His Turn.

All year long, this boy sits at soccer games, swim meets and dance recitals.  Today, it was his turn.

First up, track and field.  He was nervous as he stepped up to that 15 meter line.  Yes, 15 meters.  He’s 5 years old and has an 11 inch inseam, 15 meters is quite the race.

DAA 2015-4He had the largest cheering section in the land in the stands waiting for him to start.

DAA 2015-5He won.  He ran as hard as he could and then fell across the finish line.  He won though.  And, oh my gosh, the kids went WILD.  They were so excited to see him win something.

It was his turn.

After that, it was on to the discus (frisbee) throw, and then the shot-put (tennis ball) throw.

DAA 2015-3Then in the afternoon, it was time for swimming.  He was nervous here too.

DAA 2015-1He listened so carefully to the instructions.

DAA 2015-2And then, he was off like a rocket.  Joe swam along with him, and he is allowed to use a kick board.  He did GREAT.

DAA 2015We’re waiting for those results to come in, but it doesn’t really matter.

We were all there to cheer him on, in his moment.  He is so very proud.

DAA 2015-6–FullPlateMom, who is so very proud too.

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10 Comments

  1. I came across your article about your precious daughter Poppy and nearly burst into tears. We have three children, and one adopted from Russia with a severe case of amblyopia (lazy eye). Prior to surgery, we got many comments, many stares and I was shocked at the ignorance displayed by other parents. Surgery corrected it for aesthetic reasons but he suffered with eye patches and shields for years – HE too HATED them ! I am so sorry you experienced this and pray that others will see the beautiful child you have and appreciate her for who she is ! Your blog is amazing and your family is perfect ! I will keep your family in our prayers and look forward to hearing your adventures !! hugs from this mom for your great work !!

    1. I too read your story about Poppy on Yahoo. She’s absolutely beautiful without her eye shield! People need to look at their own lives before commenting on others’. God bless you for you great work!

    2. My Dad also has a lazy eye. I remember when I was going up and even as a young adult he didn’t go anywhere without his sun glasses. He would wear them all the time, at night, in dark rooms. He was so embarrassed by it and I never understood why. I thought it was cool. I remember when my friends would be over at our house (the only place he wouldn’t wear those sun glasses) and my Dad , my friend, and I where standing around talking, then my dad asked a question. My poor friend still had not been able to remember which eye was his “good eye” to know who he was looking at, and my Dad had caught on to the kids confusion. So Dad asks this off the was question, and I can see the twinkle in my Dads eyes and know what he is up to, so I keep quite. The poor kid finally got up the courage to ask, “oh, are you talking to me?”. My Dad exclaimed, ‘Well, I looking right at you, aren’t I?!?” The poor kid didn’t know how to respond. After a few painful seconds for my friend, my Dad and I busted out into laughter. You could see the relaxation taking over my friends body. Then Dad said, “Actually I was talking to Danette”. I am happy to say that my wonderful Dad now only wears sun glasses for the right reasons,….. to check out the lady’s. 😉

    3. Thank you for sharing your story. Yes, it takes people with alot of love and compassion to love a child that has many needs let alone a disability or some kind of birth defect. My son was born natural birth; however at the age of 15 months he was diagnosed with Kawaski disease and it eventually led to gluacoma and then blindness. I enjoy reading the story about your daughter Poppy and I share that too, I experience that with my son who also wears a sceluar eye shield in his left eye. He would take it out, put it back in, I mean we would have fun with it especially at parties, he would take his out and he would tell his family and friends, I got my eye on you. Yes, it is sad, how some people get so dramatic over having an eye out. laugh out loud. But to make this story short. My son is now 22 years old and he is an Blind Paralympic Athlete for USA. He is the first Totally Blind Athlete to run under sub 11 seconds. He is a World Record Holder in the 100m and 200m. He has not allowed his disability or what others have said stop him from accomplishing his goals or Dreams in life. Yes, I am proud. So to you and your husband, stay together, and continue to keep encouraging your children to achieve and believe in their DREAMS, continue to raise them as a family with love, faith and belief in GOD knowing that all things are possible. You are doing a great work. God Bless you and your family.

  2. What a beautiful family you and your husband have! Being 55, never married and no children, I have always dreamed of adoption. My love for children defines me! It’s funny how God directed me to your story about precious, Poppy and then your blog! Nothing is a coincidence with God! I look forward to reading your blog and learning more about your family. You, your husband and children are an inspiration! All God’s blessings!

  3. Wow what a wonderful bunch you have and I love the picture of them all. I think your littlest man is amazing. This is a nice article about him. He has quite the biceps for a 5 year old…go get ’em.

    I also read the one on Poppy that Yahoo had published. I think you are amazing and have a huge heart. I am however very disappointed in our society that feels the need to say such things as the soccer mom did. Isn’t our differences what make us special? I have a son with mental illness and I am always telling him that to remember that individuals might be smart but society as a whole is very stupid because of things like that. I tell him you can’t control what other people do only your reaction to it. I think you handled the situation beautifully and without the snarky comments I would have made to the lady about my child only having to wear that because of people like her. I commend you on your restraint and good sense. I hope Poppy finds the right fit to protect herself from infection, but overall I thought she was just plain beautiful with that smile and no guard at all.

  4. I came from Yahoo’s article about Poppy. I love it the article. I think the world needs more awesome people like you and your husband… Sincerely, from Puerto Rico 🙂

    PD: You are blessed, you have gorgeous child ^_^

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