Dear Friends and Family,
Hello! We hope you’re doing well and enjoying the change of season. We have only recently left behind 90+ degree temps here in North Carolina and we are loving the cooler days and autumn colors. We last updated back in June, which seems like forever ago! Since then, the most important and exciting update from us is that Phoebe Marie Ross was born on August 13th. She is now 2 months old and is a pure delight! Her sweet smiles have melted all of our hearts and it’s been especially fun to see the boys with a baby sister — they are all smitten and I can’t help but think that Phoebe has no idea how blessed she is to have these three as her big brothers!
There’s been a lot of anticipation, change, and adjustment for us this summer. As you might imagine, not all of it has been smooth sailing. But we are thankful for the Lord’s provision as our family has grown yet again and in the midst of life that never really slows down. For example . . . Phoebe was born one week before Will’s first fall semester as a professor at RTS began, so no paternity leave over here! We are thankful for family, friends, and church community that has supported us well through this season of change.
We officially began our second year of homeschooling this fall. Amos is in 1st grade and Luke has begun K5. Both boys are doing so well and enjoying our studies at home as well as their one day a week at Greyfriars, a classical tutorials program where they can enjoy friends and learning in a larger community (and Mama can get some time with Sam and Phoebe!). Amos is doing really well with school. His reading skills took off over the summer and it’s fun to see him reading all the things. Amos has also been blessed with some excellent therapists who are helping a lot. It always takes a while to find therapists that mesh well with Amos, his needs, our expectations, and our schedule. So after nearly a year here in Charlotte, it feels like we are finally finding a good team to support Amos in these ways. We still need a good physical therapist so prayers for that would be greatly appreciated!
We are truly thankful for the ways that we see Amos growing and making progress. We still continues to work hard on speech therapy and compensatory skills that will help him navigate the partial tongue paralysis that remains. There’s a lot that goes into speech for Amos and we are proud of the hard work he’s doing in this area. He’s still working on riding his bike, and gaining strength and endurance. As we see Amos settle into new routines, new activities (like bike riding and reading!), and a new community, we are grateful for the Lord’s protection and mercy. To see Amos with the abilities that he does have today in light of where he was four years ago at this time is always overwhelming. Please pray that we will continue to persevere with grateful hearts as we help Amos navigate his deficits. We are often holding in our hearts the tension of gratitude and sorrow as we consider and observe where Amos is today.
Amos has his first MRI at Duke Children’s Hospital at the end of this year. We won’t be flying to CA for a scan for the first time ever in this whole journey! This decision was multi-faceted and we are so thankful for the excellent team at Duke who have taken excellent care of us and listened carefully to all of our concerns.
And I just have to write this out because it’s exciting and worth noting: There are NO surgeries on the horizon!! What a blessing!
And now, a few pictures: