~~~ Today my heart is aching for a friend. We met the Hinz family last October. Soon after meeting, they committed to bringing home two little boys from Hailee and Harper’s orphanage. Last Friday they received word that their precious little boy, whom they never got to hold, had passed away. Their sweet little angel is now safely in the arms of Jesus. But their hearts are broken. Please pray for them as they journey this painful road. They have lost a son born in their hearts. So very hard.
~~~ Thanks for all the advice on Hailee’s sensory issues. She is doing so much better over the last few days. Although, we have not taken her out anywhere later in the day. Home is where she does best right now. Many of you recommended the SPIO vest. We actually ordered one several weeks ago and hope to have it soon. I am so interested to see if it actually works for Hailee. Hopefully it will give her some upper body support too–which will help with her newfound walking skills. She is taking up to 24 steps at a time these days. So amazing. Our little miracle girl.
~~~ So on Friday evenings we have “Family Movie Night.” Last Friday Anthony and I snuggled on the floor and the kids were all piled up on the sofa. Harper came and joined us on the floor. She climbed up onto Anthony’s chest. She literally picked my hand up and pushed it off his chest, and then proceeded to mold herself into his chest like a piece of Playdoh. Like, “You’re outta here, Mom! This is MY Daddy time!” We totally laughed. Yeah, she is a total Daddy’s girl, who knows exactly what she wants, I might add. Spunky girl.
~~~ Cherishing father and son moments that make me want time to stand still. Life is so short. I don’t want to miss a single precious memory. How blessed I am by the amazing men in my life.
~~~ Speaking of capturing memories…I totally laughed at some of your comments on this post. You know, there was definitely a time in my life when I would have reached for the dustpan before I even thought about the camera. But as the years have rolled on, and as our family has grown, God has really given me a different perspective on raising my family. Even four years ago the mess would have totally freaked me out and I would immediately have sprung into a major cleaning frenzy.
But not these days.
I guess I have mellowed with age. Or perhaps having children with special needs has taught me much–like slowing down and savoring the moments so much more. I am learning, just one day at a time, to linger in the moment so much longer than I used to. I still have such a long way to go. But when Harper made an almighty mess of the powder, I actually got it right that time. I reached for my camera to capture the memory. I savored the moment and laughed with her. I’m so glad I did. The mess did, eventually, get cleaned up (I was still finding powder in hidden places the next day). It always does. Sometimes it can just wait a little longer. Who cares if there’s a mess?
Some things are just not worth getting in a tizzy over.
Oh, and yes, it was just good, old-fashioned pure cornstarch powder.
~~~ Captivated by these beautiful, dark almond eyes that follow me wherever I go. Such beauty.
~~~ We’re reading “90 Minutes in Heaven” together as a family. Awesome book. Read it if you haven’t. It’s powerful stuff and reminds us about how much we have to look forward to when that glorious day comes.
~~~ Harper has graduated from PT. We officially have a full-time walker. The girl is all over the place and totally keeps us running. I have no doubt that Hailee will be there soon too. Just as well I’m getting fit!
~~~ The winner of the $55 CSN gift certificate is Courtney Kay. Get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org, Courtney.