Our miracle boy is 12!

Originally posted on Believing for Ben:
Grandson Ben celebrated his 12th birthday this week, and I was so glad I was able to make the trip last weekend to watch him play in a soccer match and to celebrate early with him. Ben does not remember anything at all about his health problems as a…

American Red Squirrel

American Red Squirrels are characterized by their bushy, dark red tails and their white eye circles. This one was spotted at the bird feeder at my cousin’s vacation home in western North Carolina. However, none of us had ever seen a Red Squirrel before. Where I lived in northern Indiana for many years, the squirrels…

Changing colors

Watching the changing colors of the blooms on my Flowering Quince bushes has been interesting this year, especially in light of the freezing rain and snow we’ve had since they first began to bloom for the season. The Flowering Quince that bloomed in January was a fuchsia color at first… Two months later it is…

WordPress problems

I have been having a terrible time with WordPress. After much research and trying several solutions, I decided the problem might be within the theme itself. So I changed the theme and spent forever getting the widgets the way I wanted them. Then I found the answer to my problem and changed the theme back…

Beginning another school year: Ben is in middle school

Originally posted on Believing for Ben:
Another school year began yesterday (on a Friday), and our miracle boy is now in a different school. Ben is now in grade six which, along with grades seven and eight, comprise what in my day was called junior high school but now is middle school. Ben with his…

Our miracle boy won his school’s top honor!

Originally posted on Believing for Ben:
Seven years after his first brain surgeries, grandson Ben has won his school’s top award. Last week, the day before school was out for the summer, Ben was named Mr. Westside in an awards ceremony in which he also received other recognitions. We are so very proud of him!…

Happy 11th birthday, Ben!

Originally posted on Believing for Ben:
Our miracle boy turned 11 last week and had an outdoor party last Saturday, attended by family, friends and neighbors. I was able to drive the two and a half hours to be there for the entire weekend, but taking photos took a back seat to enjoying the day.…

It’s baseball season

Originally posted on Believing for Ben:
If it’s Spring it must be baseball season. Baseball is just one of the sports Ben plays, and our hind catcher of five years ago now plays first base and also is becoming a good pitcher. I was able to see one of his games last week when I…

Facing Fears & Jumping Off Docks

Originally posted on Sweet Peach:
While recently at the lake (see my previous post, “Lake Life”), my 10 year old son, and his cousin of the same age, decided to try jumping from the second story of the dock. Don’t worry, the dock was designed for this, with a special gate opening up at the…