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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, July 02, 2006

Grateful for Freedom and Independance -- 4/7/06

Freedom and independance came to the American Nation through hard work, sacrifice and commitment. Similar principles are still operative. We are grateful to live in such a nation and for the freedom and independance enjoyed for Joseph because of modern technology and his hard work and commitment. Amidst the excitement of "the rockets red glare" (note the photos of the Taylorsville Dayzz fireworks from our window) it was a week of accomplishments. Joseph got to try out his new motorized wheelchair (note the drag racing in the street with friend Matt). The chair needs to have the seating module redone a bit and a few other items. . . so back to the demo unit for a while.
Joseph also received his "standing frame" and shower chair. The standing frame allows weight to be put on the legs so the bone density will not be compromised. The plumbing on the sink in Joseph's room was also completed. Everything is now functional -- furthur steps to freedom and independance.

Outside the house is fully clad with siding and Mark the magician is working on building the ramp from Joseph's exterior door. It will be great and will increase freedom and safety. This holiday week for Dad will be mostly working on the list of things still needing to be done (this list runs three pages) . . . so much for freedom and. . .

We again express gratitude for the sacrifice of others for our behalf., From the Founding Fathers to those of our friends and family today. Our lives are richly blessed because of their efforts and sacrifices. We have our freedom in interdependance in our global village of which we enjoy citizenship.


Blogger Chrissie said...

Happy 4th July...from some members of the "Haughty Foe" (oh yes, for that is what you call us in your National Anthem, heavens to Betsy!! - LOL!!)

Have a great holiday.

Danny, Chrissie and Celyn xx

Jul 3, 2006, 10:45:00 AM  
Blogger Gym Rat said...

LOL @ previous note...chrissie has a great sense of humour (note spelling).

Ooops, got distracted there..

How exciting to have the rennovation nearly complete. What a huge blessing and example you are to the rest of us. Congratulations and happy 4th!

Jul 3, 2006, 3:38:00 PM  
Blogger KissMeKate77 said...

AMEN and AMEN! I'm as equally grateful for this holiday as I am for Christmas! I seldom cry at Christmas, but I tend to get teary every July counting all of my freedoms due to the unselfishness of others in our history and current world era.

Thanks for sharing the photos from when you were speaking! You look like a missionary!!! :) Right on!

Kate Lyon

Jul 5, 2006, 12:39:00 AM  

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