Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Neuro Suit!

Christmas is now over and the busyness of the season is coming to an end! I love Christmas but it is sure nice to just get to take a breath and relax for a few days when it is all done!

Makenzie is doing well! She has had a sore leg for about a week now and today it seems to be feeling much better! She stood up and took a few steps with her walker and enjoyed walking around the house (with mommies help of course) for the first time since it started bothering her. It was great! She was also a TON looser! When one part of Makenzie is hurting you can see it in her whole body! I am so glad she is feeling better!!!!!

Now for the really cool news!!! We have made plans to go to California to do intensive model suit therapy in June or July!!! I am still waiting for the center to call me back on the exact date but it is going to happen!!! God is so good! The doors just keep flying open and it is such a huge blessing for Makenzie to be able to have the chance to go and do this!!!! While we are there we will also be doing auditory therapy.

There are several different kind of auditory therapies out there. They however can only be repeated every 6 months in order for the brain to process the new information. That being said we are going to begin Makenzies 3rd round of Sensory Learning (SIRRI) tomorrow so that she will be ready for the auditory learning in CA in July! Needless to say it has been a crazy day of planning!

Other then that every thing is great here!!! We had a wonderful Christmas with all of our friends and family and are now gearing up to go back to school and therapy. Keep praying for Makenzie and all of her upcoming intensive therapies! God is so good and with out Him none of this would be possible!!! Thank You Jesus!!!!!

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christmas Gift!

Well here it is CHRISTmas Eve! Were does the time go!? We had a great day and celebrated with our family! Makenzie was a very happy little girl. We ate and ate and ate and ate!!!! First brunch then dinner, cookies, appitizers, desserts, more cookies, and finish it off with a piece of peanut butter cheese cake! I am stuffed! Tomorrow we get to do it all over again!

I am so grateful! Even though the holidays are so busy and a bit overwhelming I am so glad that God blessed me with such a great family! I hope you all find yourself surrounded by the people that you love in this CHRISTmas season! I know that I am!

Please also remember why we do all of this! That little baby that came to this world in a cold barn to live only so He could die for US! WOW! This is His party make sure you leave the door open for Him to come and be part of your celebrations!

Thank you for all of the prayers that you have lifted for my little girl and family this year! It was so great to see how far she has come from last Christmas! It is huge! Keep praying! You could give us no better gift this Christmas! Thank You and God Bless!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Weighted Blanket

I just wanted to post a quick update tonight. We have been looking into weighted blankets for Makenzie for a while now and a couple of weeks ago I final ordered one! Well, it came today! I was going to wrap it and put it under the tree but curiosity got the best of me! It is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Even better yet Makenzie loves it! So, Merry Christmas Baby Girl!!!!

In a person with a brain injury sometimes weight is very calming. This seems to be true for Kenzie! She is a god sleeper for the most part but all of her therapists have recommended this for her and it took her about 5 min to drift off to dream land tonight!

I also wanted to let you know a bit about the company I bought it from! I found them in a google search. I spoke with a wonderful woman named Donna. She was so kind! When I recieved the blanket I opened it up and there was a brochure in the box. I opened it and started reading. By the end I was in tears!!!!!! Here is what is says:
We consider it our ministry to create quality, affordable weighted blankets for the many peole that benefit from their use.

My 5 year old grandson, David has Autism and was how I learned about weighted blankets and their benefits.

I started my website a couple of years ago and began making blankets. As the buisness grew, I drafted a couple of friends to help and we started to use the quilting room at our church to sew the blankets.

Ok.... here is where the tears start falling.

Each person we make a blanket for is prayed for while their special blanket is being made. I have met so many amazing people and been blessed and inspired beyond what I could have imagined with their stories!

Every time I cover my little girl with that blanket she is covered with the love and prayer of total strangers!! WOW Thank You Donna and Affordable Weighted Blankets!!!!! You have blessed me with SO much more then a soft, beautiful blanket!

Please visit their website! If you are in the market for a weighted blanket these blankets are gorgeous! They are also priced much under the going rate! Please support this company they have been a true Blessing from above!! THANK YOU!!!

www.AffordableWeightedBlankets.com

I am not sure how to get a link in the post so you may have to copy and paste the link into your browser! Thank You and God Bless!!!!

Friday, December 19, 2008

MAMA

Hey all!

It has been another busy week! Makenzie continues do do well! She has been continuing to do new stuff in therapy and is super happy!

I got her a new corner chair and she loves it! It has a tray and when you put toys on it she has been really playing with them! The movement in her arms continues to get better everyday! At school she continues to use switches and are in the process of getting the adaptive communication team in to give her an evaluation! She is ready to talk one way or another!

On the talking note.... Makenzie Said "MAMA"!!!!!! It was no where near perfect being that she doesn't have lip closure but we were sitting on the couch and she looked up at me and said it!!! She is also working on "UH OH" She is really good at the UH part and the OH part keeps getting better! I am so proud of her!!!

Today at school they made gingerbread houses. Makenzie was not to interested in building but she did enjoy the frosting and candy!

We also had a doctor appointment this week and have come up with some new ideas after the first of the year! Please pray that God would give me direction on what to try and when.

I posted some new pictures at www.dropshots.com/makenziesmiracle
You can click on the links tab above and it will link you to Makenzie's dropshot page. Caringbridge won't let me post picture because the files are to big so I am going to have to remember to change the setting on my camera so that I can get some new pics on this site! Until then check out her pictures on Dropshots.

Keep praying! She heals a bit everyday! Slow but steady! Thank You all for everything! Thank You also to the women from the Boulder womens Bible study for the generous gift!

I guess I should go and get to some Christmas wrapping! Fun Fun! God Bless, Pam

Saturday, December 13, 2008

12-12

OH HOW SWEET IT IS.......

to be back to a normal schedule!!!!!

I had no idea how much we relied on a strict daily schedule!!! It is amazing how much smoother everything goes!

Makenzie went to preschool for the first time in 3 weeks! Her teacher said she was so happy and giggly! She loves school! I do too!

When I got up this morning I had no idea that they had called for snow!!! There was a lot of it! I debated on if I was going to take Kenzie out in the weather to get to school. Then I remembered that I had to go fill her reflux meds so I figured if I had to go out anyways I would just bring her! As I walked into Target I realized that this was the first time in 3 weeks that I was completley kidless!!! It was great!!!!!!

Makenzie did great in therapy and got a couple really great
massages! I kepp wondering where mine is!!!!!

Not much else to report but please as always keep praying for Makenzie! We now start to prepare for suit therapy and Disney!!! I can't wait for the day when I can see the light at the end of the tunnel and not be preparing for any major trips! The day when she doesn't need any of this! The day that the only trip we take is the one to Disney or where ever.....all of us.... just for fun.....for no other reason then because we want to!! Oh that will be the day!!!! Please pray for that day to come soon! The day that Kenzie's face will light up when she sees Mickey Mouse! The day that she can look up at me and say "Look Mommy... its Mickey" and wiggle out of my arms to run and give him a big hug! Oh the sweet simple things in life!!! PRAY for that day!!!!! Tons of thanks to all and God Bless Pam!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Kids Mobility

Hey all!

Another couple of busy days! I was able to get 75% of my Christmas shopping done on Tues at ONE store! It was great! One stop shopping.... love it! This year I have resolved not to buy the boys and video games for Christmas which proved to be a bit hard to come up with ideas! They are getting to the age where action figures and Lego's don't cut it anymore! Now everything they really want is in the hundred plus dollar range. Zach's first reponse to the "what do you want for Christmas" is "a go kart" ...... Right!!! Well, that is just not going to happen so creative is becoming my middle name!

After shopping I stopped at home to unload the truck and then headed off to the bank. This is where God stepped in with his protection. My tires have not been handling the snow well and there is a Discount Tire right next to the bank. I had about 20 min before I had to pick up Kenzie so I decided to stop in and have them look at my tires. Needless to say my tires where fine other then the one with a nail in it!!!! I had no clue! It had like 14 lbs of pressure in it!!! OOPS!!!! They filled it up and after I picked the kids up I went back and they fixed it and siped the tire so they would get better traction! Thank You Discount! I would have headed accross town this morning with a flat tire! Thank You Jesus!!!!!

This Morning I went  and spoke with a Church Bible study about God's hand in my life. The ladies there were great! I am so not a public speaker but I did the best I could. I am sure I left a ton out but that is ok.... I have never talked publicly before. I have told Kenzie's story hundreds of times but never in that setting! Something new every day huh?

I then headed to the other side of  the metro area to a non profit. They are a non-profit organization that provides DME (durable medical equipment) to children with special needs. I got Makenzie a new corner chair that will allow her more independent sitting and help her work on her lateral trunk strength! I am so excited because her being able to sit in this type of chair is huge!!! She is healing! Slow but sure! We also got a brand new special needs stroller that is less bulky and easier to put her in for quick trips into the store or to the doctor. It will be great to take on trips! THANK YOU Kids Mobility! Anyone in the this area that has piece of DME that is not being used... donate it to these great people! Any one that needs DME.... look them up! They were wonderful and the paper work is very minimal!!! We got $4000.00 worth of equipment for $250.00!!! AMAZING!!! God is so good! He continues to provide... Every step of the way!!!

Stop in and say HI. I would be honored! Keep praying! Thank You all and God Bless!!!

Monday, December 8, 2008

I Hear Chrismas Bells

Another busy weekend! Christmas parties, birthday parties, church, and of course shopping! No not Christmas shopping.... I haven't started that yet... still plenty of time left right?!

Makenzie is doing very well! She is so happy and doing well in therapy. I have been working very hard at improving the range in her arms and loosening up her shoulders and she seems to be a bit looser!

Well, I just wanted to stop by and hi and let you know that we are all doing well! Life is busy but good. Keep praying for Makenzie! I will try to post some new pictures on her dropshots soon. Hope all is well and God Bless!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

update

Wednesday, December 3, 2008 10:53 PM, CST
Ok, so there is 3 weeks until Christmas! WOW that seems so close! I guess it is!!! I have been thinking about what I want for Christmas. Other then the obvious, Makenzie to wake up and be healed... completely, I can't think of anything that I want. I have a beautiful family, a house, a car, and food to eat! Life could not get better! No toaster, I Pod, or picture frame could ever top that! It is truly amazing during the holidays how much we take for granted! Every one just seems to want more, more,, more! I think I am turning into a party pooper!

My life is crazy busy.... I love it! This weekend while my boys were at the cabin and there was no school or therapy, I realized that I have a perfect amount of crazy in my life! I have spent the last few months sticking to a very strict schedule and I love it. Life is so much more predictible! When it is 3 pm and the house is cluttered and the kids just spilt coke all over the clean floor, it is ok because at 7pm I can clean it, with out a 26 lb princess on my hip! And when I have 6 different errands to run... well lets just say it is amazing how much you can get done in 2 hours while your munchkin is at school! It is great to know when the light at the end of the tunnel is! Well there is never an end to the tunnel but you all get the point!!

Kenzie is doing well at school! When I was in my class Makenzie did fine as long as she was here, with people, she knew and trusted. Every time that Erica took her over to her house it was a train wreck! Crying, puking, craby..... always ended up back at our house. So why does she not mind school? She loves all of the kids! We went a bit early yesterday and there was a couple of kids running around outside. She got so excited! I stood her up and Makenzie walked all of the way to the door to follow them! Oh... it gets better! To get to the door she had to walk up 7 steps! She is so amazing! Then she was smiling ear to ear when she saw all of her friends! She loves kids! They are the best toys ever! I am so glad I decided to send her to school this year! She really does love it! Thank You to all of her teachers, therapists, and aids for making school such a safe, fun, and positive part of Makenzie's healing!

She is also still continuing to amaze us with the improved movement in her arms! She also helped her PT sing a song today by saying "Ah" in the song right where it was supposed to be said!

Please keep praying! Ok, so I lied when I said I couldn't think of anything I needed for Christmas! There is one thing... Prayer!!! Pray, Pray, Pray! Please believe that prayer works and that God hears and is answering! I know this because God has touched my heart and given us so much this year! Thank you and God Bless!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Look At Me!

It has been a quiet weekend. The boys went to the cabin and so it was just me and Miss Kenzie! It was great! A bit too quiet but a couple of days to rest and enjoy her was a nice break! We went to church this morning in the SNOW! I thought it was never going to turn into winter! It did!


I got out her toy that hangs toys down. The last time I got that out she really could have cared less. Well today she was all over it! She hit and grabbed the toys and laughed and talked(babbled). I shot a video that I posted on www.dropshots.com/makenziesmiracle. Check it out. After I shot that video I rolled up a towel and put it under her head and she really went at it. It helped her to see the toys instead of having her head flat on the floor! She is doing so well! Thank You Jesus! I am so excited that she is finding her hands! It is amazing! Not only that but she is enjoying it and even looking at what she is playing with! WOW! Baby steps! I am one proud mama!

“God blesses those who realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them”. (Matthew 5:3 NLT ).

God has been speaking this to me over and over in the last couple of months! It is amazing what kind of peace there is when you give it all to Him! Kids, marriage, money, health, the list goes on and on! I know that God is carrying my family through each new era in our lives. It is a great feeling! I am still human and ache for the loss in so many parts of my life but the peace the passes all understanding takes away most of the sting! Keep praying! God Bless!

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Dear Heavenly Father,
How we acknowledge our deep dependence on you every day! We thank you that in the midst of circumstances that stretch us to the end of ourselves, you pour out greater measures of grace, peace, and mercy than we have ever known before. Thank you, Lord, that in the midst of what feels like impossible situations, you have made a way through. And even in the midst of life’s most trying times, you continue to pour out your blessings and provision to us. Lord, I ask that we would always recognize our acute need for you, and that we would always be able to see the great blessings you have showered upon us.
In Jesus’ Name,
Amen

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