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Nov 23, 2014

Picture Drop...

A few pics from the last few days..

Aunt Sandy's pride and Joy
She spent last weekend with us.

Our Z is still with us!

My little man

He loves looking at himself.

Our Tiny has two teeth now!
No face pics allowed...yet!

My sweet sweet little Waylan
This baby LOVES his MeMe.


Looking through the toy paper :)
Yes, it's that time of the year!

Our precious little Aniston

We celebrated Thanksgiving early with 
Hubby's family.
This is my MIL Linda with my daughter Anna
and my grand angels Waylan & Aniston.

Brookelyn and Z with my niece Jessie,
who will soon bless us with a precious nephew.
Aunt Sandy can't wait!

Blaze, Kaylan, and Curly Top.

Blaze and Justin (JK)
Yes, the little boy you've
 read so many post about.
This is him!
He is Blaze's best buddy!

My Brookelyn Shae

\Kaylan & Adalyn

Waylan & Uncle Jon.

Am I blessed or what?????

 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

A Letter to a Child With Special Needs Child....

Dear Sweet Child,
Today a fighter was born. You. Yes, you. The sweetest, tiniest, most precious little soul. You are strong, brave and full of courage. I’d like to welcome you to the world and tell you a little about what to expect on your journey. It may be a confusing time for you. Machines monitoring your progress, your parents’ tears falling gently upon your delicate skin and doctors swirling around you. Never fear, you are loved. You will soon find clarity and your purpose. Life for you will be a little different than it is from most. You see, you were born special.
There will be days in your life when you will reach for the stars and other days when you will feel defeated no matter how hard you try. There will be triumphs and celebrations and at times unexpected set-backs. Your life will be a tender balance of difficulties and joy. But you will undoubtedly do amazing things. You have a gift to light up dark rooms, to speak without words, to inspire others and to demonstrate unconditional love. But the world won’t always make it easy for you to shine like the star you were born to be.
There will be times when you are met with cruelty. Stares, hurtful words, uneducated people and those who cannot yet see the beauty that is before them. It may make you feel lonely or worthless, but you must remember you are far from those things. Your heart will be wounded at times, but you need to know you are never alone. Because your heart is so big, you’ll be quick to forgive. You’ll teach more lessons in one minute than some can learn in a lifetime.
The world around you will occasionally be complicated and messy. You may hear predictions about your destiny and have expectations placed upon you. Remember you are defined by none of it. There are no limits to what you can achieve and accomplish. No one can determine what you will be capable of during your journey. You will be a surprise each day to those around you.
There may be scary and hard times too. You may experience a multitude of medical procedures, endure countless hours of therapy and even accumulate various types of assistive devices to help you along in your day. There will be a team of those loving you through those times, and they will bring you comfort to see you through all of it.
You are going to do so much with your time here. It is not about what you can do or can’t do that will define your life. Spreading love will be your specialty. You may encounter hate, spite and ignorance, but the love within you will be stronger than all of it.
We’re really glad you’re here. Your life brings so much value to the world. You might need a pep talk sometimes and that’s OK. We all need that from time to time. But no matter what, remember never give up hope that things will be better tomorrow.
For now, remember this: When you feel low on smiles and you feel it’s over before you’ve had a chance to begin, dig deep and remember your purpose. Laugh loud, live in the moment and dream big and most of all remember you matter in this world.
Stacy, Chris, Noah and Luke
This post originally appeared on Noah’s Miracle.

I read this letter and couldn't help but get tears in my eyes. I can so relate to the feelings this parent has. I've watched Blaze go through so much over these last 2.5 years. He has came a long ways, endured so many procedures, tests, therapies, and hospitalizations. Some see him and don't realize what all he's been through. Others see him and wonder why he is the way he is. It's hard....sometimes very hard.
  However, I am so thankful that God chose me to be the mother of this amazing little boy. He is my superman. He has fought battles most can't even imagine and has been through more than most adults go through in their whole lifetime. He's going to do amazing things. I knew it the first day that I met him. God has amazing plans for my Blaze. Just set back and watch my little superman fly.

 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

Nov 22, 2014

In memory...

In memory of my two brothers
Robby & Bryan
In memory of my
angel grandmother
Forever loved and never forgotten.

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

Nov 19, 2014

Just a quick update...

Just stopping by with a quick update...
On Monday I went to court on JK. It was suppose to be a termination hearing that was to last from 1-3 days. His dad decided to show up for court and guess what?!?! He surrendered his rights!!!! Instead of dragging it out, he went ahead and signed the papers. Woo hoo!!! Mom had already surrendered back in the Spring! So JK is free for adoption now!!!!!!! I got the chance to talk with his dad and with his dad's dad (JK's granddad) As you can imagine it was a sad time for them. It wasn't an easy decision, but it's one that really is in the best interest of JK and they know that. I went ahead and informed them that my daughter will be adopting JK instead of us. I think that kinda made them sad, but after I told them about my daughter Anna and her family, they seemed to take it better. They asked about any future contact and I told them that I would have to discuss that with Anna & Corey. They said they are wiling to do occasional letters and picture swaps (like I do with Blaze and his family). We are so excited to have JK in our family. He is going to keep his first name "Justin"(which I LOVE) but he is going to get a new middle name and of course their last name. I think his middle name is going to be "kade" or "Cade" the last time I heard, but they may change their mind. He will have to live with Anna 6 months before it can be finalized...that is the rules here in our state.

Our foster girl "Tiny" turned 8 months on the 17th! She is saying ma ma, da da, and bye bye now. She has 2 teeth. She is still teeny tiny just like her birth mom. Yesterday she was 14.1 pounds and she is 24.5 inches long. She is the most smiley baby, always happy, and constantly babbles. She is eating all flavors of baby foods now. She LOVES to eat. She is also suppose to be going to termination in Dec. However, I've never worked a tpr in her county so I'm not sure if it will happen next month or not.

Well I had planned to write more but that's all I have time for. Have a great day!

 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

Nov 15, 2014

Way to go Team Blaze!...

Team Blaze had a race today in North Carolina!
His runner Cindy managed to complete
the race in 20 degree temps.
Blaze is so blessed to have Cindy
and her family in his life.
Team Blaze Rocks!!!

Blaze got another package today full of 
goodies from his running buddy.
Tucked inside were 2 more medals
from their last two races.
Team Blaze is on a roll!

 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

Bailey and Zachary...

Back together side by side.
My sweet Bay and Z.
These two were best buddies 2 years ago,
then we lost contact with Z.
Bailey always talked about Z after he left us.
She even named her cabbage
 patch doll after Zachary. 
I never dreamed I would ever get another 
picture of them side by side.
These two kids have brought 
me so much joy 
and were some of my
 biggest heart breaks.
They are spending this weekend
at Aunt Sandy & Uncle Brent's,
 just catching up.
I'm so thankful for this time
and I'm enjoying every
 second I have with them.
I know not to take one second for

 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

Nov 14, 2014

What makes a Princess?...

Bailey, Brookelyn, Adalyn, Kaylan,
 and Aniston you are a Princess!
 Don't ever forget that.
You are so loved and so precious to me.

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

Nov 13, 2014

More pics...

 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 another update...

Just stopping by with an update.  It has turned off bitterly cold here in GA...brrrr My teen who never wears jeans actually has on jeans today...yay!!!! The Hubs called while ago and said he is coming home to build a fire in the fireplace. Our first fire of the season. I'm not so excited about it. I dread the mess, the smell because it sometimes triggers my migraines, and the bugs that tend to come in with the wood...yikes!

Our week has actually been calm...believe it or not. The Blazer has had his usual therapies except for OT she wasn't able to make it this week. No big appointments at all!!!!! This is a first in a very long time. I have accomplished so much being able to be home this week. It's nice!

Our little Z

As I mentioned our little Z is back with us. Not through DFCS. His mom placed him with us. It's complicated. I'm not sure exactly how it's all going to work out. DFCS knows he is here and has actually came out to talk with him, but at this time he is NOT in their care. His mom gave me temporary guardianship of him. He will probably be with me at least the rest of November, but possibly longer. He is doing really good. It had been almost 2 years since I had seen him. I can't believe his mom still had my number and thought of me. I'm glad she did.

Next week, we have court on JK our 18 month old foster son. It is a termination hearing. I've been court ordered to be there all week....grrrr I don't usually attend those hearings, especially when I know that termination is going to be granted. It's hard to deal with the birth family before and after court. Our daughter Anna will be adopting JK. They had to go through the whole fostering process and now they are only waiting on their home study to be completed. Once that is complete he will be moving there to be adopted! We are so excited. JK is an adorable little boy with a silly personality. He is the perfect addition to our family.

Blazer as I mentioned in an earlier post was officially diagnosed last week with classic autism. We had been told several months ago by our neurologist that Blaze was autistic. Our neuro sent us to the Marcus Autism center for treatment. They confirmed what the neuro said. He is autistic on the more severe end. Blaze met with a whole team of people there and under went several different tests and a complete physical. The pediatricians at Marcus seem to think that Blaze may also have some type of undiagnosed syndrome, because he has so many different diagnoses. We had already been told that, when we first found out that he was sick (around 2/3 weeks of age) but no one had done any further testing for syndromes.  Marcus sent us on over the same day to the Egleston to have some genetic testing done. We should hear back within the next 2 weeks. Marcus also referred us to a genetics doctor at Emory. We are on their waiting list but it's a long list, so it will be months before we get in. However depending on what his labs show, they may move us up. I hope these tests don't show anything more. I am a little worried about it, but I'm trying not to think about it. I wish I had pushed for more testing from the start, but I didn't know. I've just trusted that Blaze's doctors were doing everything they needed to do for him.

Blaze will be going back to Marcus to spend a few days and nights. He is going to be doing a in- patient feeding therapy program. It's very intensive, but it has been proven to be very effective for kids like Blaze. He still is not eating much by mouth at all. It's so frustrating for him and us. Then He is  going to be starting a new therapy for autistic kids called ABA and a behavior program through the  Marcus Center. As I said before he is the busiest kid I know.

Our baby foster "Tiny" had been doing so well until this week. They had put her on some new asthma meds and another round of antibiotics for 3 weeks. She got so much better, but since coming off of the antibiotics she is back to rattling and loud breathing. I called her pulmonologist and she referred us on to an ENT for more testing. Honestly, it feels like every time I take two steps forward with these kids, I end up taking one step back (insert sad face here).  She also got fitted for a cranial helmet last week and we are not looking forward to 6 months of that...grrrrr

Our little foster girl "Curly Top" may be leaving us soon. She has a family friend that wants to take her. They are going to be checking this family out. I'm going to miss my curly girly when she goes. She has been a handful and perhaps the most stubborn toddler ever, but as cute as a button. She can wreck a house faster than a tornado, but she can melt your heart with her sweet little grin and prissy personality. She is for sure one adorable little girl.

I was going to post more but my hubs just walked in and needs me to help him. Have a great night!
 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

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