Wednesday, August 31, 2011
so quickly here's a run down.
Monday: Mariah had a horrible allergic reaction to a mosquito bite and her leg swelled so much that she couldn't wear her AFOs and couldn't go to school.
Tuesday: Wes and Wy were wrestling and when Wes grabbed Wyatt's shirt with his teeth, the bottom two came out when Wyatt ran off. They were mildly loose so I guess that's a good thing? Then after picking Mariah up from school at 11:30am and coming home for lunch, we were headed ipstairs for naps. We heard this huge roar and the whole house starting shaking. Things were falling off the walls and I thought our local Nuclear Power plant was blowing up.
It was SO loud that it didn't occur to me that it was an earthquake until several minutes afterwards. I was really scared for a little while cause phone service was immediately overloaded and I couldn't get ahold of anyone! Our local high school and one elementary school are beyond repair. Many people's home are damaged, thankfully only a few things in our house broke.
Thursday: freak severe storm knocked a huge tree over in our yard only feet from our transformer box.
Saturday we got hit by Irene. I managed to injur my toe pretty badly on a couch leg.
Monday: Phillip got sent to Norfolk/Williamsburg for a week to help storm crews clean up and restore power.
Tuesday: naughty kids, frustrated mama
Wed (today): finally got my little brother to watch my kids so I could go to the dr. For my foot. Got sent for xrays and a post op shoe...
Friday, August 19, 2011
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Today however, she sat down, took the markers out of the box, took the tops off and colored this picture with no prompting.
I've been told that she will probably always be at the low end of the IQ scale (yes a dr. Told me that). He was basing that on her lack of fine motor skills with blocks and writing instruments.
I really think some people don't get that there really are kids who are *that* delayed because they were not allowed to do things to develop skills.
I also think that some people don't get that those same kids can make up those delays and get on par with peers fairly quickly. Its not a lack of ability!!
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Mariah was so excited to start school! She had a great day and was happy to go back today. She is in the special-ed class and I'm wondering already if she doesn't need to be there... we'll see how the teachers feel in a few weeks but she doesn't really have anyone to look up to and strive to be like in her class. I had really hoped she could have that instead of being that.
We're still working on appropriate affection levels in a classroom settting. She grabbed her teacher and clung to her neck today at pick up... not sure how to take that. She was super happy to see me so I'll just send a note reminding the staff we are working on that.
Her walking has suddenly improved in the past two days. She isn't jerking so much when she walks and is a lot more natural looking. Not sure why the sudden change but I'll take it!
Overall she is loving school and the half day is working well. Hopefully, we'll get her evaluated for PT and OT soon...
Thursday, August 11, 2011
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "Plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
How blessed am I to see what that promise fulfilled looks like?? :)
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Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I am amazed on a daily basis at how Christians just don't talk about or live out James 1:27.
If my heart breaks when I think of the few children we saw living their life with no one to show them that God loves them... what God's heart must feel like because He sees them all. All 147 million of them. And He sees the Christians whom He has commanded to care for these orphans, so busy living the American dream that they don't have time to worry about the least of these in this world.
I just wonder what God thinks when He sees those whom He has blessed with so much doing so little.
I mean I REALLY wonder what His heart feels like. I know what mine feels like.
How long will we remain blessed at all if we don't use what we have been given to help those with nothing?
So, I won't stop trying to convince people that orphans really are important. They are real. They have names. If God is a father to the fatherless then they are already children of God. God says feed my sheep. Whatever you did not do for the least of these, you did not do for me.
So why do the majority of people do nothing? Why is it ok to put orphans at the bottom of a list of things we do IF we have "enough" money left over after we do everything else we want to?
What will we say when God asks us why we didn't do more? Do we not trust He will provide a way to care for His children?
My heart hurts for children with no one. It hurts more because most people do not seem to care, much less make them a priority.
So I won't stop trying to make people aware of what they could be doing until they all have homes.
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Crying out so desperately
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of You, oh God
Monday, August 1, 2011
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life; but those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them,are carried on the wings of destiny; and placed among us by God's very own hands. --Kristi Larson