He now has his driver's permit, no braces, and a lot of his joie de vivre back again. He did well in school this year, played on the tennis team, went to his first "Winter Ball" with his oldest female friend from school (they met in the first grade --he will not allow me to post the photos, but they were terrific), took up golf with more intention, learned additional problem-solving skills and grew in independence. This is what he looks like today:
He is going directly from school to a party today.
Tomorrow, we are going to Children's Hospital to deliver more quilts. He wants to go; he always wants to go and see his friends who are on staff there. Then we will come home so that we can each have a haircut, and he will start packing for camp. (He is going to tennis camp in California; lucky dog!)
We are so blessed that this wonderful young man is our son.