A little Toast

Perfect day to be home. It is the start of the Amazing Race and we all know how much I love that show.

Gabe has not stopped talking since I walked in the door.  He is beyond hilarious. And those dance moves.  I think he’s been practicing the full 2 weeks I was gone.  David and Joe will be home next weekend which is a good thing cuz gabe keeps asking about some stuffed animal Joe got him. He is just not sure what he is going to name it. Sad thing is, I have no clue, nor David or Joe, as to what he is talking about.

As for Joe? I really can’t describe it. He is doing things he has never ever done. His right hand has always just been a “helper hand”. He barely ever, actually if I think back on it, he never used his fingers.  And holding a glass of water or turning a door knob impossible. He has no supination (he cannot turn his hand, think about turning your hand to get change at the checkout) at all.

Flash forward to today. He is eatting with a fork, playing connect 4 and eatting finger foods. And I assure you he will be holding a glass by Christmas. I think this may take  bit longer for he has a lot of strength to build. Holding a small softcover book is heavy for Joe.  But he can totally do it. It will be quite the toast, huh?

Katie M - September 30, 2010 - 8:51 pm

this post is making me tear up- seriously between Gabe and his cuteness and Joe and the amazing stregth he has within- its just awesome and makes me proud to ‘know’ your family!

JOYCE - September 30, 2010 - 9:16 am

Gabe must have missed you so much! Hopefully, he’ll get his stuffed animal??


Savannahsmom - September 28, 2010 - 8:54 pm

So happy for Joe, sounds like he is doing great!

Lil - September 28, 2010 - 9:05 am

Wow.. I am in tears what a great gift..
🙂 I am so happy and proud of him.

cristy - September 27, 2010 - 10:23 pm

Denise…you are a magical lady and you have magical kids…I am beyond excited for Joe…he deserves wonderful things. It will come. He is a rockstar.


I love this picture.

tree*head - September 27, 2010 - 7:28 pm

Yay Joe! He has the heart of a champion – we are all rooting for him!…and guess what? My Ana starts gymnastics tomorrow! Her delicate limbs still don’t allow her to jump but she cannot wait for the trampoline…yep, soon she’ll be the soccer player she longs to be!

gran - September 27, 2010 - 5:57 pm

What a wonderful blog about Joe’s progress. Please let him know we are all cheering him along!!!! And, I think maybe he and David need to shop just a little on their way home for that stuffed animal. The photo of intern Gabe on facebook would melt any heart. I know that you already know how blessed you are by those boys and thank you for sharing these moments with others.

EmilyWood - September 27, 2010 - 12:42 pm

Wow, that is amazing! Good luck with the rest of his therapy!

Looking forward to the Holidays - September 27, 2010 - 12:20 pm

Fantastic news! He must be feeling so happy inside!

Monika - September 27, 2010 - 10:09 am

Simply wonderful news! And Gabe looks good enough to eat ;-)!

Leia - September 27, 2010 - 9:17 am

So happy for you and your family, especially Joe. Here’s to more strength and usage for his little hand!!

WhitleyKate's mom - September 27, 2010 - 8:24 am

Ladies~ The tee is from paperlili dot com! Cute stuff!

Erin - September 27, 2010 - 8:12 am

Awesome! Kids are amazing aren’t they! Oh and I am a HUGE fan of Amazing Race and so excited for a new season!

MJMom - September 27, 2010 - 7:03 am

Such great news!!!

Natalie - September 27, 2010 - 6:57 am

Amazing! That is so excititng! Super happy for you all. 🙂

Cpuhl - September 27, 2010 - 5:14 am

Wow! Great work Joe! We’re all behind you! You can do it!

shannon - September 27, 2010 - 4:53 am

Words can’t express how happy I am for Joe! I am sure he is loving every bit of this as he discovers what ELSE he can now do! Yay for him!!!!!

Debra Stallings - September 27, 2010 - 3:58 am

Great for you Joe. You are such a trooper. Keep up the good work!! A lot of people praying for you.

K Squared Mommy - September 27, 2010 - 3:18 am

That is great news! 🙂

Milan's mom - September 26, 2010 - 11:13 pm

OMG, thats amazing! Im soo glad the trip helped him! God is good! I hope when he gets home he has progressed even more!

Robin Chase - September 26, 2010 - 10:30 pm

Cheers Joe!

Skye Johansen - September 26, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Denise this post just made my night! It’s truly amazing to think he will be able to use his hand like that! SO HAPPY FOR YOU GUYS!

*Twinkle*Toes* - September 26, 2010 - 9:16 pm

Hooray for progress! Glad to hear! =)

Farah - September 26, 2010 - 9:06 pm

Oh I’m so thankful everything worked out well for Joe, it is so painful and sad to see little kids suffer from anything!! I hope he will continue to recover and be stronger each day! We all have been waiting for you to get home with good news and stuffed animal for Gabe 🙂

Darlene, Mom to Four Princesses! - September 26, 2010 - 9:03 pm

How totally awesome!!

JodiR - September 26, 2010 - 8:14 pm

Denise!!!!!! TFS the good news. You must be beside yourself with joy. Yay for Joe.

Melanie Howard - September 26, 2010 - 7:58 pm

Wow, wow, WOW, that is such wonderful & exciting news on Joe’s progress! How fantastic! I know that you are so proud of him & all of his hard work!
And I bet your little guy is SO glad to have you back home, I’m sure the nonstop chatter is music to your ears! Now, you’ll have to post a video of the dance moves!
Have a beautiful week!

jenn - September 26, 2010 - 7:45 pm

Tears of joy is all I have to say..and Welcome home~!

kaitlyn - September 26, 2010 - 7:04 pm

Wow, that is truly wonderful 🙂

Michelle - September 26, 2010 - 6:55 pm

Thats wonderful:)

Heather F - September 26, 2010 - 6:47 pm

Amen to progress! I bet Joe is working so hard. Go Joe!

Eva - September 26, 2010 - 6:46 pm

Hooray, Joe!!! That is awesome! So happy for you all.

Amy L Childers - September 26, 2010 - 6:42 pm

gosh…so happy for you Denise…So happy for sweet Joe…what a trooper. And oh Gabe- always good to put a smile on my face with his photos…lol..love that tee :O) and those brown stripe straightees (my favs!). Glad your home and all went well so far!

J.Diddy - September 26, 2010 - 6:37 pm

and by the way. i LOVE gabes shirt! where is it from PL? is it weird i want that for my daughter? She is such a tomboy, loves spiderman and ninja turtles and dinosaurs. I have a soft spot in my heart for the second born kids…they are just sweet (of course u know i was a second born/middle kid)….anyways, he just reminds me of my mara!

Bri - September 26, 2010 - 6:34 pm

That’s wonderful news! I’m so happy for him and all of your family. That will be the toast of the decade! My son has CP and if you have a chance to email me the link for the treatment program Joe went through, I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you!!!

J.Diddy - September 26, 2010 - 6:34 pm

WHAT!?!?! it is amazing race! i love that show…i dont watch much TV except that! I didnt know it was starting…have you seen the previews of the girl getting hit in the face by the watermelon….totally need to look that one up on youtube!!! LOL

as far as joe, im sure he will surprise you! kids are amazing at learning and regaining! we will rock it!

Joy Williams - September 26, 2010 - 6:34 pm

I know that Gabe is ecstatic to have you home! That is incredible improvement for Joe! I know that this will help him so much and the more confidence he gets doing it, the better he will get. I know that it is difficult for you to see him struggling so hard, but the results will be awesome! Your family is amazing and I know that you are one proud mama, and have every right to be! BTW is that a new Mighty Acorn Tee? Heinz would love that one! 🙂

Michelle - September 26, 2010 - 6:33 pm

That sounds so amazing for him, exciting days in his future!

WhitleyKate's mom - September 26, 2010 - 6:31 pm

Oh, Denise! I’m so happy for you and for Joe! He is truly a hero! Children who face adversity in life and over come it are definitely heroes in my book! I’ll be praying that there are many new milestones reached in the near future for Joe! Blessings!

Paula MP - September 26, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Oh my goodness!!!!!! So happy for Joe- I knew he could do it!! So worth the trip- woo hoo!!

Linda - September 26, 2010 - 6:26 pm

Amazing, just amazing. That is great news!

Tracy - September 26, 2010 - 6:26 pm

Yay for Joe! The sky’s the limit, you know… 🙂

lockr (Ramona) - September 26, 2010 - 6:24 pm

I’m sure you are feeling elated…..GO JOE!!!

Cheri Osnacz - September 26, 2010 - 6:22 pm

That is VERY toast worthy <3

Elaine - September 26, 2010 - 6:22 pm

WOOOHOOO!!!!!!! GO JOE!!!!!!! 😀 Denise, I know this must make not only your face smile but also your heart. 🙂

boys4girls2 - September 26, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Great news about Joe, sounds like the results have been amazing so far. So happy you are back home with Gabe, I bet he missed you as much as you missed him.

ashley - September 26, 2010 - 6:17 pm

Indeed!! Go, Joe! Glad your family is reunited at last!