Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Thankful for...

Being a special needs parent, is not always easy and it is definitely not glamorous.  However, it is full of the most wonderful moments amidst some of the hardest moments.  Today, I am thankful for those moments, those brief and magically moments, that help carry me through the storms that come when dealing with a medically complicated and hearing impaired child.

Emma has been through more in her life then most children and some adults have been through.  But it has never slowed her spirit down.  She has taught me to see the beauty around me on simple walks down the street or hikes in the woods.  She has taught me to dance and sing no matter how tired or worn down we both are.  Life is an adventure for her and she wakes everyday ready to take it on.

This week is one of those crazy weeks, where there are more doctors to be seen then days of the weeks, school functions to attend and both parents working.  But today while I finally got one moment to sit on the couch and do nothing, I got a wonderful phone call.  One of her teachers called to touch base about her school year so far.  Now, I have to say, when I saw the school number thirty minutes before she should be boarding the bus, my heart sank.  Oh no what could be wrong.  I was so surprised and pleased it was a good phone call!!

The teacher called to let me know that Emma was doing so well at school this new nine weeks.  She seemed to be relying on her assistant less and less and looking to her teacher and friends to help if she needed it, she was answering correctly more questions then last year, recalling facts easier, and going with the flow of the day much better.  I wanted to dance around the kitchen!  I am so proud of her.  No she might not be on the A honor roll, but to me her progress so far this year, is way more better then all A's.  Emma has spent the last two years trying sooooooo hard to learn and things seem to be finally falling into place.  I am so proud and honored to be her mom!

I am thankful that seven and half years ago, I gave birth this spunky, blue eyed child.  She has taught me a new way of life, I have had more sleepless nights, and more laughs then I can count.  Thank you God for my sweet Rose.  I am not sure what the coming weeks and years will bring, but I know who holds the future, and with that I rest easy tonight.  My growing Rosie has a God who loves her more then me, and He has her back!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Windy Halloween

So, unless you live near me you might not know that Halloween was a yucky mess.  Many areas postponed trick or treating due to the storms that hit that day.  It rained all day, and it slowed down around trick or treat time, but the wind was so bad it knocked trees down and leaves all over the place.  So, we had to move to Plan B on Thursday.  Taylor got to attend a party at the library I work at, and he had lots of yummy cookies for lunch.  Emma has choir till 4 so after she was done, Daniel and I, took the kids to McKay's used bookstore for trick or treating.  They gave them great goody bags and they even got a dollar towards a book, Score for my book loving kids.  They each got a good book to bring home!  Then, we headed to Publix to trick or treat.  They had five little stations around the store and the kids thought it was fun to play in the grocery store.  Afterwards we met Daniel's mom at Red Robin for dinner and the kids spent the night with Nana, so daddy and mommy could work Friday.  Emma was out of school for parent teacher conference day.

Friday after we both got off work and the kids got home from Nana.  Meme and Papa brought Hudson my nephew up to our house and we ate pumpkin pizza from Papa Murphy's and got ready for some real trick or treating.  Our good friends the Huff girl's also joined us.  We had three beautiful princesses, a dirt bike racer and Woody from Toy Story.  We had a lot of fun walking the kids to each house and laughing at them being so excited.  However, they quickly tired and we returned home.  Where my two and Hud had more fun handing out candy and making s'mores on our fire pit we had in the front yard.  It was fun to see all the other kids and relax by the flames.

Enjoy some photos from our windy but fun Halloween: