Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Visiting with Jordan

Several blogging friends have asked about Jordan and I wanted to give you all an 
update. A little less than 2 weeks ago, he hit a rough patch of grass in his wheelchair, 
and fell, breaking his already injured arm. 
He was scheduled for another surgery on his leg the following Monday,
so they did the surgery on his arm at that time too. 
That was on Monday, August 22. 
Jordan, Jenn and Jay
On Friday, my brother called to say that Jordan would be visiting our area on Saturday.
Yes, less than a week after his surgery he was out traveling with his wonderful family!
I wish you all could know what an humble and gracious young man he is, 
and his wife Jenn is equally incredible. Their mutual love and respect 
for each other is inspiring, as is their devotion to their son. They're a young family 
that has faced far more than most of us can imagine, and yet they both express 
their thankfulness for the blessings in their lives, and for each other. 

4 generations of Maynard men :)
There are so many things we take for granted, and feel a sense of injustice
when those things are taken from us. As I watched Jordan very adeptly 
eating soup with his left hand (I'm left handed, so I tend to notice others that are)
I realized he'd had to learn this since the accident. 
I marveled at how well he was doing this 
(as I can not imagine having to relearn everything with my right hand)
and he just smiled, shrugged, and said 
"Yeah, I had to learn to shave too, so I've kind of gotten used to it." 
No sense of injustice. Just his kind and gentle nature. 
That's Jordan :)

Also, about a month ago, Semper Fi donated this brand new van equipped with
automatic doors, ramp, and hydraulics to Jordan and his family.  It has made it so
much easier for them to get around :)
I want to thank you all for your thoughts and prayers for Jordan.
Jordan and his family are very thankful too. 
Please continue to remember him, as he still has a long way to go in his recovery.
He's amazing!!


Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Oh thank you so much for sharing...I can't imagine, but I do know the one who holds us all in His hands. My prayers continue for him and his family. There really isn't words to express what is stirring in my heart...I will just pray
Thanks for sharing.

It's me said...

Great to read about Jordan !!...yeah !!...enjoy your day darling...love from me...xxx..

Brandi said...

Jordan is such an inspiration. so nice to read about his progress.

Theresa said...

Jordan really touches my heart!!!!!! What an inspiration! I love it that he got a new van, what a wonderful gift! Love shown all around! Sweet, sweet family! Thanks for the update and sharing these pictures with me! HUGS!

katie said...

Thank you for keeping us updated on Jordan. He is an inspiration to us all, never to give up.
I am so happy for them to have gotten the new van, we should be doing everything possible for our young men and women in the military.

Vicki said...

What a blessing the van must be! We will keep praying for him and his family. So good to see this update.

Melanie said...

Thank you so much for the update, Marcia! So good to hear the progress he is making and that he has a good attitude. What a huge blessing to have a new van equipped for what he needs! :)

Debbie said...

This incredible family has made such a sacrifice. God bless them. I'm so thankful that they have each other, a great new van, supporting family, and a God that loves them. Bless his heart, a broken arm too? And he smiles.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Thanks for the update!


Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Just amazing....so good to see him enjoying time with his family.

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

I am so glad you posted this. I have been wondering how he has been doing and you are right. You look at how he is doing and it puts things in perspective. Is it okay if I share this post on my blog? Not the whole thing but a photo and link to your post.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Marcia,
Wow...Jordan is indeed a remarkable man. The van is a wonderful gift from Semper Fi. I bet he is enjoying getting out and about and visiting. A lovely family.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Libby said...

Cheering for Jordan every day!

Secret Garden Cottage said...

Jordan sounds like such an amazingly strong and resiliant person... his wife also. They're truly an inspiration!
They're son is just an adorable little boy... what a cutie! :)
Thanks for sharing and keeping us updated on they're wellbeing, Marcia.
Take care,

Sue said...

What a wonderful guy and family. I will be sure to keep them all in my prayers.


PS. I'm so glad they were given that van. What a blessing!

mommyx12 said...

He truly is amazing and inspirational. Thanks so much for the update on him. It is so good to see his smiling face.

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Thank you so much for the update, Marcia! God bless the three of them and the medical team that continues to work with him. He is the greatest of inspirations!!

Janet said...

Jordan is certainly an amazing man! Thanks for sharing!

Татьяна said...

Many thanks for news! Glory to the Lord for his family! Jenn looks such happy wife and mum

Deborah said...

So inspiring!
Thank you..what a beautiful family!

Deborah xo

Julia said...

Thanks for the update on Jordan and the photos. His son looks just like him. I'm so glad that they got this new equipped van to get around. Blessings. JB

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

I was so happy to see this post, Marcia. I've been wondering about Jordan. He's an amazing young man. I'm so sorry to hear about his arm, but hopefully it will heal quickly. The van is a real blessing. He has a lot to live for, a precious family who loves him. His little son is so sweet and looks just like his daddy! I pray for Jordan's continued recovery and strength to face any difficulties ahead. God bless him! Thanks for giving us an update!

BeachVintage.com said...

Hi Marcia, Jordan is truly amazing. Most of us would be whinging and whining, but he is taking life by both hands. We can all learn a lot from him. X x

Becky K. said...

I'm sorry to hear that Jordan fell but I am amazed as usual at how God allowed the two surgeries to be done at the same time. He does redeem these situations so often.

It is great to see Jordan and his big smile. Continuing to pray for his recovery!

BailiwickStudio said...

This young man is certainly an inspiration, as is his family. I'm so happy they were blessed with a van - I remember how difficult it was trying to get our wheelchair in and out of the car when I broke my ankle! God bless Jordan, Jenn, and Jay. ::Jill

PS I love the 4 generation photo!

Susan B said...

Hi Marcia,
Thank you for the update on Jordan, and for the photos. I'm so sorry to read about his recent troubles with his broken arm. That is wonderful about the new van! Jordan truly is an inspiration!

Sweet Tea said...

I'm glad Jordan has a loving family to encourage and love him - it makes such a difference. Amazing young man.

Jaclyn Hicks said...

Such wonderful news!!! It's such a sight to see all your smiling faces. Take Care and continued prayers.

Buttercup said...

So glad about the van and to see Jordan coming though the surgery. He is in my continuing prayers.
Wishes to you for a great weekend!

Valerie@chateaualamode.typepad.com said...

Thanks for the update on Jordan. Keeping Jordan and his sweet family in my prayers.

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

What an inspiring Post and what an inspiring young man.
Blessings to him and his family.

Mimi Sue said...

So glad he's doing so well. It's much easier with a loving and supportive family, I'm sure. That van is awesome! Mimi

Cinnamon said...

Thank you for the update. I had been wondering how he was. He looks good doesn't he? Love the family pictures. Such a blessing to be loved and supported.

What an incredible blessing to have a new van. Praising God for supplying all their needs.


T's Daily Treasures said...

So glad to hear that Jordan, despite a rough patch, still manages to stay positive and keep moving forward. So many people let the littlest things get to them when if they would just look around and see the plight of others, they would realize just what is important. Then again, I guess there are just those who never really learn that lesson no matter what comes their way. Hope you and your family are having a great weekend. Best wishes, Tammy

beth said...

Thank you for posting this inspirational story. What a brave young man!
Beth x

dutchbritishlove said...

Thanks for sharing this update Marcia. What an inspiring family. My prayer is for continued healing and God's provision for all their needs. I am humbled reading about this family's gratitude in the face of struggles.

outdoor.mom said...

thank you for the update!!

retrorevival.biz said...

He IS amazing! I really have no words to describe my gratitude for his service and sacrifice and that of his family. It's wonderful news about the van and that he continue to progress in his recovery. I will continue praying for him and his family:)

michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this with us Marcia, he looks so good! I am so happy that you got to spend time with him and I hope that things go well for him and his family.

Beverly said...

Such a heartwarming story of that brave young man and his family. Thanks for the update as it always helps to know how to pray. Loved seeing the sweet picture of you too.
I almost got to come by your way last week. I was going to drive the back way on Friday to make the Tehachapi Football game, but we got sent home early...well...someday we will meet.

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Once one has heard of and seen Jordon and his little family..how could one forget. My husband came home safe after Korea and three tours in Vietnam. It could have happened to us.

Cottage and Broome said...

Marcia, your whole post brought tears to my eyes. Sorry to hear Jordan broke his arm and has another challenge. The smiles on him and his family were so touching. Will continue to pray for him and his family as they move forward with their lives. Thanks for giving us an update about Jordan, Laura from Cottage and Broome

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh this really touched my heart Marcia!
He truly is a hero! What a brave young man, so glad he has such a supporting family!
Cute pic of you too!

Karen Whittal said...

And we sometimes have the cheek to complain.... what an inspiration. Faith....... can move mountains

Gloria said...

Thank you for the update! How wonderful that you got to see him, and spend time with his whole family. The photos are so nice to view. Our prayers will continue for him and his family. You look amazing too, Marcia!

God bless you and your family!


"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Thanks for the update on Jordan and his family. I've thought about them and sent up a prayer often. It's good to see him looking well in your photos. He truly seems like a great person and reading about him always gives my heart a boost regarding the goodness of mankind.

Jenni said...

Marcia, this was such a touching post! Thank you so much for the update on Jordan and his recovery. I will continue to pray for him, and for his wife and son.


Deb White said...

Marcia, thank you for sharing an update on Jordan and his family. He is such an inspiration to so many. We will continue to remember him and his family in our prayers. Blessings, Deb

Auntie Bliss said...

I'm one who has thought of him often!
And prayed too. I am so sad that his arm got broken! They are a cute family, really!
Bless his heart.

Sweet Cottage Dreams said...

Hi Jordan and family! I am so happy to know that you are doing better, besides the grass mishap. Keeping you close in our hearts!

Becky and family

Judi said...

How brave Jordan is and his dear family. I'm sorry he had yet another accident and hope that he'll recover from that. I'm also so happy that he will be able to get around better. His family looks so lovely....*hugs* to them.

All best to them and to you all...