Monday, May 31, 2010


Big chunks of Hershey chocolate
Backyard campfires
Perfectly roasted
Greatly anticipated
Scrumptious Treats
As you can see, we've been enjoying the start of summer!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Good-bye EI! Sniff. Sniff.

For the past three years Nathan has been involved with Early Intervention.  We've had a social worker, speech therapist, and physical therapist in our home each week for nearly three years.  Today we said THANK YOU and GOOD-BYE. 
When the pediatrician called us when Nathan was three months old and told us that the visiting nurse felt that Nathan really needed Early Intervention we were, truthfully, less than thrilled.... angry that the visiting nurse didn't have the courage to discuss her concerns with us directly, overwhelmed by Nathan's needs, and not sure that Early Intervention providers would be helpful. 

We. were. so. wrong.  Our providers were wonderfully helpful.  They worked with Nathan, showed us how to help him when they weren't there, gave us information about insurance and programs and helped us wade through piles of medical documentation.  They helped us connect with other parents whose children have complicated medical diagnosis...  They provided a much needed "ear" when times were tough.  Last week Nathan's physical therapist joined us for an appointment at Shriner's.

I made this collage for Lisa, Emily, Becca, Betsy, and Jenn and gave it to them today.  They made a huge difference in our lives.  We will always be grateful for the head start that Nathan was given in Early Intervention... and I will always be an advocate for funding for the program!

Good-bye EI!  Sniff.  Sniff.

Now we enter the land of IEP's and pre-school at the public school.  We're apprehensive, but hoping we'll be surprised by how helpful Nathan's new providers are.  He starts services this summer... we opted out of having him start in a classroom next week when school ends in just a few weeks.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Faces and Flowers at I Heart Faces

This weeks theme for the I Heart Faces challenge is "faces and flowers".  While I have lots of "flower" pictures, I don't have very many pictures of flowers with faces  :)

I took this picture of Nathan last week to use as a thank you note for Nathan's Early Intervention Providers. Nathan is turning three this week and "aging" out of the program. Nathan's workers have been in our home a couple of times per week for the past three years. I'm gonna miss them! I wanted to do something special for them and created a thank you note with a picture of Nathan's first year (oxygen tank and all) and a current picture and wrote "You made a difference" on the collage. Then my printer ran out of ink... Coulnd't print the cards to give to the teachers on Friday... but will give them to some of the providers on Wednesday.

I didn't intend to have Nathan hold flowers for the picture... but ELizabeth had brought them downstairs and once Nathan saw them he wouldn't let go of them! Then I figured it would make a cute picture for the card as we are giving each of the providers flowers or a potted plant.

Want to see lots of other fun pictures of flowers and faces? Head on over to I Heart Faces to check them out.