- Grandma/Grandpa Easton early Birthday visit.
- Beto’s Birthday Breakfast: Jeff, Gage and Colton
- Culver’s Shakes Mike, Mom, Camber and Colton
- Birthday Surprise: Camber Freeman
- Birthday Hammock from Costa Rica: Ridge…Miss you Man..
- Birthday Jersey quilt from Mom
- Firehouse Lunch: Camber, Mom, Colton
- Texas Road House Dinner: Gage, Jeff, Mom, Camber, Colton
- Despicable Me 3 Movie
Happy Birthday From Elder Easton
We were super happy to have a piece of the Freeman’s as we were able to watch their Dog RIO while they were in Lake Powell. He is super obedient and loves to play Fetch. He sure enjoyed going biking and walking with our family. He was super Fond of Dad. He doesn’t like being tied down and wearing a Leash. We miss having him in our home, however don’t miss the Dog Hair!!
February 17th 2016
Dear Friends and Family:
Our family has experienced so many tender mercies along this journey with Colton. Personally, I have become dependent, nourished, and strengthened by the continual commitment, devotion, prayers and sacrifice of so many. I
So it is today, that I extend my faith again to those who Love, and wish the best for Colton. I am reminded of Jeffrey R. Holland’s talk entitled Lord, I Believe. When in moments of fear or doubt or troubling times, hold the ground you have already won, even if that ground is limited. When those moments come and issues surface, the resolution of which is not immediately forthcoming, hold fast to what you already know and stand strong until additional knowledge comes.
Tomorrow Colton is going to see a Cardiac and thoracic Surgeon for his condition called Hyperhidrosis or “the silent handicap.” Hyperhidrosis is a condition characterized by abnormally increased sweating and or perspiration. It can be associated with significant quality of life burden from a psychological, emotional and social perspective.
He has been suffering with this since birth. We have done our best to educate Colton on his condition, in hopes that he could understand that “we all have conditions whether physical and or emotional. And sometimes they can feel like “handicaps”. We believe that we are given these trials or “handicaps’ to strengthen us and teach us how to cope, adjust, or embrace what challenges come our way and they will come!
One day, my sisters, father in law, who is on the medical board for the missionaries, reached out and recommend that we find Colton a good therapist to “Fix inside out” approach and if he understands “who he is and why GOD loves him then he would look seriously at the surgery.
My heart had ached so many times prior to this conversation as I yearned for a quick remedy to “Cure” Colton of his ”silent handicap” plague as he often referred himself as. I would have paid anything to fix my son’s identity crisis and lack of social acceptance and confidence.
I had spent countless hours of studying, research and talking to specialists, but never had any advice or approach made sense and calmed my fears and doubts. What I truly wanted was for my son to “feel the love of the Savior and to know he is Loved regardless of “conditions, labels, weaknesses, limitations, handicaps, sins, mistakes and or vulnerabilities.
Months later, Colton was placed on probation and we have been going to counseling ever since. A prayer had been answered for me personally, as I heard a vivid voice whisper” Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To undo the heavy burdens, heal and change hearts. (Henry B Eyring-Is not this the fast I have chosen?)
This experience was a powerful lesson on FAITH and HOPE “for ye receive no witness until after the TRIAL of your faith. (Ether 12:6)
In the Lord’s own way and his time he extended his MERCY and love upon Colton and our family and me personally- to show forth his hand and know that I AM he.
Up to this point because the heart surgeon has to deflate both lungs to be able to cauterize the nerve, this procedure requires the patient to stay in ICU overnight. We are currently working with the hospital and heart surgeon to see if they feel comfortable for this procedure to be done in their outpatient surgical unit which will cut the costs drastically.
It has been amazing to see the Lord’s hand in this process and continue to exercise our faith and prayers that the Lord will soften the Dr. heart and make it possible for Colton to receive this surgery.
Jenn and Jeff Easton
I hope you can understand and get glimpse of how much I love you and who you are becoming. I know it is hard work and you struggle to see what you have to offer. It takes alot of courage and strength to share yourself with others. I constantly see you on the battle front and the old Colton would have beat himself up and found ways of getting discouraged and afraid and not wanting to try. Keep trying to manage those feelings, emotions, triggers, shortcomings and struggles.
And then one day, Gage and I found your writings both of us expressed the tender feelings we felt as you shared yourself. It was so good to see you express yourself in a positive and healthy way. Gage commented I am so glad Colton is able to express himself in a positive way, because this is really how I see him. “He is the best”
So when you start doubting yourself, beating yourself and wonder if I really Matter. Please read below what you wrote and believe in yourself, that you do matter to God, Mom and Dad, your family and those that love you. I would encourage you to continue expressing these as blessings and expressing gratitude and you will be amazed how that list grows longer as you figure out who you are.
Colton’s Self-Awareness 2016
- I am very strong
- I am very athletic
- I have a family that loves me
- I have friends that love and care about me
- I love my competitive spirit
- I love my ability to lead.
- I like that I am fast
- I like the way that I Look
- I love my attitude
- I like how I am always motivated
- I always have energy
- I love having good coaches that always pushing me to be better
- I like my body image
- I like my confidence
- I like the way that I look at myself