Clouds are lifting - Aria MacDonald

Clouds are lifting

The past couple of days have been very very encouraging for our little family.  It is like the clouds are finally FINALLY starting to lift.  It feels good.

Today Hamish and I did half days each.  I did the morning and I had a great time with Aria.  Her room is packed full of new toys even I want to play with :) Today she did ‘feet resting’ for 12 minutes.  She is lying on her bed but it is tilted down at such a level than she has to weight bare on her legs.  Great progress.  Of course there was the news of the pee and great progress on the vent.

Getting home is looking more and more promising.  There is a long way to go but it is looking good.  Omaha Childrens Museum is having a Carefree Kids night on the 16th of August- we might even actually make it with Aria and Asher.  They would have an AWESOME time.

In the afternoon Asher and I went with some friends to a sprinkler park.  Are kiwis familiar with these?  I wasn’t so by way of explanation it is like a local neighbourhood park but instead of swing and slides you have all these different things that shoot water out at different times.  Like a rainbow you run under and jets that come up from the ground.  Very cool. Actually it is an awesome idea for those Aussies cause it is stinkin hot there too but those poor people never seem to have water!

What surprised me was my response when Andrea emailed me to invite us.  I was like ‘Yes please we would LOVE to come’  For the first time pretty much since we have gotten here I feel good to socialise and talk with people without being scared of crying or having to think of creative ways to say that Aria is really sick but actually fine.   Thank you to all our Omaha friends for loving us and reaching out to us even when we were terrible company!

Did you know today I lifted Aria out of bed and into her seat without help!  First time ever in months that I didn’t need help to pick up my own child.  I can’t tell you want an awesome feeling and privilege that is.

27 Responses to “Clouds are lifting”

  1. Lisa Robertson says:

    Lovely Lovely post Anita – so thrilled for you all that Aria is making such wonderful progress…. friends are most wonderful things, so awesome you have some great friends in Omaha now!!! Keep you all in my thoughts as always x

  2. Andrea Hydeen says:

    aww, so glad you had a good time. It was so good to actually get a YES! with an attempt to get together! So happy for your little family. :) and funny, I was going to tell you today that you have to check out the children’s museum, bc Asher would love waiting for the balls to drop like he waiter for the water to spray. We’ll have to get together again soon!

  3. fiona says:

    What lovely positive things are happening- so great to hear it all. Bless you all

  4. Leticia says:

    What an amazing post. Thank you for sharing so honestly through the bad times and good. Im so glad little Aria is making even progress that home is on the horizon.

  5. Hamish MacDonald says:

    You’re right Andrea, he does love waiting for the balls to drop at the museum. He laughs and laughs and laughs.

  6. Raylene says:

    Wow…all good news, that is soo good!

  7. brad and steph says:

    Your Omaha friends are pretty big fans of the MacDonald family and SO happy that your clouds are lifting this week. WOW… God is so good.

  8. Kathy _ Rotorua says:

    Good you have friends close by, and you and Asher had a lovely time, I can’t imagine how you were feeling lifting Aria up in such a long time, i am so so happy for yous, Love n big hugs for yous all.

  9. jeannie overall says:

    So happy for you Anita-and for Hamish and Asher too of course! It’s lovely to know you are starting to do things with Aria that we all take for granted. Go ahead and play with the toys! We are all kids at heart! Is Hamish getting to watch any of the World Cup? I hope he managed to see the All Whites do us proud!

    May God’s blessings continue to make you smile – Jeannie

  10. Lisa says:

    It’s lovely to hear you sounding so positive, long may the great things continue. I can’t wait to hear you planning on getting Aria home, and then one day home to us in NZ. Lots of love and best wishes

  11. Natalie and Cody says:

    Wonderful positive stuff – Praying that all is onward and upwards from here on in and that life is happy and fulfilling for you all —- Hugs from Nelson NZ

  12. Nana & Poppa MacDonald says:

    Yay, a wonderful post, love the positives, Praise God

  13. Joan Marshall says:

    What tremendous progress. God is good.

  14. Sharls says:

    I have tears of joy after reading this post.

  15. iliganoa says:

    Praise da lord o my soul and all that is within me praise his holy Name amen. Enjoy good times family. God is soooooooooo good amen.

  16. Michelle says:

    Aria’s blog often gets me teary, and has again today. So cool to hear the progress and just to hearof some almost normal happenings. Enjoy :)

  17. Samantha Sutherland says:

    What a great day – i am so happy to hear you having fun and letting go of all the stress! Yay for friends and good fun times!

  18. Judy Palmer says:

    Praise to our Great God for all the blessings he has showered on your family and especially on Princess Aria. She has come such a long way in the last few weeks, I am blown away. Continually praying for you all that you will be home as a complete family very soon.
    Blessings, Judy.

  19. Ann says:

    May you have many more days like this one and Aria keeps steady progress on her journey of recovery.

  20. Mary says:

    Lovely post, as so many have said and so heartwarming to note the pleasure that you are getting from things now and that as you say you have that sense of the clouds lifting after so much grief and worry. Feel so sad for you that you have felt you had to put on a brave face with people. It must make it so much harder being so far from the people you can unburden to, other than each other. Prayers for you all.

  21. Belinda (LF - Aus) says:

    Hi Anita, I live in Brisbane Australia. Yes we do have sprinkler parks here in Brissi, they get turned off when the water situation gets really bad and they have been re-done to reuse the water and tanks have been instaled, but yes, we do have them :)
    How awesome that you got Aria out of bed without any help :) Keep on getting better Miss Aria :)

  22. Shirley Davy says:

    Yay, yay, yay! X much love. X

  23. joyce says:

    Such good news again. So happy you are getting to do some fun things. You may be a long way from home but just remember your family of God is right there in Omaha so let them help you all out.Great that Aria is making such good progress.

  24. Tiffany Keller says:

    Anita, maybe you should write to your government (or someone), & ask them to put in a Sprinkler park, when you get back home to NZ. I just want to give you something to look forward to. ;-) I’m glad Aria is doing so well! She really has come a long way! I hope you do get to bring Aria to the Children’s Museum event! I bet she would LOVE that, & Asher would too. :-) I’m so glad that everyone in your family had a great day! That’s always good to hear! God Bless!

  25. Kathleen and Anita says:

    Aria’s progress just thrills us through and through. What a privilege to be part of it!

  26. Dreams come true - Aria MacDonald says:

    [...] We dreamed it and today it came true.  We had the best time at the Omaha Childrens Museum.  We are so thankful to them for opening it up for families like ours. [...]

  27. Ann says:

    Great to hear the wonderful news

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