We were able to provide this swing set for our friend, Jordon! Thank you to our supporters for making this possible. Kendra, Jordon’s mom, tells his story below:
My name is Kendra and I have three children, two with special needs. Jordon (11), my oldest was born at 27 weeks and spent several months in the hospital before coming home for the first time. He has had a total of 11 surgeries and was in and out of the hospital for the first three years of his life. He struggles with mental health issues, and requires a feeding tube for 100% of his nutrition. I always wanted a few children; Jordon’s needs were many and it was around the clock caring for his disabilities, but I went for it anyway. Jordon was just under three years old when Evelyn (8) was born – healthy. I almost didn’t know what to do with a “normal” baby. I found it strange that she was so easy to care for. Then came Roman (6), he was rather colicky and required to be held most of the time. He only slept for 20 minutes at a time, day and night. Testing later found that he is severely ADHD, both with attention problems and sever hyperactivity. He also has sensory processing issues. I met my fiancé, Steve a few years ago, together it is us against the world!
Playing outdoors is what we do best. It is a great outlet for the boys to be free. We enjoy sledding and playing in the snow but most of the warm months we get away camping up north on my step dad’s property. We hike, play baseball, ride bikes, throw a ball to the dogs, and relax at the end of the day at the camp fire.
We are very blessed to be recipients of a gift from Healing with Hope and Happiness. Together we decided that a swing set would be a great addition to our home away from home. It’s nestled in the woods just feet outside of camp, easily viewed from anywhere within camp. This swing set has endless possibilities! The look out deck is equipped with a steering wheel and a telescope directly facing the lake. The swings are not only fun, but also soothing when anxiety sets in, and the rock climbing wall takes just enough strength to burn off excess energy. And a plus, the adults can enjoy this swing set with the kids too!!! The kids love it and there is no doubt in my mind that this swing set will provide hours of entertainment. Thank you HHH!