Saturday, April 30, 2011

THE MUSIC MAN

The 5th graders at Shiloh Christian School have been working very hard the last few months to get ready for their 5th grade musical, The Music Man. They had three performances the last two days and they did an amazing job!

Alex has never done anything like that before and I was so surprised how much he enjoyed it. He played Ewart Dunlop who was a member of the School Board and part of the Quartet.

Thank you Mrs. Darr & Mrs. Duell for investing in our children!
What a blessing!

Great job Shiloh 5th graders!





Wednesday, April 27, 2011

MILES (update)

Miles has done a lot of testing and evaluations in the last 3 months.

He is either in Speech, Physical or Occupational Therapy 5 days a week.
He works so hard and we are so proud of him.

It's a lot, but it's necessary.

We received his approval to start Developmental Therapy, but we are putting that on hold until we can get him on somewhat of a normal schedule.
Mainly, because this happens everyday...



At Miles' 21 month check-up, his Pediatrician referred us to a Neurodevelopmental Pediatrician and a Pediatric Neuropsychologist. We were able to meet with them for over 2 hours and left very encouraged.

The one thing we have to factor into every equation with Miles is the first 8 months of his life... and before.

The unknowns.

Things like prenatal care, delivery, nutrition, illnesses, etc.
Some things we know, most we don't.
Which makes trying to figure out neurological stuff more difficult.

They said besides his sensory issues, he may be dealing with some possible attachment issues. So, we have contacted an Attachment Counselor for an assessment. Since Miles is difficult to engage, makes such poor eye contact, and has serious social issues, that can make attaching a little difficult. Even though he seems to be bonding just fine, we want to make sure we have the tools necessary to help him continue to form a strong, healthy bond with us.

They want to do an MRI to further rule out neurological issues, and blood work to do some muscle enzyme testing. But, they are going to give us time to see how he does in therapy before going that route.

If you don't spend time with Miles everyday, you probably wouldn't notice the progress he's making. But we see it. He still has a long way to go, but we love celebrating the little things he is doing.

His girls at Children's Therapy T.E.A.M- Kara, Melissa, Holly, Tabitha (and occasionally Julie and Cindy)- are so good with him and we are so thankful for all their hard work and patience.

After our assessment with the Attachment Counselor and Miles' up coming eye appointment, he will be DONE with all his testing and evaluation appointments.

We are continually reminded that even though there are many details of Miles' first 8 months are unknown to us, they are absolutely not unknown to God. He made Miles wonderfully and perfectly and we are so thankful for that!

::

"You made all the delicate,
inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.
How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of san
And when I wake up, you are still with me!"


{Psalm 139:13-18}

TWO DAYS IN A ROW

Miles dosen't care what he wears, but he does care how.

This has been our view the last two days...

Monday

Tuesday

The boy likes his pants sagging.
And when I pull them up, he pulls them right back down.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

HAPPY EASTER!

Miles hates to be held. Can you tell? :)
Alex is such a great big brother!
So patient.

I tried to get a quick picture of the boys this morning before we left for church and I was thankful (and surprised) that I got one with both of them smiling.

HAPPY EASTER!



Saturday, April 23, 2011

EASTER FUN

Easter has always been difficult at our home.

Keith leaves for church on Sunday mornings before the boys even wake up, which makes getting everyone ready for church very challenging.
And Easter Sunday is the worst.

I usually spend Easter Sunday morning looking through Easter baskets with the boys, hunting Easter eggs with them that the Easter bunny left around the house, then trying to get them focused, dressed, and to church. ON TIME.

So, the last couple of years, we have decided to reclaim our Easter Sunday morning. We do all of our Easter 'stuff' on the Saturday before Easter, which has worked out so much better for our family. The Easter bunny comes to our house on Saturday, which allows Keith to be part of the fun. The boys can take their time looking through their baskets, playing with their toys, eating their candy, and the added bonus is that we don't have to rush around to be some where.

Here are a few pictures of our Easter fun today...

:: Miles' Easter egg he & Mrs. Melissa made in Occupational Therapy last week ::




We also made these adorable Easter favors today.
We made three different sizes of Bunny Tails and I love how they turned out.




With all the 'bunny stuff' out of the way, we can spend Saturday evening talking to them about the true meaning of Easter, about Jesus dying for us on the cross and about Him rising from the dead three days later. We can help them get excited about Sunday morning, and it's not because the bunny is coming, it's because we get to worship our risen Savior.

"He isn’t here! He is risen from the dead, just as he said would happen.
Come, see where his body was lying."
{Matthew 28:6}