Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Last night, Steven and some of his classmates were in a state level competition called Creative Pursuit. They won for their division and Steven was sooooooo excited. On the drive home, he exclaimed, "I am feeling so exultant!"

Then he said, "This is the best day I've had in a long time!"

I was curious--just how happy was this day compared to all the other great days he has had lately? I asked him, "When was the last time you had a day this good?"

He thought about it for a minute and said, "I guess it was Thanksgiving. Oh wait, maybe it was the Messiah sing-in." Since it hasn't even been a week since Thanksgiving and the sing-in happened on Saturday, I guess it hadn't been so long afterall.

If you are around Steven much these days, you will find that he often has red letter days. I don't know if I have just forgotten how he used to be after not feeling well for nine months, or if the cancer experience has changed him. Either way, he seems to enjoy life more than ever. Now, don't get me wrong--he isn't perfect. He has sad and very frustrating moments, too. And even those seem to be lower than before. We all seem to be more sensitive to the joy and sorrow around us.

He has had some other amazing days that haven't made it on the blog lately. For one, he got a package from Make-a-Wish with a key to the wishing place. We aren't sure when he will get to declare his wish, but he is so happy and excited about that.

Another golden day was when a LEGO rep who had heard about Steven brought over a giant Star Wars ship--bigger than any set we have ever owned by far. Talk about a dream come true for him. She also gave him a hefty gift card to Toys-r-Us, and so he got to live his shopping spree dream.

Every day, he wakes up just thrilled to go to school. Excited for recess or chess club, or math quest--just whatever! Now, just think about how excited your kids are for Christmas and add that into the mix right now. We have lots of fun things planned for this season and he is looking forward to it all.

So for all of you who wonder how he is doing--he's is happy and he feels great. He is back, and though still not able to do all the things he used to do, he is "exalutant" about the things he can do.


  1. That's wonderful news! So happy to hear that he is happy and enjoying just being a kid. He deserves it!!

  2. This post made me feel exultant too! Interesting that the highs and lows are each that much stronger. But somehow that makes sense. Have fun this month with all of your holiday plans!

  3. I love this post so much! I'm such a believer that life must and does go on after tragedy. And it's true...when we go through tough challenges all emotions seem to be truer and deeper.

    I can't wait to see what Steven's wishes for.

  4. love. Here's hoping for a wish to somewhere really far away. Perhaps he could take an interest in the Louvre.

  5. I can't wait for those days for Maddie. Tears of joy for your sweet boy and your family. You are so deserving of every happy day. I can't wait to see how his Make a Wish turns out, he looks sooo happy. I love it, made my day better, thanks for sharing:)
    Sue Cook