WOW! So much time has passed since our last blog post, and yet it doesn’t actually seem that way. I guess the past month or so has been a blur for us. We have definitely had some major ups and downs but it has brought us to today and for that I’m thankful. So, I guess its best to start where we left off….
We drove home that night and got in very late. I had to be to work in Shreveport early the next day. I was doing my best that day just to keep it together, but work was a welcome distraction. That afternoon I was driving to a client’s house when I was hit by a driver in a very large work truck. I remember the sound it made when we hit, and I knew when I heard it that it was bad. The rest of what happened is kind of jumbled in my mind. I know I called Beau, and then my mom. I remember saying to Beau “Why me? Why now?”. I wish I could take those words back. I should have been screaming out “THANK YOU!”. My car was totaled, but I was able to walk away from that accident! Praise God! I believe that accident was a “blessing in disguise”. It has jump started our search for a new van, which we will need for the wheelchair. Also, I have great insurance and the other driver was insured! Again, another opportunity to give THANKS!
And what a time to be thankful for, it was almost Christmas!! Christmas this year was absolutely amazing! It was bitter sweet because we were unable to spend it with my family in Arizona, but Beau and I had a nice chunk of time off work and we literally soaked up every moment. We limited our access to cell phones, computers, iPads, etc. and just were together. We didn’t even really take pictures together this Christmas because we just wanted to be in the moment, as a family. I am thankful that family members captured a few of those moments for us. Here is one of Steele with his cousins....
New Year’s meant more time together as a family and more memories made. We went up to the camp and Steele got to ride around on a Bad Boy with his dad and grandpa Bull Dawg. He was asking to “go, go, go” all day. That night we watched fireworks that the other members of the camp set off in the distance. After Steele got used to them, I think he actually enjoyed them. That night he fell asleep by the campfire in his daddy’s arms…another moment I will never forget.
Since then, we are all back to our normal routine; work, doctors appointments, therapy, etc. We did as the doctors and physical therapists advised and got Steele some braces for his legs and started the process to get him a wheelchair. He is still adjusting to the braces. They add extra weight to his legs which makes crawling and moving a bit more difficult, but he just keeps on truckin’. I admire his fight. I try to put myself in his shoes with all of the appointments, and the braces, and the testing and I feel like I would just be done. But not Steele, he endures it all with a smile (most of the time). I am so proud to be his mom. I am so thankful God chose us to be his parents. In his 17 short months on this earth, he has taught me more than I ever knew in my 27 years of life. He is such a blessing. We have a big road ahead of us. It will be filled with twists and turns, ups and downs, but I am ready. We are going to do this as a family. God is our strength, and our refuge.
Thank you all so much for your continued prayer. We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and love!!