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This blog was inspired by 31 for 21 & is about my wonderful family.

"As a mother, my job is to take care of what is possible & trust God with the impossible." ~Ruth Bell Graham

"Never look down on someone, unless you're helping them up!"

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Are you kidding me?

    It just upsets me to the core that people with Down syndrome & any other type of disability are typically denied for organ transplants.  Seriously...are you kidding me?  In other words, just because my son has an extra chromosome, he doesn't qualify for a life saving transplant based solely on that?  Just let me say that my son is a very bright little boy.  He understands more than you think he does...he catches on just as fast as a child without DS does.  He's verbal & can tell you what he wants or needs.  He loves those who show him love.  He deserves a chance at life.  I suppose the people who are making these decisions have never loved someone with a "diffability" or else they couldn't possibly deny them life.  And I can assure you that they don't have a child with DS or another type of disability, or they couldn't refuse them this life saving operation!  I am an organ donor, have been since I was able to be one...I've always believed in this life saving act.  However, I'd like to put a stipulation on my organ donation.  I want my organs to be offered to a person with DS or any type of "diffability" first.  I know that a person with DS would know how to use my heart...they have the best souls in the world.  :)

Friday, January 20, 2012

He's not different, he's PERFECT!

I've been trying to post a video of Troy all day, but for some reason, I can't get it to post.  UGH...I'm going to try to post it to facebook.  Any way, here's what's on my mind today.  I posted a picture of my Troy from early this morning & a friend of mine commented on it. The comment said "he should be a model!" It must be the pregnancy hormones, because I teared up a bit. I thought to myself, "I guess some people do see him the way I see him...PERFECT! So why is it that some people only see that he's different?" I just warms my soul to know that there are some people in this world who see Troy as a handsome boy, not as a child with Down syndrome. We are so proud of each & every one of his accomplishments, each one of his milestones seems a little sweeter because we have to work toward those goals. He's one smart cookie & catches on pretty fast, but he does have to work a tad harder to achieve his goals & milestones. So, I guess what I'm trying to say is that I'm glad that others see the same beauty as I see. And the ones who only see the "differences" are the ones who are wrong, they are the ones who are missing out on God's PERFECT creation while the people who see through His eyes, are witnessing a miracle! Thank you, Kasey, for warming my heart today & for opening my eyes just a little wider. :) ♥

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

1/18/12

     It has been a whirlwind of a week, that's for sure!  On Monday, I started having contractions...not just the Braxton Hicks that I've been having for weeks now, but real contractions!  I had 6 in a 40-45 minutre period & I began to panic!  My doctor said that I was dehydrated, over-exerted, & not eating enough.  He put me on bed rest (thank God he didn't put me in the hospital) & told me to drink about a gallon of water a day.  This is killing me!  Phew...I can't stand laying in the bed or on the loveseat, while everyone else caters to me.  I just don't like it.  I hate not being able to get up & wash the dishes or do the laundry, or cook supper for my family...it just sucks!  But, I am & will be forever grateful to my wonderful family, who stepped in & stepped up to help me out.  It means the world to me that I have such fabulous, caring people by my side to help out.  My husband has been working a full time job, then coming home to tend to Troy & me, all while having to cook & clean.  My mother in law has been coming over to do our laundry & helping me out with Troy while Mack is at work.  Troy, however, doesn't understand that Mama has to lay down & that I can't get up & play with him like usual.  But hopefully this will all cease soon & I can go back to doing my job as a wife & mother.  I'm not due until 4/27, but my doctor is taking her early because of my blood clotting disorder & the complications I'm having, so we don't know when she's coming...but we do know that he'll take her as soon as he can.  So right now, I'm just praying that she can stay inside my tummy long enough to be born perfectly healthy.  And if you're a praying person, please keep me in your prayers.
     Brag moment:  Chancey did so well on his report card & we're just so proud of him!  He had all As & Bs, 1 C in math, but it was a 78%, so it was ALMOST a B.  Math is a hard subject, so I don't give him grief about that...I just hope he can bring it up to a B this 9 weeks.  He is also taking a college course as his elective this year.  It's called Intro to Healthcare Sciences/Medical Terminology.  He has a 98% in that class!  I'm just beyond proud of him!  He wants to go to Vanderbilt University once he graduates to become either a doctor or a RN.  Yep, that's MY boy!  :)  Troy has just blown me away with his intelligence & vocabulary.  He remembers things that make you sit back in awe.  Like the other day.  We were at Kroger, buying some groceries, & we needed some gas in my car.  So, Mack pulls over to the pump & gets out.  Troy looked outside & said, "Daddy gas."  He remembered, from back in December, when we were at the gas station & Mack was pumping gas...he kept saying "Daddy, Daddy," so I told him that Daddy was right there, he just had to get some gas.  Now, just how awesome is that?  He's saying 2-4 word phrases now & I can't count how many words he can say.  He can also do a task if you tell him to.  For example:  If I need his sippy cup, I'll ask him, "Bring Mama your cup, please," & he'll bring it to me.  :)  Also, he got a travel sized Magna-Doodle for Christmas & he wants us to draw on it all of the time.  Now, I must admit that no one in our family are artists by any means...Lord help me, I can't draw a thing.  But Troy knows exactly what you're drawing & he'll tell you right quick like.  It just amazes me.  Both of my kids just amaze me beyond belief.  Chancey is so intelligent, well mannered, handsome, & just plain out wonderful.  Troy is also intelligent, handsome, determined, & he's learning his manners.  I just can't wait to add our little Mackenna to the mix.  I know, I'm simply blessed beyond measure!

Friday, January 6, 2012

Soap box for today!

I posted this quote as my status earlier today:  "If someone wants to be a part of your life they’ll make an effort to be in it. So don’t bother reserving a space in your heart for someone who doesn’t make an effort to stay. Remember, there comes a point where you have to realize that you’ll never be good enough for some people, but that’s not your problem, it's their's!"  How true is that?  I'm sure we all have people in our lives who fit this quote.  It's sad, but true.  When we all grow up & have families of our own, it's hard to spread yourself thin, but when you truly love & care for someone, you make it happen!  I mean, really, how hard is it to pick up a phone & call someone to let them know you are thinking about & love them?  How hard is it to show your appreciation when you are thankful for someone in your life?  Do you realize that we aren't promised another breath, so maybe you should tell the people that you love, that you do love & appreciate them?  Some people just don't get that, or perhaps they just don't care.  Some people write others out of their lives because of an argument or a misunderstanding, but that's not what God wants us to do.  God wants us to forgive & forget...to move on, not to dwell on something that happened in the past.  I realize that it's hard to do that, sometimes it seems impossible.  But if you humbly ask God for help, he'll help you.  I've been hurt A LOT in my past & I'll be hurt again...but I have to realize that I've hurt people also.  It's like Jesus said in John 8:7 "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone."  Since I know that I have wronged others, I can't condemn them when they wrong me.  Feelings get hurt, people do things to make us angry.  That's a part of life.  We have to learn to move on.  HOWEVER, there comes a time in our life when certain people thrive on hurting us, then we have to make a decision.  Do I put myself in the position, yet AGAIN, to be hurt, mocked, ridiculed, degraded?  Is the relationship worth all of this?  Do I put my children in this situation?  It's times like this when we go to God & let him handle it.  That's what I'm doing.  I can't deal with certain people, their attitudes, their hypocrisies, their broken promises ANY LONGER.  I've let go & I'm letting God handle the situation & them.  Now, with that said, I have to say that God has blessed me with the best husband in the world & 2 (fixing to be 3) perfect children.  They make me happier than I could ever imagine being.  Have we had the perfect journey down an impeccable street of gold?  No way, not by any means.  But we truly love each other & God has helped us through each & every obstacle that we've faced.  I thank God at least twice a day for giving me Mack, Chancey, Troy, & soon to be, Mackenna.  They make me complete & I couldn't possibly imagine my life without any one of them.  I know, I'm rambling.  The moral of my soap box is this:  if you're feelings have been hurt by someone, call them up...ask them if you can come over to chat, then talk through the hurt.  If that doesn't work, ask God to intervene.  He'll give you the correct solution to the problem.  ♥