May is a month of many birthdays in the Promise House, which started with R turning 5! Last weekend, we had a great time celebrating M’s 8th birthday. If you know M at all, you know that a slow, relaxing day is not what he’s looking for. M is always full of energy, smiles, and mischief. Though he can’t walk without quite a bit of assistance, and has pretty limited use of the left side of his body, not much slows M down. He has literally worn through the bum of all his shorts from scooting all over the house and outside. Needless to say, we knew we needed an exciting new experience to share with M for his birthday.
Enter Wilson’s cousin and his two horses, saddled up an d ready to ride.
M was actually a little wary at first and tried to keep his distance, but once we started petting the horses together and talking to them, he warmed up quickly and got the spark back in his eyes.
The first part of the ride, M was with me, switching to Wilson’s horse halfway through. His giddiness was contagious and his giggles were a joy to hear. M really seemed to love every minute of his special birthday outing. It was also a great reminder of the beauty that surrounds us, though we often don’t have or take the time to appreciate it. This ride was all less than a mile from our house.
Back at the house, he opened the gift my parents had sent for him, a monkey that rolls around with music and lights…exactly the kind of toy he loves! Just when you think he couldn’t get his face any closer to the lights, he does just that, and is mesmerized.
Living with eight kids who require the level of care that ours do, we often feel that we are just running around getting things done. It is so great when we realize that we really are getting to know our kids little by little. We have the honor of showing them more and more of the world around them and the unique potential within them.
Happy birthday, M! We love you and your bright smile!