Tuesday, January 31, 2017


Gabriel has been doing therapy for awhile now.  My parents have been taking him because he seems to do better for them.  It's been working out great. He actually looks forward to it now.  He really really likes Ms. Lynn.  
Some days it was like pulling your hair out just to get him dressed to get out the door.  We are only allowed so many a year per insurance.  We could always do more but this stuff is just so expensive.  Not sure how people pay for this.  We couldn't do it if it wasn't for my parents paying for it.  We are so thankful they are able to help out in this way.

For those of you who have never heard of sensory issues let  me tell you it's a whole new ball game.  I found out the difficulties when our child wasn't quite in sync with the world.  I learned the ins and outs of how our senses are an integral part of our day through the eyes of our child that struggled with things the rest of us take for granted. I could go on and on in this department but there's just so much to tell you regarding sensory processing.

Our therapist Lynn is awesome!  There is only 1 here that is licensed in pediatric oral sensory processing otherwise we'd have to go to Children's Hospital which is an hour away.  I'm thankful that she's close and she never gives up.

We have come a long way so far with him.  He use to be a real stinker at therapy.  Never wanting to participate and taking soooo long to come out of his shell.  We spent more time getting him out from under the table than actually working on something. 
He is beyond kissing and licking food now and has graduated to the stage of actually biting things....which can I say is Awesome!!!!

Big step

Huge step for this little star. 

 We will carry on and keep praying that this little star will eat more when the time is right.   I won't give up for a million reasons.  

He is healthy and strong. 

 We have a great doctor and therapist who support us through this loong and frustrating journey.  We've tried an arsenal of tips, tricks and methods over the years-but ultimately it is all in his time.

 “But as for me, I trust in You, O Lord, I say, my times are in your hands,'” Psalm 31:14 

In this time, this struggle, I cling to that truth and hope.
His times are in His hands too.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Happy 12th Birthday Jonah!

 Time always goes so fast....
trying to enjoy every minute of it
you will always be a miracle baby to us
can't wait to see what God's plan is for you
we love you so much!

you and Olivia will always be Irish twins

I can't believe we let you have long hair...
I loved it.... Dave did not

My favorite cake we ever made for you!!

 You are always sitting totally weird and uncomfortable...

You kiss your littlest brother more than I can count

You love your Steelers..always writing to whoever will write you back.  Ben Roethlisberger will always be your favorite.  


 You love to create with Legos, have crazy battles with action figures, bake treats all the time, play outside and loves loves loves football!

We had another photographer taking pictures so needless to say we don't have many that were good.

You have always been a very deep guy with a lot of thoughts brewing and are not afraid to share them.  You are kind and quick witted.  You also have a wicked sense of humor that drives me batty sometimes.  

Olivia did the cake with a tad bit of help from Odin.

We can't wait to see how God uses you to change the world! 

Thank you for all the gifts, cards and prayers for this awesome young man!

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