Thursday, May 10, 2012

Grateful for a New Day

How grateful we are for a new day! The nausea has seemed to subside and Britt has been able to eat a little. The vision in his left eye seems to be better even though it is still limited. There is activity of normal dilation in his right eye now, but still no vision yet. We are encouraged and have faith there are more blessings in store. Britten knows he still has one more surgery, but seems to accept it with a positive attitude. I'd like to share another quote from Britt's journal. "Don't give up boy, don't you quit. You keep walking. You keep trying. There is help and happiness ahead. A lot of it. 30 years of it now, and still counting. You keep your chin up. It'll be alright in the end. Trust God, and believe in good things to come." -Elder Jeffrey R. Holland. We know that Elder Schenk will never give up, and we will continue to trust in God. Steven & Karla


  1. Thanks for this wonderful update. Our family prays for Elder Schenk every day!

  2. We're grateful that today was a better day with some positive things. We pray that tomorrow will be even better. We hope that Karla and Logan are feeling better too. Remember "Everything will work out in the end, so if things aren't working, it isn't the end yet."
    We love you all and are praying for you.
    Derris & Laurie

  3. So grateful there is improvement. I also hope your are feeling better Karla. Still praying for my friend Britten. Love you all Trudy

  4. I absolutely love that quote! Thanks so much for sharing. Britt, you have such faith and perseverance! I truly know that good things are still to come just like that quote from Elder Holland if we but trust in our Heavenly Father who can see the whole picture. We can't let our limitations discourage us too much in the present because if we trust Him, He has so much more in store for us than we could ever imagine! Thanks for the reminder to all of us. Love you all!!

  5. ...y nosotros seguiremos orando por ustedes con todo nuestro corazón para que Elder Schenk pueda recuperarse, para que tengan mucho valor, paciencia, entuciasmo e inextingible fe.
    Quisiera compartir parte del mensaje de Henry B. Eyring, First Counselor in the First Presidency, "Mountains to Climb": "'Many of you are now passing through physical, mental, and emotional trials that could cause you to cry out as did one great and faithful servant of God I knew well. His nurse heard him exclaim from his bed of pain, “When I have tried all my life to be good, why has this happened to me?”

    You know how the Lord answered that question for the Prophet Joseph Smith in his prison cell:

    “And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my son, that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.

    “The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

    “Therefore, hold on thy way, and the priesthood shall remain with thee; for their bounds are set, they cannot pass. Thy days are known, and thy years shall not be numbered less; therefore, fear not what man can do, for God shall be with you forever and ever.”'(DyC 122:7–9).

    Con todo amor,

    Fam. Jave.

  6. I saw the news in LDS living. I am a French LDS woman and I will pray for Britten. Cheer up everyone.

  7. I am so happy Britten had a better day! What an amazing guy, we sure love him.

  8. I was happy Britten has had a better day, too! I loved this quote,thank you for sharing with us. I and my family are going to continue praying for Britten and for you! I know that Lord will continue doing miracles in Britten`s life!
    Cida - Sao Paulo

  9. <3 What a great quote- Britten has definitely internalized those words and made them part of his character. I wish I could give him a happy birthday in person tomorrow! I send my love and happy thoughts through cyberspace!! :)

  10. so glad to hear that there's improvement. and all the love and prayers we can give are coming from my "technology impaired" family! Mom and Dad especially. Love you guys!
    Lora Sullivan. :)

  11. Happy Birthday, Britt!! We love you and pray for you everyday...
    Aunt Colleen and family

  12. We hope that everyone made your day a special one and that you had a happy birthday, Britten! We love you so much, and are so happy that we are part of your family! You inspire us every day.
    Lyle, Melanie, and Sean