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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.

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Lifts and Let Downs -- 5/4/06

Monday the bathroom tile installation was completed in Joseph's addition. Tuesday morning the people from Advanced Lifts came to install the wheelchair lift in the garage. They finished the installation Wednesday morning.

It is a great permanent solution to Joseph getting lifted up and let down from the main level of the house. YEAH! We appreciate those who not only donated the lift but found the very best one around. It is really wonderful.

Monday evening the Coast-to-Coast Auto Transport driver called to say he was in Cheyenne Wyoming and would be arriving in Logan to drop of the van on Tuesday as well. Dad was there to witness the 'let down' as four other vehicles had to be unloaded before the brand new 2005 Chevy van with the wrecked side could be driven off the rig. The battery was dead so it took a bit more effort, but off it came. The engine is perfect and the wheelchair access costomization looks first rate. Kim from Autocare Collision Repair in Logan was there to take the low mileage patient and see if it could be restored to health.

Randy Simmons, Head of the Political Science Department at USU and Tim's best friend since early high school days, is overseeing the ressurection process. Talk about a LIFT. The van looks really good except the parts that are currently not functioning., and with a lot of work and dedication . . . sounds like Joseph's situation. Life does have it's ups and downs. As President Hinckley has quoted: "Anyone who imagines that bliss is normal is going to waste a lot of time running around shouting that he's been robbed.
Most putts don't drop. Most beef is tough. Most children grow up to be just people. Most successful marriages require a high degree of mutual toleration. Most jobs are more often dull than otherwise.
Life is like an old-time rail journey--delays, sidetracks, smoke, dust, cinders, and jolts, interspersed only occasionally by beautiful vistas and thrilling bursts of speed.
The trick is to thank the Lord for letting you have the ride." (Teachings p. 254). We do thank Him!


Blogger Gym Rat said...

If that's the definition of life, then you guys have certainly been on one heckuva ride this year! It's exciting that you finally have the lift installed and the room nearly done. Moving right along! Hugs!

May 4, 2006, 4:46:00 PM  
Blogger Chrissie said...

I love that to put it on my blog. :-)

May 7, 2006, 11:03:00 AM  

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