Happy Easter! Wait…I mean, Merry Christmas?

Either Christmas came early for Rudy this year or the Easter Bunny has a HUGE basket in which to carry his goodies because Rudy hit the jackpot this week…so much so that even the big kids expressed feeling a little jealous!  Thanks to the Manning family and the dear folks at Kisses from Katie, Rudy was gifted his very own IPad with accessories and adapted therapy tricycle!!!

Apparently, a boy + an IPad = a big smile
Apparently, a boy + an IPad = a big smile
It didn't take long for Rudy to master peddling AND stirring!  He made his way around the high school track TWICE - a 1/2 mile - on his third venture out on his custom trike.  Amazing!!!
It took Rudy all of a 1/2 day to master peddling AND steering at the same time! On Day 3, he made his way around the high school track TWICE – a 1/2 mile.   Amazing!!!

We are deeply grateful to Kisses from Katie for choosing to bless Rudy so generously with equipment that is not only therapeutic and practical but also SO MUCH FUN!!!  The day after we got Rudy’s bike, Max, Olivia and I were on our bikes riding around in circles with Rudy in our cul-de-sac and for the first time EVER, we caught a vision of our family going on a bike ride alongside Rudy in our neighborhood.  It sounds simple and mundane but for a kid who couldn’t keep his feet on the peddles of a bike less than a week ago, it’s a miracle to see him riding independently with the extra support and peddle straps on his Rifton trike!  And for a kid who doesn’t have the fine motor skills to control a pencil or manipulate a computer screen with a mouse, it’s a miracle to watch him effortlessly navigate touch screen technology and play alphabet games on an IPad!  We are confident this equipment will help Rudy progress developmentally in addition to bring him great joy.  Thank you Kisses from Katie…thank you Alan and Vickie…thank you sweet Katie Manning whose precious life we are reminded of every day! We are humbled!!

Thank you, too, for the sweet comments and prayers and expressions of encouragement I’ve received since my last blog post!  It’s definitely a daily challenge to keep things in perspective but the outpouring of love and encouragement is certainly a blessing.  Having a week off from school and therapy and dr. appts this week has been good for my soul…wish we could extend spring break just a little bit longer.  🙂

Here are a few more highlights from the past couple of weeks…

A visit with cousin Josh from Alabama helped kick off the official start of spring with lots of laughs and tackles!
A visit with cousin Josh from Alabama helped kick off the official start of spring with lots of laughs and tackles!
Max and Rudy deep in car ride conversation.
Max and Rudy deep in car ride conversation.
Wilson's late night return from a college visit…1st stop?  Steal a hug from a sleeping Rudy.
Wilson’s late night return from a college visit…1st stop? Steal a hug from a sleeping Rudy.
Kyle's Kitchen is becoming quite the neighborhood hangout…We ran not into Rudy's big buddy, Natalie, from school and, of course, Kyle and his sister during our last visit!  Yum!!!
Kyle’s Kitchen is becoming quite the neighborhood hangout…We ran into Rudy’s big buddy, Natalie, from school and, of course, Kyle and his sister during our last visit! Yay!!!
It was "all hands on deck" yesterday for the SBRM Easter Feast.  Wilson, Max, Olivia, SBRM staffer Olivia and two guests created an impromptu worship team that rocked it in the courtyard!...
It was “all hands on deck” yesterday for the SBRM Easter Feast. Wilson, Max, Olivia, SBRM staffer Olivia and two guests created an impromptu worship team that rocked it in the courtyard!…
Rudy entertained the guests on the other side of the courtyard with his game of hide & seek with SBRM staffer Jill!
Rudy entertained the guests on the other side of the courtyard with his game of hide & seek with SBRM staffer Jill!

Well, I guess it’s time to get ready for our Good Friday service at church.  I’m grateful for the special emphasis of Holy Week in the Christian calendar…from Palm Sunday to Maundy Thursday to Good Friday and then Easter…focusing on Christ’s willingness to suffer on my behalf certainly helps put my struggles into perspective…light and momentary in the eternal scheme of things for sure.  🙂  May your struggles feel a little less daunting today too.  Many Blessings to you dear friends.

10 thoughts on “Happy Easter! Wait…I mean, Merry Christmas?

  1. How wonderful, makes me all warm inside to see that beautiful smile.
    Thanks Trish for keeping us always into your happenings

  2. Happy Easter to a beautiful God filled family. Rudy’s smile is infectious . Holy Week puts all difficulties into perspective. You are challenged and handle it with Gods grace. We’re in awe! God bless, Jane & Joe

  3. Love the happy! So glad Rudy was super-blessed and that you can all ride together!!! (would have loved to have heard that impromptu jam!)

  4. Trish, Happy Easter to you and your precious family through out the year! You and yours bring blessings that are far-reaching!!! Much love! Melani

  5. Hi, To Rudy!
    I subbed at Franklin School and was blessed to spend time with Rudy there; my boys and I met Rudy the first time at a Rescue Mission holiday event (as we’d been volunteering there for a month). Rudy continues to be an inspiration and is one of the strongest-minded person’s I’ve met— a survivor who pushes on and on… An awesome example of humanity.
    Thank you for posting so regularly. A true comfort to see his wonderful progress!! Blessings :-)))

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