Monday, April 11, 2011

Beyond Blessed

Tonight I am feeling so blessed.  Great things have been happening for me and Eli, and I don't want it to go by without thanking God for His amazing gifts.

Because of the book Wendy on Wheels Saves the Day....and the fact that we are cartoon characters in it....we have been blessed with a little local publicity.   Our newspaper did a phone interview and printed an article about it.  A local TV station came to our house and did a feature piece on us. It was so cool!  (You can watch the video here)

My heart's desire has always been to have Eli known by others.  And it's happening for us and I couldn't be more excited!  He's been the cover boy for our local Playdate magazine.  I wrote an article for Playdate, also, telling Eli's story.  In two weeks, I'll be the guest speaker at a MOPS meeting, sharing our story with others and trying to give hope to moms who may feel overwhelmed, isolated, or exhausted.

Raising Eli has had it's fair share of challenges, that's for sure.  But, being his mom and seeing what a happy child he is, even though he has so many challenges, has been the most amazing thing I've ever experienced.  I can't believe some of the amazing moms of special needs kids I've met along the way.  Moms who inspire me, educate me, listen to me, and simply "get" me!

The last two years with Eli have been the best so far.  We've finally figured his feedings out....and he's actually weighing in at 25 lbs!  There was a time I thought he was withering away before our eyes!  He is so easy to take places.  He's tolerant and content.  He loves looking around and absorbing the world, all the while cracking up as Elmo plays on his iPod.

I can't imagine life without Eli's laugh in it!  Here's a little glimpse into my favorite sounds: 
Eli's chatter and his laughter.
(He's learned to squeal like a little pig!  It's adorable to us.)
This is Eli having a very good time:

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