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A Year of Gratitude: Family Time

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A few weeks ago Samoo had his reevaluation for early intervention and speech services. Before the evaluation, we were concerned that he might test out of services, though everyone agreed he still needed them. As it turns out, not only did he qualify to stay in the services due to speech, but he also had other areas of concern. Primarily, the concern is due to his poor motor planning, lack of desire to use his muscles for true pressure (holding a crayon with no grip and barely putting it to paper to make a mark or  giving a high five, but instead of hitting the other hand, barely touching it). He also experiences a lack of stimulation in situations that would ordinarily create excitement in a 2 year old (such as the lights and sounds of a fire truck, siblings jumping and playing around him, etc). Due to these concerns, he had an occupational therapy evaluation (and qualified for services) Wednesday and will have a physical therapy evaluation tomorrow. 
There are a few theories about what might be going on with him, but when all is said and done, Samoo is exactly who God created him to be and none of the theories will be detrimental to him or his well being. 
“For I know the plans I have for you,” Declares the Lord, 
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, 
plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11

This week, I am praising God for the gifts of
81. qualified professionals to provide my children with the therapies necessary
82. beautiful spring-like weather in the last week
83. an amazing pharmacist who worked with us to fix a medicine issue
84. a doctor who was willing to work with the pharmacist and me to fix the issue
85. my husband who helped clean and rearrange the furniture
86. family time building with legos and k-nex
87. a meeting to help solidify some decisions we had been contemplating
88. bikes and scooters for outdoor fun
89. Snoopy band-aids for when that fun meets the concrete
90. laughs while watching old 90’s sitcoms with my husband
91. a great find on my kids’ favorite snacks (cereal)
92. finally receiving my title in the mail on our van (woohoo!!!!)
93. roller coaster experiments with D
94. floor time with cars, trucks, and Samoo
95. a nearly empty laundry hamper
96. time spent reading Bible stories with the girls
97. email from a sweet, busy friend in NY to let me know how she and her beautiful son are doing
98. a surprise gift card for Starbucks to give me the chance to treat myself occasionally
99. the smiles from the girls as they look through the American Girl catalog dozens of times
100. knowing that D is continuing to grow and work towards meeting the goals we all have for him
A few pics from the week

5 thoughts on “A Year of Gratitude: Family Time

  1. Courtney, I know exactly how you feel. I spent alosmt 20 years loving my corporate job. When my son came along three years ago, what used to thrill me (international travel, big deadlines, working on projects all night long) all of a sudden seemed to just not fit my life anymore. There was no way that I could leave my baby and go to another country for work. No way that I could keep working 60 hours a week. So now what? Well, the past three years were easy and flew by. Now, he’s in a preschool (speech and language and other developmental delays) and for 26 hours a week, I don’t know who I am anymore. I want to work. But the only thing I’ve ever done wants me to do it 60 hours a week. And I just can’t. So I’ve messed around with freelancing, started my blog and am still figuring it out. Please keep writing though I love your blog. You ROCK. Maybe we should write books. I dunno. We’ll figure it out!

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