Dear Friends and Family,
Merry Christmas from our family to yours! I feel like I say this every year, but what a year it has been! This has been a year of many transitions.
Ana, now 18, graduated from Williamsville East High School in June. She is now a freshman at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where she is studying Materials Science and Engineering. She is enjoying every moment as part of the WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) academic club, FASA (Filipino-American student group), working in a lab engineering cartilage replacements, going to football games, and college life in general. This Thanksgiving she came home showing us her math and programming projects and both Sam and I were impressed because she got good grades and we both admitted we could not help her with her homework anymore.
Graduation from East
Carlos, age 14, graduated from Transit Middle School and is now a freshman at Williamsville East. He played on the JV soccer team and is trying indoor track for the first time. He plays for the Amherst Attack travel team. He has taken on the responsibility of being the oldest kid at home and is indispensible in babysitting, lawn-mowing, big chores, and working for Sam as office help on the computer.
Graduation from Transit Middle
Erie County Fair
Philip, age 11, began attending Heim Middle School in February where he attends the autism class and has opportunities with regular kids in homeroom, specials, lunch, and speech. He loves his new school because his teachers are understanding and accommodate his communication through typing. He learns interesting lessons in all subjects and is making lots of friends. This year Philip attended a big autism conference by the Institute of Communication and Inclusion (ICI), learned to type on a keyboard in addition to using his letterboard, and got baptized! Philip is part of our church scout group Stockade and goes to special needs soccer. He enjoys sharing his insights on autism and his life in his blog and Facebook page, Faith, Hope, and Love with Autism.
Philip's Baptism- August
ICI Autism Conference at Syracuse University
Lia, age 9, is a fourth grader at Maple East Elementary. English is her favorite subject. She is involved in Girl Scouts, Church scouts GEMS, soccer, and gymnastics. She started the trumpet at school and loves it. She is our little social butterfly.
Wearing her flamenco costume from Lolo and Lola
Pioneer Girls moving up ceremony
Sam is doing well in his ENT practice. I am getting more involved in autism advocacy and am looking to train in Rapid Prompting Method (RPM) with Soma this summer. Most days are busy doing the normal stuff. Life is good, but I am thinking Sam and I need to go on an adventure just the two of us, so I can report something more interesting about us next year!
Last day before bringing Ana to college
It has been an interesting year seeing everyone filling out the unique call God has on our lives. It is like a gift that keeps getting unwrapped little by little. As I do each Christmas, I leave you with our verse this year which is from Ephesians 2:10- For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Wishing you Blessings Always,
Lisa, Sam, Ana, Carlos, Philip, and Lia Reyes