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The Best Birthday Present of All

Wrapping up a birthday that was one of my most memorable, given the events of past few weeks. It’s been a happy day with lots of texts, phone calls, and visits from family and dear friends, wishing me a happy birthday. Each time I received one, it made me smile.

Plus Sterling announced this morning that we were going out tonight for a family dinner, and going out is a treat these days as well. . . although it takes a little work and effort, it’s well worth it!

And we ended the day with most of the family (minus the twins and the Douglass family, who are out of town) at the Harvest Restaurant, one of my favorite places to eat. It’s peaceful and quiet. . . well as quiet as it can be with 19 Gardners gathered together to celebrate.

And while all that was wonderful, the best birthday present of all came this afternoon when my PT (physical therapist) announced that I could start putting weight on my right leg. That means I can start learning to walk again with my walker. HUGE. . . so excited!

And now I’m going to fall into bed. . . it’s been a fabulous, full day!

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Reader Comments (21)

Happy Birthday Shelli! It is very nice to hear your good news and to see our prayers for you being answered!
October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJulia Brokhoff
I have been faithfully following your progress and I am THRILLED to hear that you are doing so well. Being able to begin weight-bearing work is a HUGE step (not that self-induced toilet use isn't! LOL). I'm not at all surprised that you've progressed so well after this serious injury. You had spent lots of time taking care of yourself physically (yoga, riding ,etc.) over the years and it's certainly paid off in your recovery process. You're strong both physically and mentally. I admire your strength and perseverance so much, as I know many others do. Thank you for sharing such a personal journey. I will continue to keep you in my prayers and I'm once again reminded, through reading your updates, that we serve a huge God who loves us and always provides for us. Take this time to rest, please. It won't be long now before you're back at the helm, doing what you love.
Much love!
October 11, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa Curcio
Happy Birthday, Shelli!
And HUGE congratulations on being able to start learning to walk again. I'm very pleased and excited for you, and I know you'll rise to this new challenge as well as you have to all the others. You have two enormously valuable resources in your faith and your family, and they've both certainly played a really big role in your recovery so far. I know you know, but you are very blessed. And if you add the prayers of your many friends and supporters (including me), that's "a three-stranded cord that cannot be broken".
God bless you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SHELLI! So glad to hear your recovery is going well!
God Bless!
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJudi Dugas
Happy Birthday Shelli! It looks like your family had a wonderful time for your birthday.
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLydia Morris
Happy Birthday! Love those Gardner family smiles! You look great, Shelli. I'm lovin' your hair! Keep up the great recovery.
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendie Waldman
Happy Birthday Shelli - great to see you out and about!
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea (NZ)
Happy Birthday to a very remarkable lady, Shelli. So glad you got to celebrate your birthday out with all that has happened. May your learning to walk again be painless and quick. Sending lots of prayers and hugs your way xoxox
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarlene (Aust)
Happy Birthday Shelli, you look wonderful and what a great thing to be surrounded by so many loved ones. Great News. :)
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLisa
Happy birthday! Congratulations on this NEXT STEP!
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentershh
Shelli, Keep up the good work! We are so glad for your progress, and your remarkable focus and determination in your recovery. You go girl! Always leading by example. You are sooooooo amazing.
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermarilyn schlueter
Shelli-
Happy, Happy Birthday! I'm sure that a good time was had by all. So good to see those smiling eyes of yours, and it seems, you have about 26 or so reasons to flash that big smile! It does my heart good to see the family share such closeness. Sadly, it looks like it has become a lost art these days. I can appreciate the effort it must take to accomplish such a feat. And it looks like Kona has the perfect place to put his straw! Take gentle care...
October 12, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBeth Steel
You are my inspiration Shelli. Happy Birthday and keep up the good fight. You are AMAZING.
October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLeanne Smith Brisbane
Happy Birthday, Shellie, what wonderful news from your PT! So happy for you!
October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Pittman
Great news Shelli! Happy belated birthday wishes to you. So glad you're on the mend. :)
October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRae in Reno
Fantastic news for you on this long journey. Fabulous birthday with your family, one of my grandsons was 6 on the 12th October and he has a huge smile just like yours, we also had a family dinner to celebrate. Hugs and Prayers to you all Janet Mills NZ Demo.
October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Mills
WIshing you a wonderful birthday - it looks like it was a fantastic day - and I am so happy that you are getting out and about - keep on healing :-)
October 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSarah Wills
Happy Belated Birthday Shelli, its wonderful to see you out and about already. Much love xx
October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMonica Gale
Hi Shelli. I'm so glad to hear you're getting out and about and, especially, about getting to the point where you can do weight bearing exercises. I recently "Graduated" from PT myself after shoulder surgery and know what a big deal that is. Keep your positive outlook and keep on doing those exercises. I know they're painful but the payoff of PT is SO worth it once your range of motion and strength come back. Also, don't worry about your mild TMI moment. I recently posted how excited I was to be able to wear a bra. :>)

Keeping you in prayers on your Recovery Road.
October 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarcia Yoshida
Happy Belated Birthday Shelli! What an exciting day - family, fun, love and learning to walk again!
I am thrilled to hear of your progress and continue to pray for you.
October 16, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Granger
I didn't know we shared a birthday, Shelli! I'm glad yours was memorable. I had a lovely, busy day as well.

Debra
October 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Thomson

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