Friday, September 9, 2011

Alive Day!

So much has happened over the past 2 years!  In some ways it seems like I received that horrible phone call only yesterday but in others it seems like so long since Adam's accident.  It's really hard to explain but it almost seems like those first few months were someone else's life, like I was watching a movie or reading a book.  Of course, Adam has no memories of the accident and has no real memories until around Christmas time that year and after his cranioplasty that next January.  We are both just so thankful to be where we are now and for Adam's amazing recovery!

We all had a great day yesterday on Adam's second "Alive Day".  His previous squadron commander arranged for him to have a final flight--the first time Adam has flown since his accident.  Adam was so excited to be able to go up in a Kiowa again, especially on the second anniversary of his accident.  The flight turned in to much more of a production than was anticipated, but since Adam's story has such a happy ending I think a lot of people, including the local media, wanted to be there and capture the moment.  Adam flew with a guy he worked with previously and they had a great time flying!  Cohen had a blast seeing all the "helicocers" and even got to sit in one and "play" around a little.  He was very entertained on the flight line by all of the Army vehicles and helicopters while Adam was up on his flight.  After the flight, Adam was hosed down with water, as is tradition after an aviator's last flight.  Then they presented Adam and me with some things from the squadron which was very special.  That night we went to dinner with a few friends to celebrate and the guys had a great time.  Thanks to everyone who came out for this awesome day for Adam!!

Adam and Terry before they took off

Adam and Terry about to land

Adam about to get sprayed down with water!

Us with the COL Bontrager (who made all of this happen) and his wife Kelly

Dinner with Spencer, Bobby, Mike, James and Dave

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Braves Game

Adam, my mom and dad and I went to the Braves game on Friday to see them play the Dodgers.  Not a great weekend for our Georgia sports since the Braves and our Bulldogs lost :( but what can you do?  Anyway, one of my dad's good friends works for the Braves now that he is retired and set up a great afternoon/evening for us at the stadium.  Thank you Loye!!  We arrived 3 hours before the game to go to batting practice then went on a tour with one of the Braves ambassadors.  The guy that showed us around was great and the tour was so fun!  We went all around the stadium and to the museum but also got to go down to the service level and see all of the "behind the scenes" happenings of major league baseball.  It was amazing and a completely different world!  Dad's friend, Loye, also had Adam recognized on the LED message board at the game which was really fun!

At batting practice

Batting practice

Cohen is obsessed with the Chick-Fil-A cow and "Chick A playground"

On the field before the game started

My parents

Saturday, September 3, 2011


Adam and I were introduced to a wonderful family in Charlotte, NC back in January and have since visited the city multiple times.  This family is amazing and very generous and have hosted Adam, Cohen and me in their home every time we have visited.  I will explain later in another post more details about Charlotte and our future there :o.  On our last visit to Charlotte we were given the opportunity to go to the Tim McGraw concert through Operation Homefront.  Operation Homefront is an organization that provides assistance to service members/families and wounded warriors.  They provided us with tickets to the concert and the "pre-show" party.  We had a great time at the concert but only took a couple of pictures, and the pictures I did take were with my phone, so not great quality!