Monday, February 4, 2008

A Lot Has Happened

Several things have happened in the last few weeks which have been pretty difficult for Matt but things are beginning to look up!
Matt ended up in the hospital with a bleeding stomach ulcer last Wednesday. He was released from the hospital on Friday, 2/1, and is doing well.
All of the events of this past year have really taken a toll on Matt's family. Matt and Tessa have decided to live apart. Matt is now living in the barracks.
We, Matt's parents, were able to visit him this past weekend and help him to arrange his living space. It is small but should be comfortable for Matt.







The address that was posted on the first page will no longer work for reaching Matt and will not work for Tessa or the girls in a few weeks.

Please keep Matt and his family in your prayers.

7 comments:

Ann L. said...

Our love and prayers are with you, Matt. Your strength is being tested to its limits, but you will become stronger because of it. Your family loves you very much and we will be there for you.

Love, Aunt Annie :)

Anonymous said...

Matt,

You don't know me. I just want you to know that I check your website daily and continue to pray for you and your entire family. Be strong in this most difficult time, and know that strangers continue to intercede on your behalf to the Almighty One.

aunt marta said...

Matt, I continue to pray for you and your family daily and want to send cheers for the tough work and decisions you are making these days. I hear you will be getting tall soon and can't wait to hear the progress reports! Keep up the good work and know that I love you!

Steve Obenhaus said...

Matt,
This is Steve Obenhaus, math teacher and cross country coach. I have never posted a comment but I think of you often.
Last night I went to the Asbury Methodist Church for the Democratic caucus. They anticipated 500 people and got 4,000. I was near the end of a line that went down the side walk for almost a half a mile. It was 33 degrees and a slow drizzle. After about an hour and a half of waiting I was numb in my fingers and toes. As I was finally nearing the entrance a guy was standing about 30 feet from the line saying, �Why are you guys standing there? Why don�t you all just go home? It�s freezing and wet out here.� My patience was already a little thin and no one else responded so I got out of line and went over to give him a firm civics lesson. You see, as my hands and feet got colder and colder, I thought of you and many others who don�t have all their fingers or toes or their lives so that I could do the very thing that I was doing right then. After about an hour of waiting there were others around me who were talking about leaving because it was so miserable out there, but I told them about you and they stayed. So I had to say something to this guy and said pretty much the same thing to him that I had said to the others. Well it turns out he was from Channel 5 News and asked to interview me so we went around the corner to his van. To the best of my recall this is what I said on camera:
�A former student of mine lost both legs and an arm from an IED in Iraq so it matters who is in the White House. If he can go through what he did, I can stand a little cold and rain for a couple hours in order to exercise my rights that he fought and sacrificed for.�
Well they only broadcast the first sentence which skewed the meaning that I was trying to convey. So many men and women like you have been willing to lay their lives on the line so that I can have the rights and freedoms I enjoy as an American. I wanted you to know this happened and what your young life has meant to me. I feel inadequate in saying this but I mean it: Thank-you.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there, Matt! We love you and think of you all the time.
Bob & Becky

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to let you know that I love you and think of you often. If you ever need anything, holler.

Love,
Cousin Jennifer

Anonymous said...

Matt,
Thank you for what you have done personally and physically. You are truly a hero to those of use who sit in our homes and feel so safe. Thank you for giving us that comfort through your suffering. My childrens' day shines brighter because of you. Thank you.