Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Life is Good

In the midst of planning for holidays and rsvp'ing for birthday parties, I admit that I've been stressed. We're also trying to implement a special and very strict diet in the hopes that it will help Kate's issues in regards to language, lack of eye-contact, and her obsessive preoccupation with books. I've been feeling frustrated, tired and overwhelmed -- you know how it gets. We all feel it sometimes.

Fortunately, though, there are so many reminders of the sheer beauty in life, like this post on a blog that I read regularly:


Jump on over and check it out. My favorite part:

I am not a person who believes that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes bad things just happen. What I DO believe, is that when bad things happen, we can become better people because of them. We can learn and grow from them. We can take the negativity and turn it into something positive. I am a better person because of my kids and what have gone through following their traumatic birth. I do not take life for granted. I don’t sweat the small stuff. I have learned to appreciate every step of progress they make, no matter how small it may seem. I am better able to support people who are going through similar circumstances. I am more compassionate, and a better advocate for my children’s needs than I may have been otherwise.

And I will tell you, that although we get frustrated (very, very frustrated) in dealing with Kate's issues, we also feel extremely privileged to parent a child who is not neuro-typical. Kate teaches us things that we firmly believe no other child would or could. She's got a direct line to God's joy and although we wish things were easier, we can't imagine that they would be better.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Get Smart While Giving

Click on the picture to play a vocabulary game. For each word correct, ten grains of rice are donated to a Third World Country. It's a fun, addictive game and if enough people do it, it makes a difference. So far, I've gotten to level 44, but can't seem to break through any farther.... How far can you go?

Thursday, November 01, 2007


And a good time was had by all....