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

Dr. Ben Carson on Katya Dueck

Friday, August 19, 2016

Back to School 2016-2017

Katya has started back to school.

She had a range of emotions on the first day.

Happy.


A little anxious while waiting for the school van to arrive. (Break my heart!)




And then back to self confident once the van with her dearly beloved "van ladies" and her traveling companions arrived!



The reports coming in are all positive so far. Here's hoping for a great year!

In other news, Charity is enjoying a lot about her time in Japan. The "pestilence that stalketh by night" being a duly noted exception. It seems the cabins they are staying in at the one location are thoroughly loaded with vermin. Eep!! They are giving two concerts a day, plus rehearsals and so a lot of time is going into music, but they are also doing some hiking and other things. I am sure she will have a lot of good memories. Please keep praying for the group's safety and an enjoyable time for them all!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Summer!

Katya's summer camp ended last week. We have given her a wall calendar of her own with just events that are pertinent to her marked on it, and it seems that is helping her to cope with changes a little better as she can keep checking the calendar to visualize what is going on.

She had another successful check up and cleaning. No cavities! I am grateful for how extremely patient the staff is with Katya at her office! It takes twice as long as it should to get a check up and cleaning done because they have to be so patient with her, but they get it done!! ;-)



Chad went off to camp for kids with pulmonary issues and came back yesterday tanned and happy!

He really enjoyed the dogs at camp--here he is telling them good-bye.


And after he was home, with his camp blanket! The camp has volunteers who make and donate a blanket for each kid's bed and they get to take the blanket home with them at the end of camp! So grateful that Chad has had the opportunity to attend camp there last year and this year.


Kristina has been helping at various events this year as a teen volunteer. She also got to travel with her friend B, to WI to the camp where she is volunteering and spend some time with her friend there. While helping with work was part of what Kristina did, she also got to have some fun!



One fine Saturday we went to a Farmer's Market as a family. Found a gluten and dairy free stand and the kiddos got to enjoy treats!


We also took a 1 day summer vacation and all 7 of us went to a Ukrainian Festival. It was a lot of fun!


Katya enjoyed the food like usual!

Chad hung out with the K-9 and his very nice handler.



Kristina took a turn too.


And so our summer keeps moving right along! Charity leaves next week [gulp!!] for Japan for what has turned into a NINETEEN DAY TRIP with about 30 some concerts planned! Please pray for her strength and stamina and for safety for the tour group if you think of it. I know they would all appreciate it.

We don't have much more time before school will start up again and things will be busy so we are packing as much into our days as we can. Today we will go meet up with a friend who moved out of town but is back visiting for the day. We will all enjoy sitting and visiting with her for awhile as she is dearly loved by all of us!

How is your summer going?