The unusually wet and cooler weather we’ve had this winter broke and we’re enjoying spring in full force around here. Olivia snapped these pretty pics on a walk to see the ducks this weekend…
Lake Los Carneros
Life has picked up in full force as well with a bunch of school events and evening commitments…it’s good to be busy and in the midst of it all, Rudy just goes with the flow. Rudy had his monthly cardiology appointment a week ago Friday with Dr. Harake and things remain the same. Many have inquired whether or not Rudy’s new pulmonary hypertension drugs are making a difference and that’s just not something we’ll be able to detect in his routine echocardiograms. Dr. Harake confirmed that we’ll have to schedule another heart cath at some point before we can proceed. And so, we all wait as expected…but in the meantime, Rudy is not far from everyone’s mind down at UCLA as Dr. Harake told me that when he’s introduced to someone new in the ICU now, he’s introduced as “Rudy’s Doctor”! How cute is that!!!
We are grateful for this time, though, and see it as our window of opportunity to take the family back to Kansas over spring break to see my family. This has been my heart’s desire ever since Rudy was born and my Dad was diagnosed with brain cancer. The plan was to go after Rudy recovered from the Glenn but with it being pushed back as far as it has, even Rudy’s doctors feel like now is the time. They have given us the greenlight to go as long as we don’t fly so we’re renting a RV and plan to hit the road next week for what will, no doubt, prove to be a memorable family adventure! I’m both nervous and excited and consider it a real gift to be making this family trip WITH Rudy! Stay tuned….
As I was busy organizing Rudy’s medical supplies for the trip, the big kids asked if they could borrow Rudy’s wagon to which I said “yes” assuming they were going to use it to give each other a ride or collect treasures of some kind…it wasn’t until “after the fact” that Rolf and I found out about the natural progression of BMX stunt tricks happening in our cul-de-sac…I suppose I should pay more attention should the children ask to borrow both the wagon AND Rudy next time!
Shortly after the filming of this video, Olivia made another donation to “Locks of Love”…a cool, summer look to coincide with the warmer temps:
Another indication that time is marching on…summer will be here before we know it!
Speaking of time marching on, our soon-to-be 13 year old is becoming a young man…Wilson participated in a 30 hour fast with his church youth group this weekend to bring awareness to hunger and poverty in the world today. During the “30 Hour Famine”, the kids walked through the neighborhood collecting canned goods for local families in need, built a food pantry in our church library, served dinner to the homeless at the Rescue Mission and slept outside in cardboard boxes. I kind of braced myself for him to come home tired and grumpy after the challenge of the famine but instead he came home clearly moved by the experience, energized and upbeat. At one point, the group watched a video about kids in need in Africa and Wilson said he couldn’t help but think about Rudy and how he probably wouldn’t have survived if he had been born in a place like he saw in the video. So true…how truly blessed we are and how very much we have to share! A powerful lesson for Wilson this weekend that I pray helps shape in him a lifetime of giving!
Road trip? What's a road trip?
"This is funny, Mommy"
"Where's my paci?"
"Can I take my paci?"
Okay, I’m off to do a little packing…