Today we went to Southerndown for a picnic. As it was too cold and windy to eat outside, we ate in the car. It was a bit awkward, especially feeding Asa, but it was an adventure! After our picnic, we thought we would move the car nearer to the beach, but it wouldn’t start. Some kind people helped up push it and Jon got it going again. Afraid that it wouldn’t start again, we decided to keep the car running and one of us stay in the car with Asa (it was freezing!) while the other took Emelia on the beach. Jon went out first and then we swapped. The sun was setting as we were walking on the beach. Sunsets and beaches are made for each other, like jelly and ice cream, hands and gloves, salt and vinegar – like Jon and I, and our two children. We just all go together.
Today has been a lovely day, just the four of us spending quality time together, eating and laughing together and making memories… A great way to start the year! The rest of January will be busy – Asa has ten appointments, some of which are the new ‘Speak and Learn’ communication / speech therapy group for children with Down’s syndrome starting in a couple of weeks. Other appointments include ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat specialist) for Asa’s stridor, audiology review (MAP – multi-agency planning), Portage (psychology / child development service), Community Paediatrician, and physiotherapy to name a few!
We are looking forward to seeing what God will bring in 2013. We are feeling positive about the future – we’ve definitely ‘turned the corner’ and life is a lot less scary (for now!). We are counting our blessings and praising God for his goodness and faithfulness this far, and which we know will continue always.
Happy New Year, friends!