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Sep 8, 2014

Just an update...

September is here! I think I may be the only person sad to see summer end. Fall is just around the corner... then Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
We have a lot happening around here, but that's nothing new. I realize I live a very busy life and it doesn't look like it's going to change anytime soon. I went over my September calendar today with my special needs coordinator and realized I only had one week day this month that didn't have anything wrote on it, so I decided to pen in "ME". I'm going to have a "ME" day.  I wrote it in pen so that it can't be erased. I'm not going to do anything but what I want to do that day.  I'm going to start doing this every single month, because seriously I need it. I never take time for me because I'm always taking care of everybody else. I'm not complaining. I love what I do, but everyone needs a little time for themselves and I never get that.
So what's happening in  Howellville?...
I enjoyed Grandparent's day at Brookelyn's pre-school. They surprised us with all kinds of sweet goodies, the cutest poems, pictures, and wall hangings. It was such a sweet day. (Pictures coming soon!) Then I brought her home with me and she was so excited about being checked out early. I love my grands. They are the greatest kids on earth. I'm serious. They are so precious to me. I am so blessed! My heart just flutters when I see their little faces and hear their little voices.
My wee little sweetheart Aniston or better known as Annie-Kaye has learned to crawl on her knees, pull up to stand, cut her first tooth, and learned to eat bite sized foods all by herself in just the last two weeks. She is the sweetest of the sweet. She just plays and is ALWAYS happy.
The last two weeks I have been back and forth to Atlanta taking Blaze and Tiny to see their specialists. Blaze is doing great! He has quite a few appointments this month. We have to meet again with his CMS services coordinator (next week), we have a meeting with our Babies Can't Wait coordinator, Emory on Monday, his orthotics doctor Wednesday (he has grew 3 inches so his AFOs are to short. He will be casted and fitted for new ones), and of course he has his weekly therapies and sign language classes. He is one popular kid.
After having an upper GI done, adding 4 new meds, a new pulmonologist, and a new GI doctor,  I think we are finally headed in the right direction with Tiny. She is being treated for asthma and GERD, but they also added a protein allergy to her diagnosis and changed her formula to a hypoallergenic formula. She is going to be admitted into Children's sometime over the next two weeks to do more testing. Even with all the meds she is on and changes, she is still having issues. No one can figure out why she keeps having these problems. Other than that, she is doing great. She is such a sweet, mellow, and smiley baby. She is happy as long as her tummy is full and her diaper is clean. As of last week, she is right at 13 pounds and 22 inches. She is really short and chubby :)
We found out that they had court on Tiny last week. They forgot to inform me so needless to say I was pretty upset. I was told that the state filed TPR under the grounds of abandonment. I've never had a case go this fast, so I was completely shocked. I've never had a case like this kind, so I'm not sure what it all means. Tiny's county does things so different than ours. According to our CASA she will be free for adoption after Christmas.
We have court on JK on the 22, 23,and 26. It's a TPR trial, because his dad won't surrender his rights(mom has), so we have to go to a full trial. It may take 1-3 days, but most likely only one because dad has done nothing on his case plan so he doesn't really have any ground to stand on. Our daughter Anna and her husband start their foster-2-adopt classes this week. They will be adopting JK! He will have to live with them for 6 months before it becomes official, because that's state law, but after that he will be their little boy forever. They are so excited! I am so excited for them. He is a perfect addition to our family tree.
Our newest foster Curly Top is getting more adjusted. We've had some really tough days with her. I thought having an older tot (not a infant) would be easier, but I think I've changed my mind. She has been tough. We had 7 therapist in my home Friday doing tests on her and on our Tiny. Curly Top scored really low on everything. They are very concerned about her and her development. They think she may be autistic as well. She says only about 5 understandable words, but she puts no words together, and she hums constantly. She hums " mmmmmmmm" the "m" sound allllllllll day long. She repeats something over and over, but we can't understand what it is she is saying.  The therapists want her to go have a hearing test done and then they want her seen by a neuro before they can start working with her. She doesn't respond to commands and she seldom even responds to her name. I think she can hear, but I think she blocks us out/ignores us about 95% of the time. She loves to scream. This child has a scream like no child I have ever heard. It is so loud that it makes your ears ring afterwards. She screams when she is happy and she screams when she is mad. She screams if I walk out of her sight. I'm trying to teach her not to do that. She also bites. I was told they have a possible family member for her, so I think she may be leaving us soon but you never know.
I'd like to ask you all to pray for our foster care system and everyone involved in it. We have had more kids then ever to come into care over the last two weeks. All our homes are overly full and they are having to go over the limits and make exceptions which is not a good thing. I've been flooded with calls, because I do still have "one" spot available in my home, but my hands are so full and I'm just to busy right now. Besides all of Blaze's appointments, Tiny and Curly Top have two visits with their family every week (which adds 4 extra weekly appointments) plus both girls are about to start therapy too. I just don't know how I can squeeze in any more. Once JK moves to Anna's and Curly Top leaves I'll have more space. I feel bad every time I say "no" but I know what I can and can't do.
Anyhow, I guess I better go. It's almost bath, story, and bedtime for the peanuts. Have a great week everyone!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Sep 5, 2014

My Blaze...

Sometimes, I wonder if he realizes
what he means to us.
Oh the joy he has added to our lives.
Most parents can talk to their children
and tell them "I love you"
but when you have a deaf child, 
they can't hear you when you
say those 3 precious words
 "I love you"
We sign it constantly, all day every day, but sometimes
I just wonder if he really understands.
He is so very loved.
He has such a gentle heart.
He doesn't really like kisses or hugs
but he has his own unique way of showing his feelings
through his touch, with his expressions, and with his eyes.
He has such beautiful eyes, but of course I'm a little partial...lol

I love this pic. 
He loves his baby foster sister.
He always likes to pat her back and rub her arms.
So sweet!

He bites his bottom lip when he is happy!
It's crazy, because I do that too.
He looks at the world closer than most people and he takes
 his time and enjoys every single thing.
Even our dog seems to understand the specialness
Blaze has. He is extra special to all of us.


Sometimes I wish that I could see what Blaze sees.
It's almost as if you can look in his eyes and see into his soul.

I know I've said it before but he really
 is the most unique and amazing little individual

And the most determined to succeed.

When the world says, "He can't" and "He won't",
He says, "Oh yeah, just watch me".
And he does!

Sometimes, I have to pinch myself
 to be sure it's not just a dream.
He is real. He is here. God chose us to be his family.
We are so blessed.
It's been almost a year since our adoption day and
It's been one of the best years of my life.
I have enjoyed every single day I've had
with my amazing little boy.
He has made me a better person
and taught me more than
anyone has ever taught me before,
just by being Blaze.

He is my favorite kind of WONDERFUL.
He sees beauty and goodness in everything and everyone.
I love that about him. Oh how I wish I could be that way.
What the world needs is more people just like him

We added this for his amazing runner Cindy.
She works so hard for Blaze, every single day.
Very seldom does a day go by that we don't talk,
add pictures, and share stories.
She is such an inspiration and a blessing to Blaze.
He couldn't have gotten matched with a better person.

What an impact he has had on this world
and he is only two years old.
Imagine what he will grow up to be.
What ever it is, it will be BIG!

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Sep 2, 2014

and he is off...

Our little Carter is off to 3 year prek today!
He didn't cry or fuss at all.
He walked right in with a big smile on his face.
PawPaw and MawMaw (that' what he calls me)
are so proud of  you!
You are going to do great!
We love you sweet boy :)

 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Aug 27, 2014

Just a walking...

I've been stalking Katie's facebook again...lol
You know MeMe's can do that :)
I snuck a few of  Katie's pics of the Sweet Peas
 taking a walk yesterday.

Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Just pictures...

Our little peanut turned
 2 months!
Happy 2 months little Waylan :)
He is probably the most laid back baby ever.
So different from his crazy, wild, LOUD family.
He must think we are all nuts...lol
My little water boy (and Curly Top too)...
This kid loves water!

Water in Sign Language


Trust in the LORD with all thine heart;and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him,and he will direct thy paths. ~Proverbs 3:5-6

Aug 26, 2014

Just another update...

Where have I been?

(Curly Top, Tiny, JK, and Blazer)
Can you say 4 two and under?
Do I need to say anything more?
And can you believe DFCS called me and asked
did I have room for more?!? 
I've been on my toes that's for sure.
We have not had a dull moment since...
well, I can't remember when.
Those eyes... yep those.
They get me every time.
 And that smile...
it belongs to my sweet little boy
who means the world to me.
 How did we get so blessed?????
Did I mention we also celebrated a BIRTHDAY?!?!
Our Little Curly Top turned 2!
She has came a long ways in the 13 days she's been here. The first week was trying HARD! She talks very little and what she says I can't understand. She gets so frustrated that she just cries and screams and screams some more and did I mention this kid has lungs. She will be starting ST very soon. So far this week has gotten easier. It didn't help not knowing ANYTHING about her. I got her and for the first few days I only knew her name and that she was 2. Well, she was almost 2. Her family failed to tell us that she still sucked a bottle and passy and never took a sippy cup or that she is scared of baths and bedtime. So that just added to the upset. 5 sleepless nights later, I'm happy to say we survived and since we've made it this far, we won't go back. She doesn't take a bottle or passy anymore and she has mastered the sippy cup.
And for the most part her and Blazer get along.
Blazer prefers to play alone, but I think
 having JK and Curly Top is good for him.
We met with the BOE on Blazer starting preK and I had no problems at all. They understood 100% why Blazer will be better off in a special needs/deaf pre-school. The special needs coordinator from Cave Springs along with our Babies Can't Wait coordinator joined me for the meeting, so I didn't have to go it alone (which was really nice).
He's my sunshine and I will do whatever it takes
to make his life easier and the best it can be.
Now a few more pics from the last few days...

Watch me swim MeMe!

This little girl is doing so good in preK
and she's about to start gymnastics next week.
I'm so proud of this kid!

And this one owns her MeMe's heart
My sweet Kay-Bug

I just bought a new computer. I'm still trying to figure it out and to get all of my stuff moved off of the old dinosaur one to this one. It took half a day just to get my blog to load and let me edit it. Not sure why my blog doesn't like the new computer....grrrr It loaded this time but it took over 30 minutes and several errors later....grrrrrrrrrr I'll figure it out.
Anyhow, that's all I have time for right now. Our CASA is about to arrive.  I hope you have a great day!

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