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>> Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Seriously? Has it been seven months since I posted here? So much has happened in that time frame that it would take multiple posts to cover it all. I’m going to go the easy route and do a recap.

JUNE: The Man and I celebrated our 16th wedding anniversary by taking a road trip with the kids. We went to the home office of Canine Companions for Independence to take part in a personal interview, one of the steps required to obtain a service dog for Monkey Boy. Glad to say, we passed! We are now in the waiting phase and are hoping to be in training with a dog by August 2013. I also sprained my ankle in June. I’m so graceful. I join Curves, and within the first month, I’m injured. Not easy to use the leg machines with an ankle brace. 

Me with The Man, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Ken Tada
JULY: Road trip! The four of us went to Family Retreat put on by Joni and Friends, a well-known disabilities ministry founded by Joni Eareckson Tada. What a blessing that was! We got to spend five glorious days in a camp atmosphere, surrounded by people who understood what it was like to live with disabilities. It was, in many ways, better than Disneyland-- a little slice of heaven on earth. Each of the boys had “short term missionaries” assigned to them, who spent most of each day hanging out with them. Monkey Boy was so active that they gave him three. The Man and I were treated to a date night, and I got a massage during the spa day. We’re definitely going back this year.

AUGUST: I skipped my 20 year class reunion. How’s that for school spirit? And on the school front, DSguy started junior high. That still floors me. Does this mark the beginning of fogeydom for us?

SEPTEMBER:  I auditioned for and was cast in a local production of Annie. Let the rehearsals begin!

OCTOBER:  We celebrated DSguy’s birthday with a sleepover. All night with a bunch of junior high boys. We’re nuts. We also had a much-anticipated visit from Grandpa and Grandma. October was a good month.

Me as a blonde for Annie
NOVEMBER:  Annie officially opened, complete with standing ovation. Couldn’t ask for more. Also exciting, but significantly less pleasant, was the hit and run done on our pickup truck. We think it was hit by a drunk. Sigh. Eleven something at night, we hear a thud, and go out to find the driver’s side dented up and the mirror ripped clean off.

DECEMBER: Exhausted and exhilarated, I said goodbye to the Annie cast. We had a good run, and topped it off by riding on a float in the town’s Lighted Tractor Parade. A few days later, we had a little scare that landed me in the ER. I was having chest pains and my blood pressure was too high, so in we went. Thankfully, my heart was fine. It turned out to be GERD. Man, I never realized how utterly painful that stuff really is. Since then, I have been on what I call the “bland and blah” diet. If I like eating it, I probably can’t have it. The worst part is…no chocolate! I did find out that I could eat cheesecake, though, so I have been consuming mass quantities. 

Christmas was quiet and mostly uneventful, which was a nice change of pace. We also celebrated Monkey Boy’s birthday. He wasn’t particularly interested in opening his presents, so I ended up doing it for him. He’d rather get down to the nitty gritty of playing with his new loot. None of this wrapping paper business, thank-you-very-much. 

That brings us up to date. Happy 2013! Did you make any resolutions this year? I didn’t. I resolve to not stress myself out by resolving to do stuff. My only goal is to take things a day at a time.


Joanne Sher January 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM  

Wow, Kristi. What a BUSY, crazy time! So glad to hear about the service dog possibilities, the Joni and friends camp experience, and Annie (a favorite musical of mine :)).

My oldest entered middle school this fall. And yeah. - I'm now officially old. Join the crowd LOL.

So glad the health stuff wasn't as serious as it could be. I didn't make resolutions, but I do have a few writing-related goals (as usual LOL). Check out my blog if you really are interested :)

Naomi January 9, 2013 at 6:06 PM  

I had so much fun with Monkey Boy and he blessed me immensely! I can't wait to see you guys at camp this summer. Sounds like you had lots of fun being in Annie :)

Barbara Lynn Culler February 22, 2013 at 5:11 AM  

I just came across your post and wanted to comment about Family Retreat. So awesome you got to go! I was a short term missionary in 2000 and loved it! I was in charge of a 11 year old boy who was in a wheelchair and had a trach and was nonverbal but he had a ball. Joni and ken are awesome people. It was hard work and I spent my vacation time doing it, but so worth it. I have physical limitations that prevent me from doing it nowadays, but it was a most memorable experience!

Kristi Peifer February 27, 2013 at 2:21 PM  

Joanne--Thanks for reading! Even after months and months, I can count on you to keep up with me. :)

Naomi--You were truly a blessing to us! Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

Barbara--So wonderful that you got to serve with Joni and Friends! Monkey Boy is nonverbal, too. He had a good ol' time!

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