We had a special Father’s Day yesterday…we took advantage of Gma Jo being here and left Rudy home with her while the rest of us went to church together (we missed Rudy and Gma but it sure is alot easier to maneuver through a crowd without Rudy and his gear). We stopped for, you guessed it, In ‘n Out for lunch afterwards and took it home to enjoy a patio picnic. Rolf got a patio lounger for Father’s Day and was ordered to sit in it with a good book for a bit of the afternoon. He felt pretty guilty “wasting” a perfectly good “house project” day until he was reminded of the numerous weekends at the hospital when he longed for a lazy Sunday at home! After a fun, family walk around Lake Los Carneros to feed the ducks and climb trees, we feasted on bbq’d tri tip, veggies and Gma’s yummy potatoes. We have a lot to celebrate in Rolf…his humor, playful spirit, faith, physical strength and sensitive creativity all translate into the way he parents and the kids are all able to articulate why they appreciate their dad. Max definitely appreciates his dad’s playfulness, Olivia told me as she made her dad a card how much she loves her daddy’s rose garden (she delights in the roses he cuts for her to brighten up her room) and Wilson finds security in Rolf’s support. I fell in love with Rolf all over again when he became a dad for the first time…and then again with each addition! How grateful I am to be partnering with him on this road called “parenthood”.
Feeding ducks on Father’s Day
So, today is the start of another week and Rudy had his first therapy session with Gwen from the Regional Center. It was a great session…Rudy lasted a whole hour, however, Gwen and I are convinced he played possum 30 minutes into the session. After an exercise he clearly did not like to do, he closed his eyes and froze for a minute. When we stopped talking, he peeked to see if Gwen was still around! Ha Ha He’s no dumby!! Rudy is starting off with two sessions a week and I’m encouraged he’ll make fast progress…evenmore with therapists Max and Wilson around. The boys took note of the “games” Gwen played with Rudy and she encouraged them to work with him too…needless to say, Rudy responds pretty enthusiastically when the other kids are involved!
Thanks to Greg Lawler, we have some pics to post from the dedication…stills certainly don’t do the whole evening justice but, once again, Greg’s ability to capture an experience is evident. We treasure the time in our hearts and are deeply grateful for all that God has done in Rudy’s life so far.
A BIG Thank You to Santa Barbara Community Church for hosting our evening, the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Women’s Auxiliary for the yummy reception, the program participants and our guests for making the evening so rich and all of our “far away” family and friends who were there in spirit. Our hearts truly are full!