Monday, October 10, 2011
As most of you know another military family was selected for Extreme Home Make Over. We appreciate all the support we had with nomination letters, help with video and video editing. God did answer prays and open a new door for us. We purchased a brand new construction home that is the next best thing to EHMO. We even put in the offer prior to the steps being put in at the front door therefore the builder put in a cement wheelchair ramp that meets ADA code and a wood ramp in the garage. We absolutely love our new home. Abe has made tremendous progress as well. He sits up on knees now, crawls on all four extremities on occasion rather than army crawls. He also sits on his butt but with his knees curled back but he can stay like that for a long time. He signs "want", says "go, go" to Glenn when he sits in his Rifton high low chair. The inside joke to "go, go" is Glenn spins him around so Abe looks him straight in the eye and says "go, go" when he really should be eating. Also when respite had Abe the other night, he saw us leave and he said "go, go" and got very upset since he was staying home. For parents that have children birth to kindergarten check out "readyforkindergarten.org". They offer free parent classes on how to prepare your child for school plus a free notebook with information, tote bag and learning toys for your kid. Not cheesy toys either, nice toys. Not all school districts offer it but I would highly recommend it. I realized I was not counting with Abe enough or showing him colors, shapes, ect. Glenn posted the alphebet strip on the wall and I got a banner with colors at the dollar store, like what a teacher would post in the classroom that he put up in Abe's hallway and room. Yes Abe has his own room now, finally and we don't have to worry about where the sleep safe bed will go, his wheelchair or his Rifton high/low chair (like a high chair but for bigger kids). We are not completely out of the old house but are almost there. We plan to sell it but renting it out would work too since we currently have 2 houses to make payments on now. I have surgery in a week so I really want to be done with my all the cleaning of the old house. We have the main area near the front door left, back patio and front porch including the yard left. The cats are still looking for a new home too and will probably need to be out soon. I registered them with PAWS in July and no information yet. I am not sure how long this will take but we can't sell or rent it if they still live there. I spent some time cleaning the other night and Glenn walked thru with Abe in his arms. I have noticed Abe coughing lately so he might be allergic to cats or it may have been all the vacuuming and dusting or a combination of all of it. Please pray my surgery goes well, we sell our home and Cali and Angel (cats) find a loving home. They know something is up. They both followed me to the front door when I left tonight. That is all for now. I feel so blessed that Abe is doing so well. I think neurosurgery will be impressed. They see him this month and he has changed tremendously since they last saw him 1 year ago.
Posted by Karen Goddard