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The last  6 weeks have been very special for our family because our son Kurt is home from Japan, to spend time with us this summer. It is so wonderful to see Andrew and Kurt together, they are both so happy! Kurt has been great, his dad and I are grateful for everything he has done to help us at home, and he is a great therapist and best buddy for Andrew!

We continue to go to Wood Dale for therapy twice a week, we can see improvements in the way he sits and holds up his head. Also, we are seeing more movement in his left arm and left leg as well as continued improvement to his eyes.  Andrew's helpers continue to come week in and we out to help with his home therapy....such wonderful people who are so dedicated to his rehabilitation!! Horseback riding has been going well, Andrew has much more endurance.He is riding about ten laps where last year it was about three.  He also "clicks" for his horse Eli, when Andrew is ready for him to start walking.  The therapist and volunteers loved it the first time they heard Andrew click!  The head is up more while riding but still needs to be reminded to lift his chin, a work in progress for sure.  

Andrew rides his bike nearly everyday, if someone sits next to him and encourages him to pedal he does a better job.  Just a little tap to the leg or a verbal "keep going Andrew" and his power will go up from a 0 to a 1,2 or 3.  Well, in the past few days without any encouragement at all he has kept the power at least a 1 or 2.   It is small but happy to see Andrew do something independently, another little victory.  

With our back yard ripped up we are spending time in the front yard. It is wonderful to get out of the house for a change of scenery. The warmer weather and sunshine has worked its magic and we all feel a little lighter and happier.  We have even made it to the movies to see the Avengers. The foundation to our addition is finished and the framing should start next week. Very exciting to see progress take shape, looking forward to every step of the building process. 

We are grateful for every improvement, no improvement is too small. We pray that his brain continues to heal, that he is receptive to all of his therapies, for new ways to connect and help Andrew improve, amen.