Family gathers for J.P.’s 12th birthday

J.P.'s 12th birthday

It’s hard to believe J.P. is 12 years old, especially as I’ve spent the past week telling the first part of The J.P. Story.

Writing about that incredible time has been enhanced by digging through photo albums, and recalling the amazing experience with Paige and other friends who have messaged me with their memories of the event.

It was a very special time that has only led to more special times during J.P.’s first 11 years.

The J.P. Story will continue, but it won’t be as chronological moving forward.

J.P. had a great 12th birthday surrounded by many of the people closest to him. I had hoped my dad and nephew would make it down from Missouri for the dog-themed party, but health issues arose that prevented the trip.

Birthday lunch
Barbecued ribs and green beans are part of the birthday menu.

My day began early as I made some delicious barbecued baby back ribs in our crock pot and a huge pot of green beans on the stove. There was also a homemade carrot cake that was quickly devoured.

We added some 4 Rivers takeout to round out the smorgasbord.

J.P. enjoyed having Paige’s parents and her sister’s family join us for the feast. J.P.’s cousins helped him blow out the candles on the birthday cake before he began opening his presents.

There were some cool educational toys he’ll use in school and plenty of new books and toothbrushes, which are two of his favorite things.

He also got a DVD copy of Disney’s “Frozen” which we quickly watched and hadn’t seen before.

The celebration continued throughout the weekend.

Karina at party
Karina is ready for her first birthday party with J.P.

We took J.P. to the library on Saturday. For a boy who enjoys books, it was a big treat for him. I lost count of how many books I read to him. It was also Karina’s first library visit.

We checked some books out for J.P. to enjoy over the next two weeks.

I was glad to have some time off work to spend with J.P. and our family. We are richly blessed with many people who have stood by us since J.P. was born and through his first dozen years.

We’re glad to have the addition of Karina, who will head back to Canine Companions this month for recertification. (I hope we haven’t broken her over the past four months.)

While bringing up a special-needs child can be an intense experience, there are plenty of moments filled with pure love and gratitude to him and many others who remain committed to help us navigate life’s detours in the years ahead.

Thanks everyone!

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