If anyone feels so inclined, I am petitioning for prayers for the handsome man pictured above. We have been participating in a vocational rehab program here in Durgango and we are really trying to get serious about finding Matt a good job. He was quite frustrated this summer as I went to work and earned our income. He has that natural awesome husband/father instinct to provide for his family. He yearns to feel needed, appreciated, and like he is contributing to his family and to others. I have no doubt that he would be an asset and much appreciated to anyone who hired him. There is a bus system that goes from our new house to Durango. It will be so great that he will be able to be independent in his trasportation. While the extra income will be needed and much appreciated, the more important thing is letting Matt get out, be independent, and fullfill his need to be needed, appreciated, respected, and so that he can feel like he is more the awesome husband/father he is.
We are looking for something that is part-time, to start out, something that will challenge him, but is do-able, and a place where he can interact with people, share his personality, be loved, appreciated, and commended for his good work. We want him to feel a part of his place of work. He needs something he can look forward to and enjoy. I am sure we can find this; I'm sure it is out there waiting for him.
I think that the biggest heartache for me in all of this (the past 3 years) is seeing Matt's frustration. I cannot imagine how hard it is to want to accomplish things, remembering old capabilities, and having a body and mind that won't cooperate with those desires. I cannot imagine how trapped he must feel sometimes, most times. I admire his ability to stay upbeat and positive 90% of the time, and his desire to continue to progress, set goals, and be a positive influence in this world. I honestly feel that there isn't a more humble, kind, honest, and loveable person. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to seek for his employment and independence. I cannot begin to express my thanks and love to all of you who have already given so much to us, helped us in numerous ways, and prayed for our well-being. Those prayers are felt, and never go unanswered.