95 Days…

95 Days…

Think about that for a minute…three mortgage payments…three rent checks…1/4 of a year! You went from summer break then back school. You’ve worn a bathing suit at the beach and worn a jacket to aerate your lawn in the same time. The way you mention your newborns/grand kids age has changed from weeks to months old. A lawn mower has been replaced by a rake and autumn colors are upon us. This is how long Ryley Hopper has been in a hospital, this is how long Kim has cared for her boy, this is how long we’ve kept calm and carried on!
Time marched on but Ryley took advantage of each and every day. So, don’t take time for granted…it is fleeting…hug your kids, loved ones, family, friends and those who truly care for you. Get something done you’ve been putting off. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Say I love you every morning and every night. I’m proud of you! But don’t just say it…mean it…live by it. I love you and I’m proud of you!
And boy do we love you Ryley and boy are we so proud of you. Proud of who you are…proud of what you have done …proud of what you will become!
You graduated today from the Shepherd Center inpatient program…the first step of your long journey ahead. You have come so far, yet you have so much more to do AND so much to give to others. It is both exhilarating and scary that we leave this place of safety but coming home feels so good, and we can’t wait! We can’t wait to see the progress you’ve made and I personally can’t wait to have my love Kim back at home. The support Kim alone has provided to Ryley over the past several months is nothing short of incredible. Sleeping, or lack thereof, by his side in what could be described as a camping cot. Not just learning from nursing, but improving upon what she learned and in some instances some role reversal teaching…not surprising at all if you know Kim. Through this all we have remained a strong team and our relationship and marriage has become stronger than ever. I love you Kim and I am so proud of you!#HopperStrong
Over the next few months Ryley will build up his strength, both physically and mentally, while at home, preparing himself for the more intensive Day Program and Beyond Therapy Program back in Atlanta in early 2017. But that does NOT mean Ryley won’t be working hard at home. We are visiting & interviewing the rehab programs back in Raleigh and choosing one to continue the progress he has made over the past 3 months. Never looking backward…only forward!
SO many people to thank and appreciate for what they have done for Ryley over the past 95 days. We could never mention you all for the fear of leaving someone off…but just know how thankful we are from the bottom of our hearts. Family, friends, business colleagues, nurses, doctors, etc…some of you we hardly knew before this all occurred and now we call you our friends…our extended family!
Whether you’re ready or not Raleigh….here we come! Hope to see you all (whether in-person or online) at the #GetARide4Ry event (www.32auctions.com/getaride4ry) Friday night! And for those that are wondering….I hear the bearded one himself and Super Mom will be making a showing! 🙂
We love you all!

And how about a little #TBT Happy Dance Song!!!

Welcome Back Home Son!