Friday, April 15, 2011

Two Spunky Little Girls

Oh my goodness....it was so fun meeting Sophie today! We spotted her leg before we spotted her. I guess because it was like looking in a mirror.

The girls were a bit shy with each other at first but after a quick lunch we headed out to the playground (at Shriners). From then on, you would have thought they were best friends!

They had a blast! Unfortunately, we only had about 20 minutes to play before their appointment but we had time to make some happy memories.

Earlier, we were told it was "Clinic" day--meaning that families who were considering an amputation for their child had arrived to see and talk to families who had already been through it. We attended one last fall to help us prepare for Zoey's surgery. It was a privilege to be there to encourage and help other families who were just starting the journey. Zoey happily took her leg off, sock off, everything...to show how her leg looks now. Then she showed the doctor her new favorite trick--putting her leg on backwards. He asked her if she could walk like that and she grinned and walked across the room. Haha He told us a story about a boy who had two prosthetic legs and he had asked if the boy had ever put both legs on backwards and walked into school that way. Well...the boy tried it and his teacher freaked out and sent him to the principal's office. The doctor got a call to verify if he had actually suggested it because the principal wanted to give the boy a detention. {Insert me rolling my eyes and saying, "Oh for Pete's Sake people...lighten up!}

The doctor thought Zoey was going to need another leg already but the prosthetist thought she could wait a few more months if she wears two socks. As her leg muscles atrophy, they get thinner and eventually her prosthetic leg will start falling off. She needed a length adjustment because she had already grown enough to be limping a bit. Probably sometime this summer we will start working on the new leg.

OK--I know you really only want to see the pictures, so here you go. :)
A little shy at first. Aren't they just the cutest?!

Heading down the slide {with Jake lurking in the background}

Are you ready? Get set...

GO!!!

Whee! That was fun, let's go again!

What a blessing it is to see these two girls running!

Another photo that speaks for itself. {Sniff, sniff}

Nothing is going to hold these girls back!

Then they found a ball to play with.

Then back to the slide because that seemed to be the most favorite activity.

One last photo before they had to say goodbye.

I tried to get some shots of them running back inside holding hands. It was so amazingly cute but they were gone in a flash and I missed it.

Thank you, God, for sweet moments like this.

15 comments:

Lori said...

Oh my word, those girls are the cutest things EVER!! What a blessing for them to meet!! They are positively DARLING!

And for goodness sake...yeah, the teacher of that little boy needs to get a sense of humor!

FUN post, Karin!

Chris said...

Oops I'd better not tell Joseph to do that! I already showed him Zoey's trick...
I'll need to show him these latest pictures
Do either of the girls have moveable ankles? I couldn't really tell from the pics

Kim K. said...

What an amazing blessing. They look so darn happy together and NOTHING is going to hold them back. I'm glad I stayed up late to check your blog. Beautiful post, Karin.

Susan A said...

How beautiful! :)

Yes, it was unnecessary for giving the little boy detention... the teacher must've nearly had a heart attack though! hehe

Angie said...

Very, very special time for these two sweeties. They are both strong,and amazing little ones.

Sharon said...

SOOO very cute!!!

Shonni said...

Their little faces just bring tears to my eyes! What precious little girls and I think it is so awesome that they got to spend time together!!

Dianne said...

Wow, they are amazing! Shriners needs to hang the photo of the two of them running side by side somewhere where it can be seen by other parents and children facing the same procedure! What an amazing encouragment it would offer! "Spunky" is the perfect word!!

Jo's Corner said...

They motivate me!! Just Darling, both of them!!

sara said...

oh my goodness, they are so cute together!!! And to see them running together...priceless!

Adeye said...

Oh my goodness...that is just so absolutely precious! So amazing. The one of the two of them climbing up together gave me such a lump in my throat. Too sweet for words. ABILITY!!!!!

Sweet memories, friend.

sierrasmom said...

Oh Karin....I love this post...the pictures say it all!!!
Kathie

Holly said...

Wow, Amazing! Praise the Lord for legs of all kinds!! : )

Theanne and Baron said...

Spunky is the word for it, what wonderful pictures of Zoey and Sophie! I love the story about the boy with backward legs...I agree with you "lighten up" people! I first came to your blog to pray when Zoey was having her surgery...it is so positively awesome to see her...RUNNING! God is GOOD!

trustandobey said...

Karin,
What a blessing for her to meet another little girl who has walked the same path. Those photos are priceless!!
Lisa