In April of 2008, at the age of 26, Katherine suffered a massive brain stem stroke while 6-month old James slept in the other room. She was not expected to live or recover, but as you may have guessed, she did both. In the time since the AVM rupture (the congenital condition that caused the stroke), she has re-learned to eat, to speak, and to walk, though all those things look very different than they did before. Many other obstacles remain, from double vision to deafness, facial paralysis to lack of fine motor coordination in her hand, even a small brain aneurysm, and yet hope remains also. We celebrate the beauty and the pain because each day is a gift from God. We know that all too well.