Toe Surgery and Elizabeth’s First Moon

Joshua had surgery for the second time on his big toes on Tuesday. In addition, he had acid applied to the nail bed on the sides where the nails were cut (all four this time) so that the nails don’t grow back. Poor guy had to have extra shots because the toes weren’t getting numb enough with the first shots.

He was a trooper and he’s now relieved to have that over with.

Yesterday, I tried my best to get some selfies with my youngest three since I have so few of them (selfies, I mean). Most turned out blurry but the expressions we had were still priceless. 😉

Same with this one of Maggie and Isabella. They were having fun laughing together even though my phone’s camera failed to remove the blurriness.

Last night, while Stephen was playing the Wii with the big kids, I was on the back porch with Elizabeth and Izzy. It was beginning to get dark (I’d say it was about 8:20 or so) and Elizabeth asked for the light to be turned on out there.

As I was standing outside, enjoying the fresh air (I’d spent a fair amount of time cooking dinner and baking earlier), I saw how clear the sky was and how bright the moon was. I called Elizabeth over to see it and she got really excited. She began saying “boon, boon” and gosh, she stared at it for what seemed like forever. And then it hit me, she’d never actually seen it in the sky before. In books and on movies, yes, but not in real life. Because of her limitations and challenging behavior, we don’t go many places, and we sure don’t go anywhere at night, so she had never had the opportunity to see it before now. I am so, so thankful that Stephen and Joshua did the back porch.

She spent a long time watching the moon and showing it to everyone in the family before we went in for the night. It was the sweetest thing. It made me happy and sad at the same time. I want her to experience simple joys like this all the time. It breaks my heart how limited things are for her and all of us. I don’t want to be sad about things like this but I can’t seem to help it. I am still so new to this kind of life. I never saw autism coming.

3 thoughts on “Toe Surgery and Elizabeth’s First Moon

  1. I really hope Joshua’s toes are on their way to actual healing!

    I have hugely mixed feelings about Elizabeth … I don’t know how it’s possible to feel happy and sad at the same time. It’s bittersweet.

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  2. Way to go, Joshua! Ouch, sorry the shots didn’t work the first time, that’s tough!!!

    That is so precious! The porch truly is a blessing and I think moments like these can continue to happen. The few posts I’ve read show how God provides these moments, even in tough times. I await for more of these precious moments. I pray for strength and an uplifting on your spirit. For you to be surrounded in a community that can provide support in all forms.


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