Another New Therapy

Another New Therapy

Ryder’s favorite (and dare I say, most successful) form of therapy is working out with Ric, our personal trainer and co-owner of Full Force Personal Training.  A typical training session includes about 20 minutes of “work” and 10 minutes of “play.”  Work time often looks like this:…or this:And play time usually looks like this:We have seen […]

A Tale of Two Pianos

A Tale of Two Pianos

My mom’s great-great grandfather Jacob Zech and his brother were piano makers from San Francisco in the 1800’s.  They made grand pianos, upright pianos, and even some beautifully unique square grand pianos. For as long as I can remember, we’ve had one of their masterpieces in our living room… a 9 1/2 foot concert grand, […]

Ryder Took the Plunge {Photo Overload}

Ryder Took the Plunge {Photo Overload}

Ryder has always been a “details” kid.  He lives for non-fiction books and TV shows, and knows more about the human body than anyone his age should.  He has to know exactly what you’re talking about, why you’re talking about it, and what it means for him.  So when he decided he wanted to acknowledge […]

Un-Shoelaces

Un-Shoelaces

Since Ryder got sick last December, we have encountered a whole host of things we used to take for granted that he can no longer do on his own.  Some of those things have resolved… pulling up his own pants, writing, climbing up to his top bunk, etc.  He still needs help to put a […]

Arm-mageddon Update & Anxiety

Arm-mageddon Update & Anxiety

We are pleased to report that Ryder’s slow-and-steady progress continues to be slow and steady.  Most notably, his shoulder appears less “sharp” which means he is regaining muscle tone and strength in his deltoids.  This is important because those are the muscles that pull the shoulder up in the correct position, and make it possible to […]

{Life Lately}

{Life Lately}

The end of the school year is approaching, and it seems like we’re busier than ever!  Here’s a little update: Evan is growing like a weed, and learning new things all the time.  He is following closely in his brother’s footsteps by teaching himself how to add and subtract, and loves to practice writing his […]

One Photo, All the Things

One Photo, All the Things

Since the boys go to a Christian school, they attend chapel once a week.  Every month, instead of a lesson, they have an awards ceremony to honor the kids for their hard work and achievements.  Today was the last Awards Chapel of Ryder’s first grade year.  His amazing teacher came up with awards beginning with the […]

Practicing rocking and crawling

Slooooow and Steady

We are so blessed by the people in our lives who are still praying for our Mighty Warrior, and so appreciate those of you who ask about him regularly. “How’s Ryder?” seems like such a simple question, and yet I always find myself stumbling over the right words to choose.  See, all things considered, Ryder is […]

Pastor Gordon let Ryder take home the vial of oil as a reminder of God's faithfulness.  It rests on a shelf in his room, near this awesome print of a Mighty Warrior... just like Ryder.

{ James 5:14-15 }

In my last post, I went over a couple new therapy strategies we’ve recently employed.  But I’d be remiss if I didn’t describe our most important, most effective form of therapy: prayer. When we were in the midst of our long journey to become parents, losing one pregnancy after another, we learned a lot about joy.  God […]

New Season, New Therapies

New Season, New Therapies

Overall, Ryder is as healthy and active as he was before he got sick but we still have a long and winding road ahead of us.  His grip strength continues to improve, and the few movements he can make get stronger as the weeks go on.  We were told that if he’s ever going to regain functional […]