We talked to our Pastor, Todd Outcalt, and he loved the idea. The Church leadership thought sharing this awesome book with the congregation, Sunday School classes, and anyone else that could use the super message found in the book would be great. After talking to Ryan about the idea, we set up a time with Morgan Evans (one of the Church’s tech guys) to record him reading and then Morgan put together the visuals.
It’s been all too long since our last video episode! We’re still here though and still doing things our own special way. This month as it started warming up outside we had one goal in mind, RIDE OUR BIKE WITHOUT TRAINING WHEELS! It’s been a long time goal filled with successes and failures. Sam made the leap into being a bike rider a few weeks ago and he hasn’t looked back. He’s even had a few wipeouts that hurt really bad but he still has great love for riding his bike. Check out our little video episode we put together showing off his biking skills.
As the video shows we’ve only made one minor modification to his bike and that was after a discussion with our super friendly local bicycle shop, A1 Cyclery in Indianapolis. Kevin from the shop suggested a “wing” type handlebar grip to extend the handlebar grip area and provide more surface for Sam to put his little hand on. So far it seems to be working great.
Long time no see friends! Winter has been especially cold and brutal where we live (and from the sound of for most of you as well), so we’ve been locked inside for most of the season. However there have been a few not-so-terrible days sprinkled in. On those days we’ve tried to get out and do some fun in the snow stuff. One of those things included traveling to Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg Indiana to go snow tubing. We made a couple of videos from us going down the hills, check it out.
What kind of adventures have you been up to this winter?
We were so lucky at the beginning of Sam’s school year. Not only did we get such great support from the school and his amazing teacher, but great support came from so many of the other parents as well. We also received a lot of support from the Limb Different community as a whole, but especially from our dear friend Ryan from LivingOneHanded.com.
He and his family were headed through our town on the way to the Helping Hands Midwest Picnic; he asked if Sam’s school would be open to him delivering his “Different is Awesome” talk. I told him that I thought it was unlikely given that it would be the second day of classes but that I would ask anyway. Sam’s teacher was thrilled at the offer and asked if the other three kindergarten classes could join as well. Ryan loved the idea.
The day of the talk came and Sam was so excited to share one of his limb different friends with his new classmates.
Popular question we’ve been getting lately is… “So how is kindergarten going???”
Short answer: TOTALLY AWESOME!
Long answer: Sam endlessly talks about all his awesome friends from school. His amazing teacher has been great to work with. Sam is beginning writing with purpose and surprisingly well (his brother was not fond of good penmanship). He has taken to reading very well, he’s excited to read TO us at bedtime now. He’s had his first evaluation and everything is looking good. We talked to his PE teacher and she said there has been only one activity she’s had to help him adapt, the crab walk (that’s hard to do with two hands). The kids recently had their first music program with a Thanksgiving theme. Here’s one of the songs they performed.
Sam is in the second row, part of the “brown feathers” group (closest to the camera).
We hope you’re doing well! Leave us a comment to let us know what you are up to or if you have questions!!
Coming soon, second day of kindergarten surprise special speaker complete with video clip!