The children are thriving! Noah, Cecily and Cason are all trucking forward on their own paths. Who knew these three children could all come from us? Despite the physical resemblance, there is very little that connects these kiddos other than a healthy spirit.
Noah pushes himself too hard. Cecily is pushed by us - too hard! And Cason, well he believes that our instructions are merely a light suggestion to be discarded at a moment's notice should something more exciting come along his path. It is safe to say the kids keep us on our toes and there is never a dull moment in our house.
Cecily is now eating, running, jumping, and singing through life. Her words emerge each day, bigger, bolder and louder. She still has many more mountains to climb but she is climbing them and we are grateful. We celebrate her successes because life is too short and we know how much sacrifice we have faced to get where we are today!
Noah and Cason are action sports oriented! From skating to surfing and beyond - there is really nothing these boys are not ready to try or play. Swim lessons, music lessons, gymnastics, soccer, skateboarding... all adds up to one delightfully hectic schedule. Throw in Cecily's appointments, therapies and her own fun activities - we're making the most of our mini-van.
And then there is our glorious little organization, Cecily's Closet. We are about to embark on our 6th birthday! It is so shocking to us that the years just keep racing by... and there is no pause button. We are so grateful to our community for keeping us going. We have to admit - the organization is often growing faster than we can keep up. It is busy! It is a lot of work... but it is our baby. We have met some amazing individuals who continue to surprise us with their support and willingness to go above and beyond.
The San Diego community has embraced our little organization and has enabled us to keep on serving children with special needs and their supportive parents. We've already completed 3.5 room makeovers this year - and there are several more in progress. We have worked with The Cardiff School and 44 young volunteers who made a room makeover possible for Alex. Working with these students was a truly inspirational process and has made us want to investigate how we can get more of these projects into schools. We believe the students who learned about Alex, his needs, his family and his challenges have a greater appreciation or their own gifts and a sense of accomplishment from helping to truly transform a room for a class-room aged student.
We are grateful for our partnership with TVIA that is as strong as ever. They did a wonderful job on Danny and Jacob's room. And now, we're working with yet another Girl Scout Troop. The ability to involved children and teens with projects to help other children and teens in the community is truly a dream come true for us.
Thank you San Diego for sticking with us! We're on a roll... 2016 is the beginning of great things!
Onwards and upwards!