Father’s Day

June 16, 2013

Two years to the day I received a call in the middle of the night that changed the lives of my family forever. Yet, today is also Father’s Day and everything I could want, I have.

My son, Conor, is a fine, strong young man who just finished up his first year in high school. My oldest, Erin, seems more at peace than I’ve seen her in years and is looking forward to finishing up her undergraduate degree as an English Major at Virginia Commonwealth next year.  And, my Meaghan is still with me and doing better than I could ever have expected or imagined.  For those who have been praying, your prayers, and mine, have been answered.

That’s not to say that there aren’t still struggles, problems, and fears.  But, when I look back even briefly over the last two years, I thank God at how far Meg has come and how God, through the prayers of many, has sustained us.

Meaghan graduated high school. She just got her first job and is now the “Dairy Queen.” Yesterday, she received word from DMV that she has been cleared to finally get her driver’s license.  On the less-than-rosy side, she does have some permanent brain damage mostly to her right frontal lobe and will most likely be on anti-seizure medication for the rest of her life.

Beyond that, Meg has been doing very well and has more or less accepted her limitations.  Limitations like after her graduation she couldn’t stay out until 5am at the school’s sponsored “Grad-fest,” but instead I had to pick her up at 2am which was still pushing it.  She knows that a lack of sleep is probably the biggest contributor to seizures and that she can’t be running around non-stop like every other soon to be 18 year old.

On the other hand, Meg knows that God has spared her life and that while we may not yet know the reason for His incredible mercy, God does.  Below is a quick review of where we were just 2 years ago and where we are today. God is faithful.

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7 Responses to “Father’s Day”

  1. Evelyn Pulito said

    Happy Father’s Day Sean !!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  2. Tracy Henning said

    Best Father’s Day gift ever! I am so proud of Meaghan and all of her accomplishments.

  3. what a journey. I have followed along with your fantastic family from the beginning. Lord knows I know that awful jarring phone call/and the dark nights that inevitably follow. I too am gifted with His Grace. There is a larger purpose for our beloved children. I am so very happy to see such a nice outcome–happy does not even begin to describe it though. The emotions for me stay, raw under the surface and erupt when He sees I can help someone else navigate their own journey. Who knows how or when He will use me or Mikey next. I am overjoyed to offer any experience, strength and hope from whichever direction it comes. Mikey, too will have to stay on anti-seizure meds forever, but I will take that anyday compared to the alternative. xoxoxo from your comrades in FL.Our life has settled into an easy pace–and I know I have never had it so good. . What a wonderful Father’s Day for you and for Our Father. I will send the DVD we spoke about as soon as I get my daughter to burn me another copy. xoxoxoxo

  4. doris meixel said

    And what a wonderful Fathers Day this is for you Sean! To me, Meg is still just as feisty as she was before that awful night two years ago, and there is no doubt whatsoever that God had a hand in that and she will go on to accomplish great things.
    On another note, I want you to know how much I admire you and Tracy as I have watched you through this incredible journey. Your strengh, your marriage, and your sense of humor have been an inspiration to so many. We LOVE you guys!

  5. BJ Mora said

    God is good. I’m glad Meg is doing well.

  6. Cliffton said

    Sean: On the other hand, Meg knows that God has spared her life and that while we may not yet know the reason for His incredible mercy, God does.


    Jhn 9:1 As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.

    Jhn 9:2 His disciples asked him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”

    Jhn 9:3 “Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.

    Maybe (and certainly) THE REASON is God’s pursuit of His own glory, which He will not give to another.

  7. Denver said

    God take care of Meaghan heal her body make
    Her feel better with Jesus Christ. Your friend
    Denver .

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