Posted on February 8, 2016
It’s been some time since we’ve given you an update on Nate, but honestly there wasn’t much to report and we were caught up with all that goes into expecting our third grandchild through Nate’s eldest sister. His new niece, Layla Alexandra, is a beautiful healthy girl born just a little over a week ago!
Nate has missed Alyx’s whole pregnancy, but we’re thrilled to share that he’s coming home to see his new niece THIS Thursday for one week! Woo hoo! This will be his FIRST home pass and given the fact that he’s been gone for nine months, that’s a long time to wait.
We are over the moon excited! And if being completely honest, a little apprehensive for we know this first trip back is likely to trigger emotions for him. You see, Nate has changed…we have changed…our home environment has changed…but our town hasn’t…his friends haven’t…all his old hangouts are still there, etc.
For this reason, on his first home pass, he will be with family only and we will avoid taking him to places that might trigger negative emotions. This trip is all about supporting him so he can ease back into what life here permanently will be like for him. This is the first of what will likely be three or four home passes before he is ready to be back for good.
So – good news – he’s making GREAT progress! He’s moved up another level…the one he was stuck on forever. We are hopeful the next levels will progress much faster now that he’s had a taste of success.
He’s passing ALL of his classes in fact getting all B’s with some very close to being A’s. NEVER in his life has he passed every class much less earned an honor roll GPA. :-)
Bad news – everything is taking longer than we anticipated. If you’ll recall right from the get go we had to estimate how long he would be there. Some kids are ready after eight months (VERY rare) and others take three years. We don’t anticipate the latter, but it’s evident he’ll be there longer than the budget we set for this fundraiser so we’ve had to raise it by another $5,000.
We do NOT want any of you who donated previously to donate again, please, you’ve done so much we’ll never be able to repay your kindness. However, you could help us just by spreading the word again. If you can share about this fundraiser on Facebook and put your personal comments in as to why you feel Nate is worthy of this support that will get much more notice than just a generic share.
Or perhaps you could just share it via email. Whatever you feel comfortable with. And more than anything we continue to covet your prayers.
Our next update will surely include photos from his visit out here. We can’t wait for you to see how strong and healthy he’s become!
Thank you from the bottom of our hearts…
Joe and Anastasia