Here is the article:)
I got to share in both:) And there is some cute video of Sam
We just love Lighthouse for the Blind! Every state has some organization like Lighthouse but I think Florida's in really good. They were there for us shortly after Sam was home from the hospital. The teacher came every week and worked with him and ME! I think I needed it the most. Our first teacher was Nancy, and I think I cried on her shoulder every single week for the first few months! I was terrified of raising a child who was Blind! But really through their help and through God's, I learned that it was a gift not a curse....yes, it was a different sort of life but it was livable AND it was enjoyable!!!! I can really not say enough good about Lighthouse! They all have been such a blessing in our lives for many years.
This year we had the egg hunt at the Cotee River Lion's Club of New Port Richey Florida. It was beautiful out there. they have a place on the Cotee River with a walkway over it. They prepared lunch for us. Sam was first in line and ate 2 hamburgers:) The Lion's Club is important to our family also. When Sam was first born, he had cornea transplants given by organ donors that gave him a small measure of sight. The Lion's club does that service for the state of Florida. We actually got on the elevator with the repersentive from the Lion's Club. He was carrying a small cooler, and he gleefully told us that the cornea's were in there! So we rode up to surgery with Sam's new corneas:) Of course we are forever grateful to the families/individuals that gave the gift of sight to Sam. Even though it only worked for Sam a few years until his body rejected the grafted corneas...it gave him some sight and most importantly it allowed his brain to make "pathways" from his eyes to his brain and that helped him be ready when he had the implants done to be able to see. A person has to make those eye/brain connections as a child or they can never have sight!