It's a rare occurrence these days that we all get to be in the same place at the same time. I was as pleased as punch to have every one in the car together a few Sundays ago as we travelled to hear a friend preach at his church plant. I love church plants.
We're just a few weeks away from another kid in our family graduating from high school. This school year has flown by with all of the fancy bells and whistles that the senior year brings. Riley skipped his senior prom in exchange for a backpacking trip with his buddies, completing the Art Loeb Trail. He'll graduate in few weeks walking across that same stage his brother did just two years ago. Then he'll head off to work for the Summer and move on to college in the Fall.
If you look closely in the picture you'll notice big brother in a sling and little sister in a leg cast. These two both managed to end up in the orthopedic office on the same day, but for totally different reasons. Jordan dislocated his shoulder playing football with the guys. He's healed up lickety-split. Keeks had some inflammation on her growth plate in her foot from gymnastics. After a few months of trying various things to reduce the inflammation, they decided to cast it for a few weeks and see if that would do the trick. We're now one week away from being cast free, and we can hardly wait! While she has enjoyed all of the cast signing parties, we're ready to be able to toss this kid in the tub in the evenings without it taking a tag-team of assistants.
In just a few days, we'll return to Emory for a check-up on Riley's eyes. We don't anticipate any problems or surprises in that area. We are eager to ask about the possibility of Riley receiving some vision therapy. There will be some requirements of his eyes to be able to participate and we'll depend on Riley's retina specialist to evaluate his eye and make the decision on whether or not his eyes (right eye especially) will be up to the challenge. Ideally, this is something we would have sought out before he left the nest, but perhaps God's timing is in this. We should know more soon, and we're excited about that. I'll update soon.
God is good, all the time!