Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Home Schooling: Scheduling 3/31/2010

Bubs has asked to do preschool at home for the past three days in a row and I have had to come up with things off the top of my head that interest him. We painted, practiced his name more, counted blocks and more, but I really felt the need for more structure. The other evening I looked up scheduling tips for stay at home moms and for homeschooling. I printed it all off and plan on implementing it tomorrow. So hopefully April 1, 2010 will be the start of a beneficial schedule for both the children and myself. I am praying it helps us in many ways.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Be Transformed by the Renewing of Your Mind

Tonight, a younger, not-so-mature co-worker said some things.  They were really hurtful things.  I had physical pain because of his words.  I became sick.  I'm not going to talk about them in detail because I don't want to hurt other people, or cause them to be angry.  I think anger is not the way to spread love, and I think love is a cure for what hurt me tonight.  Love, and understanding. 

I knew that there would be challenges because of Kheaven's diagnosis of down syndrome.  I focused on the things that could happen to him.  I didn't put a lot of thought on other people, though I read that was the only thing that ever really hurt other parents.  I read the words, but it wasn't personal to me.  It was personal tonight.  My co-worker didn't mean to hurt me, I know that. 

What got to me was that someone was reffering to a group without true knowledge of that group, saying awful things, having no idea that those things were very personal to me.  My baby has said "I love you" since he was three months old.  He says "mama" and "brother" and "Ohhh boy" and has repeated a number of other words.  He is the smartest baby I have met at his age.  Even if he wasn't, even if he didn't have that gift, he would still not deserve to be classified and thought of the way my co-worker did.

My co-worker tried to make up for it by saying his cousin has Ds, which just made me more confused...  and then he said, "but your baby's cute."


All babies are a gift, all babies have gifts!  So many of the children that I read about with special needs, and without, touch peoples lives.  The blogs I read are mainly Christian mommies, mommies of children with special needs, and photographers.  They are all beautiful people who leave imprints on my heart. 

I am sad because of the negative things I heard tonight.  I wasn't sure if I wanted to talk about them at all because I don't want to spread the negativity.  I know the truth, and that's what matters.  I'm sorry to the other parents I know who go through similar things.  I didn't know what it felt like, and now I do.  I'm sorry.  I don't know your kids, or any of you that well.  I know what I read about you.  You all do hold a special place in my heart though.  I learn from you, and I feel your pain and your joy when I read about your lives.  And as sorry as I am that any of us have to go through this, I am happy that we can lean on and learn from each other.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

i heart faces: "Jump for Joy!"

I was going to skip this weeks i heart faces challenge, as I didn't have any decent jumping pictures in my photo library.  However, yesterday when we decided to go outside it happened to be raining.  :-)  Of course, Austi, being the boy that he is, just HAD to jump in the puddles.  :-)  He was definitely full of joy while doing it too. 
We ♥ spring!

Saturday, March 6, 2010

I'm Gonna Miss This: Baby in a Bassinet

"Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened."
Jeremy and I got out the crib for Kheaven earlier today. (last night)  He went to sleep just perfectly in it.  I can't believe no more bassinet til who knows when...  if again.  Wow.  I'm going to miss this moment.

I love it right now though.
I love watching my kids grow.  I love seeing the wonderful little people they're becoming.  I love the moments where I know I'm definitely doing some things right.  There have been so many moments lately, so many times my heart is so big and I can't imagine life being much better.

I am so blessed.
Thank you God.

I was thinking earlier how much of a gift my children are, and how even though they were created through me and carried by me that they are God's.  I feel so great that He's given me the opportunity to raise them.  I was also thinking about adoption and how I would come about having adopted children differently than biological children, but that they would be just the same in the sense that God would be trusting me with them and I would be blessed by having them.  :)  One baby at a time though. 
Lol... If I can even say that. 
I have two babies right now! 

*Dreamy Sigh*

K's getting baptized 3/21.  It will be his six month birthday and World Down Syndrome Awareness day.
I'm excited!
I'll miss moments like my babies being baptized too someday.
And yet I know there's always more to look forward to!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Is it Monday Again, Already?!

OKAY, it's not THAT bad!

It's just time for another i heart faces photo challenge! 

This week is Hilarious Outtakes and who doesn't love a funny/akward photo?!
As you can tell from the above two pictures my kids LVE to eat nummy snacks!
  I'm not sure what Austin was doing but Nayeli had a bad case of brain freeze after eating some Blue Moon ice cream a little too fast. 
At least there's still a hint of a smile on her face. 
She must have liked it.
^This^ is my aunt, my God-mother, my daughter's
There are signs saying not to do what she's doing.
Tsk, tsk, tsk.
I her face!

What faces do you ?