Then and Now


November 2001, I went to the pediatrician’s office.

“Doctor, my baby boy is really stiff.  And even though he’s 6 months old, he doesn’t move very much at all.  I think something’s wrong.”

After a quick exam, the doctor had an answer.  “Well, ma’am, your baby has cerebral palsy.”

“What?  But . . .  he . . . Well. . .  Please . . . ”

“I think there is a good chance he will be able to write his name.  And I think he will probably be able to walk.  But he will need a lot of extra help to accomplish those things.”


Summer 2002, Paul and Elliot danced like crazy men in our living room in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Elliot was nearly 3.  One-year-old Zachary watched from his exersaucer.  Zachary smiled and laughed while he watched his daddy and his brother dance.  Paul’s daddy heart ached deeply, wondering if Zachary would ever be able to join them in a crazy dance or if he would always have to be an observer.


These days, Zachary can write his name.  And he can walk.

And he dances a whole lot more than Elliot or Paul ever do.


And today he scored 6 points in his basketball game!




17 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Fran on January 16, 2011 at 10:11 PM

    Wow! God has worked quite the miracle in his body, hasn’t He? Makes me want to dance, too!


  2. Posted by Tia on January 16, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Way to go Zippy! God is good.


  3. Yay, Zack!! I love it when kids prove doctors wrong. So many miracles! You go Z!


  4. Posted by papa on January 17, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Here is one PROUD papa. our GOD is great! PRAISE HIS HOLY NAME.


  5. That is so amazing! Praise God. I hope to have stories like that one day.


  6. Posted by Tammie on January 17, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    Way to go Zippy!!! So proud of you and all you’ve accomplished!


  7. Posted by Mark on January 18, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Way to hoop it up, Zippy!


  8. yea zachary! Keep showing them what you can do


  9. Posted by Jamie on January 19, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Zippy Rocks!!


  10. wow! what a great post!!!


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