Not only is this all bringing about a change in Allen, but also the boys. Dreyson is his daddy's shadow and gets his heart broken if his dad is doing something that he can't help him with. Makale is also reaping the benefits of having Allen to throw a football around with or play video games with. I see them all really forming bonds that have been missing for a really long time.
Hearing them all tell each other "I love you" is music to my ears. I don't think I go a day without hearing it between them. And, to have Allen initiate the sentiment is huge! My boys are learning it's ok to show good emotions to one another other than anger and frustration and their dad is leading the way!
Last weekend, Allen went out and taught Dreyson to ride his bike with no training wheels. Dreyson had been extremely resistant to this without his dad here to help him. He didn't trust me or his brother to help him. Now that his daddy could do it though, he got it on the first try and hasn't stopped since! Allen and him are going on regular bike rides around the neighborhood. Yesterday, he even took off with a couple of the neighbor boys all on their bikes. He's so proud of being able to ride it and that his Dad taught him how. It's amazing seeing his confidence grow as his relationship with his dad is blossoming.
Thank you to all of the programs, organizations, friends, and family who have supported us through this journey and helped us get to where we are today. We definitely are blessed and couldn't have done it without all of you!