These young men who stand before us bear not the slightest resemblance to the tiny, quivering beings who entered this great big world on that September 30 so many years ago. Here, as Sharon held them on their way home from the hospital over 4 months after birth, they were already four times their birth weights!The magnificent community that aided their survival and supported their growth into young men has been a wondrous group to behold! We remember so many….
The huge adjustments these boys caused over the years have ranged from cataclysmic to glorious. We have learned so much as parents…and it never stops!
The present arrangements for ourselves and the twins seem to work the smoothest of any we’ve ever had. Many of you have remarked that we’re “livin the dream”, and I’d have to say it’s probably true. Not quite the way you might think….we do seem to roam from one vacation spot to another, and we have few appointments clamoring for our time and attention….but Robyn is sleeping on the floor right now with Ryan because he has experienced a very difficult time settling down for a good night’s sleep the last few nights, and awakens multiple times in great upheaval! She is masterful at soothing him….
Our flexible schedule allows us to experience many things…so long as there isn’t much walking involved. We were able to catch a special run of the ski lift at Boyne Highlands the other day, and the operators took care to adjust the system to accommodate Ross and Ryan’s needs to load and unload. Here’s a glimpse of what they experienced:
We take every opportunity we can to do short walks with the boys, and to help them experience daily living in simple and safe ways. The variety helps us and works for them.
These last two photos illustrate the point: we stopped past a park where we knew there was an eagle nest. None were there, but Ross and Ryan experienced the wooden deck that serves as a lookout platform, and I had some fun taking their picture!
We’re heading out the door now, to begin the next quarter-century. Sure hope you’ll hang with us!