Much To Celebrate!

The adjustment to Wilson being away at school continues but we haven’t had much time to be sad as there has been much to celebrate in the past two weeks…

our girl turned the big 1-3 last week…

LOVE this soccer playing, cross country running, DIY project making, nurturing and God loving goofball!!
LOVE this soccer playing, cross country running, DIY project making, nurturing and God loving goofball!!

…Rolf spoke at Westmont College…click here for the link to the video recording.

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…and we concluded our summer o’ weddings this past weekend with the wedding of our goddaughter Maya in Santa Rosa!  😉

Woo Hoo!
Woo Hoo!
Congratulations Maya and Rob!!! P.S. This picture was taken the moment Maya heard Stanford beat USC! Ha
Congratulations Maya and Rob!!! P.S. This picture was taken the moment Maya heard Stanford beat USC! Ha
Rudy dancing with the groom!
Rudy dancing with the groom!
Rudy getting acquainted with the bride's brand new niece...Baby Evie!
Rudy getting acquainted with the bride’s brand new niece…Baby Evie!
Rudy the Baby Whisperer
Rudy the Baby Whisperer
It's only fitting we stopped quick enough to take a pic of the Golden Gate Bridge on our way home from celebrating with the DiRados...Maya's dad was the best man at our wedding and Maya's mom was the one to suggest Rolf propose to me on top of the GGB! Ha ha
It’s only fitting we stopped to take a quick pic of the Golden Gate Bridge on our way home from celebrating with the DiRados…Maya’s dad was the best man at our wedding and Maya’s mom was the one to suggest Rolf propose to me on top of the GGB! Ha ha
Right there on the tippy, tippy top of the south tower!!!
Right there on the tippy, tippy top of the south tower!!!

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It definitely does my heart good to get out of my world from time to time and connect face to face with dear friends from long ago…not only is it refreshing but it helps put things I’m dealing with in perspective a little bit.  I think when you are living with a chronic illness or long term stressful situation, it’s easy to forget what life was like (what YOU were like) before the challenges.  It’s especially true for me in Santa Barbara.  Because Rudy was born within a year of our family moving to SB, our community here doesn’t really know our family BR (Before Rudy) and I’m not really known apart from being a wife and mother…especially as it relates to Rudy.  It’s not a bad thing particularly just more evident to me after nostalgic getaways like the quick trip up north we had this weekend.  It’s both fun and sad to be reminded of simpler times.

We also had Rudy’s Back-to-School Night this past week.  We continue to be blessed by his positive attitude toward school.  Thanks to Nurse Viviana, we get to catch a glimpse into his day from time to time…

Rudy listening in circle time
Rudy listening in circle time
Sorting fun
Sorting fun
Rudy helping a classmate during a transition. ;)
Rudy helping a classmate during a transition. 😉
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Rudy’s “All About Me” Poem.

Miss A. has noticed a surge in Rudy’s capacity to learn and in his eagerness to learn since school has resumed…he’s made so much progress that she is recommending his IEP meeting be moved up to October sometime to update his goals!  This is an encouragement for sure and definitely worthy of adding to the list of things to celebrate!  🙂

11 thoughts on “Much To Celebrate!

  1. It makes my heart so happy to be able to read your posts. To see your fun times with your family. I miss seeing that smiling face of Rudy. Give him many hugs and kisses for me.
    You are all such an awesome family.

  2. I loved the picture of Rudy helping another student. He is definitely a Geyling, passing on the legacy of love he has received from his family and friends!

  3. So wonderful to hear this great news. I am looking forward to hearing more of Rudy’s progress. There certainly is much to celebrate, including your past! It is great you could reconnect with your ‘PR’ life and LOVE the sort-of-reenactment of the engagement. Keep it coming.

  4. Oh, how I loved this post! So glad good things are continuing to happen for you and your family, Trish. And I SO GET that funny piece about not being known in this community for all of who you are. Oh, my, yes. No one here knew my children. No one here knew my seminary stories. No one here knew that I ran my own floral business. No one here knew me. And in some ways, that is still true. Much better, of course. But still. . . so much of life happens away from here. We love it and have chose to remain here post-retirement, but old friends and connections are strong and important. So glad you got to experience that, dear Trish. So glad.

  5. Aw! Yes, there were simpler times….and they will come again! So glad you had a mini-vacation….love your “heart in the tunnel.” Can we hear Rolf’s Westmont talk?? I’ll check on their website. Happy Birthday to the young lady of the family!!! (One beautiful girl inside and out!) Rudy and his robots….how fun!!

    1. Gracie! I just added a link to a video of Rolf’s talk in the post above Rolf’s picture! Can’t believe I didn’t think of adding it originally!!! 🙂 Thanks for asking…

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