We spent Christmas week in Park City, Utah with Jason’s family. This has been a big year for the Hall family. Jason and I got married 16 years ago and for 11 years I was the only “new addition” to the family. His brother Brandon got married 5 years ago and they have given my in-laws 3 beautiful grandchildren to spoil.
But in 2008 we had two more weddings and both my sister-in-law Jayne and I are expecting in 2009. All of that in addition to his brother Nathan and his wife starting the adoption process means that the Hall family is finally in the mega-expansion mode! We had a full-house this year with new spouses joining the crowd and when we all come together for Thanksgiving next year we will almost have doubled the number of grandchildren. It has truly been a year of celebration for our family.
Because we don’t get to see our nephews and niece very often they are not very used to Jason’s wheelchair but both Carter and Luke are old enough now to figure out how to maneuver climbing up onto Jason’s lap or stand on his wheel to get up close and personal. They know that his power joystick is off limits (mostly because they don’t want to get run over if they play with it) and that it’s safer to give him a heads up when they are getting ready to hop on or off.
Jason has a gift of being able to make things work for him – figuring out how to do what he wants to do in spite of his disability. After watching these little munchkins clamor all over him for the week, I was reminded that our little guy will be no different. Jason may not be able to pick our baby up from off the floor but that doesn’t matter – it’s easy to do that part for him. As time goes on, there is no doubt in my mind that they will have their own special systems figured out of how to be together and connected in the way that works for this daddy-son team. I can’t wait to see it all unfold. They are going to be such great buddies. As Jason likes to say, “He’s my man on the inside.”
Utah is known for having “The Greatest Snow on Earth” and last week did not disappoint. It snowed like crazy for all of the Christmas skiers in Park City so I wanted to share our wintry joy (and 3 feet of snow in 36 hours) with all of you for today’s Download Day.
If you live someplace sunny and warm – then I envy you – but for those of you with white stuff coming down, I hope you love your snow days as much as we do here in Utah.