I must confess that I am not particularly inspired to write a garden blog post.  


The reason for this is that my son, Kai, has been recovering from surgery.


Kai was born with a condition known as arthrogryposis, which affects some of his joints.  He was born with a dislocated left hip, which the doctors have been working on throughout the past 8 years.  

Every few years, he needs to have additional surgery on his hip, which leaves him wheelchair bound for 6 – 8 weeks.

After 4 days at the hospital, we are now home.  He needs a lot of care at this point, so I will try my best to find some time to write.

Kai is a remarkable boy and I am so glad that he is my son.  He was abandoned by his birth parents in China when he was 2 weeks old and spent his first 2 1/2 years of life under the care of an orphanage.

You can read more about his story in a post I wrote about him called,

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

5 replies
  1. Cheryl
    Cheryl says:

    I found your blog through my gardening efforts in Arizona! But I learned we have more in common that that. We also adopted from the China Special Needs program just last year. Additionally, we have grown children and grandchildren. It is blessing to read your blog. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to you sweet boy!

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  2. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    I just love that little boy. You have given him such a wonderful life and now he's part of a wonderful family. What a little trooper he is.
    Balisha

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  3. Shady Gardener
    Shady Gardener says:

    Kai is not only a special child, but you are special parents. Prayers for these surgeries will soon offer a fully complete operative hip, etc. And that there won't be many more… 🙂 hugs.

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