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Coyotes and Friends

 Just a few weeks ago Randy Anderson did not know that he and Lancelot were friends, but Lancelot has been  imagining Coyote hunting with him nightly for years while he watches Mr. Randy’s DVD’s.

Lancelot has friends all over the world. He has been reading and researching his passions for almost 21 years now (Lancelot’s DOB 09-04-1992). And all his life he has thought of everyone in this world as a friend he has just not meet yet… During his 2010 Quest of Heart (Thanks to the Great Southern Bike Rally!), I had the benefit of his knowledge leading us to World renown experts. Lancelot  always treats them like all his other friends.

Randy Anderson on his DVD, that Lancelot is watching.

So it should not have come to as a surprise to me when Lancelot and Randy Anderson became phone friends. 

Several years ago Lancelot started telling me( and anyone that ask him), that he wanted to go Coyote hunting with Randy Anderson. Recently he ask me to call him, and showed me his phone number on the back of a “Calling all Coyote” DVD. I explained, that was the number to order DVD’s, as I was dialing the number. When the man answered, I told him about Lancelot, and ask if I could speak to Mr. Anderson. He let me know, that Randy was not there, but much to my amazement he gave me Randy’s Home Number.

Just for future information, if Lancelot has your number, he believes in us using it again, again, and again until you answer the phone! 🙂
After about a week of our repeated calling, Lancelot got a call from Mr. Randy. Lancelot ask question after question and Mr. Randy answered. Lancelot showed me again, that if you have faith, God works out the details.

Lancelot talking with Randy Anderson!

Another dream come true for Lancelot, he to talk to his Coyote Hunting Hero. Mr. Randy was so kind to Lancelot on the phone, then he followed up with DVD’s and a signed Hunting Cap. Lancelot quickly separated the DVD’s with the ones he was keeping and the ones he will be giving out at the hospital on September 20th. Is it any wonder how blessed  I feel, that God is giving me a front row seat on Lancelot’s Quest of Heart…

 

In 21 Days Lancelot will be 21- Day 1

Lancelot comparing manes with Belgian -draft horse.

 

Yes, I am late again.  In the past 21 years I have been late, or my plans have had to change a lot.

I guess all parents learn pretty quick, that their time is no longer there own. During the days leading up to September 4, I am hope  to write about some of the things Lancelot has taught me the past 21 years.

Day 1

Kairos means living in God’s time; it is the eternal now; the appointed time in the purpose of God.

 I heard Ravi Zacharias teaching on Kairos, and I knew Lancelot and I were living in God’s time.

Now most would disagree.  After all life is from present to future. (Chronos) My reasoning is Lancelot could die right this second. Death has and will always been a breath away from Lancelot (You and me too, but we do not have physical defects, that should make it impossible to have blood flowing in our bodies). Also in August 1994, Lancelot went to be with Jesus and the animals for several minutes, but after I begged and pleaded, Jesus sent him back to me.

Needless to say, after almost 21 years when someone says lets do that next month or year, I still cringe. I did not ever dream God would bless me with all this time with my son. So many friends, family, and others with CHD have died, but here is my Knight of the Forgotten Hearts of CHD reading about Dairy cows on his computer. Why I do not know. All I know is just like God’s way are not our ways: God’s time is not ours…

I hope in the next 2o days you will get a chance to see how blessed I am to be Lancelot’s Mama

 Renee

The Sound of Sharee

The stage is filled with unique characters aka our family. Everyone is talking, boys are wrestling, babies are crying, children are playing. I listen, but I don’t hear your voice in the crowd. After  four years, I should know your voice will not be there. The tare in my heart begins to bleed and tears come to my eyes. Then I hear you say, “Aunt Nee!”. Does the sound come from my mind , my heart, or a vivid memory? I am not sure. All I know is I feel your love with me. I can go on… Life does go on, at first it was so hard. Your memories filled my thoughts and dreams. But slowly even though I do not understand the whys, Jesus lead me into the days without you here on earth. I watched your Mama and Daddy, they amazed me. They showed me how Jesus gives you the strength you need to carry you through days you do not want to live. Our Hearts were scared when you left this earth, but your love inspires our souls to continue on our Quest of Heart until we meet again.

God’s in the Details

Everyone has days, that are filled with thoughts of self doubt.  No matter how good your intentions it seems everything you do comes out wrong. It always amazes me when I am feeling this way, that God  sees me drowning in doubt,and he  reassures my Heart! God truly cares about all the little details of our lives.

Lancelot reading June, 2013 issue of “Progressive Dairyman”.

 

For example, I have had a headache for a day or two. Needless to say, I have not been productive. Then this morning Lancelot received his copy of Progressive  Dairyman. Just happens that on page 23 there is a story about Lancelot’s Quest. Yes, I knew there was going to be a story, but I did not know when it was coming out.

This is the link to article on Proud to be Dairy.

http://proudtodairy.ning.com/profiles/blogs/mother-and-son-pursuing-a-dairy-quest

Also I received an email from a friend that had placed the Quest Heart Logo on his Boat. How cool is that?

Duke Raulerson put Quest of Heart logo on his boat.

 

Last Monday I received two emails. One was from U.S. Rep. Austin Scott’s ( GA-08 ) office asking if I could add him to the Congenital Heart Caucus. The other one was from U.S. Rep. Gus M. Bilirakis’ ( FL-12 ) office saying that Austin Scott had been added to the CHD Caucus.

Needless to say I am humbled by God. Whether I am sitting writing letters on my computer to Congressmen, or spending my last dollar to bring something to the children’s hospital, I always wonder if it is doing any good. I also feel like I am neglecting Lancelot. (When we are home Lancelot has his routines, reading, computer, puzzles etc.. Most of theses things he likes to do alone. Occasionally he ask me to join him.) It is nice to know that just maybe some of my time and effort is helping.

2013 Congenital Heart Day on Capital Hill

When I was in Washington D.C., I meet so many inspiring Heart Moms and Adults with CCHD. I have been on their team advocating from my computer and I didn’t even know it. They opened my eyes to how much I did not know: Actually to the fact how little anyone truly knows about the whys, how’s, and what’s of CCHD. So much work is to be done. If God let’s Lancelot and I, we will continue  doing what we can  to help others affected by CCHD on our Quest of Heart with many thanks to all of you.

 

Lancelot, Emily Caldwell and Mrs. Franks at Southern Swiss Dairy.

Thank you to Walt Cooley and everyone at Progressives Dairyman for sharing Lancelot’s Quest.

PSALMS 74: 26 My flesh and my heart fail-eth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 

 

Words From the Past

Lancelot stopping to see the Ants

“Once you accept life is hard it gets easier.” As those words came out of my therapist mouth, I was shocked.

I mean who in the world wants to wake up every morning thinking, that “Life is Hard”.

 Well, here it is some 20 years later, and all I can say is he was so right!

What I did not realize at that time is “Hard” is not defined as bad.

 Yes everyday has some bad moments, but if you stop, and think about it there are far more good moments in a day.

Let’s look at a morning of Lancelot’s younger days:

On this morning, I am in the kitchen getting his meds and breakfast.

Lancelot lets out a scream from the den.

I dash from the kitchen to see Lancelot holding his blood red head in his hands; his lip is jerking up on one side of his face.

I grab him onto my lap. We set like that until it passed. I wiped the tears from his eyes, and ask him if he was ok…

This is my Gorgeous Little superman, so of course he said he was ok. He was already down in the floor playing.

 (Lancelot had undiagnosed TIA’s until he was 5. )

Lancelot took his meds and went to school.  He wanted to go!

This was our normal at the time. Yes he was dragging his right leg some, but the neurologist had told me not to call him unless it lasted longer than 8 hours.

I had learned from Lancelot, to just get through it, then get on with the day.

Our life was Hard but it was not Bad.

If that was me, I would have been at the E.R. getting all kinds of test that day,  I would have been having a “Bad” day, that was very “Hard“.

And for the rest of my life people would hear about that strange episode, and that would be “Hard”for all  those that had to listen to it.

Everyday we have the chance to choose how we look at our life/ our world. If we want to achieve our goals in life we have to work “Hard”.

Yet when we achieve our goals we reap the benefits.

 “Hard” often results in good.

Throughout our every changing lives filled with challenges, pain, and losses we all stumble because it is “Hard”.

 We can choose to get back up, because we have “Hope”. As “Hard” as life is, it is filled with unexpected beauty .

Life can truly become easier when we begin to “Hope to find Beauty in the Hard.”

Strut your Tail feathers!

The Quest Begins

 

Renee Holton wading through a crystal sea.

The first breath a child takes is the beginning of his Quest of Heart.

His whole life will revolve around keeping his heart happy and healthy.

He will receive love and give love from his first moments of life.

Those around him will celebrate his first healthy cry.

Every moment of his life the heart beats.

His desires, hopes, dreams, experiences, losses and gains are felt in his heart.

God gave him this heart. God gave him this Quest.

The Quest will end when the child meets God face to face.

 

 

Quest of Heart Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

February 7th – 14th

Quest of Heart Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week

Douglas,   Mayor James H. Dennis signed the proclamation as Lancelot Holton, Andy Holton, Sherryl Holton,and Renee Holton look on.

Thanks to the tchin.org/aware ( Congential Heart Information Network) for posting information on Congenital Heart

Defect Awareness Week.  Last Wednesday, I saw  one of their ads  on my niece, Mackenzie Carver’s facebook page. I want to join in there efforts to get the word out. Even though it was short notice, I called Mayor Dennis, and he made the time to support our Quest of Heart.  On Monday, Mayor Dennis  declared February 7th -14th CHD  Awareness week in Douglas, Georgia.

.Noted on the Proclamation:

Every year 40,000 babies are born in the United States with Congenital Heart Defects; and

Some Congenital Heart defects are not diagnoised until months or years after birth; and

 

Undiagnosed Congenital Heart conditions cause many cases of sudden cardiac death in young

athletes; and Despite the statistics, newborns and young athletes are not routinely screened for CHD; and

A disproportionately small amount of funding is available for CHD research and support; and

CHD Awareness Week provides an opportunity for families whose lives have been affected to celebrate life and to remember loved ones lost; to honor dedicated health professionals, and to meet others and know they are not alone; and

The establishment of CHD Awareness Week will also provide the opportunity to share experiences and information with the public and the media, in order to raise public awareness about CHD; now

Read more about CHD in the Wednesday and Sunday Edition of the Douglas Enterprise. Reporter Ed Smith did an excellent job on the Proclamtion article. I look forward to seeing what he has written for Sunday’s Edition. Tracy Mayo and everyone at the Douglas Enterprise have always been so wonderful to support us throughout the years.

Read Sharee’s Quest and Lancelot’s Quest to find out more about CHD.

Lancelot Hunting and Fishing

The Freedom
Outdoors and Lancelot

Lancelot meets Mr. Kenny at the 2010 Buck-a-Rama

(D&D Farm)
(C.A. M.O.)

Lancelot Meets Mr.Craig and Mr. Allen at the 2010 Buck-a-Rama

Thanks
to Freedom Outdoors, D&D Farms, and C.A.M.O. Lancelot Holton went on 2
Dream Hunts. Lancelot loves hunting. His Papa always had hunting dogs, and he
Lancelot would sit for hours watching the dogs. When Lancelot was around two
his Papa started taking him Bobcat and Fox hunting. In 2003 all of this came to
an end when Papa was diagnoised with stage 4 Prostate cancer. In 2006
Lancelot’s hunting buddy and bestfriend, his Papa, went to be with Jesus. Other
male relatives often talked of taking Lancelot hunting, but for some reason or
the other it never worked out.
That
did not stop Lancelot’s hunting obsession. He watched hunting dvd’s, read the
magazines, and was forever looking it up online. While Lancelot was dreaming of
hunting again, God was working out the details
In
August of 2010, Lancelot was at the Georgia Special Olymic’s State Horse Show.
In past  years, the State Horse Show was
in November. Lancelot was disappointed, because in previous years the State
draft horse auction was held at the same time,
and in between competions, he loved going to see the draft horses.
Well
as soon as Lancelot got to Perry, he realized that the Buck-a-Rama was being
held on the same weekend. Needless to say he wanted to go bad. I as his mother
had said no. We had just gotten back from seeing one of his doctors in Canada,
and to Wisconsin visiting dairy farms, and we were at the State Horse show,
needless to say our budget was down to nothing.
But
Saturday after his first competion, I began feeling guilty. I mean what were
the chances that the Buck-a-Rama would be there at the same time. God knew how
much Lancelot loved hunting must be a reason. I told Lancelot we would go, but
he could not get a dvd or book so there was no need to ask…
Lancelot
was thrilled. We had only been to few booths, when Lancelot saw a dvd on Red
Stags laying on the counter. The men told Lancelot that the man from D&D
Farms had given that to him, and he would have to talk to him about Red Stag
hunting.
We
walked around another alse, when Lancelot spoted the D&D booth. He went
right over and began asking one question after the other. I explained to Debra,
that we could not afford to go on a hunt, and ask if it would be o.k. if we
just visited the farm one day. She said that would be fine. Dennis stop
answering Lancelot’s questions long enough to tell me about Freedom Outdoors.
He said they may it possible for children like Lancelot to go hunts.
So
off went in search of Freedom Outdoors. As soon as walked up to the booth a
young lady ask Lancelot if he wanted a T-shirt. I began filling out papers, and
Kenny Gibb walked up an introduced himself. We all talked about hunting and
D& D Farms. Kenny told Lancelot he would work on a hunt at D&D farms.
Lancelot ask him if he had any DVD’s on hunting, and about that time Kim
Costner said she did, so Lancelot ended up with two movies. As we were walking off,
Lancelot said, I like turkey hunting too. Can we go turkey hunting? Kenny said,
he knew another group, C.A.M.O. that took people turkey hunting, and he sent us
in their direction. We had not got to the end of the alse, when Kenny was at
our side again. He took us to meet Craig Walden and the C.A.M.O. team.
Lancelot was having a ball. So many guys to
talk hunting to at one time. I just kinda stood there listening amazed as they
too handed Lancelot a dvd and a shirt. Then they started videoing Lancelot, and
Mr. Alan gave Lancelot one of his hand carved wooden Turkey calls. We thanked
them as we left. I was in greatful fog.
God had made a way for us all to be at the right place at the right
time. I had told Lancelot he could not have a dvd, and he had been given 3
DVDs, 2 shirts, and several other gifts.
God had blessed us, and the blessings were just beginning: The Horse Show
was waiting, fall was around the corner, and Lancelot was getting the chance to
go hunting again.
When
I set down to wait on Lancelot’s next competition, Kenny Gibbs called me to
assure me that he would be setting up a hunt for Lancelot in September. During
the next few weeks Kenny set up a hunt for Lancelot at D&D farms. He was
kind enough to answer all Lancelot’s questions, and all my concerns. The hunt
could not come quick enough for Lancelot.

Lancelot at D&D Farms

As
we pulled into D& D farms, Lancelot was so excited, but I was a little
worried that he would go into sensory overload, or he would not see deer he
wanted to see. All my doubts were quickly gone as we were welcomed by Kenny and
Dennis. The fun and adventures began as soon as we arrived Friday afternoon and
did not stop till we left Sunday afternoon.
Within Minutes of our arrival Dennis Smith of
D&D farms took Lancelot on a tour.
Lancelot
and I had a great time. Everyone from the Freedom Outdoors and D& D were so
kind and generous to us. Everything we needed or wanted was provided. The cabin
had a beautiful view of the rolling hills and ponds. Close attention was paid
to accomadate Lancelot’s unusal diet and personality. No detail was over
looked.  After we got home, I interviewed
Lancelot about his Freedom Hunt, and here is what he said.
Lancelot, how did you hear about D&D Farms?
I looked it up on the internet.
Is that the first time you heard of D&D
Farms?
No
Then, when did you first hear about it?
At Perry, Gerogia   Buck-A-Rama
So how did you get to go a hunt there, and why
did you want to hunt there?
(Notice he forgets my question all together)
Whitetail, Red stage, and Fallow deer… I saw
there!
I’m going back next year to D&D Farms!
Tell me about your hunt.
It was so much fun! We saw many different kind
of deer, turkies, and all kind of things.
Didn’t we Mama?
So tell me about the people at D&D farms and
how you got to go hunting there? Who made it possible?
Kenny
Who is Kenny?
Our friend-Freedom hunts
Dennis, Debra, and Justin ( Justin is Dennis and
Debra Smith’s son. He is the manager of D&D Farms)
What did you do at D&D Farms?
We set in the blinds and saw so many deer! It
was so fun!
The Red stag were huge and big.
We set in a golf cart and waited on coyotes, but
we did not see none.
I had fun with everybody!
I am trying to practice with my bow that Justin
loaned me, so I can get a buck next year or a turkey this year!
I love all my hunting clothes!
I’ll shoot a turkey this year, I’ll keep
practicing, I will! Or with a Crossbow!!
Lancelot getting instructions on using a
crossbow from Terry, Dennis and Dan
We made memories to last a lifetime at D&D
farms. Who knows maybe this year Lancelot will get a turkey or a buck!
Debroah kept made delicious meals for us all
weekend long!
Kenny shows Lancelot pictures of
his
other hunts as Dan looks on.
C.A.M.O. Christ Alive in Men Outdoors
Lancelot and I meet the C.A.M.O. team through Kenny Gibbs of Freedomoutdoors.com at the 2010 Buck-A-Rama in Perry, Georgia. At the time I had no idea why God was working out this introduction. It was such an unexpected blessing; I was just grateful!
Craig Walden, founder of C.A.M.O., called me in September to arrange Lancelot’s Hunt. I explained Lancelot’s physical and mental conditions. Mr. Walden kindly asked me what had caused Lancelot’s conditions.
I started by saying that Lancelot a rare genic disorder called Williams’ Syndrome. Mr. Walden said, “ Let me stop you right there. I have chill bump! I have a grandson, that has Williams’ Syndrome. On the day we were meeting at the Buck-A-Rama, my daughter and my niece were holding a family fun day for people in the area with disabilities. My daughter, Hope, had wanted to meet someone with Williams Syndrome. She did not many anyone, but I was meeting you and Lancelot!”
Mr. Walden and I both knew at that moment that God planned our meeting. It amazes me, how God orchestrates our lives!
LANCELOT’S INTERVIEW ON C.A.M.O.
Lancelot how did you meet C.A.M.O.?
At the Perry, Buck-A- Rama
What happened when you meet C.A.M.O.?
I shook hands, hugged, and they said, I could go over there. Mr. Alan gave me turkey calls. And I got a shirt and a C.A.MO. movie.
Where is there?
To their house
What were you going to do at their house?
Hunting
So when did you go hunting with C.AM.O.?
In October, wasn’t it Mama? (I agreed with Lancelot)
So did you actually stay in their house? And who’s house was it?
Yes
Mr. Craig’s house and Mrs. Craig’s house
What happened Friday? When you got there?
I got there, and I saw the bouncy thing. I jumped in it , and had a great time! And I ate some hamburgers Mrs. Craig made me. (Sorry all you guys that cooked/grilled so much wonderful food. Lancelot may not have enjoyed it, but I sure did! Lancelot is just not a big eater.) I practiced crossbow with Mr. Alan and Mr. Craig, and shot targets with the boys. I meet Hailey, Hope, Heather, and Kandace that night.
What happened after you ate supper?
I got gifts from Mr. Craig and the boys.
What kind of gifts?
Hunting gifts
Did you do anything else that night?
We went Coyote Hunting.
How did that go?
Good!
Where did you sleep?
On the couch.
Why did you sleep on the couch?
Because I love couches!
Did anyone sleep on the other couch?
Buddy
Who is Buddy?
My friend!
Did you go right to sleep?
No
What did you do?
We talked, watched Coyote hunting on t.v., and we got up at 5:30, and went hunting!
Who did you sit in the deer stand with?
Mr. Craig and Mr. Alan
Did y’all have fun?
Yes, laughing fun!! We did not see anything at all except a rabbit. We used a Buck call, rattles, and bleak calls. (Lancelot was laughing, as he is telling me this!)
What did you do next?
We went in the truck to a Percheron farm.
Lancelot, Hope, and Eli petting a mule at Percheron Farm._
We saw all the horses, donkeys, and one big mule. Then we went Noah’s Ark, and saw Whitetail, peafowls, buffalos, bears, lions, tigers, wolves, and lamas. It was too hot there! ( I could not get him to take off one of his three shirts, that he was still wearing since his morning hunt!)
Did you rest after that?
Yes
Did you go to sleep?
No
We went home the next day. Buddy gave me Coyote movies, and he gave me a Rio Grande wild turkey, elk, caribou, and 2 deer fighting , horn pictures. Mr. Craig me a set of antlers.
And what did Hope give you?
A Kiss!
Have you talked to any of them since your hunting trip.
Mr. Craig and Haile
Is there any other way you keep in touch?
I keep calling and calling, and on Facebook.
So what do you think about the C.A.M.O. team?
I love them! I can’t wait to see them again! _

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Lancelot’s Senses

Lancelot’s Senses
The greater the understanding of a problem, the more effectively it is helped.” A. Jean Ayres, Ph.D, Sensory Intergration and the Child

Lancelot lived bouncing on a trampoline until he
transferred to his ball.

 

At one time Lancelot over 20 doctors. All of them were kind, and several are still cherished friends today.
Yet  not one of them could help me understand why Lancelot screamed, cried, throw his head back against things,
and would bite me on the shoulder in the mist of his anguish.
When Lancelot was 3 weeks and one day old he
started screaming!
(Every couple of months I would recieve a “Heart to Heart”, magazine from the William’s Syndrome Association.
I would read every detail looking for a solution or new research. I really learned a lot from the other parents stories.
Every once and awhile, I would come across Sensory Integration Therapy. Some of the parents had had success with this type of therapy, so
I mentioned it to Dr. Bridgett Freeman ( Lancelot’s Hemotologist). She set up an appointment for Lancelot to be evaluated
with a occupational therapist at Nemours Children’s Clinic.
Loved, Loved the thearapist, though I cannot remember her name. She was just  great with Lancelot.  She told me Lancelot was like those ladies in the old Calgon commercials.  You know the ones
that said, ” Take me away!”She pushed him
hard in a gentle and caring way. Of course Lancelot had every sensory intergration problem possible. I mean if Lancelot has some-
thing he has it but good. She let me check out a book by A. Jean Ayres,Ph.D.. I took the book home, and once I started reading it;
I could not put it down. Nope it was not a simple story, but every page open the door to understanding Lancelot.
Why he got down on his knee’s to get over a crack in the side walk; why when we were riding in  the car, and he would suddenly yell.
Why he would be having a great day( no screaming ), and as soon as we walked into a store or someone came over to our apartment the screaming would begin.
I had answers! Answers did not give me a quick cure for Lancelot, but it helped me understand his behavior.
It made me love him all the more!
LANCELOT’S SENSORY TRIGGERS

(Lancelot loved the snake until you turned it on… the operating sound always too the fun out of the snake.)

1.Large Crowds
2.Areole Cans
3.Blow Dryers
4.Rain (The sound of Rain in automobiles,etc.)
5.Water hoses (the sound on automobiles,etc.)
6.Blenders, Mixers, Food processors
7.Light touches (Can feel like someone hit them)
8.Hugs (though long, hard, bear hugs
can help calm)
9.Trains, Train Tracks, Semis, any large
motor running
10.’The smell and texture of certain foods
11.Slides, swings, and all playground equipment
(although all of these are used in Sensory Integration therapy)
Each person will have their own Triggers. As a parent,
friend, teacher, or family member it is up to you to help protect them from
these triggers. They will need your help to help them learn ways of adapting to
this world. There may places and things they made never be able to tolerate.
Each day through learning and acceptance life becomes richer. Look how far
Lancelot has come.
These helped Lancelot
  1. Sensory Integration Therapy
  2. Driving short distances in very light
    rain (We have a convertible now)
  3. Bringing books, movies, and foods he
    will eat
  4. Small trampoline to use when watching
    T.V.
  5. Large Therapy Ball (Lancelot bounces
    on one while he is on computer, doing puzzles etc.)
  6. Massages
  7. Yoga
  8. Avoid crowds as much as possible
  9. A pet (Mack our German Shepard was
    perfect. For years when Lancelot was in Sensory overload, he would hit himself
    in the head. But when Mack was around he would hit the dog. Note I do not
    approve of this, but Mack though it was ok. It really was amazing, and I guess
    me teaching him not to hit Mack… well it worked! Lancelot and Mack were like
    brothers, we both miss our Mack!)
  10. Platform Swing
  11. Soft
    Cotton Clothes
  12. Small brush -to brush from head to toe ( Find
    a sensory Integrations sight or medical supplies)
  13. Therapeutic Horse Riding
  14. Games:
    1. Hiding plastic toys in dry corn,
      peas, or beans
    2. Blowing bubbles while child is on
      swing. Have the child try to catch the bubbles. As the child gets older, call
      out spelling words as they swing.
    3. Any playful wrestling
    4. Playing barefoot in the yard or
      beach.
    5. Any game that is uses multiple senses
      and learning at the same time helps the brain process.
Each person will need
to be evaluated by a Sensory Integration Therapist to find out their own
special needs! It works or Lancelot and I would never been able to drive around
the country!

Sensory UPDATE

Lancelot has passion for Dairy Farming was greatly
hampered for years. The sound of the milking machines kept him outside
screaming wanting so badly to get into the milking parlor. Today  one of Lancelot’s  greatest joy is being in a milking
parlor.

Lancelot and I have come a long way, yet over the past few years, when I least expect it
Lancelot’s evil twin emerges. For example, on our 2010 Summer Quest at the
Hoard’s Dairyman magazine office we got to meet the Managing Editor, Steven A.
Larson. Lancelot was talking with Mr. Larson about dairy farming, then much to
my horror, he started to take the books off the shelves as fast as he could,
and just laying them down instead of putting the books back where he had gotten
them. (Speed reading)  I started putting
the books back. Mr. Larson said the order of the books did not matter because
some of the books had not been off the shelves in 100 years! I had not seen
Lancelot do this since he was a small child; needless to say he was in Sensory
Overload.  Evil Twin equals Sensory
Overload.

This book was a door I walked through to understand Lancelot's Senses.

A window into the world of Sensory Overload in a Home.

It is a challenge to keep Lancelot
from becoming over stimulated as we travel. He needs to be in a quiet,
controlled environment with just his books, movies, and balls to calm his
senses. I do my best, but we really need a home on wheels.

Lancelot and Jacobs’ Ladder

( Since May 2011, Lancelot has not been able to ride due to his vascular problems. I will never forget Lancelot’s first ride into the ring when he one his first Blue Ribbons!)
Jacobs’ Ladder
Lancelot has loved animals as long as he
has been on this earth. He once told me, that he had seen Jesus and the
Animals. Every horse enthusiast that we met throughout the years wanted to get
Lancelot on a horse. For example:
Lisa, at speech therapy, had horses,
and she just knew Lancelot would love to ride one. Well as patient as she was,
Lancelot would get on and want off immediately. If I got on the horse, he would
scream Mama fall, till I got off. (Depth perception problems…Sensory Integration
problem)
In 2006, I began taking Lancelot
to Sensory Integration Therapy at Sensational Kids in Hahira, Georgia. We
passed by Jacobs’ Ladder on the way. I ask Lancelot’s therapist, Pam, if she
thought therapeutic riding would help Lancelot. She thought it would be great
for him, and she set it up for us to visit.
When she had it all arranged we met her at
Jacob’s Ladder. Leslie had a Palomino colored, Quarter horse tied up in the
barn for Lancelot to meet.  The horse’s
name was Bogie. Bogie did not move a muscle as Mrs. Leslie worked with Lancelot
getting him to pet and brush the horse. Lancelot loved the horses. His
knowledge of horses was met with smiles of approval, but there was no way, he
was getting on a horse that day!
The next week we went back, and Pam meet
us there. It took everyone there to get Lancelot on Bogie.  Lancelot was brave, with the help of his new
friends Mrs. Leslie, Julie, Ryan, Shane, and Dairyman.
(Leslie Jacobs made sure Bobby Marfilus/ Dairyman was there the
next time Lancelot came to Jacobs’ Ladder. Dairyman, just happen to be from
Wisconsin, and Lancelot had always worked on dairy farms, needless to say
Lancelot had a few questions for him. Dairyman was a volunteer at Jacobs’
Ladder. He was stationed at Moody Air Force.  Mrs. Leslie thought since Lancelot loved all
things Dairy, that they would be good buddies. She is great at looking at each
rider, and seeing what will help them succeed at Horse Riding Therapy. (God
amazes me how he works out the details in our lives
.)

(Bobby Marfilus and Tim Hall
teaching Lancelot how to rope a bull.)
Lancelot went once a week for several
weeks, then Lancelot’s BFF his Papa had a stroke. (Papa always teased Lancelot
by calling Bogie, Trigger.) Needless to say for the rest of the summer we only
got to Jacob’s Ladder a few times. Below is a story of that summer and
Lancelot’s first horseshow.
( Take a look at Lancelot’s 1st Special Olympic’s State Game video on our Youtube connections. Lancelot and Bogie was on the Fox News in Fall 2006.)

So as you can see, Therapeutic Horse
Riding greatly blessed Lancelot and me. As his mother seeing Lancelot making
friends and competing was more than I could have ever dreamed. Because of Mrs.
Leslie Jacobs’ Quest of Heart, she made it Possible for Lancelot and many
others on their Quest.
I recently ask Mrs. Leslie to answer
a few questions about her Quest, and how she views Lancelot’s growth at Jacob’s
Ladder.
  1. 1.
    When & why did you open Jacobs’ Ladder
    or how long had you been operating when Lancelot began riding?  When:
    In 1999 we accepted our first 4 riders. Why: There was a need for a therapeutic
    riding center in our area. When did Lancelot start? May 2006, 7 years after
    opening.
  2. 2.
    What were your first impressions of
    Lancelot? I saw him as a fearful child,
    very unsure of whether he would enjoy his time on horseback. I was happy to get
    the referral from his therapist & to get her input & participation in
    my meeting with Lance.
  3. 3.
    Explain your approach to horse therapy
    pertaining to Lancelot & the progress he has made in his 4, almost 5 years.
    I have tried to push Lancelot’s “comfort
    zone”, in hopes of giving him further accomplishments to be proud of. He needs
    muscle strengthening, with limits of not overdoing it. He tires easily &
    doesn’t handle extreme temperatures well, so that is taken in to consideration
    when scheduling his riding time.
  4. 4.
    Explain the benefits of adding competition
    to therapy. For those who are interested
    in competition opportunities, we offer a ‘home’ show & several ‘away’ shows
    each year. By competing in shows the rider is given the opportunity to
    experience good sportsmanship, go other places & see other people with
    challenges who have similar interests, & make new friends.
  5. What
    do you think the greatest influence horse riding & horses have been in
    Lancelot’s life?  He has stepped out of his comfort zone & allowed horses to become a
    part of his life. He learned to trust & place his confidence in a very
    large animal. His words to the reporter in Perry that he enjoyed competition
    & that Bogie was his best friend will always be remembered. By meeting
    horses here at Jacobs’ Ladder his interest in other horse breeds has blossomed.
  6. Is
    Jacobs’ Ladder your Quest of Heart? (Happy & healthy heart) & what was
    your dream for Jacobs’ Ladder? Has it turned out to be what you had
    dreamed/planned?  Yes. It was a dream I had & have continually tried to grow it &
    make it a better place for our riders. My dream isn’t complete yet. I would
    like to be able to offer hippotherapy & equine assisted mental health
    classes, as well as driving & a Horses for Heroes program. These
    opportunities will happen with additional funds that will allow for therapists
    to be hired. A covered arena is also needed so that we can provide our services
    regardless of the weather outside. I hope it doesn’t take too much longer to
    reach some of my goals, because I want to do more to help people!
Lancelot has made so many wonderful
memories at Jacobs’ Ladder. He has grown and blossomed throughout the past 5
years. I cannot ever thank Mrs. Leslie
Jacobs’
enough for following her Quest of Heart. She gave Lancelot and me more than she
will ever know!