Sunday, March 2, 2014

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Birthday Photo Shoot **

**alternatively titled: The Many Cheesy Smiles of Gabe

Saturday, September 21, 2013


Mom said, 
"It just can't be!"

But, it is true.
Today I'm 3!!!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Just Read

When it comes to enjoying a good book, he is #unstoppable! Gabe memorized several phrases from Green Eggs and Ham and recites them as we turn the pages and observe the illustrations.  
"See Gavin!  Now I can go to school like you do because I Just Read, Read, Read!"

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Super Gabe

Every family is made of SUPER people! 

As we work together to strengthen our capes we begin to recognize and encourage the super powers in each of the people we love.  While spending last week in Florida at Family Forward, our family had the opportunity to work on our figurative capes.  During our favorite session with Duct Tape and Cricut we were asked to brainstorm a project we could build together using the supplies at hand.  Gabe, who we would have guessed was oblivious to the message of strengthening our family based on his attention span, asked Kevin to make him a super hero cape.  It was fun to be able to do that for him and as soon as we tied it on he took off!  A thrilling display of running, jumping,and  giggling!  Those of you who know Gabe's story understand the Super {Natural} Powers at work here.  Physical limitations and abilities aside,  our family delights in Gabe's super powers of making people smile, entertaining, being playful, and empathizing with others.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013


Gabe has been home for a week now.  We are getting into routine with nurse visits, IV meds, bandage changes, and follow up appointments with the specialists. We are also enjoying the return to some "normal" routines with work, car pool, play dates, piano lessons, and track practice. 

Tomorrow we are hopeful the neurosurgeons will agree it is time to take out the stitches in the incision on Gabe's back.  It will certainly make for much quicker diaper changes.  We will also visit urology tomorrow.  I am praying for a sliver of hope suggesting the original surgery was worth something as we strive for future bladder and kidney health.  It is encouraging to see Gabe begin to shuffle along on his feet a bit.  He has figured out how to get where he wants to go with a combination of crawling, cruising, and shuffling.  His determination to teach himself to walk again is obvious and with each small success we see a little more sparkle return behind those big baby browns. 

Our family has been ridiculously blessed by our village with many delicious meals, surprise deliveries, encouraging phone calls, extra grace, and endless prayers.