Faith Journey, Medical Issues

Reflecting on My Boy Walking Without Assistance

Reflecting on My Boy Walking Without Assistance

Reflecting on My Boy Walking Without Assistance after 3 intensive days of therapy.  I can’t even adequately verbalize my emotions.  Amazingly, I watched him stand up, by himself.  As a result, this was a moment I will never forget.  Then, because He is awesome, he RUNS to the ocean.  I’m so thankful that I caught that on my camera.

Reflecting on My Boy Walking Without Assistance

Yes, it is framed, in my house.  Hunter, running to the ocean, carrying a stick.  Fearless, confident, and strong.  I’m amazed at God’s goodness.  We still have a long road to go.  Realistically, this is an unknown condition.  God has healed him…we are just waiting for the complete manifestation of that healing in his little body.

I cannot adequately describe the feeling I had when I saw this.  Shock.  Dismay.  Confusion.  Hallucination.  Yet, there he was standing, squatting, standing back up, and then running.  It took a moment for it to sink in but when it did.  Oh, but when it did.  I couldn’t contain myself.

I called my sister after I sent her the video.  Loudly, I told her she had to watch it while I was on the phone.  As she did, I could hear her silent cries and the whispers thanking God.  Then, I called everyone else I knew!


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A Hiatus from My Hiatus

Well, after taking a blogging break in 2016 (with the exception of the many great giveaways)…I am back 🙂  I have realized that writing is very healing and therapeutic for me, so I am determined to get my blog rolling again.  A Hiatus from My Hiatus in a nutshell.

Our New Years Eve was good….we made a bunch of soups and finger foods because I didn’t want to “cook.”  I had all 7 of my kiddos, with one of my bonus girls and my oldest daughter’s person.  We also had some friends over, who have 4 kiddos of their own and we ate, laughed, and played games.  It was so nice to just enjoy the company and the good food.

Incredible Highs

Our family spent 10 days traveling to the east coast.  My kids got to see the Atlantic Ocean.

We adopted our 7th child.

Our oldest had a big year, graduating college, getting a new car, getting a new job, and getting engaged.

Then, our second daughter finished high school and did fantastic her first semester in college.

Our oldest son is flying through his sophomore year and he has had the opportunity to work with a friend, who is a contractor, so he is been able to earn money, save it, and spend it.

Next, our second oldest son is reading so much better and he is doing so much better in school.  We were able to get him an official dx, so that has helped to guide us through his education.

Our next son has blossomed in sports (baseball and basketball).  He was approved for a bone-conducted hearing aid, so he will have that surgery at some point this year.

And our baby is growing like a weed…he is such a joy.

We have also found our forever home church-wise.

And to top it all off, my Lady is doing wonderfully!

There have been lots more highs…but that is just a beginning.

Incredible Lows

There have also been some significant lows….one of our daughters is still struggling and we have had to make big decisions regarding her future.  It has brought lots of hurt and tension to our home.

Our adoption of our 7th child did not come easily and the circumstances around his adoption are still tender.

My daddy had a stroke this past summer…thankfully, he is doing well.  We had to put 2 of our beloved pets down, Sadie and Little Buddy. That is always difficult.

Full of Promise

This year is full of promise.  Full of intention.  Full of purpose.  365 days to make a difference for the Kingdom of Christ.

I do not make resolutions because, frankly, I think they are super stupid.  I do, however, make some changes and more times than not, I stick through them and then they become a habit.  This year, I plan to stop making excuses for myself or my family. I plan to start saying no.

Also, I plan to stop apologizing for who I am and how I do things.  I just want to live.  Honestly, I realize that 1/2 my life is over…done…I cannot get that part back.

Now, what do I want my second 1/2 of life to be like?

  • love my family without abandon
  • be intentional with my relationships with my family
  • Love my husband and submit to him more
  • Dig deeper into the Word
  • Plan a wedding
  • Send a kid to a place that may help her
  • Get involved in church
  • Go to Hawaii

So many possibilities and so little time!  365 days….what are you going to do with your new year?

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I do not know if it is because my life, for the last month and a half, has been CONSUMED with baseball or if the last few marbles that reside in my head are slowly falling out…I just don’t know.  Life has been nuts and the summer is halfway over and I don’t even feel like I’ve had a moment to stop and enjoy it.  I haven’t been in the pool….at all.  Sadness.

DC Moment

Our vacation to DC was amazing.  It was 10 days of togetherness and we didn’t kill each other.  That is a huge plus.  There were moments.  You can’t be a large family and not have moments.  I’m not going to lie…I almost threw one or two kids out of our vehicle, but it was a short-lived moment and we all ended up surviving.

Life Happens

Once we were home, life hit us square between the eyes.  An issue that emerged, before our trip, had to be confronted and dealt with.  The blow of this issue caused my health to flip flop around and I ended up with bronchitis and a double ear infection.  I was slow pressed to do anything.  My cousin passed away, unexpectedly.

My Lady

A few days after that, my Lady had a couple of strokes.  I stayed with her as much as possible during the time that she was in the hospital.  In between hospital stays/runs/visits, we had a minimum of 4 baseball games a week.  One boy plays in one county and another boy plays in another county.

Another Dog

Let’s add in we got another dog (gasp), but the dog was going to be put down because A) he is old B) he is blind C) he is toothless.  All that added up to the fact that he needed me and I needed him.  He hadn’t been home a week when one child decided to take him out and in the process broke his leg…I was at *you guessed it* baseball when it happened.

We took him to the vet, the next day, and the bill was going to be WAY more than what we can afford.  We were prepared to put him down.  I explained to the vet how the dog came to live with us and our family situation.  His kindness began to shine and he did the needed surgery for free.  We have still paid out way more than we are comfortable with, but he wrote off a huge amount.

Looking Up and Looking Down

My Lady finally came home and I go over probably more than I should LOL.  I like to take care of her and I love to glean all knowledge out of her head!  She brings me joy.  Let’s add into this fun with one child getting strep throat and then a couple of weeks later contracting a bug.  A car died…completely and totally.


One girl got a job for the summer and it is her car that died.  Sigh.

One girl got a new job where she is driving more.  Panic.

A broken window…thanks to boys and said baseball.

A leaky roof.

Broken gutters (that are brand new).

A fridge that has leaked so bad (no, we didn’t know) that it has RUINED my floor.  A kitchen sink that leaks so bad, it ruined the cabinet and the other part of my floor.  A broken microwave door,

and a broken-down truck….do you get the picture?

I’m going to blink and the summer is going to be over and I will have no school work-ready.


Kids have gone to movies together.

The family has gone to baseball.

They have played in the rain.

Our garden is growing.

They swim until 9 pm.

We have planted/weeded/cleaned my Lady’s courtyard.

A friend and I are putting together an AWESOME mentoring meeting that we hope to spread across all local churches.

Kids sat on the laundry room floor and matched socks while giggling hysterically.


Hamburger/movie nights.

Lots of books being read.

Family get together.

Bible school.

Lessons learned.

Tears shed.

It has been CHAOS in my house.

Parts, I would not like to repeat.

I would love for a money tree to sprout in my backyard (I actually had one of those and it died.)

I’m glad baseball is ending next week (Boo won the whole thing and earned a gold ring with his team).  I plan on doing a whole lot of nothing during the month of July.  However, I do want to get my house cleaned.  Also, get people to fix the things that need to be fixed.  I want to repaint the laundry room (due to the water damage).  Finally, I need to get schoolwork put together so I can take that concern off my plate.

The older I get, the more time FLIES.  It is flying but I realize that we are getting closer to the Lord’s return.  When He returns, we will be in new heaven with no more pain, no more sadness, no more water leaks, no more broken down vehicles, no more darkness…..O, what a GLORIOUS day!!!!!!

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These are the Lessons Learned from Camping.  Please, heed and enjoy!

Lessons Learned from Camping

  • Pee, it happens and not where it should.  It could happen on the bed or behind a utility shed.  If you can’t see people, while you are peeing, they can’t see you.
  • Spandex and fat people do not mix.  Please refrain or buy a larger sized shirt.
  • Tattoos and hair are in inappropriate places on men and women :/
  • If you find monkey panties on the picnic table, do not assume that they are one of your children’s.  Do not touch.
  • Cotton can fall from the sky like manna…pretty cool.
  • Parades can consist of 2 people.
  • Kazoos are not edible.
  • If you don’t pay attention, your children will go and set on the steps of strange people’s camper steps and make conversation.
  • When the magician asks the CHILDREN if they know what a “shot glass” is and then proceeds to explain…take your children and walk away.
  • When you find a beer bottle, in the woods, it is not smart to put your mouth on it and making “tooting” sounds.
  • Poop, it can shoot up.  WARNING:  Keep your mouth closed! (Think of the movie RV with Robin Williams….totally happened).
  • If you lose your black water tank top down the dump station, please tell someone immediately, as it will most likely cause a flood-o-poop.
  • When asked if you want a $1000 fine for dumping said crap, always say no.
  • When someone looks like the Fonz, don’t mention it to him cause he thinks he is hot.
  • Bugs can make awesome necklaces.
  • Camper toilets are a necessity.
  • Not everyone gets goosebumps when they pee.
  • Kids will cry.
  • Scrapes will happen.
  • Food will be totally consumed.
  • When the little girl at the Golden Corral says “you have too many kids,” just smile and nod.
  • ALWAYS accompany your, almost 9 yr old, to the buffet.  He tends to pick up a sausage and then sling it back in the warmer with his hands.
  • If a random child gets hurt and you offer to cut off their leg to stop the pain, don’t be surprised if they do not return to your camper.
  • Bedtimes and Showers are not mandatory.
  • There is no shame in licking the cheese off the Doritos and then putting them back in the bag for your children (or husband) to eat.
  • It is always polite to leave the cream filling of the oreo, for your husband.
  • When your child says “be back in 10 minutes,” they really mean “I’ll be back in a few hours, gonna go.”
  • Tarp Man is scary.  Always carry your pistol when he is close.
  • Camping and baseball produce extra saliva in your son’s mouth.  They will spit any and everywhere.
  • Camping……….its fun 🙂

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Cracking the Hermit Crab Death Secret.  Well, our frisky little Earl, whom we bought for Peach on our vacation, bit the dust yesterday.  RIP Earl.

He was an active little sucker till the end.  He was our own Houdini and he will be missed (cough, wink).

I knew something was amiss when I let him and Bob out of their cage for their afternoon exercise.   I found Earl’s leg…not attached to his body.

He was still moving around, so I just assumed that was normal (a stupid thing to do).

What Exactly IS Normal?

While the kids were at Martha’s house, I grabbed the cage to feed/water Earl and Bob.  Well, I picked Earl up and his other leg fell off.

Once again, I thought this was normal (never had crabs before).

I turned the shell over and out came Earl….dead, smelly Earl.

In my sadness (insanity), I insisted that Big Daddy and I go to the ‘big’ town and get Peach another crab.

We did, his name is Ed and he is still alive.

I’m redoing their terrarium and had them sitting on the kitchen table and before I knew it, Bob fell off the table.  Those little suckers can book it.

All in all, they are both alive, for the time being.


We got both of these crabs while in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Which is not far from Gatlinburg.

Never will I ever assume anything about crabs or their body parts.

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Here are the Top 18 Lessons Learned About Camping in Gatlinburg.  I hope it helps you if you decide to head that way.

  • If you are standing under a tree, after a thunderstorm, and you shake said tree for effect, you will get wet.
  • There are 31 CrackerBarrel’s in between Benton and Gatlinburg.
  • Bug said 5,985,375,956 words ON THE TRIP DOWN THERE!
  • Rats on the sidewalk do not constitute wildlife.
  • When you see boxer briefs laying outside your camper, don’t assume it is your husband’s and pick them up.
  • When your awning isn’t tied down, it will blow over your camper during a thunderstorm.
  • Pirates DO NOT live in Pittsburgh.
  • Teen girls will cry randomly and without warning.
  • BEWARE: twitterpated animals are everywhere (the ducks beside your camper, the chickadees in the KFC parking lot, and even the skunks on exhibit), be prepared to body slam your teenager when she is arguing with the younger 4 children over the fact that the animals are not fighting, they are ____________.

Part 2

  • Camper upholstery is very ugly, but the fact that it is durable and can stand up to copious amounts of ketchup makes up for that fact.
  • Yes, there are real Indians in the world.
  • If you run out of room in the trunk of your vehicle, feel free to duck tape the remainder of your items on the hood of your car.
  • When searching for a “free” hermit crab prepare to hear “want crabs?”. It is an innocent question.
  • You will never meet a stranger while camping
  • Urine…it happens……whether in the camper (sans toilet) or off the mountain.
  • Campers will always tell you which rope, knot, and tree to use when tying up your children.
  • If you open the gate to the swimming pool, move out of the way, it can cause black eyes.
  • Ducks quack at 3:30 in the morning.

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