Saturday, August 20, 2011

a holiday

Janneke and her aunt Joanne (Janneke) at the last sunset

We were blessed with a week holiday in Point Clark, and it was good. We were able to divide our time between Sara's side of the family (first 3 days) and Ralph's side of the family (remaining 5 days). Memories were made playing with little cousins and big cousins, organizing a play, s'mores and stories around the campfire, golf games, beach time, sand castles, pier jumping (first time this year for Em and Soph!), ice cream, teeter totters, sleeping under the stars on the trampoline, ladder ball and Kubb tournaments, and so much more.

It was a holiday.

Obviously, most of the busy fun was enjoyed more by Em and Soph, but Rachel and Janneke did well with their week away from home. One of our respite workers, Ashley, came along, and she helped us manage their care and feeds, so we could enjoy the time away too. Both Rachel and Janneke enjoyed being with so many people, but they were equally stimulated by the time outdoors- on the sand, laying under the birch trees, and listening to the birds.

Janneke made more sounds than we've heard in a long time, and we marvelled at her good mood. Rachel was also happy throughout it all, and we loved the sounds she made when she sat at the water's edge. We are thankful they can sit for a bit with assistance or someone behind them, so they can take in the action too.

lots of Pots - saying a special hi to Oma and Opa

Now we are back to the normalcy of home, and we are thankful that our nursing care will resume tomorrow. We are excited and nervous about the upcoming weekend - both the Wine and Cheese event and the Pork Roast are happening. Don't forget to RSVP; this helps those who are planning. You can also email us:

We are so thankful for our family and friends who asked us if they could raise funds for our van and our home modifications. We are amazed and humbled by the outpouring of support, and we look forward to sharing the story with all with you.

Have a great week, and we look forward to seeing many of you this weekend!


Thanks again, Ashley, for helping us make our holiday a holiday. Did you know that part of your work would include participating in the ladder ball and Kubb tournaments? : )


Corrie P said...

I'm glad you all had such a good time.Your Aunt Jean, Diane and I were in Point Clark a week and a half ago on our bike trip and stayed at a B&B there.Our hostess drove us to view your dad's cottage(from the street) which is where I presume you stayed and had such a good time. Lovely spot!

Kelli TenHaken said...

We have never met, but I have been blessed by your story today. Someone passed your blog link on to me and I am so glad they did. We have a daughter who is also several disabled and it is such a blessing to connect with other families who have similar situations. Thanks for shining for Christ, even when it is not easy. Hugs from another special needs momma-


Kelli TenHaken said...

Mark and Louanne Schonewill are my aunt and uncle. I just discovered they know you! I am sure we would have more connections too...small world :)