Ernie walked down to his dad's house this morning. Arrived with a shirt full of ground-fallen apples he collected on the way. Like me, they marvel at seeing him strolling along, hands full of autumn bounty instead of crutches. We had coffee and tea together, and gave them some pecans from Texas.
Still feeling grateful for all the people who've helped, shared the struggle, and otherwise been part of these amazing months full of hope, sweat, and grace.
Among the stories from our recent southern adventures that I haven't posted yet, Ernie competed in the Southwest Valor Games, and had the best time of the day in the 200-meter kayak race.
|The medalists in Ernie's class|
|Ernie circling back to cheer for his 2nd place competitor|
They took lots of measurements of him walking in his old and new braces on Thursday. Painful, but productive. We're sort of hoping that the studies they're doing require calling him back for a follow-up, because it would be wonderful to see these folks again, and to cheer on the latest crop of intrepid participants on their road to recovery.
|Pressure readings, timed measurements, |
and some photo and video of the devices and his gait.
|Ernie and Kimberly, and their tandem jumpers, going out to the plane.|
|People landing who may even be Ernie and Jo|
|Erica, whole and grinning, back on the ground|
|Person landing who is very likely Erica|
For my next trick, though, it's past time to get our Builder's Guide out on the market. I'm uploading the draft files to Scubbly.com, and recruiting people to help spread the word as soon as I get our Kickstarter approved for launch. Apparently these things go better if you pre-sell a bunch before the Kickstarter... and I'm not sure if I can promote or organize that heavily without delaying the Kickstarter itself.
First step is to vacuum the sand out of our good camera, and/or find a local videographer, and get the campaign application finalized and submitted. While it's processing sounds like the best time to add frosting, pre-sell, or other hoopla.
Anyone eager to fill the role of videographer, and maybe gets some gorgeous fall footage of the Okanogan in the process?
Much love, and many thanks,
Erica and Ernie