While Aunt Linda was here for a little pre-Christmas visit and she was sharing some fun little videos with us. This one she made back in August of 2011. It is just amazing to me how much Lucas has changed.
Aunt Linda came for a week and left on Tuesday. We miss her already but had tons of fun with her.
We have some big changes as we say good bye to 2012 and enter into 2013. Lucas will be entering public school for this next semester as a 2nd grader. There are several reasons for our decision, but we are excited for him to go and be with a lot of new friends and also get some additional academic help that I can't seem to get past here at home. I feel like I need to get him over the hump and get him some confidence that he can read and learn.
I met with teachers and other who will be working with him and they were all very kind and seem experienced. The school system here is very culturally diverse and the teachers also have a lot of experience with ESL kids. Not that he really has a second language anymore, but they are familiar with the gaps and things that may come up with a child coming from another language and/or culture.
Isaac will remain home schooled for 2nd semester of his senior year and it's going to be an intense semester as we pick up a few loose ends and move forward to get him graduated. He has been healing from some depression issues last spring and into the summer and Fall. It has been a very challenging season around here, but can I just say? It is great to have him back in a healthier place. We are still working on some things, but oh my. Life is definitely better.
Peter is doing well over all. But, finances are very tight. He has 2 interesting opportunities possibly popping up in January. We do not know how they will land yet, but God is up to something. So stay tuned and KEEP PRAYING!
And, I'm not sure I should say it publicly but maybe that will be a motivator for me, I'm thinking about finally getting that book written this spring. While Lucas is in school, Isaac is working hard...I'm thinking now may be the time to FINALLY do it.
I do have to say that God is Providing. Sometimes I don't understand how or why, but He has definitely seen us through 2012 and the future is looking good.
We will continue to Praise Him for all He has done.
Yesterday, Lucas had a little surgery. And apparently I should have let people know about it. I'm not making excuses here but Peter and I just had a very funny conversation about it.
First, the surgery was to remove some plates in his knees that were placed in September 2011 when he had his amputation surgery. The purpose of them was to slow bone growth on the inside of his knees so the outer regions could continue to grow and convince his bowed out knees to realign themselves. The growth has happened in the manner in which the doctor is pleased so it was time for them to come out. He said we may have to revisit this again in the future as he grows, but for now it is good.
I didn't reallly think about it as being a big deal. Pop out the plates and we are on our way--outpatient surgery. Yes it is still surgery, I get that, but in comparison to other things, we just didn't view it as "a big deal". So after Lucas and I got settled at the hospital, it dawned on me that maybe friends and relatives should know about this. No joke, that is when it really hit me. So I started taking pictures and asking for prayer and posting it on Facebook. That is when I realized "Inquiring Minds Want to Know". The responses and shock I got from people that he was having surgery, showed me I probably should have had this information out there sooner.
So, back to the conversation with Peter this morning. I told him even relatives were saying "What surgery"? I got a phone call from my sister last night .. "I didn't know that was today". OOps!
Peter had the most classic comment of all however, when he said,
"It's not like he had his feet cut off or something."
I think this is all born out of a matter of perspective. We've walked a child through cancer treatment and death. We've walked this child through amputation surgery. We have been walking through some teen challenges. So this all just seemed like "no big deal".
Unfortunately, I need to be a little more compassionate apparently, because Lucas has been in a little more pain than I had expected. In fact they gave us Oxycodone for the pain. Hmmmmm. He had to take it last night and this morning he woke up hurting. I know he will be up-and-at-'em soon. But, the biggest lessons I learned?
1. let people know ahead of time (for prayer if nothing else)
2. no surgery is "minor"--it's still surgery and I should realize it may hurt.
(I was going to share some pics with you but apparently I've bumped into a ceiling with Google and my photo albums. Need to inquire further and don't have time for that right now.)
One of the most precious, though possibly drug induced, things Lucas said yesterday happened as we were pulling away from the hospital. He was happy to be going home and started rambling...
"I'm so glad you adopted me and you are my mom and you take good care of me and give me food."
then he fell asleep =)
So my apologies to those who felt left out of the loop yesterday. I know soon he will be running around like a crazy man and this little blip will be over. Thank you for your prayers and caring about our family once again.