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Sunday, June 10, 2012


"I drive like a Cullen" bumper sticker from my mom from Christmas '10...a little foreshadowing!

It is hard to believe that one year ago our fairytale world was changed forever.At 11:58 pm a year ago, Luke called hysterical after he and another car had hit head on.
 I had no idea what kind of ride we were in for the next 6 months. As I have gone through today, I have praised God over and over for not only healing Luke physically, but healing him mentally, and healing me alongside him. We sat on our front porch for a few hours last night just recounting last summer, and I am so thankful to be on this side of it (obviously). I am so glad we are not still living at The Med. I am so thankful we were able to move out of my parents house after six weeks. I am so thankful for parents who let us move in and took care of me and my babies. I am so thankful for a sister and BIL and the love they showed my babies when I couldn't. I am so thankful for supportive friends and Luke's family who have helped us every step of the way. I am thankful that God opened my eyes to the needs at The Med. Most of all, I am thankful for a loving God that promises us eternal life.

I hate these pics from the hospital. Luke's eyes are so "not him."

I don't think any of us are the same as we were before the wreck. The scars that are left changed me in ways I cannot describe, but I know that there is a more abundant life after this world is over and I am eternally thankful for that. There is an urgency in my heart. God tells you to adopt a baby? Now seems like a good time. God tells you long term missions are in your future? My friend, Nicci, has said yes! I know everyone has scars from this world, and I pray that I use mine for God’s glory. Luke sometimes still has a little bit of a hitch in his step when he was been sitting too long or used his left leg too much. I know this sounds ridiculous, but I am thankful for that physical reminder that God is good and our time on earth is limited.

 How far we have come in a year!
We celebrated Luke and Blake’s graduation with a delicious dinner last week. P6030341
I am so thankful that Luke continued on his school path and never missed a beat. It is so hard to comprehend that he was in a coma in June, a wheelchair in July with a crazy nerve disorder, and back in law school in August (and still the cutest boy in the world). Not only that, he graduated Magna Cum Laude. What a miracle I have gotten to witness from the front row!
The whole fam!
We ALL fit in my new van!!
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10


Erin said...

I love you Amanda! Grateful to God for healing your family and also for your amazing example of trusting Him to provide and giving Him glory in the toughest of situations.

alicia harrison said...

such a blessing and truly a reminder of Gods love for us!

Meaghan said...

Amazing healing! So thankful!

Anonymous said...

Wow, Amanda, great post! Such a great reminder of how truly amazing God really is. To see you and Luke and your whole family on this side of the accident and the miracle that we've all gotten to witness with you....pretty spectacular!

Love you all Boo's and Cantrell's!!

Tracy Shearin

Molly L'Hoste said...

continually praying for you and your beautiful family from far away here in New Orleans! love y'all, miss y'all!

Our little ark said...

Can not believe it has been a year! You are one tough woman of faith! Congrats on graduation and can't wait to start planning your retirement party