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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, June 18, 2006

Free at Last! Free at Last! . . . 6/18/06

We have a vehicle! Joseph has a functioning shower! Life is goooooood!

This has been a wonderful week. Elizabeth and the little tykes came down on Wednesday and she began unpacking Dad's books and Mom's dishes. She really got a lot accomplished and Joseph enjoyed the kids.

On Thursday the shower was finally adjusted for temperature control (it took the factory rep to discover they had given us mismatched parts), so Friday morning Joseph had a wonderful shower. Oh the joy of the simple pleasures of life.

Late Friday afternoon Elizabeth returned to Logan and took Dad to pick up the Van. The photo shows Kim Fridrickson and his wife in front of their business with the shiny new vehicle. It looks fabulous and Dad enjoyed driving it home (Even if the "new car break-in period" still mandates conservative driving). Joseph was so excited to see it. Mom, Dad and the whole gang climbed aboard for a maiden voyage to the store for groceries etc. It was so great for Joseph to get out of the house and into the world again. On Saturday we made more 'hunting and gathering' expeditions with him, finding some light fixtures he wanted to choose for his room and looking a cell phones that might work for him.

Work on the house continues and nears completion. A backing piece had to be added in the wall to attach the new sink in his room. Sid Smith came over to help patch up the hole. Terry McCLeery is pictured working on the siding in the back. Only the ramp in the back and the siding remain and the outside will be finished.
It was a Father's day full of gratitude; for a son with the heart of a champion; a beautiful daughter who loves to serve and shines in all she does; a wonderful wife who's perfect example of charity, compassion and service enriches all she meets; and a son-in-law and grandkids that are a treasure beyond measure. Add to that the brilliance of true friends who are willing to sacrifice everything for the Lord, according to covenant. . . but for a friend as well. To understand these things, is to know that life is good and greatness is all around us.


Blogger Gym Rat said...

Woo-hoo! how exciting to be able to get out and about in the world. Very cool indeed! Congratulations!

Jun 19, 2006, 5:50:00 AM  

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