The quote, "There's no place like home", was definitely our feelings this week. As Britten laid back in the recliner, slept in "his" bed and soaked in a nice hot bath, he exclaimed, "this is so awesome"! It is Great to be Home!
This past week Britten has enjoyed spending time with his family as well as some of his friends. Many stories and memories have been shared. Britten has what they call "Aphasia". His Language center is what was effected, so he struggles in finding words to express himself. We know with his "therapy's" that this will get better in time, as we have already seen improvement.
Britt continues to have good and bad days. We are finding the "days" that are too long with too many visits, over stimulate the brain and he is left in bed the next couple of days with a headache. So even though he might be feeling great, he still needs plenty of rest and we have to be careful to "not over due it".
His eyes are still our biggest concern, as he only has vision in 1/4 of his left eye. He is so positive about his situation though, and if you ask him about it he will tell you, "That he has to be patient and wait, because he Knows that his eye sight will return. Britten has been blessed from a young age, with great Faith, and also a tender love for his Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Sunday morning Elder Schenk woke up with Great Anticipation to go to church and meet with our Stake President. He was so thrilled when he put his suit and tie on for the first time in 2 1/2 months. Then when he placed his name badge "Elder Schenk" on, his face radiated with joy. We were so thrilled to be walking through the chapel doors, as many greeted him home. Our hearts were filled with the Spirit as we listened to many share their testimony's. Elder Schenk poked me and said, "Mom, will you go up there with me?" My heart skipped several beats. The thought had never crossed my mind, that he would walk up to the pulpit and bear his testimony. I had a hard time containing the tears as his older brother Logan took his arm and walked by his side up to the front of the chapel.
A short, sweet testimony was shared. The words were not perfect and He repeat himself three times. But, the message repeated was Perfect. He said, "I know that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me". Nothing more needed to be said. It was a pure, beautiful testimony.
After Sacrament Meeting, the Stake President came and greeted Elder Schenk. Tears filled their eyes as they embraced. The Stake President put his arm around him as they walked down the hall to his office. What a beautiful, miraculous sight we witnessed.
Our Sabbath day was a most beautiful, Holy day. The spirit filled our hearts and home with gratitude.
I would like to share a quote by Elder Schenk, that I found in his journal.
"It doesn't matter what has happened to us in the past, but rather who we are today because of what happened."
- Britten S. Schenk