one foot in front of the other

Today, Janneke had a chance to work out on the treadmill. The exercise was for her mental and physical benefit - to feel the motion of walking forwards. We are not anticipating that she will freely walk, but this is another step towards bearing weight on the legs and strengthening the bones. It's a neat setup: There is a harness that hangs over the treadmill, supporting Janneke while the physio therapist moves Janneke's legs with the forward motion. The picture doesn't show the harness, but it is suspended like the old style Jolly Jumpers. The straps are hidden under her "Hup Holland" bib.

No, I won't wax eloquent here and suggest that I feel suspended over the treadmill of Life. Because I don't.

The last few days have been good. Both girls continue to soak themselves with their secretions (saliva) in the night, so there are frequent costume and bib changes between 10 P.M and 6 A.M. But - great news - a dear friend gave us a TV and DVD player to set up in their room. This means when they are wide awake at 3 A.M. and need something to distract them from their discomforts, they can watch lights and puppets - while I sleep!

If you would have told me a few years ago that we would have a TV in a child's bedroom, I would have instantly denied the very thought. I am not a huge TV fan - never really was. I think it was because my imagination was overactive; I could not separate myself from the story. Don't even get me started with Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day.

But, this is a new dimension of parenting, and we are so thankful for the lights, music, and puppets that are able to dance at night, when we no longer can.

This past weekend, we slipped out for an hour to look at the light displays at Niagara Falls. As soon as the feed finished at 6:30, we bundled everyone in the van and drove the 15 minutes to see all the displays. All four girls loved the colours and lights, and it was a real treat to do something with just our family. We peaked over the ice at the Falls and marvelled at the "icebergs" formed by the cold weather and falling water. Amazing. We zipped home in time to start the next feed at 8:30 and still feel like we got away. Hurray!

Tiny steps on a treadmill, the power of the Falls, beautiful creations of ice and snow, an impending snowstorm.. all point to an even more amazing Father who holds this Earth in His hands.