Award Ceremony

Award Ceremony

I spent my morning at the elementary school. They had lovely award ceremonies for each grade level, so I attended the 1st and fourth grade programs. My boys didn’t get any special awards during the proceedings.  They didn’t have perfect attendance, they weren’t exceptional at music or gym class, they didn’t get elected to student council and they’re not part of safety patrol. They didn’t get the principal’s award. They weren’t on honor roll. Joshua did get a certificate that […]

Target :  fear and love

Target : fear and love

I think I’ve been pretty clear that I am a Bible-reading, Jesus-loving Christian. I’ve seen the chatter on facebook, and the comments against Target bathroom inclusion policy, by mostly people who are similar to me  in their religious affiliation. I am here to say, I respectfully disagree. I am glad that Target says bathrooms are available. First off, I’m Caleb and Joshua’s mom. I’m female, they’re male. Caleb needs assistance to use the bathroom at all. I can’t leave Joshua […]

Go Vote! Even if you have to hold your nose.

Go Vote! Even if you have to hold your nose.

I have literally upset my stomach thinking about politics this election cycle. It seems as though  I went to sleep one night in the greatest country on earth, and woke up in some crazy banana republic the next day. I used to consider myself a conservative republican. I no longer can do that. I support religious freedom, even if we don’t agree about  religion. I am for government support of education. I don’t think that it’s good to control other […]

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Have you ever read the book Who Moved My Cheese? I think about that book often these days. It’s about a bunch of mice who go through a maze and get the cheese, and then one day they arrive where the cheese should be and it’s not there anymore. The rest of the book is about how the mice react, the choices they make, and I’ll give away the moral. Don’t freak out, don’t wait for the cheese to return, […]

Good news, Hard news

Caleb’s out of the body cast.  He was cut out of his shell last week and it was a bit of a shock to see what was beneath that spica cast. He went into surgery at 55 pounds. He is now 47 pounds. His skin is peeling off like a bad sunburn had occurred, and the leg that was repaired is significantly shorter than the other leg. That makes sense, since his femur was cut and angled in, and the […]

Away In A Manger, Caleb style

Caleb is home, and we’re hanging in there. He has not developed any infections so far, he’s now able to sleep all night, and he’s off all narcotic medication at this point. While he was in surgery, a muscle biopsy was taken and that takes weeks, sometimes more, to evaluate. His hip was remodeled and is now securely in place, but only on one side. His other hip was not corrected – it would have been too much for him […]

Headed for  Surgery

Headed for Surgery

Caleb’s hip reconstruction is scheduled for November 3rd at Dell Children’s Hospital in Austin. I wasn’t very sure it would actually happen, because there’s a lot of reasons it might cancel. The pulmonologist felt he wasn’t able to maintain his airway while asleep, and just now we got the reports back that he is actually doing fine while asleep. So, that’s some good news and makes it a whole lot more likely that we’re a go for surgery. Right now […]

Is it just me?

Is it just me?

I  see all these before/after photos for Plexus and AdvoCare  and Herbalife and young living and all those things – and I can’t help but think, those people looked great before, and after. They’re standing up, they’re breathing, they can afford expensive diet supplements. They’re doing pretty well before, and honestly we can embrace people of all sizes and ages. We’re all beautiful. Maybe it’s the age I am, but I don’t know  many people that are still working in […]

Random thoughts on Modern Living

I know some folks that love SnapChat. I don’t have one myself, and I’ve seen the blog posts go by that warn against it, but I was curious so I asked someone why they personally  like Snapchat as she has pretty much abandoned Facebook. Here’s why – they can snap  photos that never end up in the photo folder of their phone, which saves a ton of storage space on their phone. Zero clickbait, and no politics. There’s no long […]

Fighting for Happy!

Fighting for Happy!

It’s been a rough week. On Wednesday I got up early so I could load Caleb up and head to a doctor appointment in Austin. An early appointment in Austin is not a good thing – an hour’s drive will take 2 hours if poorly timed. This was poorly timed, and I had no choice about it. We already had to wait 3 months for an appointment, so I took the 8:40 am time. Sigh. So it was a rough […]