Relieved …

Reese went back to her ophthalmologist today and the appointment went great. Two months ago Reese was diagnosed with Exotropia. It’s a form of Strabismus or eye misalignment. In its’ simplest terms it is known as a wandering eye. I noticed it after she was sick twice in about a month. Luckily I had already scheduled her an appointment with her doctor so we didn’t have to wait a long time to be seen. At that time, her doctor said Reese was controlling the Exopropia very well but that she would need to start wearing glasses. And, if the glasses didn’t work, she might need surgery to correct it.

EEEEEEK. Surgery?!?!

I’m sure you can imagine how worried I’ve been these past two months. I had Reese’s glasses ordered the day we left that visit and she was wearing them within a few days from that. She had about a two week transition period and then it was like she has been wearing them her whole life. PHEW.

Today Reese had her re-check her doctor said that she was doing so well that he didn’t feel he needed to see her again for a whole year. WOW! He said that her glasses appear to be helping, that Reese is still controlling the Exotropia very well and that he saw no need for surgery at this time. THANK YOU GOD!

I appreciate this doctor so much. He has been Reese’s doctor since she was just hours old. The first time he saw her was in the NICU and he has given me so much peace of mind ever since. He has never let me worry unnecessarily and makes sure that he only tells me things once he is 100% sure of what he finds, good or bad. So when he tells me something I trust him enough to I believe it.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel relieved!!!


Reliable …

As I’ve gotten older I have realized that my ability to trust others is NOT unconditional. Sure, I can trust the people close to me. The ones who are tried and true. But my filter for trusting people who have not been so tried and true has gotten a lot more discerning. And it has saved me from a lot of disappointment and prepared me for future unavoidable situations with these people. Simply put … NOTHING SURPRISES ME ANYMORE. At least with some people anyway. I guess aging and maturity does have some perks, HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are reliable!!!


Today is one of those days when I’m not sure one of me is enough. Yesterday round two of cold and flu season hit our home. Sid and Reese are both sick with fevers again. And these fevers are MUCH higher than the first time around. Ugh. This makes week FOUR of someone being sick here. Heck, I’m still not myself and it’s been almost two weeks since I first got sick. This YUCK lingers! On top of two girls down, George is getting his wisdom teeth pulled today. I got out of bed incredibly early to make sure he ate a huge breakfast since he can’t eat 8 hours before his surgery. I know he’s 18 now and could have made his own breakfast but he’s still my son. Moms lose it a little when it comes to the words CHILD and SURGERY. Well, at least I do. So needless to say I made him breakfast. Which was fine because I was awake anyway. I was up most of the night with Reese who was extremely restless. I was happy though, I was finally able to fall asleep for about an hour. YAY! Then it was time to wake up to do Libs’ hair for choir portraits today. She had to be at school early today. Of course she did. OY. But somehow I managed to get her to school UNUSUALLY early with her backpack, tennis bag, choir dress and hair and makeup done. Nothing forgotten! A miracle, if I do say so myself.

At some point today I’m going to cry. I just know it. My guess is when they take George back to have his teeth removed. I’ll have a moment alone and a second to breath. Let’s just hope it’s more tearful rather than blubber-y.

Clearly most of this crazy day piled up by no fault of my own. I scheduled George’s surgery months ago and we just found out about the portraits. And SICK happens whenever it happens. My friends and I joke that when I have a stressful day it’s not like everyone else’s normal scoop of stress. It’s got extra toppings, HA!

Days like this I am in awe that God trusts me so much. When I look in the mirror I see just one small woman. But God has put some major love, tenacity and determination into this little frame of mine. He’s packed me with everything I need to get through days like this. And I’m grateful. So, so grateful.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you feel like SUPERMOM!!!

Preschool and the cutest tribe ever …

Last week one of my best friends text me and asked if I would consider taking a temporary part-time position at her school working with one and two year olds. I agreed. And today was my first day.

All I can say is that it was so much dang fun! I knew that the kiddos might not like me very much at first, so almost immediately upon entering the classroom I sat down on the floor during their play time. I wanted to be at their level and allow them to warm up to me on their time. Boy oh boy, did they stare me down. They weren’t cutting me any slack. Yet one by one, I started to earned their trust throughout the morning. Some were straight up like “OK you’re cool, I’m just going to plop down in your lap and you can read me this book.” While others it took sharing some play time, like running up and down a ramp about 437 times. But it was all worth the effort because these little nuggets are absolutely precious.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are accepted into the cutest tribe ever!!!

A genuine life …

Be yourself. Believe you are beautiful and capable. Live your passion. Be kind. Have integrity in your thoughts and actions. Laugh. A lot. Be courageous enough to chase your dreams. Even if your aren’t, chase them anyway. Help people. Cuddle. Enjoy something healthy every day. Dance. Smile. Learn. Always believe the best is yet to come. Be thankful and humble. Do your best. Forgive. Trust. Take care of your body. Especially your heart and mind. And surround yourself with people who love you and who you love more.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you live a genuine life!!!

Suckered in … 

Yep, I did it. I believed someone when I shouldn’t have. And they got me good. My fault. Should have known better.

So now I have two choices. First, I can kick myself for being so dumb. Or second, I can be happy that I’m still the kind of person who still believes people can change.

I think I’ll go with the latter.

Why? Because there may be someone out there who really needs someone to believe in them. Change is hard and when you have disappointed a lot of people you can find that changes are that much harder to make. Even though I’m wrong a lot and it sets me up for some heartache, I really hope that I never lose this ability to keep believing there is good in everyone.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you aren’t SUCKERED IN!!!