Friday, December 9, 2011

This Is What Victory Looks Like....

2011 has been the most insane year of our lives. Chaz and I have been through so much. He has had so many surgeries, infections, taken so many pills, and list could go on and on. But today he has had a huge victory!!!

He told me last night he was going to go for it. He said, "I am walking to work tomorrow." Of course I was immediately scared for him. What if he falls? Well we've already dealt with that. What if his leg comes off? Oh wait we've dealt with that too. So what am I afraid of?! I realized I really don't have anything to fear except the unknown. If he goes ahead and goes for it then we will know the unknown and we'll get even further down this road. So let's go for it.

 So this morning he left the chair behind....

Then he stood up....
And off he went......

These pictures say so much!!! They show you what faith, love and hope can do. They show you what hard work and positivity can do. They prove how awesome Walter Reed and all of its team members are. These pictures are proof of how when people join together to make someone's life better it can be done!! It takes Team Work to make the Dream Work!!!!!


We are so thankful for all of you and your prayers and support!! These pictures are possible thanks to all of you. You have all helped us on different levels and we are thankful for everyone of you!! Our journey is not over, but this is a HUGE VICTORY on our road to our new normal!!!

On a side note, I would like to say to the person or persons who planted that IED. We'll never know who you are and I do understand that you were only fighting for what you believe in. You tried to win, you tried to defeat our American spirit. Well today we laugh in your face! Today my hubby proved that your IED was just a little hiccup in our lives and we will move forward and continue to be victorious. Thank you for showing us what we are made of!! Team Allen embodies the best of the American spirit and thank you for showing us that.

12 comments:

  1. That is so awesome. Such an inspiration!!! Thank you both for your service and dedication. You guys ROCK!!!

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  2. Definitely awesome! Can't keep a good man down, especially one that has such a fantastic support system.

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  3. GO CHAZ!!! Your whole family is such an inspiration. What a great day!!

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  4. Jessica & Chaz . . . You continue to encourage us as we wait for our Soldier Son to return from AFG . . . Your journey has inspired us and helped us be prepared for the unknown of a wounded warrior should that happen . . . We have learned so many practical things from you . . . Thank you for showing the world a love that doubles down when tragedy strikes rather than disappearing because life got exponentially more difficult . . . God bless you! . . . Our prayers continue . . .

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  5. Oh My Gosh!! Amazing!! You guys are the definition of Hope!!! Congrats to you ALL in this long long journey!!!!

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  6. Jess and Chaz Allen Family are absolutely amazing in your love and support of each other through this awesome journey--Chaz may you have many more mornings such as this

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  7. Definitely brought tears to my eyes. WTG Chaz and Allen family...you guys are a true inspiration.

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  8. Congratulations!!! :) So glad to hear this!

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  9. Have tears in my eyes, too! There are no words...
    I'm here praying right now.
    Psalms 116:1-5 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow. Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul. Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
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  10. Thank you for sharing! Your family's bravery is unmatched. Incredible!

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  11. Continuing to lift up prayers!
    Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
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  12. AWESOME!! I know it's been a long path- Way to Go!!

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