Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Meeting Santa for the first time.


Our children's hospital puts on a wonderful event called "Sensitive Santa"  organized by the child life specialists and the family resource center. It's a chance for children with various physical and cognitive challenges to meet with Santa on their own terms without standing in a long line, which is something that we would simply never be able to do (with any sanity) with Ethan. 

This Santa was able to sign to Ethan and we had our own Elf assigned to stand in line for us. Mrs. Claus was there as well as a juggling reindeer on stilts, a Christmas band (with upright bass, trumpet, etc.) and a magician. Seeing the smiles on the faces of the children in that room literally brought tears to my eyes. I watched one little guy in a wheel chair use his electronic AAC device to discuss football scores with Santa and the smile on his face was absolutely priceless. Santa took his time with each child and there was no pressure to make it snappy. Ethan enjoyed the entire experience, as did we. I hope they do it again next year! 

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We closed on our new house on Monday! We've got movers helping us with furniture on Friday morning but I've been making trips over to the house all week and have nearly finished setting up the new kitchen, the bathrooms, and the linen closet. Oh, and Ethan's room is nearly finished as well :-) I'm darn motivated! 

So we'll go shopping for a Christmas tree on Saturday and then a few days later our families will join us to celebrate the season in our new home. 

I have never felt so blessed, so fortunate, and so grateful in all my life. 

16 comments:

Drew's Mom said...

Congratulations! I can only imagine how great you must be feeling!

Merry Christmas to you, Ethan's Dad, and that cute little boy!

Cheryl said...

You deserve to feel every single bit of happiness. I am so thrilled for you all. Congratulations on the new house, how wonderful you'll be in for Christmas. You'll have to post some pictures.

I love the photo and Ethan hanging with Santa. What a wonderful and sensitve group of people you are working with. It made me tear up too just thinking about all the kindness, compassion and mostly the understanding.
XXXXXXX

Laurie said...

Your post was filled with happiness and joy! And made me smile this morning! I'm so glad 'Santa' speaks in all different languages to the children, even in sign language. What a moment that must have been for all of you!

Christmas blessings to you in your new home, too!

Laurie

Kyla said...

Awesome!! What a neat thing for the hospital to do!

Aliki2006 said...

Hooray! What a wonderful thing for all those kids--a "sensitive Santa"--I love it!

And I hope you have a beautiful holiday in your new home (I know you will!).

KC said...

Fabulous Santa set-up. How perfect. And the house! Wow. What a magical holiday it is turning out to be for all of you.

Kristina White said...

What a wonderful way to end the year and start a new one - on a very high note! So glad for all of you.

And, I'm quite impressed that Ethan wasn't scared of Santa. Julia (my 3 year old) won't get anywhere near him!

Julie said...

What a super Santa... and a very brave Ethan :0)

And WOW what a busy Christmas you'll be having!

Merry Christmas,

Julie

leahlefler said...

Yay for the new house! It will be SOOOO nice to have Christmas in your own house and to bget settled in. The sensitive Santa is a great idea- what a wonderful children's hospital!

Merry Christmas!

Beck said...

Look at how comfortable he is with Santa! My oldest kid who is NINE has still never come that close to Santa.

jen said...

i don't think it gets any better than that.

Cheryl said...

Hi Heather,
I wanted to wish you and your BEAUTIFUL family a very Merry Christmas. Sending love, peace, joy and blessings.
XXXXXXX

She said...

He's so handsome! Congrats on the new house!

Hope Christmas was wonderful!

Thinking of you all!

Susan said...

Your little boy is adorable! Best wishes on the new house! Do any more sewing.

Loudest Mom said...

Merry Christmas to all of you!

She said...

I've missed you! How's the new house? How are you?