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Friday, August 31, 2007

They came and now they are gone

The four men (Blair, Dave, R.J. and Tyler) who came to film us were wonderful people with a genuine concern and love for the families in the series. They respected us and told us many times how much they were in awe of how strong we are as a family. We had the opportunity to share the good, the bad and the ugly. Special thanks to Susan Goode who came to the house to film a segment on therapy. Katy's therapist was not in the office and we really wanted to show some therapy. Susan stepped up to the plate. Also special thanks to Carpenetti's Italian Pizzeria for opening their doors for us to film a segment. And also Saks Winn-Dixie for stepping in to help capture the grocery shopping experience. The restaurant on Cheaha also welcomed us. The guys took us out to dinner at the Cheaha restaurant and even helped with the groceries. We have really been struggling lately so that was a true blessing. The show will be the 12th in the series and will be on sometime in the spring. We will probably get a copy and if we do I would like to have a public showing at a church so we can share it with our community. It is going to be soooo good! May The Glory of the Lord shine through our story.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Busy week

The TV crew from BYU TV will be here on Wednesday at 9AM so I will be sending the next few days cleaning like a mad woman because your house can never be clean enough for a TV crew. I am so excited that we will have the opportunity to share what a blessing our family is and how our faith in the Lord has strengthened us through this sometimes difficult journey. We really feel like God chose us to be the parents of these wonderful kids because he knew we would turn to Him for strength and He would be glorified through our lives. I pray that my life is a testimony of His power and Love and that others will see that every day in my life. If anyone would like to watch the baby for me so I can focus on house cleaning I would be delighted to give him up for a couple hours.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

The article that changed everything

The article that I stumbled upon with a possible diagnosis for Katy is located here. Please listen to the interview of the little girl's parents remembering their angel.

Saturday, August 11, 2007

Katy is into everything

She is walking all over the place now and giggling the whole time. She is soooo proud of her accomplishment. She only uses her wheelchair for the bus now and is using her walker less and walking unassisted more and more each day. It is so exciting to see her excel!!

They are both in school all day, WOOHOO!!

They get on the bus at 7:15 am and get off the bus at 3:00pm. It is so nice to get stuff done and spend some time with J.D. every week day. They are both still trying to get adjusted to their new schedule, but are adjusting well. Sean seems a little off and I can't really put my finger on what is different about him. I am not sure that he is in the right placement at school and am giving his current placement a shot before I decide whether or not it is working for him. I sort of feel that the closed autism unit is a bit restrictive for a boy who functions so well in a regular environment, but his teacher has an excellent track record with getting non-verbal kids talking. She understands his current communication method which is sign language and is using some augmentative communication devices in the classroom. She says that many kids who learn to use these begin speaking shortly after using these. He is doing well with them. I really like her and met some of the other moms at the open house and they like her too.