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balance

We have now finished several weeks of school.  While I love my kids desperately and unconditionally, summertime can really be draining on parents and to be honest, as summer went on, I could see my children’s behavior deteriorate.  They were in need of getting back into a routine and having more direction in their day.  It’s not that I didn’t try or want to give them more opportunities for routine and enrichment, but let’s face it as parents, we have...

this is how we roll- flashback post 9.16.2012

 Even though I was a child development major, I sometimes forget that you can’t force a child into developing and doing things faster than they are ready.  I also forget that Tough Guy was born 5 1/2 weeks premature.  So really, when he turned 1, he was really only like that of a 10 1/2 month old. We got Tough Guy his first wheelchair when he was pretty little because we want him to have the opportunity to grow and...

new wheelchair part 2

After a couple weeks of pondering and researching, we placed our order for Tough Guy’s new wheelchair!  If you didn’t hear about the earlier part of the process you can read about it here: new wheelchair part 1   The therapist is writing up medical reasoning for each aspect of the chair and it will be shipped off to insurance for approval.  The faster insurance company approves it, the sooner Tough Guy will get his new wheels.  Most likely it will...

to the man that said God will heal my son

” You know, God will heal your son.” A few weeks ago we went to the pool.  It was a cooler day, but we had been visiting my parents for the weekend and we had gotten home and wanted to do something fun as a family.  We knew the pool wouldn’t be crowded, which it wasn’t.  It turned out to be a great night for a quick, hour of family swim time.  We got out of the pool and dried...

new wheelchair part 1

Tough Guy is due for a new wheelchair so I find myself swimming in questions and research about wheelchairs.  Tough Guy’s very first wheelchair was his tiny little green zip zac chair.  When Tough Guy was about 6 months old, we saw a little boy on you tube zipping around his house in this ingenious little wheelchair that allowed the boy to reach his toys- it made them accessible so he could easily play!  When Dan and I saw it,...

the opened door

I just got done watching a Super Soul Sunday video of Glennon Doyle Melton.  I’ve followed her blog, read one of her books and know her story.  She’s one of my favorite bloggers because she is so authentic.  She really is a truth teller.  But today, something resonated.  It’s as if her words were the key to a door in my house, that I needed unlocked.  If you haven’t seen Glennon’s video you can view it here.——->momastery.com/blog/2017/05/10/first-the-pain-then-the-rising Why do I...

access-ability

According to the online Merriam-Webster dictionary * accessible means: a. capable of being reached.   b.  easy to speak or deal with capable of being used or seen capable of being understood or appreciated  capable of being influenced The online Oxford dictionary ** added a part: able to be reached, entered or used by people who have a disability (of a person, especially one in position of authority) friendly and easy to talk to.   The definition of accessibility that...

outdoor summer play

Sandboxes, bike rides, water balloons, swing sets, swimming pools and running back and forth between my house, my cousin’s house and my best friend’s house through the yards are all very vivid memories when I think about my childhood summers.  I played outside for hours, completely barefoot and dirty by the time dusk set in. As a parent, these are the types of memories I want my kids to have when they think of summertime, but when you have a...

ad day!

Let’s face it, household chores are generally in the category of “love” or “hate”.  My friend Michelle loves cleaning!  (I wish I had that same love.) Mail is another chore in my book and  I know people that love going through mail.  It must be the highlight of some afternoons, but this is not the case for me.  I fit into the mail hating category.  Except for walking out to get the mail; that part feels like a great excuse to...

the dreaded question- flashback 2015

It was only time before I heard the dreaded question come out of my curious three year old’s mouth, “when will I walk without my wheels mama?” He’s usually very proud of his wheels, and he’s mentioned things about not being about to walk before, but this time felt different. He’s noticing he is different. He’s noticing his limitations. He wants to do something that is just physically not possible. Dear Tough Guy, If I could reach to the moon...