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WOW---It's been a while

Posted Oct 13 2009 10:06pm
So I haven't posted in a while, but things have been crazy here. I got a double ear infection, which seems to be starting a trend of being annual, gosh I sure hope not! Jackson had what we believe is an allergic reaction to soy. And, Jon had a terrible reaction to sulfa drugs and ended up in the hospital for 2 days, but he's all better now. So, now you see why it's been so long!?

Tonight, I want to write about something I have only dreamed of for a very long time. About a month ago, my little miracle started school. I don't have a desire for my child to grow up too fast, but school has always been a milestone I hoped we would accomplish and on the first day, that little miracle WALKED to class and was FULLY INCLUDED.

Many of you know the struggles I faced with trying to find a place that would fully include Jackson with his peers. We heard all the logic about safety and accommodating his needs, we were offered "baby rooms", no access and many other irrational things along the way. But God always has a plan and out of the blue I found First Presbyterian in Baton Rouge. They were more than willing to take on a "challenge", invited us to see their facilities, see if what they had would work for us and if they could accommodate Jackson. We went toured, interviewed and fell promptly in LOVE. They offered us a full scholarship if we agreed to find a shadow and pay them. The search began and we found another God send in Nici, she loves Jackson and he loves her. She is a true angel on this Earth and we could not have asked for a better fit.

Jackson has been in school for about a month now and absolutely LOVES it. He has made friends, the kids are so accepting and melt my heart everyday, from climbing off a toy to sit on the floor and play with Jackson to climbing in the sand box to play with him---he's a ROCK STAR and the girls wait for him to walk to class with them! Just tonight he was telling me and Jon that "all the kids want to play with me!" He's learning his ABCs, numbers, months, prayers, etc., working on potty training, and being fully included with a little help. His teachers are AMAZING and everyone there loves and spoils him! It is a perfect fit!

This weekend, we leave for appointments in Houston, first a Texas Children's with a geneticist, which I am a little nervous about and then to Shriner's to see Dr. G----it will be a fun weekend as we will be staying with my (half) sister, I can't wait to just sit on the porch with her and a big glass of tea! Please pray for safe travels and valuable information from our medical team---I'll keep you posted.

All our love,

the heckerts
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