Sunday, September 20, 2009

Stay Left.... Turn Right!

This weekend a good friend of mine drove up from Northern CA with her oldest daughter to see us. It was so great to see her again! I met her when Kaleb started Kindergarten. We were the 2 moms with the double strollers full of kids... to many to count...lol! It turned out that our kids would end up being best friends, our youngest children were around the same age and we both had kids that went to preschool at the same time. We spent many of days having picnics in the park or eating lunch in the school cafeteria waiting for our kids.

After Makenzie's accident she was ALWAYS there for me! She watched my kids while Makenzie was in the hospital and when we were gone for therapy. LIVESAVER!

A bit more than a year ago the military took her away from CO and transplanted her in CA. Kaleb was devastated and so was I! When their family's time is up in CA (3 more years) they plan on coming back to CO. That day could not come soon enough... but until then, this girls weekend was GREAT!!!

We decided to play tourist a bit and drove down to Long Beach to see the aquarium. We got in the car and plugged TOM TOM in and off we went. I really don't enjoys driving and it is no exception in LA! As we got on the 405 I was proud! I made it! I was driving on a CA highway! Silly right?.... Not for me! For the last week I have been avoiding California highways like the plague!

We got close to Long Beach and my GPS kept telling me to stay left... so I did. Then it piped up and told me to turn right... WHAT! We laughed and got over and made it off the highway on the right exit. Then it turned us around back onto the 405 going the opposite way. Hadn't we just come from there? We both looked at each other in a very confused state and just shrugged. This was our girls adventure right?

Then I remembered the few times in the past that I have tried to out smart the GPS. Long story short, it was always right and I was always wrong! So kept doing what TOM TOM told us to do and low and behold we made it!!!

This reminds me of what is is to trust in God. Sometimes it doesn't make a whole lot of since but in the end he is always right and we are always wrong! I have been thinking about that alot the last couple of days. Thinking about all of the therapy we have done for Makenzie. Even though sometimes it hasn't made a lot of since and it was hard, I know that God brought us to each and every place we have gone. The thing is.. Makenzie is not the only one that these trips was intended to help! Looking back at every single one of them I can see SOOO much more then just therapy for Makenzie that came out of them. God has showed his hand in one way or another EVERY time. He wastes NOTHING!

Ok....Back to the Long Beach trip!! LOL!

The aquarium was GREAT! Makenzie loves fish! I knew this because the highlight of every trip to the hospital at home is to sit and watch the fish in the many tanks they have there.

She was soooo engaged and watched everything! The best part was to see how good her tracking has gotten! She was able to find something and watch it back and forth. I think what really amazed me is when we got to the sea lions. Though guys are quick! She would sit and look for them and then one would shoot across the tank and she would sit and follow it all of the way until it disappeared to the other side of the tank! WOW!!!

After about and hour we went on a boat tour of the Long Beach Harbor and that too was awesome!

Then it was time to have lunch! I have been trying to find an opportunity to make it to Chilies as proceeds are being donated to St Jude's and childhood cancer this month. Low and behold there was a Chilies right in front of us when we got off the boat! Awesome!!! If you get a chance to eat at Chilies on Monday Sept, 28th ALL of the money made that day goes to St. Jude's! What a great cause! I really wanted to go then but there is no way Makenzie can do a sit down dinner after 6 hours of therapy!

After lunch we went back to the aquarium and Makenzie got to touch sharks and other sea creatures! We left about 6pm! It was a GREAT day!!!!

Below are a few pictures. More can be found on Makenzies dropshots.

We are back to therapy tomorrow! Please pray that it goes well and Makenzie gets stronger, learns more, and HEALS! Pray for God's healing and protection!

Believe... Prayer Works!



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2 comments:

mary clendinning said...

We so enjoy following Makenzies days. Your photos are wonderful as is your description of each day. Thank you so much for sharing this story with all of us.

Mary Clendinning
Mark Lozano Ross's Mom

mary clendinning said...

We so enjoy your photos and comments and Makenzies' experiences and all that you do with her. Thank you for sharing all of this.

Mary Clendinning
Mark Lozano Ross's Mom

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