Monday, December 27, 2010

Great Christmas!!

We had a great Christmas!!! So sad that it is already over. Looking forward to hopefully going up to play in the snow this weekend though:) Enjoy the pics!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Merry Christmas!

This week Luke had his school program. It was a really cute program called "The Little Snowflake." Basically the message was all snowflakes are special...quite the appropriate message for his class:) So Luke, in true Luke form was trying to be the program clown. He was quite amusing to watch at times. Here are some of his crazy antics: shining the flashlight in the eyes of those next to him when he was supposed to be shining it up, moving the parachute up and down really fast so all the snow would fall on him, and at the end deciding it would be cute to use the bird! Luckily, he did not do that yesterday when they performed for the school. As I watched him though, I couldn't help but be amazed at how much he used his left hand, and how far he has come there. Here are some pics of the program:

He did really good with this song carrying out the motions..above he is doing love.

Then here are some overdue pictures from Luke's bowling in the Special Olympics tournament. He has been lucky at school because about every other Friday he was been able to go bowling. He loved it too!

With his medal after the tournament.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas. Remember it is not about the gifts we open or the jolly man in the red suit. It is about a baby born in a manager for us. Because of Him I know that even if it never happens on Earth, someday my son will be healed in Heaven! Thank you again SO much for following Luke's journey this year!

Monday, December 13, 2010

On the Move!

Time for a funny Luke story! This weekend my in-laws were in town to visit. They had left to do some shopping and Mike and Lynsey were gone to softball practice, so the house was pretty quiet! I went out front to take their dog to the bathroom, I turned and looked at the front door and there was Luke! He had scooted from our family room and was making his escape out the front door. I brought him back into the family room, and went into the kitchen to put away dishes. I heard the garage door open and walked to see who was there. was Luke!! He was sitting there opening the garage door. I asked him if he was trying to run away, and he just laughed. I brought him back once again to watch TV in the family room, the next thing I hear is paper ripping. He had made it to the tree and was opening gifts. Little stinker! So, I brought him back to the TV, and told him to sit still until I was finished. Never thought that would be something I would be telling him:) We always like to see him wanting to get somewhere though, so not complaining one bit!

The craziness of the holidays has begun, now if the weather would just cool down a bit. This week Luke's class has a Christmas program at school, so hopefully I will have some pics to post of that. Thanks for checking in:)

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you that continue to follow us on this journey! We are so thankful that Luke continues to progress, glory be to God. His left hand has been doing some great things lately. We are thankful for our family and friends who help us out so much. We are thankful for Luke and his amazing fighting spirit. We are thankful for all of Luke's therapists and teachers who believe in him! I have reached a point in this journey where I can truly say, ""Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus." [1 Th 5:18]. While I would love for Luke to be healed tomorrow, I am thankful for all this journey has both taught and brought to us. I know this is right where God wants us all to be, and I know he has a plan that is far greater than any I can imagine or fathom. I just thank Him for continuing to bless us with Luke and ask that He would continue to guide us in His will for Luke. Thank you all for sticking by us these last three and a half years...may you all have a Blessed Thanksgiving day!!

Thanks to Tami Proffitt Photography for the great pics:
Love that smile!!

Our three blessings!

With their cousins from my side, minus Baby T who made her debut just a few days ago (congrats to Rusty and Allyson!)

"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Oct Happenings

October is out like a flash, and November is already here! Busy, Busy, Busy continues to be the theme in our house, and I am not sure when (or if) I want that to change:) We had a great Halloween are some pics of Luke in action!

Trick or Treat

Loves animals!

At Schnepf Farms raising his hand to be chosen to yell at the pig races.

These next few weeks we are asking for prayers as we are sending in Luke's medical records to see if he would be a candidate for two relatively new and experimental procedures in the brain injury world. Pray that God will lead and direct us if it in his plan that Luke have either one of these done. Hopefully we will hear back from the doctors in a timely manner if he qualifies. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

At Peace

I started reading a new book last night by Karen Kingsbury called Unlocked. It is about a boy with Autism. One of the lines in the book really spoke to my heart. It was this: My child, you don't have to fight this battle...stand firm and you will see the deliverance. The battle is mine, not yours. I have been thinking for sometime now how for the last three years I have spent so much time searching for the next best thing that will make Luke "better." Some things have worked, some have not. I think I have come to the point in this journey where it is time to hand it all over to God. I know in a second if it is His will, He can chose to make Luke better. He knows the plans he has for Luke, and I have said from day one of this journey...they are GOOD! There is no doubt in my mind there was a reason that gate fell on Luke that day, and someday I will know why. So with that being said, I am done searching out the next best thing, what is meant to be will be, and if we are meant to do something with Luke then we will be lead down that path. Now this does not mean I am giving up all the therapies, but we are going to slow down somewhat. Luke loves going to school, and I know his teachers and aides believe in him, despite some behavior issues he has every now and then. So we will let him go to school like a normal kid, and concentrate on the speech and water therapy for now a few days a week. I am excited to say, we also have someone coming in a few afternoons a week to do some "homework" with Luke. I am very excited to have her coming, and think she will be great for Luke. So many people that look at Luke say he has everything it takes as far as mechanics go to be walking and talking. More than anything, Luke has to want it for it to happen. I can want it until I am blue in the face, but until he does we are getting nowhere. I have followed many, many kids on this journey with brain injuries. Some make miraculous improvements, others not so much, in the end, I can't really say I can attribute it to any one thing other than God's will. According to Jeremiah 29:11, He knows the plans he has for each of us, they are plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. May God's will be done in Luke. Thank you for continuing to follow his journey and pray for him!

Friday, September 24, 2010


Once again...sorry for the lack of updates. Time just goes WAY TOO FAST!!! I seriously can not believe it is almost October!!! Anyway, Luke is doing great! He is still loving going to school. He gets to go bowling every other Friday, and I think this may be his favorite day:) He does still have behavior issues on occasion, but they seem to be getting better. We met with his speech therapist earlier this week, and she had some great suggestions for how to help Luke when he goes into what we call Luke #2 mode. The majority of his frustration seems to be coming from his lack of ability to communicate what he wants, and the fact that I do too much for him. So, we are working hard on giving him more of a say and also letting him do more. He is still going to the Aqua Therapy. We are going to try it for another few weeks before making a final decision on that. He did have his best week ever over there this week, so that was good:) Thanks for continuing to check in!!

Thanks Summer for the great quote:

"This mountain was not placed in front of you to defeat you, but to show you the great heights you can rise to!" -Margaret Byars

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Brain Injury Assoc. Fundraiser

I wanted to pop on real quick to put something out there for Luke's Physical Therapist.

This is what he posted on facebook:

Hey everyone, I’m in a fundraiser for the brain injury assoc. most of you know that my mom suffered a brain injury and I work with a bunch of kids who also for fall into this category. click on the link and search for my name or team name if you would like to help out. the team name is “The Jive Turkeys”. if evryone one donated $1.00 it would be awesome. thanks a lot!
August 19 at 9:46pm · Like

PLEASE everyone! HELP this guy out! The team needs to raise $500! So easy to do if we all donated $1! Ummm… You will see I have not donated… Yet… And ummmm… Well… You have to have moola in the bank for your debit card to work… So He will get the change from my couch! =)

The funds raised goes DIRECTLY to the Brain Injury Association… Here is the direct link to his team… PLEASE donate to THE JIVE TURKEYS or they will not get the credit…

Please copy and paste this in an email and spread the word! Must be done SOON!

Thanks for supporting a Non profit that helps out people like Luke!

Remember...every little bit helps so please help out if you can:) Greg has been great with Luke and lots of other kids too like:

An update on Luke next week:)

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Time Flies

The saying,"Time Flies" for sure applies this month! I have no idea where the month of August went other than it just flew by!!! We have been busy, busy, busy. Luke continues to like school, although he is still having some behavior issues. He does not like having to do the work that comes with school. I pray he learns he has to do it, and will be nice for his teachers and aides. He had a little better week last week, but not perfect. He ended the week with a field trip going bowling. They actually do this as part of Special Olympics every other Friday, and Luke seems to really enjoy it.

We are going to be switching up his therapy/trying new things for the month of September. We are going to try a therapy place that is right here in Queen Creek that offers water therapy. I took Luke for an eval a few weeks ago, and the PT there really felt Luke could benefit from it. He said one hour of water therapy is the same as doing 5-10 hours of regular therapy. Pray we see great gains from this, as it would help out so much if we can find a good place that is close to home. This place is 10 minutes from home verses the 45 minutes we now drive. We will be going three times per week for an hour a session, starting after Labor Day.

We had a great weekend up north picking blackberries! Here are some pics:

Luke and little Sis in the kids cabin.

Mike carrying Luke to go pick blackberries.

Luke picking berries and eating them!

Most favorite thing to do...dig in dirt and throw it.

Picking a flower for mom.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Follow up appt

Today Luke had his follow-up appointment with Dr. Manwaring to go over his MRI. He said Luke's shunt is working great! He continues to be impressed with the improvements Luke is still making to this day. He was amazed to hear Luke say, Hi, Bye, and Yeah to him. He said he has come a long way from when he first met him over 3 years ago in bed 7 at the Copa!! So to that we say, God is good, and we are surely blessed. You see, most of the medical community will tell you that when you have a brain injury, you can expect to see improvements for about two years, and then they will stop, you pretty much get what you have at that point. Here we are almost 3 1/2 years later and still getting improvements. Praise God!! I think this just shows that Luke is proof, that there should be no limitations set on what the brain can do because in the end, faith, determination, perseverance, and just plain old hard work will ALWAYS win matter what!

Luke continues to love school, and put up quite the fight today when I had to put him in the car to go to the appointment. He was having some behavior issues last week, so I pray those will go away. Honestly, I think he is realizing school is not going to be all about fun, there is going to be some work involved too:) Thanks for continuing to follow along and believe with us that there are great things in store for this boy!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Luke LOVES school!!

Well it is official...Luke LOVES being back in school! So much so, that he hates to leave school. We put him half day at school, so that he can still get all of his therapies in the afternoon. Well...he does not like leaving school one bit, and I have the pinch marks on my hand to prove it! So, this week we are starting with a big step (for me, not for Luke,) and he will be going to school all day on Mondays. In addition, he is now staying at school thru lunch on the other days. I am so happy that he loves school so much, and hope that it continues. I am hoping it will motivate him in other areas. Luke is the only student in his class in a wheelchair. I had recorded a video of Luke walking with his walker at therapy, and Luke was watching it with us. I asked him if he wanted to use his walker at school and he replied a loud Yeah! right away. So, we have made a new rule for Luke, no more wheelchair in the house, it stays outside. He is only allowed to use his walker in the house to get around. He did great today, pray that continues. Then hopefully he will become strong enough and his balance better so he will be able to use the walker at school. Thanks for your continued prayers!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

First Day of School!

Well I survived the first day of school. I know I was more nervous than the kids. Lynsey started Junior High and Luke was back to school for the first time since he was hurt. We went to meet the teacher night last night and I loved his teacher and all of the aides in his class. That helped to calm my nerves. This morning I stayed with him in class for a few hours to show them what he can do and how he moves/gets around when not in his wheelchair. I must say, it takes a special and very patient person to be a special ed teacher. God bless all of you that do this!! When I went to pick him up, he grabbed onto the table with both hands and did not want to leave. So, so far he loves it, and I really think it is going to be a positive thing for him!
In his desk at school, he was so excited to see this!

First day pics!

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

MRI Time

Luke had his annual MRI on Monday to check to make sure his shunt is working properly and his aneurysm is stable. He did great for the procedure. I always hate it because they have to put him to sleep to do the MRI. We have heard back from Dr. Manwaring, who monitors his shunt, who said all is well with the shunt. Now we just wait to hear from the other dr that monitors the aneurysm.

We are busy getting everything ready for Luke to go to school. He will meet his teacher on Tuesday afternoon. As it gets closer, the pit in my stomach gets bigger. I just pray it is a good thing. It is so hard to know how he is going to react knowing what school and the kids he was with before he was hurt was like and then how school and the kids he will be with now. I just hope he is accepted and not laughed and stared at by the kids who knew him before he was hurt. I received this email that sums up just how I want Luke to be accepted. I appreciate all your prayers for this transition, that it may be positive, and bring more restoration in Luke. Thanks!

At a fundraising dinner for a school that serves children with learning disabilities,
the father of one of the students delivered a speech that would never be forgotten
by all who attended. After extolling the school and its dedicated staff, he
offered a question: 'When not interfered
with by outside influences, everything nature does, is done with perfection. Yet my son, Shay,
cannot learn things as other children do. He cannot understand things as other children do.
Where is the natural order of things in my son?"

The audience was stilled by the query. The father continued. 'Ibelieve that when a child
like Shay, who was mentally and physically disabled comes into the world, an opportunity
to realize true human nature presents itself, and it comes in the way other people treat
that child."

Then he told the following story:

Shay and I had walked past a park where some boys Shay knew were playing baseball. Shay
asked, "Do you think they'll let me play?" I knew that most of the boys would not want
someone like Shay on their team, but as a father I also understood that if my son were
allowed to play, it would give him a much-needed sense of belonging and some confidence
to be accepted by others in spite of his handicaps.

I approached one of the boys on the field and asked (not expecting much) if Shay could
play. The boys looked around for guidance and said, "We're losing by six runs and the game
is in the eighth inning. I guess he can be on our team and we'll try to put him in to
bat in the ninth inning."

Shay struggled over to the teams bench and with a broad smile, put on a team shirt. I
watched with a small tear in my eye and warmth in my heart. The boys saw my joy at
my son being accepted. In the bottom of the eighth inning, Shay's team scored a few
runs but was still behind by three. In the top of the ninth inning, Shay put on a
glove and played in the right
field. Even though no hits came his way, he obviously was ecstatic just to be in
the game and on
the field, grinning from ear to ear as I waved to him from the stands. In the bottom of the
ninth inning, Shay's team scored again. Now, with two outs and the bases loaded,
the potential
winning run was on base and Shay was scheduled to be next at bat. At this juncture, do they
let Shay bat and give away their chance to win the game? Surprisingly, Shay was
given the bat.
Everyone knew that a hit was all but impossible because Shay didn't even know how to
hold the bat
properly, much less connect with the ball. However, as Shay stepped up to the plate,
the pitcher
recognizing that the other team was putting winning aside for this moment in
Shay's life, moved
in a few steps to lob the ball in softly so Shay could at least make contact. The first
pitch came and Shay swung clumsily and missed. The pitcher again took a few steps
forwards to
toss the ball softly towards Shay. As the pitch came in, Shay swung at the ball and
hit a slow
ground ball right back to the pitcher. The game would now be over. The pitcher picked
up the soft
grounder and could have easily thrown the ball to the first baseman. Shay would have
been out and
that would have been the end of the game. Instead, the pitcher threw the ball right
over the
first baseman's head, out of reach of all team mates. Everyone from the stands and
both teams
started yelling, 'Shay, run to first!' Never in his life had Shay ever run that far,
but he made
it to first base. He scampered down the baseline, wide-eyed and startled. Everyone
yelled, 'Run
to second, run to second!' Catching his breath, Shay awkwardly ran towards second,
gleaming and
struggling to make it tot he base. By the time Shay rounded towards second base,
the right
fielder had the ball, the smallest guy on their team who now had his first chance
to be the
hero for his team. He could have thrown the ball to the second-baseman for the
tag, but
he understood the pitcher's intentions so he too intentionally threw the ball
high and far
over the third-baseman's head. Shay ran toward third base as the runners ahead of him
circled the bases toward home.

All were screaming, 'Shay, Shay, Shay, all the Way Shay'

Shay reached third base because the opposing shortstop ran to help him by turning him
in the
direction of third base, and shouted, 'Run to third! Shay, run to third!'
As Shay rounded third, the boys from both teams, and the spectators,
were on their feet screaming, 'Shay, run home!
Shay ran to home, stepped on the plate, and was cheered as the hero who hit the grand slam
and won the game for his team. "That day," said the father softly with tears now rolling
down his face, "the boys from both teams helped bring a piece of true love and humanity
into this world."

Thank you Chloe for sharing this with Lynsey!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Busy, Busy, Busy

These pics show just a little of what Luke has been busy doing!!

Cousins in town visiting from New Mexico!

Swimming with Cousin Dylon. He wanted Mom out of the pool and for Dylon to help him around.
Opening presents during therapy! What a great motivator they were.

Luke with all of his cards...SO MANY OF THEM!!! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone that sent Luke a card on his birthday! He loved them:)
Opening the cards from the kids at Rockpoint Church.

Birthday Cake....Jimmie Johnson cake and Jimmie won the race on this bday to top it off!

Sparkler fun on July 4th

Playing with little sis!!

Luke has been doing GREAT in his therapies! My father in law took him yesterday and said all of his therapists were gave glowing reports on how good he is doing, especially with using his words. The speech therapist also called me and told me how well he did. She is very happy with the progress he is making and said he is right on target for slowly regaining his speech. This weekend he stayed with my in-laws. Nana asked Luke if he wanted Milk. He said, "yeah," but then took it one step further by sounding out "chocolate!!" So of course, chocolate milk it was and I think a banana split too for the good work:)

The countdown is on for school...three weeks from yesterday. I think as it gets closer the larger the pit in my stomach gets and the more nervous I get. I just pray it will be a good thing for Luke and his progress with continue to amaze us! Thanks for sharing this journey with us.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happy 10th Luke!

Ten years ago today,
A precious baby boy was born.
His parents named him Luke.
We never knew how much of an influence,
this little guy would have on each and every one of us.
He has changed many lives in so many ways.
What a blessing he is!
(Thanks to my grandma for the great poem above.)

A HUGE THANKS to everyone that has sent Luke cards...he has enjoyed opening them all. I think he has received over 100 so far...amazing!!

So today we will celebrate 10 incredible years. We will celebrate the fighting spirit and perseverance this boy has. We will celebrate the miracles we have witnessed along the way. We will celebrate answered prayers, and family and friends who have been there thru thick and thin. We will thank God for the 10 years we have been given, and pray for many more with lots of continued progress and restoration. Happy Birthday son...we love you more than you could ever know!!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010


Here is a video made of Luke (and his buddy Santana) getting Interactive Metronome from Dr. Compton:

Friday, June 18, 2010

Goodbye Tom!!

Today was a sad day for of Luke's most favorite therapists is moving to Montana. Tom has played such a HUGE part in Luke's recovery....especially with good old lefty. He has also made a difference in Luke's crawling, balance, writing, throwing, eating....and I could go on and on. Needless to say, we are very sad to see him go, but wish him well on his new endeavors in Montana. One of the last things he said to me today was in his client breakdowns he wrote for the person taking over for him, he told them no matter what, to always believe in the person they are working with. That was Tom, he believed in Luke, and it paid off. In the process he became Luke's friend. He would always say, "yeah," when I asked it he wanted to go see Tom. So to Tom we say..

One hundred years from now
It won't matter
What kind of car you drove
What kind of house you lived in
How much money you had in the bank
Nor what your clothes looked like
The world may be a little better
Because, you were important
In the life of a child.....our child...THANK YOU VERY MUCH!!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010


Wow! I didn't realize it had been so long since I have posted!! Luke has been one busy boy! They say lots of therapy after the stem cells, so no summer break here:( In addition to all of his normal therapies, we have added going to speech three times per week now and also a new therapy for Luke through his neuro-chiropractor called interactive metronome. Luke has only had five sessions of this so far, but I am amazed at how much better he is at doing it than the first time we started. Basically he just claps his hands and feet to a music beat. This stimulates new pathways in the brain. That of course is my very non-scientific description, but I think it is going to be great for him. You can read more at Dr. Compton is very knowledgeable and has TONS of ideas to help Luke. He is really working on his balance and core strengthening after the IM portion is done. Please pray all of these therapies and stem cells will bring more healing and restoration for Luke!! Mike's mom told me Luke had his best walking yet today at therapy, and his other therapists have been commenting on how much more vocal he has been we are on the right path!! Now if we could just move down this path a little faster. This was just what I needed to see yesterday...

"The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise…"
(2 Peter 3:9, NIV)

The Creator of the Universe is not only fighting your battles, but He is lining up the right people, the right breaks, and the right opportunities to move you forward. You may be facing a situation right now that looks like it's never going to turn around, but I believe that you're going to see some changes quicker than you think. You're going to come out of debt quicker than you think. You're going to accomplish your goals much quicker than you think. That relationship is going to be restored quicker than you think!

Remember, God is not slow in keeping His promise. I believe we are entering into a decade where we're going to see the hand of God move like never before. He is going to open up doors that no man can shut. He is going to turn impossible situations around and take you places that you never dreamed. It's time to get ready for more of God's favor because that breakthrough is going to happen quicker than you think!!

Couldn't have said it better myself!!!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Stem Cells!

All went well today, and Luke is now the owner of 14 million stem cells. All went with with the injection, and now we just wait and see and pray. Pray these stem cells go to to the damaged areas in Luke's brain to bring on healing and restoration. Thanks for praying with us!

Pics from our visit to the San Diego Zoo. Luke had some close ups with the animals.

Dr. Ramirez injecting Luke's stem cells via IV. He has very small hard to find veins, so getting the IV in is always the worst part. Today they only had to stick him once.
All of the cousins at Del Mar beach.

Catching snails at Legoland.

Riding the Bionicle ride at Legoland.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Good Reports!

Luke's therapists all said he had a great week in therapy this week. His therapist is thrilled with the progress he is making and wants to start seeing him 3 times a week. We are going to try to work that in as much as we can this busy summer. Then on Wednesday he did some great walking at the Neuro-Institute. His therapist there wants to put him in full body armour and let him try it on his own. On Thursday in OT his therapist was working on writing and he moved his pen from the right to left hand on his own. Then in music therapy, his therapist was playing the guitar and he moved the pick from his right to his left hand also. It is good that he is starting to want to use it on his own!

This coming week is a busy week! We are going to San Diego on a vacation, and to get Luke some more stem cells. This time he is going to be part of a new protocol they are doing. They will be using fresh cells this time instead of frozen with an added preservative. He will also be getting more cells than the previous times. The web site that gives more info on this protocol is: So, we ask for your prayers on Thursday, June 3rd, as he gets these cells. Pray they will bring more healing and restoration!! Thanks for your continued support of our son and this journey he is on. I will post again Thursday afternoon after he has had the procedure.

But Lord, be merciful to us, for we have waited for you. Be our strong arm each day and our salvation in times of trouble. Isaiah 33:2 NLT
Some have asked for an updated pic, not the greatest. This was taken at my cousin's wedding on Sat. It was great to see you Tiff, you were beautiful! Congrats!!

Sunday, May 23, 2010

On the Mend!

Well after my last post, everyone in the house except for me, got the nasty stomach bug. Thankfully we are all on the mend!! It sure hit us hard though, and on top of that the washer decides to break at the same time. Not fun!!

This week I had the last meeting with the team for Luke to start school in the fall. He is set to attend Queen Creek Middle School in fifth grade starting July 29th. It is bittersweet as he will be in the same school as all of his friends before he was hurt, only he will be in the "special class." I pray when these kids that remember him and see him at school that they will embrace him as he is and accept the new Lukey we have. I pray it is a positive experience for him. He will only be going half days to start with for three hours. The school and staff seems very willing to work around any requests we have, and for that I am very grateful.

Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.

Romans 15:7

Monday, May 17, 2010

Turkey Hunting Therapy!

Last week Luke "ditched" his regular therapies on Thursday and Friday for some turkey hunting therapy with Mike, Pap, and cousin Tyler. The word is...he had a blast!!! He loves being outdoors with the guys and not stuck at home with mom, that is very apparent this morning. He is not happy to be here! It doesn't help that he is "ditching" his therapies again this morning as both sisters have a nasty stomach bug. Pray Luke does not get it! This Friday I have a meeting with the school to get everything set for next year. Pray all goes well. Thanks for continuing to follow Luke's journey!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!!

I would like to wish all of you moms a very Happy Mother's Day!! Special wishes out to my mom and mother-in-law who help us out SO much with all of the kids!!! We appreciate you both more than you will every know!!! Thank you! Thank you!

Luke continues to do great in his therapies! As part of his speech this week, he has to use his words to tell us "yeah" or "no." He has been doing very good doing this!! I am very proud of him!! Here are some other things he has been working on.

Practicing his crawling

Riding a "hand-pedaled" bike

Luke also had his last meeting with the school this week. I was reminded once again how important it is that Prop. 100 passes here in AZ. The future of all of our children is at stake. So, being a very non-political person, I am urging all of you here in AZ to Vote Yes on Prop. 100. Regardless of what you think of our government and the spending problems, our children should not have to pay the price for the crisis we are in!! I know the outcome of this vote is going to have a huge impact on where Luke is next go out and vote Yes on 100....Every child is worth a cent!

Getting ready for school...learning to write again.