we went to the circus and hung out with the clowns.
we visited the emergency department of the hospital more than once. Boo!
we watched the Harlem Globetrotters play basketball and met "Big Easy."
Wyatt worked hard to be able to sit up.
we made and/or listened to music with the music therapist each week.
we took a weekend trip to Washington D.C.
Wyatt earned his title of "the king of sleep." He slept much of the year.
we went to see Disney on Ice.
Wyatt picked special songs and made each of the girls their own CD of music.
we went to a Philadelphia Phillies game. The Phillies lost again.
we decorated Easter eggs together.
we ALL made it to church on time for Easter service.
Bryan and the girls went to the Father Daughter dance.
the kids played outside together.
we took impromptu "real" family pictures.
we all climbed into Wyatt's bed to snuggle frequently.
there were sleepovers in Wyatt's bedroom.
Jilly saved Rapunzel's life when she gave CPR. It was a close one!
Wyatt took his own field trip to the Adventure Aquarium.
Maggie had a role in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Jr. And she loved it!
we read stories to Wyatt.
a superhero clubhouse was created for our own hero.
we had intensely fun wars with Koosh guns and foam balls.
we celebrated Wyatt's 11th birthday.
|A superhero party.|
Wyatt shot his party guests with foam balls from the Koosh guns. And he laughed.
My son taught me how to live my life. To embrace and live in the moment, despite what others may tell you to do. To smile and choose to be happy when the world feels as if it's unraveling around you. To celebrate the smallest of victories, even in the darkest times. To accept what you can not change and to change what you can. To believe that you can. And do it! To be silly and find fun when the days get boring.
To take chances.
To be brave.
To get up and go.
To follow your heart.
To be thankful.
Wyatt celebrated his birthday the way he wanted: to go to the movies and to play at chuck-e-cheese. And it was the first time he peed in a parking lot. ;)
|He loved riding the roller coaster simulation ride...|
we got quite good at making one day a full adventure.
|An air show, a visit to Barnes and Noble and a movie...in one day.|
the kids made faces at the camera, danced when playing the Wii, read to and sat with Wy, grew a little more and Bryan learned how to use the Rainbow Loom.
the girls had a sisterly moment when Maggie wrestled Jilly for a hug.
the girls went back to school after summer break.
|Home from the first day of school.|
Wyatt fought so very hard to stay with us, but we knew he would get to play in Heaven soon.
we made a poster about Heaven with all the things Wyatt looks forward to when he gets there. Included was a favorite phrase: "There's fun by the ton in gargantuan sizes in Heaven!"
we celebrated Jilly's 8th birthday.
|A garden party.|
we visited the drive-in movie theater two times.
Maggie embraced her inner nerd.
we went to Furry friends field day. Where we watched dogs perform agility training and a magic show.
Maggie taught her school about Mitochondrial disease. The girls sold bracelets and ribbons for Mitochondrial Disease awareness week. They raised over $800 for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation. Jilly lost her two front teeth. Wyatt's time to go was drawing near and we gave him a lot of hugs and kisses.
Wyatt went to sleep to wake up in Heaven.
we said goodbye.
Maggie got a cell phone.
we celebrated Maggie's 12th birthday.
|A nerd party.|
we sent all our love with balloons for Wyatt in heaven.
we ran away to the beach for Thanksgiving.
Wyatt spent his first Christmas in Heaven. We spent our first Christmas without him.
Wyatt was very sick. Life was anything but easy, but it was so very meaningful. We were able to make memories that I hope will have the power to carry us through the years without our son and brother. When looking back on our pictures for the year, I feel they speak volumes. I'm thankful. So grateful for the opportunity to spend a year full of smiles and laughter together.
we will continue to grieve the loss of our super boy. But, we will carry with us his love and the lessons he taught us about what it means to live a life worth living.
Thank you for all of the thoughts, prayers, loving and supportive words that you have shared with us in 2013. Please know we appreciate it all greatly. Happy New Year...