past few years and have seen the lifestyle management efforts they have undertaken as a team and the positive impact on my brother’s health. Diet and exercise are crucial, but it is caregiving founded on Christ-driven love that fuels Recovery in the Tan Family. Giving and receiving care is difficult. There are so many things to keep track of. When I got out of the hospital Mommy used to make me pancakes every Friday just to make me smile. Daddy used to make me role-play my yearly disability interview (he’s a lawyer and loves that kind of thing) – but no one ever called me πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ€£πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘πŸ˜‘. I think they understand now that this Disability thing is here to stay. Now as our situation has developed I’ve been trained to help physically in crisis, but take great joy in the everyday tasks of making tea, doing laundry, and telling Daddy jokes. It is these small routines – teatime, pancakes, a quart of fresh juice – that create stability and an environment of love and care in which we do our BEST healing. Ernie is getting stronger at home. So is Daddy. Please pray for their continued recovery and especially for Ruthie πŸ’— and Mommy πŸ’—. #shreddedgrace

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