Sunday, May 2, 2010

Aloha

Ouch, I can't see you mom

Getting ready to go for a swim in her fake water
Check out my grass skirt mom
Nothing says fun like surfin on a stool
A very small corner of my beach scene in my room!

So I had a super fun Luau at school on Friday with my deaf and hard of hearing kindergarten class. We had so much fun making smoothies adn putting them in our pineapple shaped water bottles, surfing on our surfboards that we painted during the week, putting sunscreen on our skin so we wouldn't get sunburns, and doing the Hula of course. One of my aids helped put up the decorations that I bought to turn our room into a Hawaiian getaway. I had grasss skirts and leis for my kiddos, it was a lot of fun. After school Kenzie came to my room and wanted to pretend like she was going to the beach too, so I took a few picts of her. Then she came home from school and made her own paper grass skirt, and paper surfboard and then she made me come to her room for her Luau, it was cute. I wish I could post pictures of me and my students on here, but I am not sure if I am allowed to do that. Anyways, it was a great way to wrap up our beach vocabulary unit!

Then to Now






Here are a couple pictures, this is our last picture taken during a trip to San Diego to the Scripps hospital. Jeremy was in pretty bad shape here, but he definitely went down hill after this appointment until we started receiving help from the Mayo. We loved going to the beach and just sitting and listening to the birds and waves and feeling the cool ocean air, but we were not fans of the specialists there. Now we get to go to Phoenix for our future appointments, so no more meditating on the beach, but at least we have great doctors now. Oh and I had to post the picture of Jeremy fishing yesterday. He has been wanting to fish since January, but has not been well enough to go. The kids loved fishing with their daddy!!!!!! Hopefully he will just keep getting better and better!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Catching Up to Do

Jeremy and Kenzie walking outside the mayo clinic, the day he is released.
Jeremy, with Skyler, and Makenzie waiting to go home.
Skyler post-op, he was sure silly after waking up!
Skyler at PCH the morning of his surgery
Skyler and Grandma waiting in the Mayo Clinic lobby

Wow, I have been so incredibly busy these past several weeks that once again I have neglected my blog. I had nothing but time when we were at Mayo, but then once I came home, real life kicked in again and it was non-stop college work, writing IEPs for my students, and taking care of the family again. I thought I would post a few final pictures from the time we were at Mayo and also from Skyler's minor surgery a few weeks ago. Oh and just as an update, Makenzie's hearing in her left ear did come back after steroid treatments. Some say, "well that ear still has a severe/profound hearing loss, what is so great about getting that hearing back?" Makenzie uses what she gets with her hearing aid incredibly well. We were so happy when she was able to hear out of that ear with her hearing aid on again! Jeremy was able to come home I believe it was like 12 days after being admitted to Mayo, we still do not have any definite answers as to why he is having all these seizures. He is doing a lot better though since changing medications. He is no longer on Dilantin and is only using Vimpat. It is a super expensive med. but at least it is helping. He had several days with no seizures, but had them again this past Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. It is so frusterating. He wants to be able to go back to work so bad, it has been so hard on him not being able to work and provide for us, the Lord has taken care of us though. He knew what would happen in our lives long before we did. He was preparing me to be able to help get us through this time in our lives. It is still rough, but we still have a roof over our head, food in our fridge, and gas in our car. I know without a doubt the only way we have been able to make it financially during these several months is by paying our tithing. We pay it with faith in our hearts knowing that it is the most important thing we can do and somehow we are able to stretch till the next paycheck. I am so grateful for the blessing of tithing. Also a HUGE accomplishment is that we have not used our credit card at all. We worked so hard to pay that off last year, vowing never to use it again unless it is an emergency, I think our situation would be classified as one big emergency after another, but the Lord has helped us through. I am so grateful for our family who have been so kind and helpful during these months, watching the kids for us during appointments/ hospital stays, having us over for Sunday dinner, and most of all praying for us to get through this trial. Thanks, we love you guys!