"We are going to focus on LIFE for Katya. I believe, one day, she will amaze the world."

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Wednesday, July 17, 2013


This week, all three of our youngest kiddos have been going to VBS. This particular VBS is sponsored by the church that also does the special needs support group that our family is a part of.

That means, they have the market CORNERED on how to take care of our special needs kiddos during VBS. It's WONDERFUL. Katya is paired with a one-on-one friend that she is already used to from support groups. The kitchen staff understands food allergies and makes sure her snacks each day are dairy free. The staff is inventive and creative in including EVERY child--and that includes Miss Katya!

She LOVES VBS, and has in fact calmed down and perked up considerably since it started Monday night! (YAY!!!) We think she was missing seeing her support group friends perhaps since she got so very excited when she realized they were there at VBS (along with many, many 'typical' kids).

Charity also has been helping as a one-on-one friend with one of the girls she helps with at the Friendship Parties sometimes.

Kristina writing a poem about the things in nature she is thankful for. She said it was read later to her group, which pleased her.

Not such a very good photo of Katya but she really is enjoying VBS, in spite of appearances to the contrary in this photo!

Charity with M, the girl she is helping. Charity said she was surprised and pleased how much more she could sign with M. than she could even a few months ago.  M. is working on teaching Charity additional signs too. ;-)

And even though I don't have a photo of Chad here, he is having a great time as well.

So thankful for a church that has the vision and determination to meet the needs of special needs children and their families and DO IT WELL.

It makes my Mommy heart so glad to be able to drop off **ALL** my children and know that they are ALL having a great time at the same event! It's such a NORMAL thing.

YAY for VBS geared for kids of all abilities!

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