The biggest praise last year (end of November) was that our older son was amazingly better overnight after a very rough 4-5 months.  He had 2 craniosacral fascial sessions at The Family Hope Center and has not been violent for 6 months!  Not once!  I was really shocked, and even my very skeptical=wise husband couldn’t deny the correlation.  My son’s M.D. felt that the marked change in behavior was due to his first roller coaster rides, which were the week before the trouble started.  His healing came as a real answer to prayer after he was anointed at church at the beginning of November!  We still have a long road to travel to reach good attachment, interpersonal relationships, academic achievement, and problem solving skills, but things are so much better, and he is healing from RAD, ODD and developmental delays.  I believe he has already been healed from ADD through all the therapies we’ve done in the last few years (brain organization, diet, supplements, reflexes, etc).  I am so proud of him for all the hard work he has done in therapy, etc. – I know it is not easy!

Isaac, at almost 4 and a half, continues to be one of my favorite people and one of my best friends.  He is just such a joy – so fun and pleasant and happy.  He loves to be with people, ride his scooter, sing, jump on the trampoline, do preschool & therapy and wander off with that gleam in his eye!  Everyone in the family enjoys spending time with him, and that is, of course, such a blessing for me to see – others blessed by his life every day.

We skipped his appt. at The Family Hope Center last time, to save money, and b/c we have focused more on my older son b/c of his serious issues.  Isaac does about 30% of the program with his oldest sister who works for us this year (a real answer to prayer!), and takes supplements as well as having a very healthy diet.  His heart checked excellent again, and the dentist said his teeth were in the top 5% for people with DS.  His sleep study revealed that he does have pretty serious sleep apnea, though, so we are researching ways to get better breathing (CPAP, removal of tonsils and adenoids, oxygen therapy, orthodontic expander).  Any advice out there?!  We will start with the expander and pray about the other options, too.  We hope to see our older son graduate from the FHC program in the next year or two, and get Isaac up to 100% as soon as possible.  The director said children w/ T21 often graduate in 6-7 years at around 80-85% function for their age.  I think that is terrific and worth all the hard work!  It really keeps me going to do the therapies with my older son, and I need to stay strong for all the children.

We met a man with DS yesterday at the store, and he was very fit and able at 56, as well as pleased to see Isaac and get a hug from him!  His mother leaned over and said “I think we’ve been given angels from heaven.”  :o)

Family news: We had a film crew come Thanksgiving week, as our older son is part of a documentary being made about adoption and attachment.  We so enjoyed the crew, as they were so kind and really a blessing to have in our home.  We just had a nice, pretty normal week, and they were the “flies on the wall.”  We look forward to seeing the finished project, and pray it helps at least one desperate parent and child!

Papa works hard to put bread on the table, and pay for our new house we started building last summer.  He plans to paint it next month, with a little help from the older ones.  Everyone enjoys running errands with him, and we appreciate his care of us, and when he takes us out to Red Robin, too!  He enjoys buying and selling planes, and flying them once in awhile, too!  Our second son has begun his flying lessons with him, so that was exciting to see him filling out his logbook and planning flights.  Before I know it I’ll be watching him solo, Lord willing!

Our third homeschool graduate is moving on to other things this year, so that was fun to celebrate.  She is an artist, and hopes to use her art to bring glory to God and bring others into His kingdom.  She is also interested in foreign missions and is thinking about Africa.  We have another graduate on the way next spring, and she is interested in neonatal nursing, so we’ve been researching that a bit this week.

Our oldest son got his first full-time job as a systems analyst.  We are so pleased that he will be using his skills and will be challenged and learn a lot as well.  The company seems a very good one that takes care of their people.  He is a junior in college and plans to continue his studies for his B.S. in digital forensics.

Our oldest daughter learned a lot and was blessed by a recent Christian writers’ conference she attended.  We decided to rent a cabin and had a lovely time together, getting about 3 feet of snow in the mountains.  It was just beautiful, and Isaac hiked all over with us.  We were glad we went prepared, with snow pants, etc.

We just finished school Thursday and the “middles” and “littles” (ages 11 down to 4) all are buzzing with their interests this summer – baking, building “houses”, gardening, riding bikes and scooters, singing, reading, playing games on the trampoline and X-box (thanks Grandpa!).  They also enjoy the “Torchlighters” series of missionary videos, but I tell them to get outside, as it’s finally warm up north!  (Last Friday I drove to singing practice in a hail storm!)

We are all looking forward to a plane trip out to PA this summer, where our good friends’ daughter is getting married – our older daughters’ friend!  It seems the older children have friends courting and marrying left and right. It’s a new season, and it’s fun to see all the older ones turning into wonderful young men and women, but to still have middles and younger ones to teach and enjoy, too.

It’s a rich, busy season, and one I won’t wish away!



I John 5:4


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