"We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems or trials, for we know they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disapointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love." Romans 5:3-5
Zach absolutely adored her..you can see it in his eyes.
From March 12th to the 20th our family was blessed to go on a Very Special trip. Last summer Zach's paediatrician and his amazing staff recommended Zach to the Make A Wish Foundation. Zach has always loved water, it was one of the first words he ever said. Zach loves anything and everything to do with water. In the past few years he has really become "obsessed" with the ocean and anything that is in it, however one "mammal" in particular is his favourite...the "bottle nosed" Dolphin. When they asked what his one wish would be...it was of course to swim with a Dolphin,
and his wish came true!
It was an amazing trip and not only did Zach get to swim with a dolphin, so did our entire family!
Jake and Jenny
Jenny and Olivia
I Love Olivia's little white teeth and Jenny's too!
Perry getting pulled thru the water with Jenny
Davey, Jenny and I. Such a special moment.
This day at Discovery Cove was more than we could have ever hoped or dreamt. We floated down the Lazy River, spent 2 hours in the Aviary feeding tropical birds out of our hands, swam with stingrays and so much more. It was an unforgettable day. We could have got right back on the plane and come home...but Make A Wish planned a WEEK long holiday that was just AMAZING!!!!
The following days we spent at Aquatica and a couple other parks. The generous staff at Discovery Cove upgraded our passes so that we were able to spend a full day at Sea World. Our whole family loves the Orca's and Zach has taught us that they are not really whales
but a kind of Dolphin.
We had Front row seats! It was AWESOME!!!
Another thing our kids love is African Animals. So, Make A Wish also gave us a day at
Disney's Animal Kingdom. Amazing..
Kids at the Safari.
We decided to take our kids out to Clearwater to see a famous Dolphin named "Winter". Winter was rescued and then lost her tail. She is at an aquarium in Clearwater where they care for injured marine animals. Our kids loved the movie and have been very concerned for her. It was a very special day.
Looking at Winter and Panama
We are so blessed to have had this experience and share it as a family.
Thankyou to everyone for you prayers. Even though Zach has a rare disease and still faces many challenges, God continues to show us His kindness and His faithfulness beyond what we could ever wish for...
"Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen".
Ephesians 3:20 and 21
Discovery Cove 2012
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Northern Alberta"We grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy".
Zach and I getting ready to go on air with CISN country.
We've been in Alberta 9 years....it is hard to believe.
Leaving our family back in Saskatchewan 9 years ago was one of the hardest things we've ever done. I remember crying and saying "I miss my mom". It was so difficult, but it had to be done.
We look at this picture of Zach sitting by my side at the radiothon and know that if we had not moved....
he would not be here.
God has watched over him and has provided in miraculous ways for him. Thankyou to everyone for your concern and support. The kind words, prayers, cards and hugs are a beautiful blessing to our family.
Zach has been feeling pretty good over the past week, his calcium had been low and so they increased his PTH and his numbers came back up. We are all getting pretty excited about the MAKE A WISH trip. We are going to Florida. They haven't told us much, but what we DO know is that Zach is going to get to swim with a dolphin...it will be a dream come true for him.
Figured I'd put some Radiothon pic's from past years...enjoy.