We have had a blessed summer and have enjoyed our time with little Melody. This has been a wonderfully stable season for her. Her sweet little personality is shining forth, and she is more endearing than ever. She is communicating considerably more, even without words, which takes a bit of creativity and talent on her part. 😀 The best word I can think of to describe Melody is lovable. She really is a delightful little girl!
We wanted to get Melody an outdoor swing for the summer. However, all the disability swings we came across were too big for her. Her neurodevelopmentalist recommended the Wingbo. This was the perfect solution. In this swing Melody does all the work. So she builds muscle while having fun. In this picture she is using it inside, but it can be hung from a tree outside as well.
Melody is growing both in height and weight, as well as increasing in strength. She is now officially three and a half years old!
She has a charming little smile.
Here Melody is enjoying play time outside with her infamous duck.
Melody’s grandparents are approaching their 50th wedding anniversary. In honor of this upcoming milestone, a family reunion was planned in California. When we heard about this we wanted to go, but we are quite hesitant to travel with little Melody for obvious reasons. After much prayer and consideration, we decided to journey to California with Melody in tow.
Melody was a good little traveler. Reading books helped pass the time on a very LONG drive.
We made it to the first hotel. 😀
Once inside Melody was able to stretch out and practice her standing skills. We visited with my Aunt Mary and Uncle Jerrie during this stop along the way.
We were so happy to arrive safely at Melody’s grandparents’ home! Melody was not stressed about traveling. She was able to relax and enjoy her time there.
Here Melody is with her siblings and her grandma at her grandparents’ home.
She had fun spending time with Daddy on the deck.
On the day of the reunion, Melody met quite a few relatives for the first time. Pictured above are the cousins and second cousins.
She enjoyed hanging out with her buddy Flavio. Melody was quite happy to go to relatives she has never met. She likes to be held if you haven’t noticed. 😀
Melody loved being with sweet Auntie Pat!
Melody was delighted to have special cuddle time with her grandma. (When Melody recently saw this picture on an i-pad, she leaned down to give Grandma a kiss.)
Grandma knows how to elicit precious smiles from her little Melody.
Melody was happy and relaxed in her grandma’s arms. Melody’s grandparents have been a wonderful example of how to grandparent a child with disabilities. They love and accept her just the way she is and genuinely rejoice in all her little accomplishments!
This is a remarkable sight right here. None of us could have anticipated this a couple of years ago. Melody was not the only one in the family whose life has hung in the balance in the past 3 1/2 years. Shortly after Melody was born her Uncle Dave had a cardiac arrest. Several months later he had second cardiac arrest, was without oxygen for 35 minutes, and ended up in a coma for ten days. Those were some tentative times for both Dave and Melody. Two years ago Dave had a heart transplant, and we are pleased to see that he is making remarkable progress in his recovery. Melody’s grandma expressed that this family reunion was a dream come true for her, as she had BOTH of her sons, along with ALL of her grandchildren present. To God be the glory!
We were so happy to have Melody safely back in her little toddler bed after her grand adventure. We are thankful for God’s protection all along the way.
The other day Melody decided to imitate her siblings who spend a lot of time in the Word of God. This has been a summer of focusing on the sweetness of meditating on the Scriptures and mining its treasures. We are so thankful for all that God has done!
“Your word is a lamp to my feet
And a light to my path.” Psalm 119:105