Its been a while and I do apologize in advance for the length of this post!

So much has gone on since our last post and I will try to get it all in here! We drove out to California, May / June,  for 3 weeks for a much needed visit with 
friends and family.  We had such a great time catching up with everyone. We attended the Greek festival at St. Nicholas. This is the church where Vasiliki and Elijah were baptized.   We met with Thio Pete's bride to be and her parents. They are a wonderful family with immense hospitality and great cooking skills. We are so very proud for Pete and Helene  and we can't wait for the wedding in January!

Pete and I were able to get away for a few hours and enjoy my favorite band, The Tedeschi Trucks Band,  at the Warfield.. What an amazing show that was! Thanks so much to my friends Oteil and Jess for the tickets & allowing me backstage. What an amazing venue with so much history!

We were blessed, by Thio Pete, with tickets to a Giants Game and Papou arranged for the names of Elijah and Dimitra to be on the jumbo screen!

  I have never seen either of my children so happy as I did during this trip.  It was a reviving experience for the whole family! Elijah and Dimitra spent time helping Papou in the garden and snuggling with Yia Yia and we all spent time in a few of our favorite spots... Monterey / Pacific Grove / Big Sur. 

Our hearts were warmed and we were honored for Elijah to meet a group of Marines at San Carlos beach.  He hugged their necks as we thanked them for their service.   We have an unconditional love, respect and admiration for our men and women in uniform and could never thank them enough for their service.

On the way home we met with some good friends at Ruby's diner on Huntington Beach Pier which was a heap of fun. We also were blessed by  friends with a trip to Disneyland!

There aren't words to sufficiently describe how the Disney trip positively  affected our whole family. I have never seen either one of my children so excited. They were both mesmerized with the whole place but Elijah was most of all with Minnie! Both Elijah and Dimitra met with just about every character that they wanted to except for Donald Duck. We searched high and low for Mr. Duck. When it was time to leave... Elijah was visibly upset. He can't cry (or laugh) due to  post operative cerebellar mutism but everyone around knew that he wasn't happy. A very nice employee came up and wanted to know how he could help. When we told him that Elijah wanted to see Donald he told us that Donald had left for the day. BOY was Elijah mad!!! The employee said: " He really does like Donald doesn't he? They even have the same temper." It was funny but Elijah didn't think so.

The trip home was good but we sure hated to leave. Seeing the Milky Way in the middle of the desert was an amazing experience.  As many times as we have made that trip We had never seen it until then.

We stopped off in Dallas to visit with more friends and family and we had a wonderful time with them as well.  We made it home safe on a Sunday and Elijah and Dimitra started back  with therapy that next Monday... Dimitra  with speech therapy and Elijah picked back up with speech, occupational and physical.

Elijah was enrolled, for most of July, in an intensive therapy program, 3 days a week, to focus on walking.  His strength and balance are improving despite the fact that he only has half of a cerebellum. He has made huge strides with his walking and we do pray that he will one day be able to walk unassisted.

In July we received word that my sister and 6 month old nephew were being flown from El Puerto de Santa María, Spain to Walter Reed in Maryland. My nephew, Ryan, has had respiratory problems for a while now and the Drs in Spain decided that it was time to send him state side. My mom and I, along with the baby monkeys, drove up for the weekend to visit with my Sister and Ryan. (Vasiliki couldn't get off from work on such short notice.) We had a good time  visiting despite the circumstances.


Ryan was diagnosed with bronchomalacia and he will be on breathing treatments until he grows out of it. Please keep him in your prayers.

  It really meant a lot to see my sister and Ryan and I can't wait for their whole family to get back stateside. Please keep the men and women in uniform and their families, at home and abroad,  in your prayers. They do sacrifice a lot and work very hard to keep us free. If we could just get Congress to consider this country's best interest we would all be doing alright! 

It also meant a lot to me for Elijah and Dimitra to see our Nation's Capitol  and we saw a lot in 2 days!!  We pretty much (briefly) saw and ran through everything on the D.C. side of the Potomac.   We even saw the Presidential motorcade, Sunday morning,  as the President was leaving St. John's Episcopal Church in Lafayette Square.

This was my second trip up there but it had been  20 years since my last visit. Most places, that one visits as an adult, seem smaller than when visited as a child - but not D.C. That place is amazing.  I do hope to go back so Vasiliki can see it and so the kids can see more!

Needless to say we have been very busy the past few months!


The Curesearch walk is fast approaching and it isn't too late to sign up or donate.

http://www.curesearchwalk.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=446600



Thank you, so very much, for praying for Elijah and following along with his journey!!! Please keep all who have been affected by cancer in your prayers.



I leave you,  for now, with a few pictures from the past few months. Thanks again for following Elijah's journey.
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Comments

05/23/2013 04:45

God is everything; we confess to him, apologies to him and pray to him. From your blog it is known that you are a good believer and you trust him. Thank you for sharing your life experience and the photos. Keep posting these kinds of articles.

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09/27/2013 05:48

Doing something for your child's happiness is the biggest gift that one can get.I can see how your child is enjoying the place.I liked your snaps.

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10/08/2013 04:40

It was interesting reading about Elijah's journey. I am going to share this with few of my friends who has 1 to 2 years old kids..

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