Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fresh Starts, Plowing Ahead, and Flexibility

Over Thanksgiving our family (Dittos) had the opportunity go to Corvallis, OR to give some long overdo hugs to the Sherry Jr. family who had just arrived days before.  Emily and Ryan's family also came down so it was a real treat to have so much family together in one place.

I know so many are anxious to know how the transition back to the states has gone, a current health update, and plans for the future.  This will be the last post from this blog.  You can continue to be apart of the Sherry Jr. adventures by following their family blog at

Check out what a good looking family!  The kids seem to be adjusting just fine to having constant electricity and needing to wear warm clothing.  Caroline and Seth both commented how happy and good Tommy has been since coming back to the states, though he misses several Zambian friends.
 Cali is just the cutest thing ever and loves her mommy and daddy.
Tommy's head looks great.  He does have the little greyish line on his forehead that likely is some Zambian dirt he will always carry with him.  He is full of laughter and lots of energy.
 Seth is a walking miracle...literally.  The numbing in his fingers has dissipated which is such a blessing in itself.  He is able to easily type, write, and play his guitar.  In fact, he has joined a bluegrass band in Corvallis called the Crooked River Ramblers and they have had regular bookings.  I'm sure it won't surprise anyone that Seth Wiggins is in the band the the two continue to be glued at the hip.  Upon returning to the states Seth spent a lot of time studying for the GRE and just took that exam this past week.  He's hoping to get into a great Master's program in the near future.  Physically he is making great progress.  His range of motion in his neck is still quite limited, though with more physical therapy and time that should hopefully improve.  He is able to stand or sit for long periods of time before needing to lay down and rest his neck.  Seth is certainly not 100% but with more hard work and determination his future is bright.
Caroline...she's a walking angel herself.  Her heel looks really good; it gets extremely itchy sometimes probably with the new growth of skin.  She is optimistic with their family future and is so thankful to be back in the states.  In spending some quiet time talking with Caroline I was repeatedly reminded of the trauma, fear, and unknowns that she has carried on her shoulders.  She has been brave and is such an advocate for their family.

The Sherry Jrs. are just so thankful for the concern, prayers, and financial support that has been so generously given to their family over the past six months.  It has allowed them to take a few deep breathes and think about their future.  For the time being they are enjoying being settled in my parent's home in Corvallis, OR until my parent's return from their mission in Fiji early April.  Hopefully by then they will have a better idea of where their next home and adventure will take them.

To continue to follow their adventures go to:


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