We spent the first part of our USA visit in Arizona. As we were preparing to land in LA after the 12 hour flight from New Zealand I was shocked to see how BROWN everything looked. After over a year in a paradise of green, it was a big adjustment. But once we had been in AZ for a couple days I was reminded that the desert has it's own beauty.
We had a bit of a bumpy re-entry as we had to deal with some car problems we had not anticipated, but once that was taken care of things were pretty smooth sailing.
We couldn't believe how much our grandson, Jacob, had grown since we had seen him last. We are fortunate that we have been able to stay close with frequent FaceTime Visits, so we see him on a regular basis. Still, actually getting to be there to cuddle, read books together and play with him was absolutely wonderful!
We were also really glad it worked out that we were there when we could be of the most support to Kris and Darrin. Troy, Larry's youngest son whom they have guardianship for, had been in the hospital with a serious infection. He was back home and doing much better when we arrived, but he needed to stay home a few days before the doctors would release him to return to work. Both Kris and Darrin had to get back to their own jobs, after having spent much time away to be at the hospital with Troy during his illness. So it was a good thing we could be there to stay with Troy during that time.
There are no words to express how grateful we are to both Kris and Darrin for how well they care for our sweet son with special needs. We are also deeply grateful for Troy's successful recovery from the basal cell carcinoma on his face that was discovered right before we left. Although the cancer and the radiation both have left this nose significantly damaged, because of Troy's cognitive delays he does not seem to be self conscious of his appearance. We are just glad to have him doing so much better.
Here are a couple of my favorite shots of Troy:
Troy in 2010