Hoping to someday find M's brother adopted in the U.S. -
Myckola Oleksandrovych Markov - 8/26/2003

Friday, May 25, 2012

Videos of Mariah walking, scootering, & riding!

Look at my girl go! She was on a roll today!

I like to label the videos with Mariah's diagnosis so anyone searching youtube for the term "cerebral palsy" might pull up my videos. I spent a lot of time searching youtube when we first came home and its been a great source of information.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Cuevas Medek PT

Mariah has been doing the Cuevas Medek method with her new PT for 5 weeks.

AMAZING results!

Her PT also is impressed with how well Mariah responds to targeted therapy.

Her muscles and body show great improvement as soon as we start targeting a specific issue.

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Saturday, May 19, 2012

How to help us host Vlad

I've had several people ask me if there is a way to just donate directly to our hosting expenses without having to purchase something.  I figure if two people ask, then 20  more probably wonder the same thing but don't ask!

So, here is the paypal link to our host agency.


If anyone would like to make a donation towards our hosting expenses for Vlad, you can do so by clicking that link.  I've been told that anyone who donates $30 or more will get a free t-shirt.  

Please specify that your donation is for Vlad so they know what family to apply it to.

Isn't he sweet?  I can't wait to meet him :)

Thank you so much!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Hosting Help...

If you follow my blog, you know that we're planning on hosting a 6 year old boy from Ukraine this summer.  We're doing a Flower Power Fundraiser to help us raise the $2500 in hosting fees. 

If you look at the top right corner of my sidebar, you'll see Vlad's picture.  Clicking on that will take you to the Flower Power Fundraising site where you can purchase beautiful flowers that will be shipped right to your doorstep.  The best part is that 50% of the proceeds get donated directly back to Vlad's hosting fund. 

So far we've raised $5.

Flowers start at $8. 

This is a win win situation :)  You can get flowers and we get $$ towards hosting Vlad!

I understand that not everyone can purchase flowers, but can you do me a favor and please go look at the flowers then pick one to share on your fb page? 


Thursday, May 10, 2012

Working at PT

We started with a new PT three weeks ago.  She has been great!  This is one of the things Mariah is working on right now.  This particular exercise stretches her legs and helps with her balance.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Hey mom!

"Hey mom! I wanna sing you a song before I go back outside and play, ok?"

"I love you in da morning and I love you in the evening too!"

"Dats it. I love you sooooooooo much."


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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Walking outside in a Kaye Walker

This is Mariah's loaner walker from her new PT.  Its a Kaye and this one has regular wheels.  We ordered Mariah a custom Kaye walker with all terrain tires last week so she can navigate outside on rougher surfaces more easily.  She does pretty well with the regular tires, but the all terrain ones should really have her running around!

The Kaye walker does not come in any colors other than this shiny metal chrome.  This was going to be a problem as Mariah thinks everything should come in pink.  Even minivans.

However, my husband's brother works at a body shop so he is going to customize her new walker into a a shiny sheen of metallic, glittery, hot pink glamorazma that Barbie herself would be proud of.   

The idea of the walker is that she'll build up her stamina and eventually realize she doesn't really need it and just take off walking outside on her own.  Right now though, she gets nervous, tenses up, walks really stiff and ends up falling over.  When she has a hard time walking, she doesn't want to walk.

What she's been doing is just refusing to go outside or going outside and finding somewhere to sit down.  THIS walker is perfect.  She loves using it so now she's running around playing hide-and-go-seek with her brothers :)

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