Josie’s dream

January 25th, 2016

 

As dictated to us when she woke up this morning…

 

I had a dream that Jesus was sitting on a wooden chair and the floor was colorful, and he said, “Come here,” and I walked to him with my walker, and he said, “Climb into my lap,” and he held me in his arms.

He said, “What’s your name?” And I said, “You know my name.”  He said, “Yes, I know your name, it’s Josie.”

“How do you know?” I asked.

“I heard your prayers,” he said.

I told Jesus everything that I was confused about, and asked him all my hard questions.  I told him everything that I didn’t understand.

“I understand,” said Jesus.  “How?” I asked.

“I know everything,” he said.  “You do not have to be afraid.  I am always with you.  I can hear you even when you can’t see me.”  And I smiled.

The whole time I was with him, he was looking into my eyes.

When I woke up, I smiled.

 

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Snow angel

January 23rd, 2016

Beautiful girl was thrilled to be out in the snow today, in spite of the fact that it was so deep that she couldn’t really do anything in it!

Has anyone else noticed how much bigger and older she’s looking these days? It really struck me today when she was all dressed up in her winter wraps.

 

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I haven’t forgotten that there were two questions in my last Katie Q & A that I haven’t yet answered.  Here’s one of them.

How did we come to the decision that school would be the best option for Katie?

Part of my reason for putting the answer to this question off was that we’ve been waiting to see whether her current school placement would improve. In spite of the efforts of her new school team, the year has not gone well for Katie so far. She’s exhibiting very poor behavior, including out-of-control stimming, failure to respond to prompts of her new teacher and new para, very little focus and cooperation with the learning process, and even a disturbing trend toward self-harming. Because we haven’t seen any of this behavior at home–at all!!–and her new team didn’t understand what they could expect from her and subsequently didn’t report any problems, it went on for too long before I became aware of how bad it was.

So now we’re discussing other options with our fabulous special ed director. In her words, “You have brought Katie too far to watch her regress now.” It’s our turn to take our favorite special needs parenting advice–keep all your options open! What works best can change from year to year even for the same child. We’re not sure exactly what’s ahead for Katie and school, but I’ll let you know what happens!

 

 

Sweet Doodle

January 16th, 2016

It’s been months since I’ve written any updates on Verity, but with our current busy-ness of life, I had no plans to write one until I found the following series of photographs that Laura had taken unbeknownst to me.

Verity has attained two major milestones that we consider worth celebrating.  She has been completely out of diapers (wearing big girl panties full time) for a couple of months now, and she recently mastered the “R” sound!

We’ve been putting off moving her into a big girl bed until we’re moved into the addition and life settles down a bit more.  There have been enough other changes happening for the time being.  One thing at a time!

She knows a large number of signs due to our complete collection of Signing Time videos, far more than you will see below, but Laura took these photos a month ago and we aren’t sure which signs Verity is showing in a few of them.  I included them anyway because of the cuteness factor!

 

 

[We’re unsure what she’s signing, but too sweet to discard]

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Tree

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Baby

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Grass

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Chicken

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[Another one we’re unsure of]

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Go

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Stop

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Wait

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Diaper/panties

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Jump

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Dance

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Cookie

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[Can’t remember this one, either]

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Thank you

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March

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Cloud

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Butterfly

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Sign/signing

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Book

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Eat

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Shirt

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Outside

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Star

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Girl

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Daddy

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Mama

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There you have it!  A little snippet of our sweet Doodle Caboodle!

Until next time, folks!