There were lots of high points between January and May 2012, but Memorial Day Weekend began our highest points of 2012. Zachary was sent his "match" from 4 Paws for Ability. He got a personal email and picture from Twinkie, and his life hasn't been the same since....clearly, neither has ours. :) (God love our "energetic" pup! LOL) Since Zachary is a couple of years older this time around and has been to 4 Paws before, he definitely understood what this email was all about and couldn't wait to meet Twinkie. For the next week, he carried a picture of Twinkie with him where ever he went, and after the 540 minute drive from New Jersey to Ohio and just one more sleep...THE big day had finally arrived!
challenge Zachary faces. His level of anxiety and his ability to appropriately manage it is the driving force behind most, if not all, of what Zachary does...and does not do for that matter.
A new challenge that we were facing with Zachary throughout 2011 and up until Twinkie became a part of our life this past June was the fact that is was becoming increasingly more difficult to get Zachary to leave our house. He no longer wanted to go out into the community doing the things we knew he enjoyed. He just wanted to stay home. Period. At the end of the day, when the world is an unsettling place because it's too loud, too bright, too crowded and moves faster than you're able to process, staying home is a much better option despite the fact it's the worst possible option for a child like Zachary.
|Visit to the ER...asthma.|
|Lunch on the patio at Applebee's|
|Watching the RC Airplanes at the park.|
|Relaxing and watching TV with his girl. :)|
Lately we've even been talking about flying on a plane somewhere. "Twinkie can come on the plane, right Mommy?" Maybe 2013 will continue to bring us more than we could have ever imagined and hoped for; seeing is believing.
So cheers to you, 2012! Thanks for a great year. We can't wait to see what our 2013 destination is. Stay tuned.