After our surprise birthday celebration from the hospital today, we came home, and Joel got to go and ride a horse, at an amazing local charity called “hearts and horses,” on just one day’s notice they set up an incredible experience for Joel with so many helpers and an occupational therapist to walk beside him on the horse. Joel came to life on the horse. Even at his best on steroids Joel is not quite himself. It takes more to make him smile or laugh, but as soon as Joel got on the horse he was giggly and chatty and just so happy. I cried a little at the beginning because it was so amazing to see, and Ryan cried a lot at the end. It was just wonderful in so many ways.
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Joel got to go say goodbye to a lot of his preschool teachers today, and I was glad they got to give him hugs before we left. We also did a really cool clay project at home that a friend of ours brought by. She is an art therapist at the local hospice, so we put thumb prints in clay with Joel and it was just a really special time to share together and I know we’ll cherish the end result!
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My sister and brother-in-law had us over for dinner tonight and that was such a fun time for everyone. It was a good and very busy day. We’re still up packing, but we know we need to get to sleep so we can get an early start tomorrow finishing up all the lingering tasks.
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Here are a few photos of Joel on the horse, and a short video.

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Joel Rides A Horse from Ryan Green on Vimeo.

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  1. Emily chambers on January 12, 2014 9:41 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOEL!!!!!!! I am praying that everything will go well. I am thinking of all of you. Just know that Jesus is with you. Stay stong!!!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful birthday.

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