Day 29 – God is Carrying Matthew Every Step of the Way

Hello to all,

Upon speaking with Dr. Rohr today and discussing many problems and concerns, he told me that this morning he started Matthew on two new medications to hopefully stop the tremors and bring his vital signs within normal range.  Daniel and I felt encouraged by Dr. Rohr saying that that he hopes that by next week Matthew will “be on the other side of the mountain.”  With all of our hearts we pray that Matthew’s body is more accepting of these two new drugs than the previous ones.  Matthew slept for most of our visit and five minutes before visiting hours were over, he woke up and you could tell by the look on his face that he couldn’t understand why we were leaving.  As we always do, we tried to reassure him that he was safe and all that was happening with him… and that we needed to leave because the nurses needed to take care of him.  Although it happens every day, leaving him like this will never get any easier for Dan or I.

It has been raining all day (on and off, it has been a rainy week) and when I came back to the hotel and sat to reflect on my conversation with Dr. Rohr, with so many worries and concerns, I happened to look out the door over-looking the Gardens.  Although it was still raining, I saw in the distance a beautiful rainbow that stretched across the sky that probably lasted all of thirty seconds.  While making a wish on it for Matthew, I quickly reached for the camera next to me and was able to capture this picture below that I wanted to share with you.  It no sooner came, I took the picture, and it went away… because I had looked out the door minutes earlier and it wasn’t there.  I guess God knew our hearts needed reassurance at this point that we are not alone… that He is with us everyday.  I had once read a little verse that said:  “Sometimes when its cloudy, it looks like the sun is not there… but it really is.  And in times of sadness, it seems like God is not there, but He is.”

Although it is raining here, I am sure that regardless of the weather in New Jersey, there is sunshine in the Connor household!  Melissa emailed me that she is home safe, sound, and totally pain free!  What a incredibly joyous day! it was a long time coming!  Thank You God for this beautiful blessing for Melissa and her family!  We miss her and Chris greatly!

We love and miss you all.  May God Bless you all always!

Forever Grateful,



4 Responses to “Day 29 – God is Carrying Matthew Every Step of the Way”

  1. Denise T Zavota says:

    That’s YOUR rainbow Matthew and that is YOUR light to see you through this.
    GOD has sent you, mom, dad, and Dan a wonderful sign and this is it.
    Follow that beautiful rainbow to the end – ride it downhill – you deserve it!
    We LOVE you – Uncle Frank and Aunt Denise

  2. Russ says:


    Just as God gave us a sign in the sky when I proposed to you at the Cathedral of the Pines, I do believe that God gave you this rainbow as a sign of His Love and Blessings.
    I believe that God will continue to watch over you all, and that you all will be so much better, ‘on the other side of the mountain’.
    You, Dan, and Matt are missed and loved more than you will ever know.


  3. Matt-
    In keeping with the Olympic theme “go for the Gold”…our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Soon you too will be home!

    The Poirier’s

  4. Anne Marie Vale says:

    I’ still in Ireland (on my honeymoon) and have not been able to check in for several days. God bless you all. I’m still praying for Matthew. I went to Our Lady of Knock Shrine yesterday. Our Lady appeared there on August 21, 1879. Many have received cures there, due to her intercession. Again, Matthew and all the Irvings are in my thoughts and prayers. I know it’s long struggle, but I’m glad to see some improvements.
    Love and prayers,
    Anne Marie McDonnell Vale

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