God’s Amazing Answer to Prayer!!!

Well friends… those of you who have prayed so faithfully and those of you who have prayed once or those of you who just think of Anne occasionally… today is the today to rejoice and thank God for his amazing and wonderful gifts!!

I’m so excited. Can you tell I’m excited??!!!

Anne is now walking with a walker, independently. She can propel and steer the walker independently. She has never been able to propel any assistive walking device by herself before last week. I can’t emphasize how amazing this is… Just watch :)

(Note: Anne’s Physical Therapist is holding Anne’s gait belt which is around her waist for safety only. She is not assisting Anne. Anne is walking, balancing, propelling and steering all on her own!)

In this 2nd video, Anne’s walking improves as she walks past a group of her peers… just watch how proud she looks :)

Here’s a cool twist to this amazing answer to prayer. Three years ago, when Anne was discharged from CHOA’s Day Rehab program, I asked the PT if Anne was ready to try walking with a walker. Her truthful answer of “No,” was very discouraging at the time. Wouldn’t you know that this very same PT accepted a position within the school system last year. And on her first day of work, she walked into Anne’s class and Anne recognized her. Anne, her former patient from Day Rehab, was her first patient in the school system. And it was this same PT (who told me, “No,” to a walker three years ago) who worked to find the perfect walker for Anne. This is Lavonda, Anne’s PT, walking with her today. I am so grateful for her expertise!!

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26 thoughts on “God’s Amazing Answer to Prayer!!!

  1. Reid Claire says:

    TOO AWESOME FOR WORDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love, Claire

    P.S. We are really going to miss getting to be with you and the Shackelfords for Thanksgiving this year. With CiCi having 4 cumulative Nursing exams beginning the week right after Thanksgiving, we needed to make this decision to honor her hard work and continued focus of the toughest academics she has had to date. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about your time in Destin.

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  2. Janet Fortenberry says:

    I am so thankful that you shared this wonderful news with everyone! What encouragement! He knows the plans He has for us! I rejoice with you all, and especially Anne. She must LOVE waking up and knowing that she can now walk!

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  3. Pete Jackson says:

    Wow…we were just praying through Hannah’s prayer of Rejoicing (1 Sam 2) and this is definitely one of those moments! “Our hearts rejoice in the Lord” We’re so excited for Anne…and so encouraged by God’s grace! This is awesome!

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  4. Little Anne Jackson..as Anna Beth calls her..is walking! Thank you, God for your grace that is displayed in so many ways. The girls will be so happy to see this video tonight. Thanks for sharing Kat..we love you guys!

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  5. Debbie Long says:

    Please tell Annie Bee that Miss Debbie is soooooo…… proud of her. I knew she would walk on her own one day just as I know she will continue to change lives for the better as she did mine. We love you guys! Give Anne a big hug for me. Praying for her every day.

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  6. Sue Jackson says:

    Amazing is perfect word to describe this miracle! Praises! Papa and I are so proud of Annie Bee! This is beyond incredible. I love her perseverence and her joy! hugs!

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  7. Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments!! It is so rich and rewarding to be able to share Anne’s victories with such a loving and supportive community! We are so grateful for all the prayers and rejoicing for our Anne!!!

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  8. Joy says:

    Colby and I so appreciated your post. When watching, all Colby could say was “WOW”. We are sooo excited for Anne and the whole family!!!! Thank you for allowing us to be a part of your journey and lift you up in prayer.

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