August 2, 2006
Once again, I want to thank everyone for continuing to check this website, and for praying with me for Jeff. We have seen some improvements in his condition. Every time I see him, he smiles and still tells stories and jokes from when we were all growing up. I am so thankful for Jeff's spirit... he never complains.
The other day, my dad casually asked Jeff if there was anything else he needed, meaning maybe a drink of water, or the air conditioning turned up. But Jeff replied, " Yes, find a way for me to come home." When Jeff was still at the Cleveland Clinic, and we were talking to him about the Hospice facility, the first thing that he asked us was, " If I am still there in December, will they let us have a Christmas tree?" Jeff is such a family man, he's a wonderful example for his kids, for his brothers and sister, for his students, and everyone else that he has come in contact with. He is really into tradition, he does things with his own family that we did as kids.
As I said, we have seen improvements in Jeff's condition. I completely believe that God's hand is on Jeff and that is the only explanation there is. However, as much as he wants to come home, he would still be limited to one floor of his house, as he cannot go up or downstairs. The facility that Jeff is in is set up so much better than the hospital was. But, for those of you with kids, you can imagine what it would be like to all live in one room together.
People continue to ask what they can do to help. Well, I think I may have something that you can do with me. I am secretly nominating Jeff and Gwen for Extreme Makeover Home Edition. As I sat down to write within the lines they provide, I realized they don't allow enough space for me to write all the reasons why Jeff is so deserving of this. He deserves to come home and enjoy his family. He is an amazing husband, father, brother, son, and friend, and always has been. His condition hasn't changed his beliefs... I believe his beliefs are changing his condition. God is at work, and I still expect a miracle.
I know that Jeff has impacted so many people's lives over the years. I am providing a link to ABC's website. If you would like to nominate Jeff with me, please print off the application and email me. I would be more than happy to give you the information needed to submit the form. If you chose to do a video, that is up to you. I can at least post a picture of Jeff and Gwen and the kids on the website that can be printed off and included with the application.
Thanks in advance for your support in this. I would love nothing more than to bring Jeff home.
Click here to print off the Extreme Makeover Home Edition nomination application
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