Our little man (who is not so little) turns 11 years old today! This past year seems to have flown by, but when we reflect on how God has blessed Ian throughout this year, we can see so many differences in his life. He has a new immediate and extended family that he loves and adores and is sooooo excited when they visit!! He still doesn’t like good-byes but they aren’t quite as traumatic as they once were. Physically, he has made so much progress and has grown a lot! His physical and occupational therapists have gone above and beyond in working with him (and us!) to achieve the goals they initially laid out for him. (We’ve moved on to another set of goals.) After a year of meetings and case conferences and evaluations and home-bound teaching, Ian gets to ride a school bus every day to a great school where he is surrounded by loving children and staff who are working very hard to find the best ways to teach him. He’s learning to use a communication device and a computer, which will open up a whole new world for him. He has some extra special friends from church, school and our neighborhood that he loves spending time with whenever he can.Tom and I continue to marvel at God’s grace in our lives and the difference Ian has made to our family. His total excitement at the simplest things is a constant reminder of what’s really important. His sweet, happy spirit and that smile that instantly lights a room in spite of the challenges he has is always humbling. The big hugs and looks of adoration (especially for his dad) turn us to puddles many times a day. We are blessed beyond measure that God led us to Ian and is allowing us to be part of this little guy’s life.
Happy Birthday, Ian! We love you!!!
The birthday boy with his special birthday hat
Treats and treat bags ready to take to school
11 years old!
One year ago today at 10 years old