7/26/15 (Autumn)

an update from Scott, Autumn’s dad, and a special video you all will definitely want to see.

“Last Friday, exactly 11 weeks from the accident, Autumn came home from the hospital! She has been so excited to come home for many days leading up to this last Friday. When Cinnamon and I arrived that morning around 10AM she already had all of her belongings, gifts, and wall pictures organized and ready to go. Wow, I can’t describe how wonderful it feels to have her back home in her own room we prepared for her. She loves being with her siblings and sleeping in her new bed. Another step towards “normal” life was attending our church service this morning. Autumn has been looking forward to this for some time as well. It was special to praise our God for what He has done.

This last week she has also cherished getting to see Elijah a few evenings. Because of her injury, she doesn’t have the depth of emotion that one would expect but she clearly cares for him and has been praying for his recovery daily. They have talked about days prior to the accident as well as stories of recovery. Elijah has conveyed his touching support for her by saying he is not giving up on her. She likewise has supported Elijah, and told him this week that God had spared them and that He has a plan for them. What an amazing journey we’ve been on. I feel that while God has been restoring her body these last few months, He has also been restoring our hearts from the deep valleys we have traveled. The heartache was severe and the pain was real. But our God has been faithful to bring us out of that pit and into a place of joy and thanksgiving.

If you are in a place of struggle, or a time of questioning God… I do understand that life can be hard. I have found that sometimes emotions and pain cannot be defined by words. I can say from our experience that indeed life is painful, but God is very real. When He says He will walk through the valley of the shadow of death with you, He means it; it’s a promise. Cinnamon and I have been reminded that, as strong as we think we are, we will never heal until we allow God to flood our hearts and restore us with strength we could never have.

This is God’s story, not ours and we are not about to highjack it and make it about us. Yes we are real people involved in a real plan, but God is the one who is able to sustain us on this journey. God gave Autumn to us 19 years ago and He has been gracious to give us more time with her. I have always believed that our responsibility as parents is to get our children ready to be effective world changers for Christ. What I wasn’t ready for is the script that God has laid out for her to accomplish that. That’s certainly not how I would have directed it, but God has a plan and we are humbled to be a part of it.

I put together a video of Autumn’s progress for you to see just what God has done these last 3 months. It’s been a great way for us to remember the power of His healing and the miracles we have seen. I hope you enjoy it. Please continue to pray. This marks a big milestone in Autumn’s recovery but she has much more therapy to tackle this year and into next year. Please pray for her eyesight that doesn’t seem to be getting much better as of now. Also pray for her depth of cognitive ability and emotion which seem to have a long way to go. I leave you with this from God’s word which sums up our response to Him…

“Shout for joy to God, all the earth! Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious. Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you. All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing praises of your name.’ Praise our God, all peoples, let the sound of his praise be heard; he has preserved our lives and kept our feet from slipping. For you God tested us; you refined us like silver. You brought us into prison and laid burdens on our backs. You let people ride over our heads; we went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me!” Psalm 66:1-4, 8-12, 20.

~ Scott


17 thoughts on “7/26/15 (Autumn)

  1. Tears, and more tears! I don’t know you, you don’t know me, but my heart aches for you as you struggle thru this part of your life. Yet, I rejoice with you for how far the
    Lord has brought Autumn! In His faithfulness, He will continue to sustain you! In my prayers!

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  2. Oh the JOY!!! Beautiful video — what a testimony of God’s healing touch!! He has been so faithful and good. Continuing to lift you all in prayer. Love from the Mittelbergs. ❤

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  3. Hidy. My name is Mark Wright but most Teen Pact people know me a Doc. I am a bit of a dinosaur and do not have a face book page. I have never met Autumn but knew Elijah quite well and have been following and praying for them both…. but unable to post on Face Book… because I am old and a bit of a cave man. Just pass on to them both that I love them because I am their much older brother in Christ. Thank you so very much for the video.

    Doc >

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  4. Thank you Scot for the video. It is uplifting to see her looking sooooooooooo good after soooooooooooooooo much has happened to you all. Please tell he we are praying for her and all of you and to make a swift recovery. Dean and Luann

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  5. Autumn seems to be moving forward and getting better each day. I really enjoyed seeing the video. You have to click on the link that she gives below and then it will take you to their website and you can then click on the video and watch Autumn progress through the last few months and express her own thanks for all those who have been praying for her. Thank you for your prayers and for continued prayers for her especially for her eyes to improve. In Christ, Joan

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  6. Our God is an Awesome GOD! Praise him for Autumn’s recovery. She looks beautiful. Continued prayers for Autumn and Elijah. I don’t know these young people, but have been following their story. This video made me cry!

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  7. Thank you! It is so good to see Autumn again. So much of the old Autumn is shining through – her sweet, grateful, affectionate spirit. We loved seeing her interaction with the children – so like she always was.

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  8. I was a CNA and helped care for Autumn in the step-down ICU during her stay there.. I have been staying up-to-date on her amazing recovery from this blog. I am now a RN in the neuro/trauma ICU and work with several of the nurses who cared for Autumn.. And I can’t wait to show this video to them. I am a ICU nurse because of stories like this, thank you for the updates 🙂

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  9. I’ve heard the phrases “Cowboy up,Toughen up…”when I was younger to where I used to get the impression that it wasn’t right for men to cry. But in defiance of that misconception, I was teared up and ready to let loose with it towards the end of the video.
    God Bless all of you.

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  10. Scott, Cinnamon and family…I don’t know if you remember me but I was in your bible study in high school through campus life. I remember Autumn being born and joining us on evenings at your home. I now work as a Pediatric Intensive care nurse with training I. Rehab of brain injuries. I can only begin to picture what you are enduring and thankful for the strength and beauty you find through this trial. Much love. Kate (Kammerzelt)

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  11. Hi guys!! I was one of Autumn’s nurses when she was in the ICU. It brought me to tears when I saw this video when you first posted it, and it did again today! I am SO PROUD of Autumn and it brings my heart such happiness to see how much she is progressing. I remember that we talked about how long this process can take… and Cinnamon and Scott, you’ve been just incredible the entire time. I always think about you all when I drive up to our intersection at 115th =) May God continue to bless you and help Autumn and Elijah through this healing process.

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