Friday, July 29, 2011

Best Days of Our Lives (part 4)

Sorry I haven't finished this until now, life has been crazy!

So anyway,

Sunday was a joyous but sad day, since we knew that all of this happiness and union would have to end.

A BBQ was held at the campgrounds, and Pathfinder Village came to us! The food was great and getting to talk with everyone again was great.

All of the little ones played on the jungle gym, while the older ones did pedal karts and mini golf, fun was had by all and we partied late into the night.

The Village people left a while after dinner and tears were flowing.  All of the wonderful people we had met were leaving.  Fairly soon after that, the Wojciks left too since they had a long ride home in the morning. Everything was ending all too soon.

The campgrounds was doing fireworks that night, and nobody wanted them to start since that meant that most of the families were leaving afterwards.  But they started as planned and ended all too quickly.

The Spitz family and ours (plus Molly) said our teary good-byes.

And even though the reunion came to a close, I don't think anyone who witnessed it will ever forget.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Best Days of Our Lives (part 3)

Pathfinder Village! Officially dubbed heaven on Earth!

Day 3, (Saturday) As we arrived we were escorted to the pavilion in the "back yard" of the Village.  There we saw all of our friends and just played around until the tour.  There were water gun fights, basketball games, and even some pre-dinner snacking.

During the tour we were led into the school, a home, the chapel, the village building, and back to the pavilion again.  The facility was astonishing!  Completely beautiful!  If we ever needed a place for Julia to go, Pathfinder Village would be my first choice.  The workers were so wonderful, and the residents (or village people, as I have dubbed them) looked so happy.

We had a BBQ, with really good food, and got to enjoy some tunes played by a band, and rode some orthopedic bikes.  By the way their playground was awesome!

I had a really great time with Nick, Summer's son, playing with the little ones, and Addisu enjoyed the back of Nick's bike. And we met two especially great guys, Lee and Nicolas,  Lee came over to Taylor, Summer's daughter, and told her that she was his girl friend, which was the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  Nicolas then decided to join Lee since they are good friends.

Once it came time to leave nobody wanted to! Pathfinder Village is heaven on Earth, whether you have Down syndrome or not!  It's a place where everybody is accepted for who they are.  There is no where else I would rather have been that night!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Best Days of Our Lives (part 2)

Day 2, (Friday) all families attending the entire weekend were at our cabin and we all met Bellie and the rest of her beautiful family and spent the evening talking and playing with rocks and looking for fossils.

The sense of knowing each other was so powerful even though we all hardly knew each other. We could get right down to the nitty gritty stuff and they all understood.  It was as if we could read everyone's thoughts right out of their heads!

It was a good night all in all, but it didn't compare to the joy of Pathfinder Village.

Parts 3 and 4 tomorrow!

Best Days of Our Lives (part 1)

I just experienced the most amazing weekend of my life. "How so?" Because I met some of the most wonderful people to walk the Earth through Reece's Rainbow, including Reece himself.  I also met some of the sweetest people in the universe who just so happen to have Down syndrome and live residentially, but you couldn't call Pathfinder Village residential living by any stretch.

There is just no way to express in words the feeling I had as I spent time with these people.  There was definitely happiness, but also despair knowing that after a few days all of it would be over.  And now that it is there is no way to express the pain I suffer knowing I won't be able to see them for a long time.

On Day 1 of the get-together, (Thursday) the Spitz family was unable to attend, but the Roberts/Faris group, the Wojcik's and Lococo's were all hanging out by a campfire roasting smores. Fun was had by all, but something was missing.