Friday, September 25, 2015

Back to School!

Wow. It has been since May that I wrote a blog post. In fact, I have quite forgotten I had one until just recently. So much has been going on; so many good things, big and small, that I have been quite enjoying them!

We had a fantastic summer, kicked off by a most wonderful vacation to Florida and Louisiana. We flew in and out of New Orleans, drove the Gulf Coast to Destin for a few days to see a niece get married, then drove to Grand Isle, LA, to spend more time with family there before heading home. Highlights? The beach, beach, beach! And so many precious memories made together.

Not long after the trip, we moved again! The Lord provided a home to buy, so in July, we settled into our new house just a couple miles from the rental one. We are loving it and Henry has his own room!

The Super Birthday Boy!
Sled Hockey
Other summer highlights were Vacation Bible School at church, Pre-teen Action Camp in which our whole family got to be involved, Henry's 6th birthday (Superman themed), Fish Fest with great music, a sled hockey clinic for Henry in which he made the news, the Oregon State Fair, the Mt. Hood railroad train ride, and more. School finally started on July 10th for Henry and he is adjusting so well to full day, every day Kindergarten. God put everything together perfectly, like he always does, to ensure Henry's care and opportunity to learn and grow like the other students, and he just got transferred to a 504 plan from an IEP plan. We are so thankful for all God has done and know it is going to be a great year for Henry.

We also just had great news that the request for a customized power wheelchair for Henry has been approved. He should have his new wheels in about a week or so. We are super excited for this and know it is another big provision from the Lord. I will post pictures when it comes! He will use it at school mainly.

Henry also got new glasses, similar to his green ones except they are charcoal gray. There is no word from Shriner's at this point about any upcoming surgeries, and Henry seems to be doing great, so we are just trusting God with all of his needs and glad that his body can be allowed to grow and strengthen at this time.

Henry has joined Trail Life USA with his big brother! We are excited about this opportunity for him to make new friends and learn about the outdoors and lots of other great things. The troop is working to accommodate his special needs as well. There are definitely perks in living in the larger city...many more things to do and experience, especially with Henry's accessibility needs. We are just really blessed in so many ways and most importantly, with the love of Christ and of family. Yes, we are so thankful for family. And thankful for all the friends who love and care for ours! Blessings to you all.