Well, it’s been a while since I’ve written an update (nearly a month), so we’ll see how this goes.
First, Beckett is officially 1-year-old! Wow! I truly can hardly believe it. We had a lil party yesterday and had a lot of fun celebrating! Furthermore, my brother wrote Beckett another song. You may remember his first song written back in January titled “Restorer of my Heart”:
We played his new video at the party, and it was a very special moment. You can see it here:
He recorded it completely acapella, and I am truly so blessed to have such a talented brother like him. Thank you Joshua.
A few days before his party, we obviously had Beckett’s first Christmas….it was great!! Here’s a little secret about myself…I LOVE Christmas! So, to spend our first Christmas together as a family was certainly extra special. It was a very busy and tiring week filled with a lot of fun and time with family. Beckett was such a lil champ. He truly is a good little boy. As you may have read in Leah’s last post, he’s sitting up now, so we were just sitting him in front of presents and Christmas trees, family pictures, etc. He’d just sit there and smile…just soaking it all in. I hope you got the chance to see the picture we posted just before Christmas in his lil Christmas outfit (the one with the bow tie)…it is so adorable! But if I get the chance, I’ll try to post a few more pictures “soon.”
So many of you continue to be soooo amazingly encouraging. We’ve received some very special Christmas cards, words of encouragement, and many other thoughtful things are continuing to help lesson our burden; so I just have to say thank you once again for not forgetting about us, but more importantly, not forgetting about Beckett. It’s been an amazingly challenging year, but a year filled with amazing blessings as well! My brother encouraged us earlier today with a quote he heard, that said, “You never know how strong you are, until being strong is the only choice you have.” As I’ve mentioned before, this strength is divinely inspired. To many, that may sound very mystical or hoaxie…but there is no other way to explain it. The moments we found ourselves focused on God’s limitless strength are the moments of true greatness. However, as a sinful and selfish person, I often deceive myself into trying to accomplish tasks on my own….just ask Leah, these are my most severe moments of weakness. But, as the quote kinda goes, I never knew just how strong I could be until I had no other choice but to rely on something greater than myself. The Lord has been our strength, and has carried Beckett through many dark days, and we are blessed with a truly remarkable and miraculous gift this Christmas season. We are so very grateful!
We do have an appointment for Beckett this upcoming week. I actually usually look forward to these, as they tend to usually confirm just how well it appears Beckett is doing. He’s looking better and better on the outside, but it is certainly the “inside” we need to continue to do well. He is still on over 130 syringes of meds per week (which keeps us busy), but he is doing so well that I don’t think our doctors want to “rock the boat” right now by weaning him off of any. So we remain focused on therapy and continual development. One day at a time, right?
Which reminds me (and this is not some sort of shameless plug, just a reminder), we do have some more “Beckett Wristbands” left. If you are interested, check out our website on how to get you hands on some:
If the price is an issue, but you’d still like to have one, just let us know…we’d love to figure out a way to still get one to you.
That’s about it. What a year, huh?
To God be the Glory!
#GoBeckett / / #ODAAT