Thursday, April 28, 2011

Seeing the light

We are finally seeing the light with all the struggles we have had with our seven year old daughter "Claudia".  For the past 7 years she has had a tough time with so many things.  She could not focus, did not understand what you were asking her to do, would often scream and most times would say "my tummy is making me do it".  We never understood what that meant, we thought her tummy hurt because she was feeling nervous.  When we started to see a lot of sensory issues such as not wanting to wear certain clothing and then screaming that her hands felt sticky we knew something else was up.  We assumed she had Sensory Processing Disorder after working with an Occupational Therapist.  We started to see a chiropractor to help with her nervous system and it did make her feel better for a while, but when we had to stop seeing her because it just did not work into our budget anymore she completely fell apart.  Over the past 6 months Claudia started to go down hill FAST.  Mentally she was really struggling and I knew that something neurologically was not right.  At times I wanted to check her into a hospital or myself into a  mental ward.  It was very hard on the family to listen to her screaming ALL the time. No one wanted to watch her or take her places because it was just too hard.  It completely broke my heart.  Well, I finally had an answer to prayer and met Dr. Flynn in Green Bay who knew exactly what was going on and while we waited for the test results to come back he put her on 4 supplements and we changed her diet.  We have seen huge improvement and she is actually able to sit down and read with me.  Yesterday afternoon we got the test results back and poor Claudia has very nasty infections all throughout her intestines, and we don't know how long they have been there.  She is very inflamed and her body is not absorbing any nutrients - the bugs in her tummy are getting it all.  Her immune system is compromised and her ph balance is very low.  I am so thankful to have some answers and am thrilled to be getting some meds to start the healing process.  We are praying that God will provide the resources needed to continue getting her the help she needs as this all came together at a time when we have no health insurance.  You do what you have to do for your little ones though.  I am planning to take on more sessions so that I can help cover medical expenses as I know it will be worth it in the end.  I am so thankful for her smiling face and am thrilled by how often I am hearing "I love you mommy" these days.  I can't wait for my little girl to feel like a happy little girl!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

9 years later

I can't believe our little Olivia just turned 9 years old last week.  It seems like yesterday I was pregnant with her and I looked at people with 9 year olds like they were in a whole different league than me.  I was going to have a newborn!!!  Now here we are 9 years later and we have 4 little girlies.  WOW!!!  Who would have thought.  It also occured to me that in only 9 more years she could be going off to college and there is that chance she could move away and start her own life.  Oh my, when I mentioned this one to Rich it just blew his mind.  We had to sit down and have a long talk about what is important to us and what we want to do with our girls before they are all grown up.  Life is too short to worry about how clean your house  - it just doesn't matter.  I don't want to spend my nights rushing around from one thing to the next or each morning yelling "let's get going you are going to have another tardy"!!!  My focus is to have peace in our home and family.  I want to take the time at night to get the house put back together, make sure lunches are packed, clothes are layed out and in the morning have some time with them no yelling.  We did this today and our girls were so much happier.  Tonight instead of plopping on the couch I went outside and played with them and really looked at them in the eyes.  We ended the night reading a chapter book and drinking tea.  I like days like this because I can go to bed feeling good about being a mommy.  I know every day won't be like this, but I would really like there to be more of them.  That's what I want our girls to remember.  I want to smile more and enjoy every moment.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Sweet Funky Vintage

I am so excited about the trunk show that we will be having here at Kimberly V Photography next Thursday afternoon.  I am just setting up the display for Sweet Funky Vintage and the clothing is ADORABLE!!  They have supercute boy outfits, girls and also ladies.  Finally some cute boy things for those parents always searching for a little man outfit that is supercute!  I decided to try something different this time...when you come to the trunk show feel free to bring your kiddos and I will take their picture wearing the clothing for FREE!!!!  How cool is that??????  I figure if you are coming to try things on anyway you may as well get a nice picture.  I am attaching the flyer for you all to peek at and I will need to know that you are coming so I can be better prepared.  If for some crazy reason you just cannot make it on Thursday, but would REALLY like to see these treasure send me a message and I will arrange for a private showing.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Heavenly Newborn

Oh how I simply love these newborn pics of baby Avery!!!  I was quite confident we were done having babies until this little angel came to see me this week.  Her mom and I had such a great time posing her into this position with lots of giggles and patience we accomplished it!!!   I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!!!