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This blog is a record of events in the life of Joseph Taggart and his family since his spinal cord injury while body surfing in Guatemala in January 2006.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Heigh Ho, Heigh Ho, It's Off to Church I Go -- 4/30/06

The Kid:
For the first time in four months Joseph got to attend church in a chapel. His only method of transportation was "walking to Church" in his wheelchair, so Mom and Dad were doubtful as it poured rain outside. Joseph on the other hand dismissed any comment of concern and had us dress him in long pants and a white shirt and tie (his first time in "goin' to meeting" clothes in four months as well). Dad thought to himself, "if he approaches getting to meeting with this much faith, the Lord will turn off the showers". Sure enough, as we left for church the rain stopped and we had a beautiful walk in the fresh air with the blossoming signs of Spring everywhere. It was good for Dad to get back to the regular ward as well, he has been going to Church with Joseph at the hospital (it was tough getting used to the 30 min. Sacrament meeting followed by 30 min. Priesthood Meeting).
It was great to be with the Bennion Heights 8th Ward. There is such a great spirit about being with so many who love and care so much. We have all enjoyed the company all day and the goodies everyone keeps bringing over, it's been a great Sabbath.
Joseph has such great friends. It is a joy to have them come over here to stay and visit. They have been with Joseph so much at the hospital when we weren't there, it's great to have them here at home where we can enjoy them as well.

The Castle:
This week has been a busy one with the castle and keep. The crew from America's Greatest Carpets has been working on the bathroom tile since Wednesday, they are doing a great job and insist on perfection, they are real craftsmen. They have worked into the night getting things just right. It is looking fabulous. They will do the grout on Monday. The same company is doing the laminate flooring next week.

Doug Miles was here on Wednesday putting in the finishing touches on the air conditioning unit that will keep Joseph comfortable this Summer. It will be a blessing to us all, especially Mom and her allergies. We expect her to have a lot more energy this summer being able to breathe for a change.
On Wednesday the team from Hallmark Cabinets came to install the new cabinets they have created and are donating for Joseph. They are made with superb craftsmanship, we don't deserve stuff this good. It will work so well for Joseph to be able to access things.

The countertop crew from Team Marble and Granite came on Wednesday as well. Dustin Bowers (former EBM missionary) and his dad work together in this business, again, what amazing craftsmanship. They have designed a countertop area that is just the right height for the wheelchair to fit under. With the repainted existing cabinets, it really makes a new looking kitchen with loads more storage space.

After the countertop was installed, Jeremy Veenendahl (former EBM missionary) came over once again, this time to do the plumbing on the sink and more preparations to hook up the fittings for Joseph's bathroom.
Steve Sagers has been over a couple of times getting ready to paint as soon as things are ready. The van should arrive in Logan on Tuesday to start getting repaired. The lift should be on its way from the manufacturer. A lot is still happening. . . bountious blessing by the bushels. Thanks for all your prayers and good wishes, the Lord is answering them with blessings on our family and there is no doubt but what you are recieving the results of our prayers for all of you. We love you all.


Blogger Stephanie (Record) Davis said...

The kitchen looks amazing, I can't beleive how beautiful it looks. Joe I love the pic of you sticking out your tounge, you look beautiful as well! I am glad you were able to go to church. I want to come visit again but I'm not sure when would be a good time so let me know please.

May 1, 2006, 7:22:00 AM  
Blogger Coy said...

keep smilin buddy, you look great!

May 1, 2006, 2:05:00 PM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

Woo-hoo! It was good to see you in church yesterday...exciting progress. Much love and hugs,

May 1, 2006, 3:12:00 PM  

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