Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Steven has been doing so well with his new leg. On Sunday he decided not to take his crutches to church and to keep his leg on all day. He wore his new leg all day yesterday and today and has had no problem with it. He tells me he isn't using crutches around the classroom either, but I am having him take them to recess. His walking isn't amazing, but it is pretty amazing that he can walk.

Here is a picture of his leg--unfinished, remember:

It may be hard to tell from the picture, but he can stand up straight when he wears his leg--it is really cool. The best of all is how much he loves having a leg.

Today at school he found out that he made it into the state Geography Bee at the end of March. He was so excited--when I picked him up from school he said, "Mom, do you think we could get donuts today?" I asked him why we would get donuts and he said, "To celebrate!" He was smiling so big--he couldn't wait to tell me that he made it to state. Once we were all in the car and on our way, he started having second thoughts about the donuts and asked if I would take him to Barnes and Noble and buy him a "celebratory book" instead. I thought I'd be super generous and do both. Rob has all the kids at the bookstore now and Steven even went without crutches.

He is really just so happy lately--we went swimming yesterday and he was a little fish--I don't know if the backwards foot gives you kind of a propeller advantage or what. We've taken him swimming many times, but he was having so much fun yesterday, I couldn't help but think of a time we went swimming when he was still in treatment and he was cold and pale and shivering and begging to go home the whole time. A totally different experience.

We got snow for President's day weekend and he, Andrew, Rob and the cousins had an "epic" snowball fight in a fort that the boys built. Though most of the snow has melted, thier tall fort still has some remains in the backyard.

So there is my random update--good times! And they are back from the bookstore now and I kid you not, he spent his own money to buy a book about grammer. (There is a bit of a backstory on that one, but the fact remains that he bought a book on grammer!)


  1. I just love Steven!! I will buy him doughnuts and books anytime he wants. :)

  2. It sounds like you guys didn't just beat cancer. Steve is laughing in its face.

  3. Looking good! Before you know it, he will be wanting a new leg so he can run:) Have you heard anything about Steven's wish? Can't wait to hear all about it!

  4. Steven, Grandma Johnson is probably smiling in heaven about the grammar book. I'm really into grammar myself, and it's because of her. How good to hear that this leg is working so well! Way to go on the geography bee!

  5. Splendid! The new leg and the book ...
    and the donuts!

  6. I love this post so much. I love Steven too. Can I come to the state geography bee?

    1. We got a letter this week that says only two people can come with him to the bee. They are serious! And, even worse, is that you can't record any of it. One of my film festy ideas is being sabotaged.