Back in April, Aaron's school held an 'I wish to be' day for Make a Wish. Aaron spoke in assembly about Make a Wish and the wish they granted Noah and showed them a DVD clip I had made about his wish. It obviously touched a lot of them and the kids in the Building and Construction class decided they wanted to do something to help families like ours and thought about building cubby houses to bring joy to sick kids and their families. The teacher Ben asked Aaron if the boys had a cubby, and when he told them he didn't he asked him if they would like one. Of course the boys were VERY excited about it.
The class decided to build three cubby houses. They knew of two other children who had conditions that meant they were often sick and wanted to bring them some joy as well. The class only meets once a week which meant it has been a slow process as they have been putting the framework together, but today the boys were so excited as they came to construct the rest of the cubby in our backyard.
Aaron told me that they would be here and the teacher Ben came by yesterday with a few things, but I didn't expect quite so many people here all day! It was quite exciting and also overwhelming to know that they were there doing something so special for the boys.
The class has ten guys and one girl in it. I asked the girl if she liked the class and she said she did and actually wants to get an apprenticeship next year as a builder. Harri stayed outside with them the whole time and loved checking things out. He chatted away to them the whole time and kept telling them how excited he was for the cubby. He even joined in on their pizza lunch!
At one stage I saw him sitting with two guys and heard him say 'and no Mums!', and I asked him what he was talking about and he said 'no Dads and no Mums are allowed in the cubby!'. The guys were cracking up.
Kobe loved being outside too and wanted to keep an eye on what was going on (and play with the power tools!).
The class was here for over three hours - with Harri outside with them the entire time. It was exciting to watch it all come together.
All of the material were donated by local businesses after the class told them what the materials would be used for. The Examiner even ran a story about it a few months back.
We are feeling so overwhelmed, lucky and grateful today for people being so thoughtful and kind. I don't believe that our boys miss on things as we try to do the little things in life with them that they will hopefully remember all their lives, but they do deal with a lot because of Noah's condition. They don't know any different but we are always aware of the things they have to deal with every single day, and are so happy that they are able to have been given something so special.
It was so cute hearing Harri say to one guy as they were leaving 'thank you for my cubby!', and the kid saying 'no problem mate!', back to him.
Jalen was so excited to see the finished project after school today.
It isn't totally finished yet - still waiting on some perspex for the windows, a door and they are even going to build Noah a ramp so he can go straight in as well! We also have to paint the back wall with blackboard paint.
Noah actually seemed to love it in there this afternoon. His eyes lit up and he was so alert and aware and wondering what was going on.
I know the boys are going to love spending many hours out there together.