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

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Monday, September 23, 2013

Joni and Friends Family Retreat Reunion Part 2

Chad enjoyed playing ball with his Daddy for awhile outside. He also was sure Kristina should get in on the face painting with a butterfly, since he knows she loves butterflies.

And although not nearly all of our family's STMS were able to make it, our dear Kayla did! Her joy and enthusiasm always bless us! She loves Katya and it shows as she relates to her.

After some rousing renditions of camp songs, the party started to wind down. The time of food, fellowship and fun was so good . . .

I'm so glad that Joni and Friends provided this neat opportunity for our family. It's wonderful to be where we know people "get" the challenges we face on some level, and are perfectly fine with it. I think it was Kayla and I who were talking about how we think Joni and Friends is like a little taste of Heaven  . . just an appetizer to make us more hungry than ever to go.

Praying so much we will be able to go to a Joni and Friends retreat next year. I guess we will see how things are after Katya's up-coming surgery. We are trying to keep our hand open and not plan anything too much for post-op until we see how she gets through the surgery, and how recovery goes.

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