The rain ALMOST spoiled our plans for today. It was pouring down rain this morning and I came pretty close to staying home instead of going to Church like I wanted. Seems like there’s always something holding me back, so I made the choice to go despite the rain. Besides, a little rain never hurt anyone, right?
Well, I am SO thankful I went! We went to PromiseLand Church in San Marcos just down the road from us. Joseph and I have been talking about going back to Church and with the move we finally decided now was the time. I spent some time researching churches nearby and found one we could try. Then, I remembered one of my very good friends had mentioned the Church she goes to now had a location South. When I learned it was in San Marcos, I visited the website and stumbled across the link for a blog the pastor set up for his special needs daughter, Made Meaningful. I read just about every post and the tears just kept streaming. I was so moved and so inspired, I knew this is the connection we needed to help us through this journey. As I mentioned in a previous blog [He qualifies the called], Joseph and I wholeheartedly believe God has been present in our lives since Braxton’s birth. It’s high time for us to re-connect with Him and thank Him for the many blessings bestowed upon us.
Got up, got dressed, got the kids dressed and off we went. The music was great, the sermon was great, the people were great. Aileen went to a class with other kids and Braxton stayed with me in Church. He did really well. Actually, fell asleep about halfway through. Lots of people stopped to comment on Braxton and how cute he was [it’s the eyelashes I tell ya. He’s gonna be a heartbreaker.] When I went to get Aileen from class, I noticed a sign…”Special Needs” above a classroom in the student center. I peeked in and saw the pastor’s wife and daughter. I was thrilled. Thrilled that a Church actually had a designated area for special needs children and thrilled to have the chance to speak to the pastor’s wife, Erica. As I told her how we found the Church and their story and told her about Braxton and our story, something just broke inside me and tears just started rolling. I have no idea why, but I just cried. I pulled myself together and spoke with her for a minute and met their 3 children and then we went back over to the Church to meet her husband, Pastor Robin. They are such nice people and I really look forward to being a part of the church and getting to know them and everyone there!
After Church, I promised to take Aileen to a fishing event, and it was so fun! It was sponsored by Core Health Alliance and they were raising money to actually build an accessible fishing pier on Lady Bird Lake to make fishing accessible for all. They had several community booths set up for information on making homes accessible and other fun things like Frozen yogurt stands, taco stand, local radio station booth, and of course an area for fishing. They had a large pool set up with catfish and allowed kids to try and catch the fish and then release them back in to the pool. Poor Aileen, it took FOR-EV-ERRRR!!! But, she finally caught a fish! She was so excited. Once the kids caught a fish there was a booth set up to give out fishing trophies and free fishing poles. You would have thought Aileen won a true fishing tournament. She was extremely excited to get a little ol’ plastic fish trophy. She had so much fun and to see her eyes light up with excitement really made it all worth it. It’s amazing how we as adults forget to be thankful for the little things.
Overall, it’s been a GREAT day! We’ve had so much fun this weekend! Now, to prepare for the week. Aileen has to get ready for school tomorrow and Braxton has a few appointments this week. Tomorrow we see GI to finally get the results from the Gastric Emptying Scan and hopefully some more answers as to why Brax isn’t eating. Wednesday we follow up with the ENT to check on Braxton’s ear tubes and then we see the Orthopedic doctor for the first time to rule out any hip/spine issues that could cause any issues later on. Check back for updates and hope you all have a great week too!! 🙂