Friday, January 31, 2014

Hearing Results

Daniel was seen by the pediatrician on Thursday night. I was in the room for the hearing test. I was trying to gauge the expression on Daniel's face as well as the nurse.

The doctor came in shortly after that. He asked Daniel some questions and I told him that our daughter has ADD.

He gave me three names of psychologists to evaluate Daniel and then said we would go from there.

I said, "So he passed the hearing test." The doctor nodded.

I prayed before the test uncertain of what I was hoping for exactly.

After the results were in, I guess I was secretly hoping it was the hearing.

Now what? Phone calls, doctors and evaluations.

I will take the route of AD/HD and have the school rule everything else out. I know that he has a hard time filtering certain sounds. He is more focused on background sounds than the main sound. For example, he can be watching TV, the heater running and the washing machine. Yet if Amanda (or me) are in the room eating he flips out! (Not Curtis however).

And then of course The Diet.

Some will argue that it isn't the diet. What is my opinion?

I think it is very important to eat breakfast. And I don't mean sugary cereal. I mean protein. Do we do that in this house? Of course not. Daniel leaves most mornings with nothing in his stomach. No gas in his car. Or even worse, he will have snacks like funions, doritos or pretzels. Then for lunch he has a pb&j.

Change is required by everyone. It's just hard.

I have prayed, sang and cried over the last few hours. I went to bed sad. I woke up sad. It's just tough.

My hope is that by April we will know what exactly is causing Daniel to be unsuccessful.

But there are worse things that could be going on in our lives. There are worse things that my kids could be diagnosed with. One thing is certain...God is the same today as He was yesterday as He will be tomorrow. God is good all the time!

Hebrews 13:8 (NIV)  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.


Wednesday, January 29, 2014

A Familiar Path

However it is an unpleasant one.

I want to scream and sit in the closet and rock. I want to complain. I want to punch something! I am so glad I don't drink or else I would be drinking...constantly.

I have to escape. I put on the headphones and Overcomer is playing.

Oh God, how appropriate.

I'm tired. Weary. Frustrated.

I know. You don't call the equipped. You equip the called.

That should be comforting. It's not.

Why did You call me?

Have I ever asked that question?

I guess I am just feeling sorry for myself.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

I will trust You, Lord. I will not listen to the lies that are being whispered in my ear. I will focus on You.

At least I know the drill.

STEP ONE: Contact the guidance counselor and the pediatrician.
STEP TWO: Schedule a hearing test.
(If the results show nothing we move on).
STEP THREE: Change the diet COMPLETELY. No sugar, no junk, no soda. Maybe even no gluten.
STEP FOUR; School Evaluation

Yes, we are in the process of trying to see why Daniel is unsuccessful at school. The transition from Elementary to Secondary is HUGE. He went in with ZERO organization skills. He came in with ZERO studying skills as well.


Thank you, Lord again for the perfect, timely song by Jeremy Campclick here ).

Someone of FB was talking about homework. (The bane of my existence). The comment was a simple "teachers should be parents so they know what it's like to do homework with there kid" or something close to that. Ha ha. I have thought that many times. I come home at 4 pm to the house, homework and dinner. And of course any activity that is going on that night. Many nights I don't plan dinner. It's just my own fault. I have all day to plan and make it with the baby. He would love to help. But still I come home with no idea. The Gold Fish Crackers have stepped in far too many nights. (Go ahead, judge me. I care not!)

Homework consumes me.

I want you to consume me, Lord.

I am requesting that you keep us in prayer over the next few weeks. The Lord can handle this. I don't have to worry or be discouraged. And the song that is playing now...

How perfect is it to end this  post with?

Come to Jesus

Disney August 2013

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Snow Night and Day

Early Dismissal Cookies yesterday

Shoveling at 8:15 this morning.

It was 5 degrees.

I think we got about 9 inches.

Amanda shoveling our neighbor's walk.

LOVE the snow.

God's Grace.

We still have our Christmas light's up.

Curtis made breakfast. I have mine with honey!

The girls had to walk to The Dollar Store!
Amanda and Kyra.

Wow, what an icicle.


Tea Time!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Living Room Make-over (still in process).

Blue Wall, spackled and ready to say GOOD-BYE!
Warm Toast is on the wall (aka bachelor beige).

Hallway is still blue...not for long hopefully.

I love this little antique table and the photos on it!
Bay window has been removed.
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After (still need some art on the wall).
I love the lace curtain draped over the book case.
This is my great-aunt's desk and a few of my favorite pictures of Amanda and Daniel.

This is my Dad's chair. It needs to be re-upholstered. Still looking for someone to do that!

All I can say about this is...I LOVE IT!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Happy Birthday, Curtis

Getting ready to boil!


Patrick taking a break from science homework with Daniel.

Amanda, Patrick and Rick working on crab legs.

This was a community plate, not Rick's.

Amanda is a professional!

Good Food. Good Friends. Kriers and O'Connells

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Vanity? What's that?

Remember when I was telling you about my eye issue (Click Here)?  Well, I was doing everything the doctor told me to do. I was using a warm mask on my eyes for 15 minutes. I was washing my eyelids with a medicated baby wipe. I was using ointment and drops in my eyes and I was using special cleanser and H&R (Healing and Repair) lotion to prevent Rosacea. After doing the whole nine yards for five days, I felt AWFUL. I had a constant headache. My eye itched like crazy. My face was as RED as could be. It itched too! Benadryl truly was my best friend. On Day Six, I stopped EVERYTHING. The next day I felt good. On Day Eight I had a follow-up with the office. I told the office everything that I just told you. The doctor said, "Oh good it worked". I said no, I stopped using it. He said "you're cured". Sigh. I talked to the Cosmetic Coordinator about my face. She told me to stick with it for another THREE weeks. I think I used the product two more times before I came to my senses. Yes, my face is red. I am also Irish. We have pink skin. We are fair. We have blue eyes. It's genetics. But by no means was my face rashed out and itching all of the time. I have flare-ups. I can definitely tell a difference in my skin when I am "junking". But come on. This was ridiculous. I have gotten over my vanity long enough to post these pictures. They are a little scary, I have to warn you. And you can see my facial hair (yikes). That's one of my least favorite things about aging. But...oh well. You probably have it too. If you don't...well, you will.

After 7 days of "skin specialist" product
After 3 days of back to Mary Kay.

After 7 days of Mary Kay.

Yes, it was painful and itchy.
Yes, you can see my facial hair!

My neck still has a red rash but not itchy.

The moral of my story is, "Go with your instincts". No one knows you like you know you. Don't let a doctor intimidate you. He doesn't know you nor does he love you. Is he smarter than you? Maybe. But I think we place so much trust in someone who has a degree instead of just going with our gut feeling. Trust your gut!