Saturday, June 16, 2012

Dillon's Birthday!!!

Happy 6th Birthday Dillon!
Wow! Do I ever feel old saying that! But it was also something I thought I would never get to say - so for that I am thankful and feel blessed! Happy Birthday "Baby Dillon"! But you're not a Baby anymore! I love you my Boy!

Earlier this week Dillon's class had a graduation party. The lady on the left is his teacher and the other two ladies also work in the classroom with the kids. Dillon was the only one from her class there that was graduating. I didn't get a picture because I did get a video, they said he was charming, gentle, and spirited - he will let you know what he wants!

We got Jay his cap and gown for when he is done K5 in a few days but Jay let Dillon wear it...

My baby is all grown up!!!!

Today was his birthday and his party!
Jay was waiting for Dillon's friend from school to come for Dillon's first friend party! He was so excited!

Dillon waiting out back for the fun to begin!

Dillon and his friend from school
Bubble fun! I got this bubble machine at a yard sale for $1 and the kids love it!
Dillon and his friend in the pool

His birthday cake - it is supposed to be a beach ball.... Hey - I tried!

Getting ready to sing...

Dillon had a good birthday! It was a beautiful day out, not too hot, but warm enough to play. He went in the pool, had a friend over for the first time, got some presents from family (Thank you!) and just enjoyed life!

7 people have blessed and encouraged me (and made me cry) at their notes that I asked for yesterday. Thank you to everyone who took the time to write me and tell me how Dillon's life has been used by God to impact their lives. If I had to describe Dillon's life it really would be: ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD!!! That IS the purpose of Dillon's life - to bring God glory. Thank you for blessing my Mommy's heart today on Dillon's 6th birthday! I think this has been the best birthday for him ever! He had a friend over and we got to talk with people who know what life is like for us, he got some nice gifts in the mail from family, had a taste of icing (no he didn't really care), swam in his pool, enjoyed the breeze outside all afternoon and evening, was near family who love him, etc. As long as I don't let myself start to dwell on that day and what I lost and how my heart shattered for my little boy, then I can see God's hand clearly in our life over the last 6 years. I can see God saying I need a little missionary to reach out to my other special families, I need a missionary who is so cute and touching that people won't refuse his story and the gospel, I need a little man who will encourage others to be thankful for their families, I need a family who will allow me to use them. I am not saying I was always willing, but by God's Grace and only through His help I am willing to allow him to use our family to help others. I only pray we can continue to be a blessing and a testimony to others and that we can live our lives in a way that brings God the Glory!

Thank you Lord, for 6 full years with my first born son. Thank you for the health you have given him and how you have sustained him when no one thought possible. Thank you for all the many ways you have provided wonderful equipment, therapy, nurses, and handicap items for him to make our lives easier. Thank you for the grace to accept his life and the wisdom in making decisions for him. Thank you for the laughter he has brought, thank you for the trails he has brought. Thank you for the little accomplishments he has made, and thank you for helping me handle the milestones he will never meet. Thank you for growing and maturing me through him. Thank you for teaching me about unconditional love through him. Thank you for teaching me prayer, and faith, and trust because of Dillon. Thank you for never leaving me through the hard times. Thank you for promising me you will be with us every step of the way no matter the future. Thank you for the promise of a new body one day where he will run and jump and play, but thank you for allowing him to be different in this world to touch others lives.

Thank you for giving me Dillon - JUST AS HE IS! I love you Dillon!

Friday, June 15, 2012

Tomorrow is Dillon's Birthday

My Baby turns 6 tomorrow!!!! How did that happen???

I will never forget that day, there are so many tiny details etched in my mind. It was one of the greatest days of my life, but also one of the saddest and most frightening!

For his birthday this year, will you email me, don't leave a public comment, with how Dillon's life has impacted you? How has God challenged you, matured you, changed you, grown you, etc. Its selfish - but it really helps me to KNOW HOW God's has used Dillon's life, to know it isn't in vain, that there IS a purpose for his little life being so very different from what I wanted. I would love to read these notes tomorrow on his birthday! THANK YOU!!!