Saturday, June 1, 2013

I'm Not Givin' Up

    The title of this post was taken from the song All I Want Is Everything by Victoria Justice

      If I could design my dream house and money were not an object it would be a sprawling one floor home with wide doorways and a lot of open space. It would also have an elevator, if I had two floors, and be completely wheelchair accessible. Unfortunately, money is always an object. When I bought this house I did so knowing that it didn't have all the features I needed. This house is essentially three floors counting the basement, and counting that living space it's just over 3,000 square feet. That's a lot of space but it doesn't make it easy for my niece Mikayla to visit. You know Mikayla. I've written about her many times. Here is a video incase you want to see her in action. Seriously she is incredible go check her out!!! 

Mikayla is a phenomenal young lady who happens to have Cerebral Palsy. Anyway, this house does not meet all of her needs. The first thing we knew we needed to do was put in a wheelchair ramp. About a month ago Mandaly saw an online post in which someone was selling a decent size wheelchair ramp. We opted to buy it and reconfigure it to fit our home. It looked like an easy task but there were some challenges. Here is a picture of the beginning of our project.

John had to rip out the old stairs and begin the task of piecing things together. He worked so hard. On top of working in the incredible heat day after day, he also tried to maintain the housework while I was at work. There were many nights he would come to bed at 3:30 or 4 as I was getting up to start my day. This morning I got up at 5:15 just as John coming to bed. He had stayed up late working on the ramp and then made pizza dough and sauce for homemade pizza tonight. He then got up at 9:30 to begin the task of painting the ramp. Seriously could he be any more amazing? We did have several people come over to help paint today. A huge thank you to my brother Michael, my sister Mandaly, and our good friend Phil. You guys ROCK! With the exception of some touch ups on the paint we are done. Doesn't it look amazing!!!

I get emotional when I think about all the work that went into this and how much easier it will be to spend time with Mikayla. I love that girl as if she were my own.


Unknown said...

It's heart-warming to see the love you have for your niece. The ramp looks wonderful, and I know how happy you are to have it. Hope all is well and that you are feeling better now:)

Melanie said...

I love her so very much. Her amazing attitude towards life inspires me on a daily basis. I am one happy lady :)

I am feeling better still really tired but overall not to bad. Hope all is well your way!