Monday, January 26, 2009

Elijah hits the big time

Elijah has been accepted into the program at the Little Light House in Tulsa. We are thrilled that he will have this unique opportunity to learn, grow and develop. He's ready to start the very next day the school is in session. We're being pounded with ICE right now so school has already been cancelled his first day of school will have to wait, for now, but it is right around the corner.

Elijah's runny nose is resolved, mostly, and he is in great spirits. I know in my heart he is ready for a new challenge...a new chapter in his extraordinary journey. David will accompany Elijah on his first day and stay near during the five hour school day. Please pray for all of us through this transition. David remains sleep deprived as he meets Elijah's nightly needs. We all need David to get a good night's rest every night so that he can fully provide for Elijah.

Let me be the first to admit that I put Elijah on the waiting list at the Little Light House thanks to strong encouragement from my dear friend Diane Davies. Eli was only three months old and I was still in a place mentally where the whole situation made little sense. I honestly didn't believe Elijah would need the LLH, but I'm a planner and the planner in me took over, I filled out the application and showed up for the required tour of the facility and left. The tour was really hard for me to swallow. To see the children with all of their differences. I cannot explain it to those of you who haven't walked in these shoes, but part of me knew I was looking at my dear son's future and it was haunting.

I've come a really long way in two years at accepting this reality, but I find myself still thinking "why Elijah," way more than I should. I am so thankful that Tulsa has the Little Light House and that Diane's encouragement sent me to put him on the two-year waiting list when I did. I know the Little Light House is right for Elijah.

Thank you all for taking Elijah's journey with us and for stepping with us into this next chapter with the wonderful people at the Little Light House, which is provided tuition-free to children with extraordinary circumstances 0 to 6 years old. In the next few years, expect to read much more about the Little Light House on Eli's blog.

Sophia is excited to have another stay home day tomorrow. I am not thrilled to have ice on the roads, sidewalks, power lines, trees, grass blades...well, every inch of outside. I will survive.

Thank you for your prayers and concern for our sweet baby boy. He thrives thanks to you!

With love and gratitude,


Emily said...

What a joy to hear! He will see so many new things and experience wonderful times there! I will be praying for all of you during this time of transition. It's going to be tough, but I know you all can handle anything! So happy for you! And, I'm so happy for that little boy!

Anonymous said...

What exciting news. Thank you Melissa for keeping us all informed. Words can never express our love and respect for the way you handle all your responsibilities and pressures of life. We pray for your strength and good health. Also David and Sophia, of course. You are an amazing family. We love you all so much. Grandma Bobbie

Stacie said...

Wonderful news! I've always heard nothing but good news about the Little Light House from speech therapists.

Kate said...

I'm super excited that Elijah will soon be an Orange Class kid! I am extremely blessed to be his teacher and can't wait to see what God will do for him in the coming months and years!

See you when the ice melts!

~Miss Kate

Anonymous said...

We are so happy for this opportunity for Elijah. I think it will expand his world and help him meet the challenges. Both of you are great to see this opportunity and to provide it to him. Your constant vigilance is wonderful.