I just asked him what his favorite memory of being there was: "Rock hopping--jumping from one big rock to the next! There were so many different shapes!" He said he also really enjoyed looking in the Welcome Center for the Great Smoky Mountains. I'm really glad it worked out for him to get to go with Paul and have a bit of a fun field trip!
Back in the fall, when the fires were roaring in the area, Chad had seen a news report about Ripley's Aquarium being safe. He got so excited and told us that he wanted to go there someday! Well, wasn't it so nice that it worked out for Paul to be able to take Chad due to needing to go to the area to get the work truck?! We thought so. I hunted online to find the cheapest ticket prices, and Chad was delighted to have his dream come true! Chad has sacrificed much over the last number of years, and done without many things that should rightfully be his and so I'm always thrilled when something good can happen for him.
Katya has been discovering the joy of making things with paper. We were tickled to observe she had clearly cut out a rabbit this past week after observing and petting (!) some at Rural King.
Speaking of Katya, she has some Doctor's appointments coming up next month again at Johns Hopkins. We would appreciate prayers for wisdom for the Doctor's and us as we discuss another surgery and try to determine if doing it this year is wise. While there are many reasons that it seems like it would be wise to do it in May 2017, we just are not 100% sure and we need clarity and wisdom. These surgeries are so risky, so stressful that we need to know for sure that it's what we are supposed to do now before we proceed. We know God is the one who knows all and knows if it's wise for Katya to have the surgery now or if we should continue to wait. So thankful He knows and can open and close the doors for us to help us arrive at the right decision.