Full Hearts

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Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day!

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
Feeding ducks on Father’s Day

 

Climbing trees on Father's Day

Climbing trees 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.

Program passer-outers Livy and Max

Program passer-outers Livy and Max

 

Program anyone?

Program anyone?

 

Cheerful greeter

Cheerful greeter

 

"Guestbook"

"Guestbook"

 

a word of thanks from Rolf

a word of thanks from Rolf

 

A moment of worship

A moment of worship

 

Wilson keeping the beat!

Wilson keeping the beat!

 

A message from Walter H.

A message from Walter H.

 

A word from Bob D.

A word from Bob D.

 

Dedication

Dedication

 

Special music from Marlin and Grace

Special music from Marlin and Grace

 

Reception fun

Reception fun

 

Full Hearts

Full Hearts

 

'Slept through the whole thing!

'Slept through the whole thing!

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!
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7 Responses to “Full Hearts”

  1. Bonnie Lisama Says:

    What a wonderful day! Loved the Rolf and kids photo, such a great Fathers Day shot. Loved all the rest as well. So thankful that Rudy is doing well and getting stronger. Can’t wait to see you all again.
    Prayers, hugs amd kisses from the Lisama’s.

  2. Logan, Kaelee, Emma, Brett and Rayme Says:

    I was so sad we could not attend the dedication. We were there in spirit. I am glad to read all is going well. The photos are great too!! xoxo Go Rudy Go!!

  3. Dawn Bettencourt Says:

    thank you for sharing what a very special day Rudy had, Nick’s Grandma

  4. the Zambranos Says:

    So bummed we missed it. Looked like a wonderful ceremony! Thanks for all the pictures too. Can’t believe Wilson is really on drums! WOW! All that Guitar hero is paying off. HA HA.

  5. Uncle Steve Says:

    Great pics!! Thanks for posting them. Rudy is looking awfully grown up…amazing what lovin’ and real food can do!! Enjoy your Grandma time!

    Love you!

  6. Lynn Green Says:

    It was wonderful looking at the pictures from the dedication. I felt like I was there. Thanks for always keeping us updated. I love the Geyling family. Bless you all.

  7. Ann Dokken Says:

    What a blessing to “be” at the dedication thorugh these pictures!!!
    I’m so thankful Marlin and Grace were there to sing for you all!
    Wish we could have been there too, but the pics really help.
    It is also good to see so many at home/normal pictures. What
    a joy that Rudy is at home with his brothers & sister & parents & grandpar.
    all together! God’s blessings to you!!!
    Love, Ann for the clan

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