Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Birthday fun and Ninersmania!!!

Josh celebrated the big number 7 last week and had such a great time!
It was like fate that the 49ers Youth Football program came to our school and put on a training camp for "7 and older" 2 days after Josh turned 7!  The stars aligned.
The training camp was such a blast for the kids and Josh was such a little stud out there.  I think since he's about the size of a 4 year old people just don't expect too much out of him, but he so coordinated and has so much agility he surprises everyone!  It was a really special day for Josh to be a part of an official 49ers event because he's a huge fan!
It was kind of funny, when the Niners truck pulled up all of the kids raced over to it & they all expected Kaepernick to climb out of the back.  These kids were more excited for this truck to arrive than they would be if Santa pulled up in a sleigh full of gifts....really!

It was so good to watch Josh run and play football with a huge smile on his face, without a care in the world.  It was as if all his dreams came true that day.  I couldn't help but feel so much gratitude for the 49ers program.  Watching him just be an ordinary kid (with some crazy good football skills:), I thought back to our visit earlier that week at Stanford.  As I watched my boy laugh and throw passes and I had so much peace knowing that despite his heart and the fact he must feel pretty yucky inside, he doesn't let anything stop him from enjoying his life.  He's such a good example.

Now onto his Birthday...we went to my parents house this weekend to celebrate with family.  Since Josh is a huge Niners fan he of course wanted a Niners party.  He had so much fun playing football with his uncles and cousins.  He was a lucky boy because we were connected with an organization called Icing Smiles.  Icing Smiles put us in contact with an amazing baker, The Cake Boxer, here in San Francisco.  The baker created an amazing cake for Josh!  It was definitely a highlight of his birthday!

People ask all the time how Josh is doing.  Overall, I have to say he is doing well.  His vomiting has lessened (only about 3-4x a week) and he's in good spirits.  If you read my previous post you know he's not doing well on the inside.  But it sure goes a long way when his quality of life is still good.:)

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