The Leedahls Update – Jan. 7, 2015

As I write this, Jon’s watching videos on amputees and the stories of their journeys. As he watches these videos, it dawns on me again… Jon is an amputee! His leg is gone & it will never come back.
This is our life now. It’s weird, guys!

10429403_10152674440817252_4332343027079576748_nJon has his first day at the new rehab facility set up by his ortho surgeon Dr. Bryson. Jon’s rehab guy asks him to tell him the accident story and as he does, memories come flooding back. It’s a surreal feeling. (But never feel bad about asking us about it, guys. We want to share it. Because with those memories come the miracles behind each memory. A reminder we sometimes need to hear again ourselves.)

We set up Jon’s weekly rehab schedule. It’s another step in the recovery process of starting a “new normal”…for now.

Pray for us as we try to figure out our family life & having Jon home now. Everything is going to be just a little different. Things take time to get used to. We have to take more time getting to & from places with getting Jon into & out of the vehicle.

We have make sure we have his urinal along, bring his meds, get him home in time to do his work outs, he gets sore if he sits too long. Who knew about all of these details?

All of these “little” things are adjustments that we are learning together how to make. We learn by trial & error & sometimes frustration. Jon wants to be able to do as much as he can himself & yet I want to help. But I hold back to allow for his newfound strength & freedom he needs to become more independent.

Pray for us as we learn together what our little family looks like and continues to turn into with each passing day. But at the end of the day, we can always say, “God is faithful, He’s the same yesterday, today & forever. And we can rest in that.”

Thanks for your faithful prayers, guys!!! We are recovering well from all of this by God surrounding us with your prayers & love for us!!! So please keep it up dear ones!!!

“Keep in mind that the Lord your God is ⌊the only⌋ God. He is a faithful God, who keeps his promise and is merciful to thousands of generations of those who love him and obey his commands.” (Deuteronomy 7:9 GW)

“He alone is my rock and my savior—my stronghold. I cannot be shaken. My salvation and my glory depend on God. God is the rock of my strength, my refuge. Trust him at all times, you people. Pour out your hearts in his presence. God is our refuge. Selah” (Psalms 62:6-8 GW)

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8 thoughts on “The Leedahls Update – Jan. 7, 2015

  1. Linda

    Dear ones, Thank you for your incredible posts….they are a beautiful testimony of the Faithfulness of our Father! Before my g’daughter was 3 yrs. old, she lost her leg below the knee in a lawnmower accident. As I read your posts, I re-live some of the things you are going thru (each of you)! My g’daughter is now 11+ and is doing marvelously! She is active in several sports and never stops pursuing the things she enjoys doing. God is SO good, So Faithful… I share with you just 1 of the verses that He gave me during our ‘hospital days’: “But BLESSED are those who TRUST in the LORD and have made the LORD their Hope and Confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach DEEP into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they go right on PRODUCING delicious fruit.”
    Jer. 17:7, 8 Continue to look to our Faithful God and HIS perfect plan for your lives…
    learning to rest in Him along with you….linda

  2. Anonymous

    We were in PNG for 12 years, both at Lapilo and in Port Moresby. My husband and I rode a motorbike on the Goroka Highway and know the dangers, but also the freedom of doing so. Our prayers are with you as you go through this progress of recovery. Phil and Janelle Sutton

  3. Susie Thompson

    Take each day at a time as you say. Aide you will need lots of patience; you will be spending a lot of time helping your husband. Once I understood this was now my job, it made things much easier. What other things get done is just a bonus. And you have three wonderful boys to take care of and love. Who knew your ministry would change so quickly. God did. Glad you keep trusting Him to keep you going. My love to you and Jon. Susie Thompson, Safford First Baptist.

  4. Hi Jon and Adie,

    Finding that “new Normal” is often the biggest challenge, but you are well on your way. I am blessed by your faith and your continued strength in looking up in all of this. I will continue to uphold you with this, and remember you as you sort out your daily activities.


  5. Bob Mills

    Dear Jon and Adie:

    I have been following your progress; good to see you are home. I have been a double amputee for 40 years–right arm and left leg above knee. I noticed on the last update 1-7-15 that you were watching videos of other amputees. That’s good, however, I learned a long time ago, never, never compare your amputation to another because no one is exactly like you because we all lost our limbs differently. Take care and God Bless.

    Bob Mills



    Linda Stockwell her in Frankenmuth Mi. we have been following your journey and praying for all of you. As I read your post today , it reminded me of a young man from my home town of Vassar Mi. who served as a Marine and stepped on a bomb. He lost both legs and both arms–you need to see if you can find him on line his name is Travis Mills-they did a small movie of his life -it truly is amazing what he does . It will inspire you for sure. Praying for a “new normal” for all of you –God will use all of this for His Glory–God Bless

    Sent from my iPad


    Go to Travis;A Soldiers Story– there are some clips from the movie

    Sent from my iPad

  8. Hey, we have been following you all and praying since the accident. My brother, Lance Hodge, serves through NTM in PNG. My girlfriend and I have a new podcast and we would LOVE to have you all on sometime to share what God is doing. Could we get an email address to send you some info and get your thoughts?

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