Well ‐ it’s that time of year again! The tree is up, the children have already sat on Santa’s knee three times, parties and concerts are in full swing – it must be time for some Christmas news.
This year has been our least eventful since the twins were born! Life for the grown ups has continued on without much change…Murray is still working for the Police, still playing squash and killing orcs in computer games. Alison is still working for ACU, chauffeuring children around and eating a lot of chocolate. The most notable event of the year was appearing on ‘RPA Where Are They Now?’ We were really happy with the story and the way it showed all of Ashlea’s achievements. Don’t worry if you missed it…I have it on tape…come over for a cuppa and
Audrey is now officially caught up in terms of her prematurity. When she turned 3 she had a developmental assessment and scored well within the normal range for all areas tested. Audrey’s only drama this year has been developing a little bit of asthma but so far it is pretty minor.
Ashlea has had an AMAZING year. As usual the smallest person in the house has the biggest news. Ashlea is still little at 15.1kg and 91cm. We have tried hard this year to get her to grow – but have only had success with her width rather than her length! She has continued with physiotherapy, occupational, speech, hydro and vision therapies. The only new thing this year was that she had botox in her legs to help reduce the spasticity. It has worked really well, however it only has a short term effect so she is due to have more next March.
But wait – there’s more! Our wonderful church purchased a walking frame for Ashlea during the year so she can now potter around in the backyard with Emma and Audrey. Ashlea has also developed some definite
Next year Ashlea will start preschool 2 days a week. She will attend the same preschool as Audrey, and will have a special needs teacher or assistant with her at all times. The preschool have purchased a standing frame, chair and floor seat to accommodate her needs. We have applied for funding for a wheelchair (which has been approved ‐we are just waiting for availability of funds) so she will attend preschool in her chair and we will probably take her walking frame as well so she can have some freedom to walk around to the different activities just like the other children do. We are very excited about her starting preschool and hope it is a great experience for her.
A big thanks again to all the people who help us along this journey – the washing folders, child minders and Ashlea’s assistants at Noah’s deserve particular mention, as well as all those from church who contributed to Ashlea’s walking frame and those who pray for us regularly. We couldn’t do it without you all! We appreciate your prayers for our family and particularly for Ashlea’s health and development.
Oh what a feeling!
We hope you have a wonderful Christmas as we celebrate our Lord’s birth and look forward to the day He will return.
Lots of love
Alison Murray Emma Ashlea & Audrey