Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Dr. Dudgeon was pleased with the progress Addie is making. Although slow, she is making progress! He even said she was our little miracle baby...those were golden words coming from him.
The ONLY reason this bothers me is because I was really hoping to have something to put up for Addie, so that I could show her years from now that she made the finals in a photo contest. I will just print the information from the website, I bet she will be so happy to see it when she's older!
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Ali's parents were nice enough to give Addie this gift, she just loves it and tries so hard to hold on! Julien was right by her, showing her how everything works.
Thank you so much! You guys will be missed and I wish you the best of luck! May God bless you!
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Thank God for this amazing gift!
I already have Addie's eighteen-month session booked with Kim and I am booking her twenty-one month session and her two-year session tomorrow. Kim is booking up FAST, so make sure you contact her soon for an appointment!
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Here is the famous picture that won Julien a spot in the Art Show. Each elementary, intermediate, middle and high school in Shelby County was represented in this show tonight. I talked with Julien's art teacher and she is so pleased with his skill and creativity.
Way to go Julien!
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
On my way home from taking Addie to school, I was pointlessly flipping from one radio station to the next, finding nothing but yapping when I decided it was a good time to talk to God. I have two different families that have asked for special prayers this week and I wanted to make sure I was focusing on their requests as much as possible.
There is one small stretch of highway that takes me past this beautiful house and land that I tell Chris all the time that I want. You know, the picture perfect house with the four-car garage, picket fence and horses (not that I know the first thing about horses, but they are beautiful to look at). The trees have bloomed just so and have cast the most serene shadows onto the road and I don't think the sky could be any bluer. At that moment it occurred to me just how lucky I am. I have it all. I have a house that we can afford (although not perfect for us and seems to be content with not selling), two beautiful children, a husband who takes care of everything when I'm not feeling well, a beautiful little city to live in, great friends and family, our health, a great job, a car that starts every time I need it to and a perfect God that has granted me peace. I felt a peace that I haven't felt in so long that I can't remember the last time. I realized that I'm OK, I'm OK with the way my life is and where it is heading. This time last year, I was so grief stricken that it was hard to see anything past my job as Addie's Mother. There are always days when the grief comes back, but for the most part, I think I'm finding my way. There are some days, I keep waiting for that curve ball to come flying in and for my world to come crashing back down again and then there are days, like today, where I can see past today and know how blessed I am. I am blessed not only to have an amazing son who is so intelligent and good hearted, not to mention that he has the most amazing green eyes (from me, of course) and the cutest little sprinkling of freckles across his nose, but I also have Addie. I wouldn't be the same without her. I want each and every one of you to watch closely. God has an amazing plan for her and I wait eagerly every day for that plan to be revealed. I picture her being the ONE that proves "them" all wrong, the ONE who can walk into school and sit with every other typical child, the ONE who shows the world how God works. How GOD continues to work miracles in a time when we wonder what the future holds for our children. I know Addie was sent here - to me - for a very special purpose and we'll know why...when God is ready to show us.
Today is a day of peace and I am so thankful for it!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I can't tell you how many times a night I wake up to ramblings in my mind, thoughts or phrases that have been said to me. "She will never walk, she will never talk, her delays will be severe"...it is never-ending. Addie is saying "DaDa", "MaMa", "bye" and "baby"...I just want to shout to the world and tell them what she is doing! She IS talking and continues to learn new words! Please thank God for this accomplishment and continue to pray for new development!
Saturday, April 19, 2008
While I was sleeping I got a new ceiling fan in the living room, lots of clean laundry and dinner....hmmm, shouldn't I try that more often? :)
Still no sign of Max...
Thursday, April 17, 2008
Monday night Addie and I were not feeling very well, so we had family over helping us out. In the chaos of it all, MY kitty Max got outside. He is the sweetest cat and was a stray that I rescued seven years ago. We have flyers up in the neighborhood and are hoping for his safe return. Please wish us luck! I told Chris that the not knowing is driving me crazy. I need to find him one way or the other...
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Saturday, April 12, 2008
Julien wasn't up to having his picture made today (nine-year old boy, I guess), so I had to steal what I could get!
After almost three hours at the park, Addie was wiped out!
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
Thanks so much Julien! I love you!
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
(To save a few emails from friends...I AM fully aware this is April and my daughter is wearing Christmas pajamas. By golly, I paid enough for them and she is going to wear them until they no longer fit!)
"We do see children with Microcephaly. It's hard to realize how blessed you really are that Addie is doing so well; it's something you can't understand until you see the child she could have been. In fact, most children with Microcephaly are so profoundly disabled, I'm not sure if they are even aware of their surroundings. They are not able to interact with family, they don't play, they don't smile, they don't speak, they have severe physical limitations, and they don't meet their developmental milestones. Basically, most children with Microcephaly are like having a newborn baby for their entire lives whose body grows but their mentality and physical ability never develops past a few weeks of age. I think this is one of the reasons we were so drawn to Addie, she is truly beating the odds, and she is truly a miracle baby. I've said many times, God has a special plan for Addie, and He will continue to reveal more and more of it everyday."
This is why I say that Addie truly is a miracle! Although, I try to describe our fears and our pain, it is hard to really let people know the prognosis Addie was given and the uncertain future that lies ahead.
The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.
Friday, April 04, 2008
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