Friday, April 29, 2011

Giving Thanks

This week as every week, I have much to be thankful for.  For me, it's the little things that make a big difference.  So, this week I am thankful for...

Kennedy had to go to Louisville to The Commission this week to get her hearing and vision checked.  She did not pass her hearing test and they found that she again has lots of fluid in both ears.  Because of this, they are recommending another set of tubes for her. Her vision test found that she does not have difficulty with tracking as we thought, but instead she has false strabismus due to having a wide nasal bridge. The doctor is very hopeful that she will not need surgery on her eyes and she doesn't need glasses at this point. So in this I am thankful that she is able to hear and able to see. Even though she has yet to pass a hearing test completely, they do know that she is able to hear something. She responds in the sound booth very well.  We are very hopeful that speaking is not far behind for her.

I had a dream the other night that Kennedy just got up and took off walking.  It was so real and I barely remember my dreams, but I remember this one so vividly.  I can't wait for that day.  Kennedy is not yet crawling, but by golly she is getting around!  She destroys everything within her reach that is eye level or below.  She does that bottom scooting thing that ruins the butts on all of her pants.  And, even though I really want her to crawl and then walk in the "typical" way of doing things, I am so happy that she has found her way of getting around.  It is so interesting to me what she chooses to do and go after now that she has options. She's hilarious and with that independence is coming a very stubborn little girl!  But right now it's all still hilarious to us. She has such a funny personality. So, in this I am thankful (I pray I will not have to eat my words) for my stubborn little princess.  That will and determination has paid off for her!

I have such a wonderful natural family and church family.  I cannot sing their praises enough.  I was very blessed in that area.  Their help and understanding with my family has been immeasurable.  I hadn't told anyone that I wanted a new stove because my stove is very old and the oven burns everything. But, a couple of weeks ago I was asked if I wanted to buy a stove at a very discounted price.  A couple of minutes later, I was told that I could have that stove. I am so thankful for such loving people that God has placed in our lives.  God's favor is upon our lives and I thank Him for that.  Even during times when I was sure He had forgotten about me.--I wouldn't dare say it, but my heart felt it.--Even in those times, He never left me. I think it's so awesome how He knows what I need.  He considers me in all things and gives me what I need. There are times when I don't feel I have anything of myself left to give and He shows me that I do. I'm so grateful for that. I'm grateful that I am blessed to be a blessing to others.  And then I remember again that I am nothing without Him. Blessed.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

New Job

I told myself I was going to write a post at least once a week.  Well, you all see how well that has gone.  It has been HECTIC! at my house!  My husband just got a new job, which I’m very proud of him for.  The only thing is his job is 50 minutes away.  I know, I know, not a big deal to you long-time commuters, but a rather big deal to me.  He’s two weeks in on his job and I must admit that I’m feeling a bit like a single parent these days (no insult to real single parents--I've been there).  Before the new job my husband and I had a great (well, great to me) schedule worked out.  I went to work at 8, taking the two older kids to school and day care.  Then, he kept the twins until 2 when they went to the sitter’s.  He then picked up our son and went to his coaching job until about 6 and I got off at 5, picking up the other 3 kids.  Now, I’m doing all the carting around and picking up of all of the 4 kids and it’s exhausting!  Couple that with coordinating doctor visits in and out of town and therapy appointments--and let me tell ya, this gal ain't organized.  I'm about ready to pull my hair out already.  I know my hubby was in desperate need of some adult interaction during the day and I’m happy that he now gets that.  I know he was in need of that feeling of productivity during the day and contributing to society, and I’m glad he now gets that too.  Now I’m in need of a nanny!  How does everyone else do this? I definitely need some ideas! Also, any ideas to help me get organized would also be appreciated.

We had a great Easter this year. Here are a couple of pics from that.  So great that my car still looks like Easter threw up in it.  I have fake grass and candy everywhere!

On another note, I’m asking for prayer for my family right now. I’ve been in prayer over a situation that is close to my heart and I’d like prayer from you all as well.  It’s nothing major, just something close to my heart.

A special Good Luck to Deak and Jenny Howe on Deak’s Run for Hope.  Click here for info on how to donate or participate.
Hope everyone has a blessed day!