6.8.11 The gift of mobility

All smiles in the van

The silver van

Mitch and Leslie Vance and Geoff and Lucy Moore have given Peter the gift of mobility with a conversion van. Now Peter can go places in his power wheel chair via the van. There is a ramp that comes out of the side of the van allowing Peter to drive into it. It has an E-Z lock system that secures Peters wheel chair in place while Andrea drives. Peter sits in the front of the van across from Andrea. It is very, very cool. We had sorta given up the idea of really going places and doing things that we love to do like; walks around Balboa or above Crystal Cove or going to friends homes…but thanks to the gift we have been blessed with, we will once again be spending time at our favorite places. I asked Peter, “Where is the first place you would like to go?” His answer was “Balboa Island”. In the 26 years we have lived in Newport we have made hundreds of laps around the Island together, just walking and talking about life. Now, we will still be able to take those walks with Peter in his wheelchair and conversations with his eyegaze communication device. Life is good and we are grateful. A huge thank you to the Vance’s and the Moore’s for making this possible.

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4 Responses to 6.8.11 The gift of mobility

  1. Terri says:

    What a blessing to have amazing friendships who truly provide for needs, support you with love and care, and most of all, living life together through everything.

    In everyone’s life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit. ~Albert Schweitzer


  2. Mary says:

    What an awesome gift, God is amazing, it is so inspiring to see him at work every day in your lives. A true testament to your faith. I am so glad you can go places and especially your walks around Balboa.
    You are both in my prayers daily
    hugs m

  3. Jenny says:

    Wow! Peter and Andrea! How completely wonderful! I’m so happy for you and so thankful that you have such amazing friends who love you so much and are willing to help in such a generous and incredible ways! I’m so excited that you will be able to get around and get out to your favorite places – such a gift!! God bless you both – we love you from Alaska! Jen

  4. Deanna says:

    Hi Peter……………Well that is just awesome!!! Great to see you recieved even more wheels to get around. Enjoy your summer walks around the island with Andrea!!!

    Hugs, Deanna :-)

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