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special kids, chosen moms…

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Finally!  I have finally finished writing a book that has my blood, sweat, tears and more tears all over it.  (ok, not literally) and it is listed on Amazon HERE.

If you didn’t know, I had a beautiful child that contracted Group B Strep on his 3rd day in this world.  Within weeks we discovered he was blind, had cerebral palsy, a severe seizure disorder and was fed via a G-Tube with a 24 hour feeding pump.  This little guy took over 32 medications a day and decided to stick around for 15 1/2 years!  He was an amazing child that grew to be over 5 feet tall and certainly kept me in shape!

In my book, I am hoping to help other mothers of special needs children as they take care of their own.  It’s a practical guide with information regarding healthcare, schools and respite, organizing the household, travelling and laced with Scriptures throughout.

My own journey was made easier by allowing God to walk with me and help me make it day by day and hour by hour.  I cannot imagine this season in my life without Him to lean on.

Please take a moment to look at the book and let me know what you think.  I’m hoping that by helping mom’s of special needs children physically, that God can lift them up spiritually and lead them closer to His grace.  I want God’s peace to infiltrate your home, your life and the life of your little one.

 

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where was your mind this morning?

untitled Every day our families are in a battle.  As mothers of special needs children, we need more than ever to be immersed in the Word of God.

Not only did I have a handicapped son, but I also had four other children, a husband and three dogs to tend!   I know it can be done and it should be done early in the day before the crazy starts to happen.  We, as mothers, need that spiritual closeness with our Savior and we need to make time early before the daily rush begins when the world wakes up.

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Because I have such a passion for you to read God’s Word, I have chosen some scripture for you to feed on.  What helped me to memorize scripture was to write the verse on post-it notes and place them everywhere!  I had scripture on the mirror, the refrigerator, the car visor…wherever I knew that I would be during the day.  This way I could read the verse and plant His Word in my heart.

Need a tip?  Say the verse out loud! Let your children hear you recite the verse and get them involved in memorizing also.  You certainly wouldn’t place your child in your car without a seatbelt, would you?  How can we expect to send our kids out into the world without being equipped and protected by His Word?  Make it a daily practice and you will find you will be able to face your day with a peace that surpasses all understanding.  Don’t we all want that?

Here are a few of my favorite scriptures that have been dear to my heart…

“Finally brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of a good report – if there be any virtue and if there is any praise – think on these things.”  Philippians 4:8 NKJV

“Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!  Let your graciousness be known to everyone.  The Lord is near.  Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving; let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Philippians 4:4-7 NIV

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV

imagesCASBV8NE (excerpts from upcoming e-book, Special Kid’s, Chosen Mom’s)

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special tricks and treats …

Tonight, a lot of creatures will visit your door.  Be open minded.

The child who is grabbing more than one piece of candy might have poor fine motor skills.  The child who takes forever to pick out one piece of candy might have motor planning issues.  The child who does not say “trick or treat” or “thank you” might be painfully shy, non-verbal, or selectively mute…. If you cannot understand their words, they may struggle with developmental apraxia of speech.  The child who looks disappointed when he sees your bowl might have a life-threatening allergy.  The child who isn’t wearing a costume at all might have SPD or autism.

Know that they are thankful in their hearts and minds.

Be kind, be patient, smile, pretend you understand. It’s everyone’s Halloween.

Make a parent feel good by making a big deal of their special child.

Here’s a great tip before you venture out with your little spook: (via)

Practice trick or treating with your child ahead of time at your own door.  Take your child to the Halloween section of a store and explain that people wear all kinds of costumes.  Talk about the kinds of scary or funny costumes you might see.  If you think your child might be afraid during trick or treating, try making a game of it (e.g. Let’s see how many witches we’ll see today). This will help keep your child’s mind off the scary faces.

And a HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL Y’ALL!!!!!

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understanding little johnny and the pictures in his head…

 Little Johnny tough to figure out? 

Hmm….what’s going on in that head of his??

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recipe for … ice?

Ok, normally I like to keep you all to myself…..however, today we’re going on a field trip.

There is a GREAT recipe on Food.com that I thought you might be interested in making, even if you haven’t mastered the joy of cooking. 

Yes, it’s for ice.  

Apparently, Chrissie G has some relatives of mine that do NOT know how to replace ice cube trays (these are also the family members that drop their dirty clothes next to the hamper, and the adorable ones that would rather place the toilet paper on TOP of the holder)

Thankfully, we have kept up with current times and have an ice maker now…. but oh, but I remember those days all too well.

So skip over with me to THIS SITE and click on RATINGS AND REVIEWS to read all the hilarious comments that go with this very important recipe!

Don’t worry, you don’t have to sign in to read all the reviews.  This is really funny, and I promise you will laugh!

Print out the recipe for those times when unexpected guests come over.  It will be a hit!!

Enjoy and don’t forget to come back and let me know what you think!!

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your kid’s lunchbox…what’s inside?

Little Bobby backed up?  Well, with school starting up for most kids in  AZ, we need to be sure that we have lots of fiber in his lunchbox!

So one of the best ways to keep your child regular and promote his digestive health is to feed him plenty of fiber. Instead of sitting him down at the counter with a big bowl of sugary cereal, try these dietitian-approved, kid-friendly snacks and lunch items that will go down easy in every way. ( via WebMD)

Homemade Trail Mix

Help kids make their own trail mix by putting out bowls of dried fruit, nuts, or seeds along with a higher-fiber cereal, and mixing them up into to-go containers or plastic bags, recommends Louise Goldberg, RD, LD, owner of An Apple A Day Nutrition Consulting in Houston, Texas, and formerly a dietitian at the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Houston Medical Center. (Just be sure to minimize the sugary “treat” ingredients, like chocolate chips or other candies.)

Flavorful Fruits and Veggies

Many fruits and vegetables are high in fiber –particularly with the skin on. If your child resists them, try making them fun by spearing fruit and veggie slices onto a kebab, or making a face with sliced-up fruits and veggies, suggests Beth Pinkos, MS, RD, LDN, a dietitian for the department of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, nutrition, and liver diseases at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Rhode Island.

“You can use raisins for eyes, baby carrots for a nose, and celery for eyebrows, and an apple slice for a smile,” she says.

Remember not to give carrots to children younger than 3 or raisins to kids younger than 4 as they can be a choking hazard.

Creamy Dips

Kids who resist fiber-rich fruits and veggies may also be more adventurous if they can dip them in something first — like yogurt, peanut butter, salad dressing, or hummus.

Mixed-Up Cereals

Having trouble getting your child to try that whole-wheat fiber cereal? Try mixing up a couple of high-fiber cereals with a small amount of one of the less good-for-you options that your child may be drawn to in the cereal aisle.

“Kids like to mix and match cereals like little chemists,” says Pinkos. “Look for a high-fiber cereal that has 3 to 5 grams of fiber per serving, and then let them mix it up with just a little bit of one of the junkier ones.”

Sandwich in Some Fiber

Just as with cereal, the whole-grain breads or wraps you’re using for your kids’ sandwiches should have at least three grams of fiber per serving.

“Check the package — just because it’s called ‘whole grain,’ that doesn’t always translate to fiber,” says Goldberg. “And don’t be fooled by red- and green-colored wraps — that doesn’t necessarily translate to fiber either.”

Add Color With Berries

In addition to being colorful and sweet, “berries with seeds are very high in fiber, and kids usually love them,” says Goldberg.

Perhaps the highest-fiber berry is the little raspberry. They can be expensive, but it doesn’t take much to amp up the fiber. “Just a quarter cup has about the same amount of fiber as almost an entire apple,” she says.

Grab Some Granola

The granola bar aisle at your local supermarket is probably packed with high-fiber bars. They’re easy to pack and often appealing to kids.

“Kids really like some of the flavors they have now,” says Pinkos. But take care if your child starts treating the bars like candy. “Don’t let them go crazy and go from eating a low-fiber diet to three high-fiber bars a day, because they’ll become gassy and uncomfortable.”

‘Secret’ Ingredients

Some kids may not mind — they may even enjoy it — if you stir some high-fiber granola into their yogurt. Others may rebel against the unexpected crunch. But Goldberg says you can often sneak a little flaxseed into yogurt, applesauce, or a smoothie without your child noticing.

Pop Some Popcorn

What kid doesn’t like popcorn? It’s rich in fiber, and as long as you avoid the heavily salted and buttered varieties, it’s pretty healthy in general as well. “You can also try making popcorn balls with dried fruits and nuts, assuming your child is old enough for these,” says Pinkos.

3 Snacks to Skip

There are some foods that tend to cause, rather than ease, constipation in children. Two particularly “binding” snacks that are often a big hit among kids are bananas and cheese. There’s no problem with either in moderation, but if your child is having trouble in the bathroom these days, you might try cutting back on the cheese sticks.

Another barrier to good digestive health: heavily processed foods. “For good digestive health, minimize your reliance on refined foods like white sugar, white flour, and white breads and pastas,” advises Goldberg.

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parent of the year….cast your vote…

Is it that time already?  Thanks to the Chive, it’s time for the coveted Parent of the Year Award… (fail)…

Wow…..can we only pick one?

Was that “take your daughter to work” day???? Oh wow………

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