Stupidly, I forgot to mention lately that my oldest son has *almost* gotten over his dread of outside. It does not throw a huge wrench in our lives anymore. He actually goes outside and plays with friends down the street, rides his bike, and wears a watch so he won't be gone too long! God answers prayer! He is still afraid of the bugs a little, but he is amazingly calm when around them now. It is almost ridiculous how fast he has changed.
Yes, we still have little mishaps here and there, but believe me, I could not convince the boy to take one step outdoors without a fight before.
What can I say? God is good.