Although I had been looking forward to slow, relaxed summer days, life just seems to keep rushing at us. I am frequently asked how Sadie is doing. (This really bothers her sisters; they think it means that others care more for her than them.) Most of the time, she is great. She runs, dances, sings, plays, reads and teases like other kids. We got her on a t-ball team for the first time this year to give her a chance to just be a normal kid. She looks and acts like a normal, energetic kid most of the time.
The past couple of weeks have been an exception. Sadie fatigues easily and has a harder time getting getting her energy back. It's taken us a while to figure this out. Her blood work shows that her body is currently fighting an illness that makes her tired. We have simplified her life as much as possible. This week, we've stayed home, painted, read, played quietly, watched more TV than usual and played on the computer. She's also taken long naps daily. I am sad to see her withdrawn and not be able to help her. We are hoping that by keeping her activities calm, her body will be better able to fight off infection and prevent a trip back to the hospital.
But... back to happier things, last week Rebecca, our Make-A-Wish friend came to let us know that Sadie's wish has been approved. Once Sadie's healthier, our family will get to travel to Florida to Disney World and Harry Potter Land. There is a village called Give Kids The World just for kids with life threatening illnesses to stay at. The kids can eat ice cream for free all day long. They can look at animals on a safari and ride a merry-go-round. We are hoping this will help heal some of the hurt our children all feel. Officially, Sadie's wish is to take pictures of the princesses. She is constantly swiping my camera to take pictures. I guess Alyssa is following in Sadie's footsteps. She took 83 pictures and videos the other day. We knew it was her by the many, many shots of her face as she tried to figure out what she was doing.
|Sadie T-ball Champ|
Hiking at Cress Creek
|Remember how she's supposed to stay away from mountain lions? How about saber tooth tigers... are they okay?|
|Hanging out with some awesome cousins|
|Looking for fossils|
|Hanging out with some of our favorite people|
|Kiss a frog and make a wish|
|Our baby boy's one-- when did that happen?|
|Has this cute girl ever had a clean face?|
|Sadie snuggling with her doll|
|Everybody loves a parade|
|Fourth of July Smiles|
|Celebrate good times|
Thank you to so many people for praying for our family and helping us in so many ways. We are very grateful. I've thought a lot today about a family I've never met. Actually, the only thing I know about them is that somewhere, six months ago, another person's death allowed my six year old the chance to live. I've cried for this family today. I'm grateful for their sacrifice and sad for the pain they must feel so acutely at this anniversary date for their loved one. I am so grateful for their charity at the death of their family member. I wonder how one can ever adequately thank someone for allowing their child a chance to grow up.