Funny, funny picture.
They saw the medal stand at the gym and had to pose.
(Joie could easily add acting to her list of accomplishments.)
But see that kid on top? The one in first place? He's earned his spot, and we're happy to see him there.
A year ago we wondered what was wrong and if he'd ever be well again. Out of the blue his immune system stopped functioning.
And if that wasn't enough...
He had strep antibodies attacking his neurological system.
Not his best year.
And for whatever reason, during that whole process he stopped talking at school.
Literally. He just refused to speak.
Not even to friends.
Some parents don't celebrate when they hear at parent teacher conferences that their children are talking in class.
And most teachers don't smile with pride and understanding when they tell parents their children are talking in class.
Yet that is exactly what happened this week at parent teacher conference.
It felt so good that teachers and school administrators recognized this as progress and celebrated with us.
Health challenges can be overwhelming and mysterious, and in this case, it's not over...
But it's better.
And he speaks!
He's also found his inner artist.
He's taking art and photography this term and doing great at both. He brought home some of his art and Gabby bought it from him with some of her own money. Now he can say he's sold his first paintings.
And here is some of his photography work:
He asked me the other day if he could teach me how to use my camera...
And that was after he told me my camera is wasted on me because I don't know half of what it does...
And he's probably right.
But I'm glad he can teach me.