The Real Skinny on a Service Dog

Okay, mamas!  As promised, here is a post about the good, the challenging and the surprising about our experience with a service dog.  I apologize that it has taken me this long to do it but my oldest son has had a hard transition back to school and it has literally taken all of my everything to try to build us a new routine and get our lives back together.  I promise to try to answer all of the questions that I’ve gotten along the way but, if you have more, please let me know and I’ll do my best to answer those as well. Continue reading

Head Over Heels for a Blond

Well, it’s true.  I’m completely head over heels in love with a gorgeous blond-a girl, no less.  That girl is a one year old golden retriever and she is absolutely the most amazing thing I have ever seen.  We are a full 6 days into training now.  Fantasy, our new service dog, knows all of the stuff.  She’s just learning to do it for us now.   Continue reading

It’s Okay, Mommy Brought the Magic

As most of you know by now, I have 4 kids and three of them have special needs.  We see LOTS of doctors in several different locations.  We’ve been seeing lots of doctors for lots of years.  Add to this that my children have lots of anxiety and lots of sensory issues and, as you might guess, I’ve endured lots of headaches from watching my babies suffer lots of meltdowns.  Luckily, through lots and lots of trial and error, I have found some things that really help all of my children get through doctors appointments with far less stress (a lot.)   Continue reading

An Update on the Vandy Trip!

I wanted to thank all of you who sent me words of hope and encouragement about the trip I just took with Mylie to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  I promise you that I felt the prayers and support the entire way and Mylie must have also because she did GREAT!  There was a ton of snow in our area during the trip but we only went through a couple of spots where it was actually on the roads where we were driving.  Despite lots of nervous sleep loss, I was alert and comfortable on the drive.  My sensory kid had not one meltdown the entire time (although her tremors indicated that she was definitely effected by the drive.)  The doctors were kind and timely.  Clearly, all that praying paid off!!! Continue reading

The Hands Across My Heart

There we lay; three lumps in my bed.  My youngest girl on my left, my youngest boy on my right; they stretched their hands across me tickling each other to stay awake.  I breathed deeply and told myself not to roll my eyes.  It was one of those moments when you don’t bother to say anything at all because if you dare to open your mouth a deafening scream might just escape.   Continue reading

Just For Mama Mondays: Take Time to Breathe

I have been sick for over a week.  It started with strep and morphed into some sort of secondary infection/autoimmune nightmare.  For several days in a row I had vertigo so bad that I could barely walk around.  It was terrible, not so much the being sick as the being still.  I don’t DO still.  I do too many things at once.  I do all night cleaning marathons because I can’t seem to catch up during normal hours.  I do last minute costumes, wild and manic errands with four children, multiple out of state doctors appointments in a week, and lots of fixing errors made from doing too many things at once.  What I never do is sit still. Continue reading