Shannon had a good night last night. Shannon has slept well and gotten a good amount of rest and it seems to have helped. She had hI say that while her eyes are still shut but they do look noticeably better. During the night, they have slightly reduced some of the sedatives that she is on. They have also turned down the rate of her ventilator causing her to do more work breathing by herself.
I wanted to also express thanks to all those who are praying for our family and for Shannon. I was humbled to hear how Shannon's ward has united together to pray for her. I was touched by story after story that was related to me from various people. I am in awe at some of the few stories that my Mother and Father have told me that they have received. I know that they are buoyed up by the spirit that accompanies those stories. In priesthood meeting yesterday, one of the things that Brother Bates said was that the question we should ask when situations like this arise is not "why" but "what can I learn". You may remember that I mentioned this in my first post to this blog. I want to relate just a little that I have learned during this time. I have learned what a powerful influence people can be when they are united together. As people align their purposes together, a power and excitement begin to grow. It becomes contagious and other people join in. It can be used for good or bad. I wonder if I sometimes don't use my influence as well as I can to help unite and strengthen the Lords causes. I know that the Lord gives us countless opportunities to help build his kingdom on this earth. Thank you for all of you that have chosen to give your influence to help my Sister and my family. Your love and prayers are felt and uplift us.