Wednesday, August 30, 2006

The Special Mother
by Erma Bombeck
Most women become mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressures and a couple by habit.This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children.Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen? Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.
"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity.
""Forrest, Marjorie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia.
""Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew.
"Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy.""Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel.""But has she patience?" asks the angel."I don't want her to have too much patience or she will drown in a sea ofself-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it.""I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going togive her has her own world. She has to make her live in her world andthat's not going to be easy.""But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter,I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a childless than perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied.She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'". She will consider astep" ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!""I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty,prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone.I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side"."And what about her Patron saint?" asks the angel, his pen poised inmid-air.God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Today is Codys 7 th birthday and about right now my water had just broke. I called Dusty to tell him that my water broke and he said " I will fix it when I get home in about an hour can you turn it off by yourself "? We still joke about it. Cody is his dads boy ! Walks like him, talks like him and has his dads ears. He was to be the last but from the time he could talk he has asked for a baby brother. To my surprise he got one.
It is hard to believe how fast time goes by, he also started the 1st grade yesterday and he LIKES it. Lunch is kinda scarey he said but he likes his teacher and she seems to be real nice. Cody is the X box boy and can bet most of his older brother ( he has a few ). Tonight we are going to have Ice Cream and Cake with family and then on Sat. we are having a friend birthday party at our house. I love having all of these boys because in our house dad does the boy parties and I don't have to do anything but when the girls have a party I take them to a hotel for the night. Us girls are a little out numbered but it is still fun. Family is starting to show up so I need to go,
I Love You,

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

The kids on their frist day of school.
Courtney, Chelsey, Austin and Cody.
I wrote this for my kids who started their first day of school today, I hope they see the humor in it when they get older. I love being the mom but am so glad when school starts so I can have that little break. It was wrote with love.

‘Twas the night before the new school year

‘Twas the night before the new school year and all through the house you could hear Chelsey yelling where is my blouse,
The backpacks where hung by the door with care in hopes that the school bus would not be there, The children were crying we don’t want to go to bed while visions of school buses danced in moms head.
Mom in her P.Js and dad having a night cap where just settling in for the last day of summer nap,
When out in the kitchen I heard such a clatter I tore open the door to see what was the matter.
Away down the haul I flew like a flash tripped over a toy and fell on my ass.
The light in the kitchen gave off such a glow giving a luster to the ice cream bowls all in a row.
When what to my wondering eyes should appear, 4 not so tiny children and one drinking MY root beer.
The oldest one the girl who is to be the driver was so lively and quick, I knew in that moment she was pretty slink, they were planning how to fake sick.
More rapid than Humming birds they were planning their scheme when I stepped into the room they all heard me scream, Chelsey, Austin, Courtney and yes Cody too Your idea is some what moldy,
children have been trying to plan this for years, It won’t work I am sorry my dears,
so off to bed and you had better fly for I could hear dad and he was coming for more pie.
Now in bed I told them to stay thing will look better for tomorrow is a new day.
Morning came and they all looked the same, no smiles and good mornings would they even say.
Their eyes didn’t twinkle their dimples where not merry!
Ones cheeks were like roses as he is allergic to cherry’s.
The bathrooms where full of girls with hair dryers on and one boy yelling "I NEED TO USE THE JOHN".
Breakfast now fed and dishes cleaned up mom was wishing 7:20 would hurry up.
Ones pants don’t fit, I should have made him try them on too, so short will have to do,
45 minutes looking for the keys, Austin starts to sneeze, hay fever and can’t find his pill and this is a big deal.
I need some coffee to clear my head before I decide to just drop dead.
My 6 year old Cody looks at me with tears mom let me stay home I have 12 more years.
Cody it will be fun, you will see all of your friends, as I rub my sore rear end.
Courtney is so cute all grown up and grown out of her ribbons and bows.
With all of school kids in a row I take their picture and off they go.
Everyone gone it’s just me and the baby I can finally have that coffee, just maybe.
Chelsey Austin, Courtney and Cody

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

"Did you see that? It's my brother Cody and below him is my brother Austin. Austin loves to show off his diving skills to the ladies, he doesn't know it but they are all here to see me, wonder boy. One day some I will be flying in the air just like them just as soon as I learn how to jump into the water without my shorts falling to my knees".

"Okay here I am in the pool with my big sister Courtney and my brother Cody, I look good in my swim shorts huh"? " I love to swim, it is my favorite thing to do."

"I have great brothers and sisters, they all love to play with me and teach me new things."

These pictures were taken at our Up With Downs Utah County Chapter end of the summer BBQ for the 0-3 year olds and preschoolers. We are very lucky to have a wonderful family in our group who hosted this BBQ in their amazing yard with a pool. We all had a great time getting to know eachother and meeting some for the first time. That would be me. I have not made it to many of the group things, with 9 kids someone always need me to do something or go to their rodeos, games, plays or make a new dress for a dance. But I am glad to have the older kids around to play with Chase and teach him all of the funny things he does while I am off with one of the others.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

"Me and one of my girlfriends Mariah. See, I told you I am a chunk of burning love and ladies all love me because I am wonder boy".

Monday, August 14, 2006

Welcome to the life of a MOM!

Mom and Dad were watching TV when Mom said, "I'm tired, and it's getting late. I think I'll go to bed."

She went to the kitchen to make sandwiches for the next day's lunches.

Rinsed out the popcorn bowls, took meat out of the freezer for supper the following evening, checked the cereal box levels, filled the sugar container, put spoons and bowls on the table and started the coffee pot for brewing the next morning.

She then put some wet clothes in the dryer, put a load of clothes into the washer, ironed a shirt and secured a loose button

She picked up the game pieces left on the table, put the phone back on the charger and put the telephone book into the drawer.

She watered the plants, emptied a wastebasket and hung up a towel to dry.

She yawned and stretched and headed for the bedroom. She stopped by the desk and wrote a note to the teacher, counted out some cash for the field trip, and pulled a text book out from hiding under the chair.

She signed a birthday card for a friend, addressed and stamped the envelope and wrote a quick note for the grocery store. She put both near her purse.

Mom then washed her face with 3 in 1 cleanser, put on her Night solution & age fighting moisturizer, brushed and flossed her teeth and filed her nails.

Dad called out, "I thought you were going to bed."

"I'm on my way," she said.

She put some water into the dog's dish and put the cat outside, then made sure the doors were locked and the patio light was on.

She looked in on each of the kids and turned out their bedside lamps and TV's, hung up a shirt, threw some dirty socks into the hamper, and had a brief conversation with the one up still doing homework.

In her own room, she set the alarm; laid out clothing for the next day, straightened up the shoe rack. She added three things to her 6 most important things to do list. She said her prayers, and visualized the accomplishment of her goals.

About that time, Dad turned off the TV and announced to no one in particular. "I'm going to bed."

And he did...without another thought.

Anything extraordinary here? Wonder why women live longer...?

CAUSE WE ARE MADE FOR THE LONG HAUL..... (and we can't die sooner, we still have things to do!!!!)

Send this to phenomenal women today...they'll love you for it!


Saturday, August 12, 2006

At the bottom of this page is a video by Garth Brooks. I have never been a huge fan of his but I found this video and loved it. I can't wait to see what the future hold for Chase, and the acheivement he makes. With people like Garth Brooks and others who have shown our kids in a positive light and show what they can do and not what they can't everyone else will see them for their abilities and not their disabilities.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

I LOVE CAKE! or should I say I love to play in cake.
I am not sure if he really eats the cake or if he just plays in it but he sure thinks it is fun!