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Posted 2019-02-04T13:03:00Z

Flying High

Ben’s week was incredible! In addition to his SKYDIVING escapade (more to follow!) his days were full of noteworthy adventures. Ben went on a ride along with Police Chief Jason Soto and had the opportunity to ride a police horse, practice using his new peace-stick, and share a donut with our Chief.  He spent an afternoon with his new best buddy Pat Cashell visiting TKO Motorsports racing around in race cars and then finished his time at the American Iron Gym for an afternoon workout. He bounced, flipped and jumped at EZ Aire Trampoline Parkwith his dad and Luke almost every day this week.  Saturday, for the first time, he completed a few Whirly Birds with our friend Kris Buttenburg at Biste Technologies.  Ben is doing great right now… he’s living his life!  We continue to be thankful and conscious of the abundant grace in our lives, for opportunities and friends like we mentioned above, and for the consistent friends and family who visit and take Ben out on adventures around town.  Thank you!
Ben went skydiving! That’s right!  On Thursday afternoon, he jumped from an airplane 16,500 feet above the earth, fell freely for 10,000 feet and landed a few minutes later to the hoots and hollers of his four grandparents, Matt, Luke and myself.  It was remarkable for so many reasons. First of all, he wasn’t afraid… at all.  Skydiving has been on his list of things to do for some time, so he checked it off his list. Second, the FAA made an exception and allowed Ben to jump—the legal age is 18—  so we are grateful to Skydive Lake Tahoe for making this moment possible for Ben. Third, Ben is really into Batman right now and the pilot he jumped with goes by “Batman,” wears a Batman flight-suit and had a Robin flight-suit that Ben was able to wear.  Awesome.
Finally, it is beautiful to witness Ben persevering on his journey.  He is a force to be reckoned with, an example of grit, of pushing boundaries and of experiencing joy and accomplishment in spite of his circumstances. No day is perfect…  none of ours are either, but he makes the most of each one in the end.  His social calendar illuminates a couple of things… that we, the Anderson’s, have a brilliant community of love and support around us and that Ben, is not only super fun to hang out with but is also offering perspective and exemplifying what it means to live with the odds and often put the beat down on those odds. 
Check out the video of Ben skydiving!   Ben’s Skydive:  January 2019
Ben Learning to do Whirly Birds:  Ben Whirly Birds
Thank you for reading our updates.  Thank you for every single prayer you pray for us and for all of the love you send our way.  It makes the difference.  When I imagine our life right now I picture a strong foundation that is the grace and goodness of God.  Resting on that foundation is our community- the meals, the errands, the check ins, the generosity of so many friends’ time, treasure and talent. We are blown away every day and hope you feel encouraged when you read our journal entries. 
Katie and Matt

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Comments (13)

  • Cindy Buchanan
    Cindy Buchanan

    Ben is simply amazing! Thank you all for sharing his story. Hugs to all of you. I can’t wait to hear what Ben will do next.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • michelle kinnaman
    michelle kinnaman

    I read this and my first thought was, Ben is not dying, HE IS LIVING.. He is living everyday God is giving him. Oh, if we could just do the same. It is so easy to forget what living looks like. We can get lost in the cares of today. We can sit worrying about the fears of tomorrow. Most of all we can let those precious moments and opportunities pass us by, thinking we always have the future to do them. BEN, Matt and Katie.. thank you for showing us all how to live. You are a reminder that nothing is promised to us but God's faithfulness and this moment. May we all start to LIVE the life we have and enjoy today as it too may be our last..

    5 years ago · Reply
    • Flora Solari
      Flora Solari

      This is so beautifully expressed. I would like to reiterate your inspirational words that are heartfelt by the spirit within. I believe, as do many, that God is using the Anderson Family in so many ways. God Bless you, Matt, Katie, Luke and Ben and thank you for helping us, as we look on in awe, to stay connected with the strength and courage of your amazing family.

      5 years ago · Reply
  • Deanna Gescheider
    Deanna Gescheider

    The writing brings the experience to life. We feel like we are there with Ben. These entries are a gift to all. Reminding us to be grateful for all we have .... thank you for sharing♥️. Grateful to Ben for showing us the way to live life awake! Grateful Ben is doing well!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Judy Loveall
    Judy Loveall

    We stand in awe of Ben and the Anderson family. You are teaching us all to treasure the days we have and find the joy in each one. Thank you for your posts. We love you.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Jon and Polly
    Jon and Polly

    Oh, Katie, your expressions of love and gratitude in the middle of Ben’s situation are so beautiful. I’m so happy for every wonderful experience your little boy is getting to enjoy. And I loved how you visualize your lives, for truly God is your foundation. How wonderfully He is using people to meet our needs, too. You DO have such love and continued support. Jon and I send love and pray often for you, too.

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Kimberly Edwards
    Kimberly Edwards

    ben is my best friend he is nice he is funny he is awesome love the video from nate

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Lisa craner
    Lisa craner

    Ben keeps amazing us and I am speechless watching this video. He’s showing us all how to really show up for life and to truly LIVE! Thanks so much for sharing his journey with us.❤️

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Jonna AuCoin
    Jonna AuCoin

    Wow!! Speechless...and a huge WOW to Ben’s mom, dad and brother! Team Anderson rocks!

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Pam Head
    Pam Head

    Thank you so much for your eloquent postings. I feel like I am getting to know Ben through your posts! He is a brave soldier, and I am so impressed with your support team. We are hoping to come to Reno this summer- hope to see your family! Pam and Jim Head

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Gray Familiy
    Gray Familiy

    Thank your for sharing Ben's adventures with us. He is truly fearless and his spirit is indomitable. To say we are impressed with his courage is an understatement! Hugs to all of you! 💕

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Heather Flowers
    Heather Flowers

    Super Hero all the way !!!! His superpower is living life large !!!!! Big hugs to you all, with luv hf

    5 years ago · Reply
  • Jamie Engesser
    Jamie Engesser

    Love the updates and your family!

    5 years ago · Reply