Our story begins with a backyard piggyback ride on date one wherethe dream began. Eight months later balancing on a tree stump, ourbackyard was the ideal setting for the perfect proposal. A yearlater we buried our son and we planted a tree in our backyard tohonor his little life.
A year after Blake died we brought home premature twins, born threemonths early with unimaginable issues. Four years later Autism runsour lives. Our son Max, who is in Special Education full-time, hasgreat difficulty leaving home to public places. Mostly confined tohome, the entire family happily learns to play where Max feels safe"outside." When all the children are asleep our dilapidated yard,falling fence, unleveled space, broken patio set, un-manicured rockwall, and homemade fire pit, is still mom and dad's favorite spotto unwind. Instead of sitting in front of the television we areoutside talking and reminiscing of days past celebrating what wehave overcome as a couple and sharing our hopes for tomorrow.
I would love to make our yard a safe place for the children to runfree. For Blake's tree to get the resting place it deserves. For usto have a beautiful patio to retire to at the end of ourchallenging days; and for my husband to get the shed he desperatelyneeds. Thank you for considering our story and giving us hope for afairytale ending.
-The Richards Family
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