In addition to the family adventure the weather is supposed to cooperate with lower humidity than usual along with temperatures in the mid to high 70s. Ben thrives in those kind of conditions so we are planning to let him paint at the booth! If everything goes well we should return with lots of pictures, images, and stories.
In regards to our personal situation which includes several needed household repairs and modifications due mainly to Ben's growth I can report even better news. At this time we feel it is a little too early to give many details but our cry for help has been heard. We are so very grateful for friends, friends, of friends, and just plain good-hearted folks who have offered their love toward our family. For those of you behind the scenes (and you know who you are) we cannot ever thank you enough. For the most part all of you know the unconditional love Ben naturally exudes - we hope that his smiles and laughter are enough to sustain you.
Once things are in place I/we want to document what is getting ready to take place. I think this will be something important (recording/interviews/etc) as our family moves forward so that we can bring a little bit of hope to other families in similar circumstances. This is something I can personally put together but I don't have terrific expertise in doing so. Should you be interested in helping with this part of the story then please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to bringing you more news about Ben's Eleventh Birthday very soon!