Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Update on the Lietzau's

Our family started back to school and are slowly settling back into our routines. When school started we were in the middle of a big move.  We sold our home of ten years and decided to relocate to LaMirada.  This was a difficult move for us because we loved our home so much.  We had done so much work on that home and had built so many wonderful memories.  We prayed for a long time about moving and whether or not it was the right decision for our family.  The timing was never right and so we kept putting it off.  Our desire was to be closer to friends and our church community who had a desire to help come along side our family.  My disease has slowly kept progressing over the last few years and we know it will continue.  With several flights of stairs our home was no longer allowing me to enjoy our patio or the outdoors and I would often be isolated to the bedroom which was a constant reminder of my disability. We decided it was time to step out in faith and make the move. It was so hard to say goodbye to our home but God has really made it known in some beautiful ways that this was the right move for us.  When we approached our realtor and close friend about moving he recommended we sell our home first so that we were not contingent when we went to make an offer on a house.  A few weeks later the Lord answered our first prayer and provided a wonderful fully furnished house for us to stay in.  As if that wasn’t great enough it also happened to be on the best street, with many friends from church, and wonderful neighbors who have blessed us richly and welcomed us into this wonderful community.  On top of that our home sold in three days and we were able to get our asking price.  Since being in La Mirada our kids have played outside every day with friends, riding bikes etc.  Many have lessened the load already by taking our kids to classes, offering to pick things up at the store, and have come to sit and visit.  We feel so blessed and are confident that God will reveal our future home here in La Mirada in his perfect time.  We very much covet your prayers.

Noah’s health seems to be doing very well.  I can’t tell you how much joy it has brought me to see him out riding bikes with his buddies.  I don’t take those things for granted because I realize how fast that could be taken from him.  We just celebrate today and thank the Lord each day for sustainig him.  We go back to UCLA next month for a check up.

Hannah gave us a little scare a week ago.  She was complaining of her head hurting and fainted on the way to the couch.  We took her to CHOC and everything checked out ok.  After wearing a holter monitored it revealed that she is having some skipped beats so they will keep monitoring her and she goes back for more testing next month.

As for myself my body continues to get weaker.  Some areas more than others.  My swallowing muscles are getting weaker making it more difficult to swallow and get down food.  We are praying I can be dilligent in making an effort to do the things I need to do to help in this area.  The next option for this is to go to a feeding tube and I would really like to push this off for as long as I can.  Each step is a difficult one.  I’m learning to grieve well and some days are harder than others.  I want to walk this road with Joy and not miss a single second of what the Lord has for me in this.  The other night I sat and watched this sweet boy from church laugh and play with my daughter with such joy oozing from his body.  This sweet boy wears a prostetic on his leg, and on his hands he is missing several fingers.  His balance is off, he has difficulting standing without rocking to hold his balance and falls constantly.  I often can relate to him in so many ways.  This boy brought tears to my eyes though as I sat and watched him play.  Everytime he would fall he would get back up, smile and just keeping having fun. He never seemed bothered by it for one moment.  He encourages my heart.  So often I can get so frustrated with every fall and every hard step, or not being able to keep up.  He doesn’t even think about the difficulty,  he gets himself back up, dusts himself off and enjoys life to the fullest.  May we all be so determined and so full of joy like this boy.

I feel so honored that you all still pray for our family so faithfully.  I hope you know we are so grateful for each one of you.