Saturday, December 24, 2011

a little Christmas inspiration

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ho, ho, ho {a visit with santa and mrs. clause}

Kate was thrilled to visit with Santa and Mrs.Clause at the Hammond's Candy Cane Fest.
This year she asked Santa for a Dora Princess Doll.
She was even more thrilled when Mrs. Clause gave her a candy cane that "was just my right size."
Such a sweet, precious, memory!

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Friday, December 23, 2011


InstaFriday was created by Jeannett as a fun way to share your cell phone pictures.  You can use any app to edit your pictures (I use the instagram app) and the only rule is the pictures you post must be from your cell phone.

Life has been busy and I have not posted an InstaFriday post in a while.  So here are some of my favorite pictures from the last month or so...

I would never give my sweet daughter a toy sward so I could get a little work done.
Okay maybe I would. ;)

I am in love with my Jo Tote!
It holds all my purse items and my camera with ease.
(I have a Canon Rebel XSi with the standard 18-55mm lens.)
It is easy to access all the things I need and I just love the color!

My parents got Kate the Little People Nativity set.
She has enjoyed playing with it and she often has her other Little People sets join in.
I love watching her imagination at work!

We have discovered Yogurtland.
Kate prefers you call it ice cream. :)

Kate's perspective from the backseat.

Boots, knee socks, tights, and a skirt.
I am not going to let winter stop me from looking cute. ;)

My favorite Friday treat.
It tasted even better knowing it was the last Friday before Winter Break.

We watched Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer the other night.
Kate loved it!

A little light reading while I waited during Kate's speech therapy.
I loved this magazine so much I decided to get a subscription. :)
This was Kate's third session. We are taking things slow... one sound at a time.
The reality of Kate's speech kind of hit me during this session.
I knew she struggled with articulation and I know this will be a wonderful thing for her but when you become pregnant with a baby you never dream you will be doing things such as this or this.

Another trip to Yogurtland.
Side note: Kate was quite naughty during this trip.  I think the next time I want to go she will either be well-rested or I'll just go by myself.

A wonderful reminder...

What moments have you captured this week (or month) on your cell phone camera?

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Thursday, December 22, 2011


My daughter has given me courage.

This past Saturday when the Children's Hospital nurse told me she needed to be seen right away I did not go into panic mode.  When the urgent care doctor told me she would need a chest x-ray my nerves did not shake. This has become our normal.  I have lost count how many times we have been asked if we had given Kate an Albuterol treatment.  I have lost the number of times we have gone to urgent care.  I know this has been Kate's fifth chest x-ray.  Five chest x-rays and she is not even four.  This is our life.  This is were I have gained my courage.

Four years ago I had a huge fear of hospitals, illnesses, and death.  I would freak out if someone was in the hospital or needed medical care beyond antibiotics.  In this area of my life I lacked courage on all levels.

This all changed with Kate.  Maybe becoming a mom gives you an extra dose of courage.  Maybe watching my brave daughter face so much in such a short time.  Maybe knowing I had to find courage so my daughter could be courageous.  Maybe because I often have no one else with me so I have to be the courageous one in the room. (I know the doctor does not want to be dealing with two crying people.)

Kate has faced chest x-rays, countless pulse-ox checks, tubes in her ears, throat cultures, allergy tests, shots, high fevers, breathing treatments, and daily doses of Flovent.  Each time she handles the situation with courage and strength.  And each time we face these situations I find myself calm, cool, and collected.  I watch the pulse-ox numbers knowing if they dip below 90 we have a problem.  I can rattle off her medical record with ease... saying yes to many of their questions and admitting I have lost count how many times she has had an ear infection, RSV, and  pneumonia. I know at certain urgent cares I have to be ready to fight and be persistent for my daughter's well-being.  I know I could not do these things without the courage my sweet girl has given me.

Although when I was pregnant with Kate I never expected to have to face so many things in her life, I am grateful for the courage and strength that has been found.  Four years ago I never thought I would ever find courage to face one of my greatest fears on an on-going basis.  Because of my daughter I have courage and because of that I am forever grateful.

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