And so... we have an announcement!
We are pleased to announce that as of today, we have a new member to the Ackerly bunch - Flash!
Then there is Cecily. While she can't quite beg for a dog it is obvious to anyone who meets her that her brothers - and dogs - light her up like a Christmas tree. She is calm and peaceful when dogs are around - and these are words that anyone would use to describe our sassy, spunky, silly little angel.
And then there is Cason. There is not a dog in the world that he won't run up to and try and ride like a horse. The bigger the better. The little guy thinks he is the Hulk and he is not afraid of anything or anyone. This can get him into a lot of trouble but he is a lover all things dog.
And so it came to be that this little guy joined our very busy family.
This has been a challenging week on a few levels but it has also been a week full of blessings. The older I get the more I realize that life is full of ups and downs but you can't plan for it. You just need to take it in stride... one day at a time.
This week with the help of my friends, sister, and parents I was forced to take a step back. I'm always so focused on getting to the next goal that I forget to appreciate the progress that is happening. I was reminded just how far Cecily has come and that progress is not easily won - it is hard fought! And Cecily will get there with time... but that I can't measure her progress with the calories she consumed in a meal - or even over a period of time. I can't be ruled by her weight on the scale or the IEP goals. I just need to let progress take its time and enjoy the gifts that are many in our lives.
I hate being told what to do... Yes, I know some of you who know me will really smile at that. I know I can be bossy and stubborn and a little bit annoying at times. But I am so grateful for everyone who puts up with that and still loves me and supports me and the lovely family we have. Flash is curled up at my feet as I type and I am feeling very, very lucky.
Onwards and upwards!