It's been a very long time, hard to believe that Thanksgiving has past and 2012 will be here before we know it. Today, I wanted to find the time to say how thankful and grateful I am to have so many wonderful people in our lives. So many of you have reached out to us, in one way or another, helping, showing concern or just love…how wonderful and giving you can be. Since we have been back from Utah in April, my co-workers wanted to reach out but did not know how. It was really about thinking outside the box regarding how they could help. A free website called www.lotsahelpinghands.com, has become a great resource, it enables tens of thousands of families in distress to create private communities of friends and family members to assist them with their needs. They have been helping us is by making meals, it has been wonderful to be able to come home and just heat up dinner without having to do the prep work. For us, sometimes the prep can take double the time it should take, stopping many times to do something for Ian, it can make the dinner time routine stressful, when you know you other things to do that evening. Those meals have been wonderful so a special thank you. To all the others who have contributed in ways we don't know about, a very special thank you as well. Those of you who know me well, know that asking for help is not in my nature…so it has been hard for me to accept this, however, we can’t do it all on our own. If you are interested in helping here is the information on the site along with the name and email of the coordinator, Cheryl Snyderman, firstname.lastname@example.org, for “Friends of Marci, Brian, Ian and Becca”, https://www.lotsahelpinghands.com/c/643473/. In addition, here is an article on the site, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/28/wetzstein-helping-hands-site-aids-families/.
Ian is doing well, holding his own. He did horseback riding again this fall with his back rider, Smokey loved having Ian back and Ian loved seeing and riding Smokey every week, we look forward to the Spring session. He is doing great in school, reading some words and able to decode cvc words. He has told Brian and I, on numerous occasions he is going to read by the end of the year. He also wants to be able to tell time by the end of the year. Keep up the good work little man you are on your way. Once again proving to be one of our heroes, showing us time and time again how hard work can get you through each and every day.
Becca played field hockey this fall and did great. She learned many new skills and blocked quite a few goals. In addition, at the end of last school year, she got braces, what a difference they have already made. She is doing well in school, got an A in math and a B in reading on her 1st quarter report card. She continues to be our other hero, showing us each and every day what a wonderful girl she can be, loving and caring.
In their own way, both kids are comedians, they don’t even realize the things they do and say and how they make us laugh. It’s wonderful and I am going to try to start sharing them with you all.
As Thanksgiving has come and gone for 2011, I wanted to share with you what another blogger put on her blog and just how true it is…I am awed and uplifted by parents who struggle daily with some tremendous challenges that their children’s disabilities bring. The ability of these brave parents to find joy and gratitude in their difficult situations is nothing short of inspiring—even to one who lives a similar life. A person who can look past the medical issues, past the behaviors, past the limits...to see the beauty and courage and strength and gracious soul of their child...is surely one who has great wealth. I know it can be hard at times to feel grateful and I can fully empathize with families who are reeling from the unexpected shock of a painful diagnosis or a downturn in their child’s condition. In addition, relating to those momentary setbacks we all experience where reality serves as a magnifying glass through which we see the imperfections in our situations. If you are having trouble finding your piece of good fortune, please, look for the little things to be thankful over. Everyone deserves to know that life can be good. People in our lives need to know that you are grateful for them.
Please share with us what you were/are thankful for...