Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Baseball with the Miracle League

Catching up on a few updates here...

The boys had their first baseball game with the Miracle League last Thursday.  We found a brochure for this program for kids with special needs to play baseball at Courage Center where they have speech and occupational therapy, and we were excited to give it a try.  The first game was kind of a disaster, but every single thing we do is a disaster, the first time.  Remember Vacation Bible School, last summer?  It took them a few days, but by the end of the week they were really getting into it. 

They just need a few more weeks to get used to the baseball game routine, and then they will tolerate it much better.  Who knows, maybe they'll even enjoy it!

As long as they let me wear my gray glove, I'll be okay.

Uh oh.  Starting to be not so agreeable to this....
Yep, definitely going downhill....
What do you mean I have to stand here on base?  What kind of sport is this?  I want to run around!
As far back in the outfield as they could possibly get.
As it turns out, there is, in fact, a little crying in baseball.
It took both Mark and me all our attention and energy to keep the boys from abandoning their team and running for the hills, so Aliza took almost all the pictures.  She did a great job!  We rewarded her with a Sprite and a ring pop from the consession stand.

It was a little disheartening, to see how difficult it was for them, especially when all the other kids with special needs seemed to tolerate it a lot better than they did.  I realize comparisons are useless, but I can't help but notice.

I think we are the family that everyone else looks to and thinks "wow, it could be a lot worse, look at them!"  Yep.  I think maybe our purpose is to make other families with special needs children feel better about their own situations.

I'm just glad we can be of service to others.....

But I plan for our boys to be the most improved of all the kids, too.  Just give them a little more time.

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