This blog is to keep dear friends and family up to date with William's cancer diagnosis and document our growth as a family. We also acknowledge we are not in this alone and recognize the villages that are caring for us, supporting us, and loving us. We are so thankful for our villages of doctors, nurses, family, friends, church members, neighbors, team members, coworkers, teachers, angels...
Monday, August 9, 2010
Back to School
Hi all. Friend Lisa here tonight. Crazy as it may sound, today, August 9th, was our first day back to school. A day of celebration for parents! A day different than all other school days for us- William and James, for the first time, won't be in class together. They have been in class (and Julie and I have been on the phone checking on assignments and field trip dates) since the beginning. Here is kindergarten:
First Grade (William in front, James in back in the yellow, Mrs. Wilson next to Ryan)And second grade: And today we started third grade-William understands that this is what needs to be done right now and he is resilient and happy. I can see it in the photo of him and James and I hope you can too- I can see the sparkle. He is just looking like himself.
So this is not my plan for the year but this is the plan and we are going with it. James counted the students in his class and he has determined there is room for William. He hears us say Will is half-way done with Chemo and he knows this started at the end of May so he is calendaring his return to school. We respect (and love) a scheduler but we know there are things to accomplish before Will comes back to school so we will hope and pray and wait. Happy 1st day of third grade, whether at the elementary school or school delivered to your door!
And hey, look who I found at school this morning! Clark on his first day. Have a great year Clark, you have grown so much this summer (in many wonderful ways). This photo makes me smile. Yes, all 8 of our kids on the trampoline. How awesome and loud and nerve-racking and sweaty and perfect is that? And here is Dan showing Will how to fire up Angry Birds on his iphone. Just call him "Dan the Media Drug Dealer". Will had so much fun that he would not give it up, had to pry it out of his hands with a promise to visit in the hospital with the iphone.
So we will visit next week and pretend you want to see us, Will. We'll bring the good stuff.