Welcome to the randomness that is my life. You can usually find me wandering around somewhere in my head trying to figure it all out. I blog about the loves of my life, my two boys, our new homeschooling journey, and anything else that moves me. I find that writing is the best therapy. Thanks for stopping by, and Be Blessed!
This one kick-board gave my big boy that little boost of confidence he needed this weekend. With this one kick-board, he taught himself how to swim!
Things such as this do not always come so easy to my sweet boy. I didn't know if he was ever going to be able to have shoes with laces at one point; or if the training wheels would ever come off the bike. Every time, he proves me wrong...I should have seen this coming with the swimming too, but I didn't.
J has always had a slight fear of the water...actually, he pretty much is okay with it, as long as it doesn't end up in his face. The water, and bright sun (which is a whole other sensory issue we struggle with) combination, can be a gruesome one in his world. For these reasons, I wasn't sure if swimming was ever going to be something he would really learn how to do well.
This Saturday, we went to the pool with some good friends...they brought J this kick-board. He hasn't been so excited about anything since Christmas! I also remembered to go dig the goggles out of the garage so he could see in the water. Within 15 minutes, he decided he may not need the kick-board...and in 15 more, he was swimming with his face in the water for long stretches at a time! He taught himself to swim...I was ecstatic for him! The pride exhuming from him since then has been so wonderful to see. He is definitely walking a little taller today.
On Saturday, this one kick-board gave my son the ability to find his strength and determination within. You see, I guess sometimes all we need is just one little boost of confidence. Whether you are 8 or 30, a little self-belief goes a long way!
My oldest son, J, is a walking encyclopedia. He loves to read, you always can find him with a book in arm's length (he totally gets that from his momma!). As we walked to the grocery store several weeks back, he asked me, "Mom, did you know the fastest animal on Earth is not the cheetah?" He went on to tell me all about the peregrine falcon, and it's incredible recorded speeds of over 200 mph. I thanked him for his daily tidbits that always seem to educate me...he beamed with pride the rest of the day.
The truth is though, he teaches me much more than I do him sometimes. Not always nature facts either.
He has taught me...
How to truly take pride in who I am. The true meaning of patience. How to slow down and appreciate the small things. To see the abundant beauty surrounding us. To take leaps of faith. To trust in your heart. To love unconditionally.
...and a whole lot of interesting nature facts!!
Our children are beautiful, innocent creatures of God. I am so blessed to have two awesome little boys whom enable me to grow. Without them, I would not be me.
Congratulations to entry #110, Stacy Kurtz, for tweeting about the giveaway! She has been emailed and has 48 hours to respond and claim her prize! Happy June Whit's World readers...have a blessed weekend!
Since beginning this little blog back in the fall, I have met so many fantastic people, and am thrilled to call a lot of them friends. One of these incredible new friends is Amanda N. Evans...and she is now a published author!! She followed her heart, and God's will, and has written the most amazing children's book I have seen in ages! The book has been beautifully and creatively illustrated by Mandy Newman, and it begins shipping today!! You can buy your copy(ies) in paperback, or hardback, starting at $10 here: http://papercrownsadie.com/buy-the-book-pre-order-2/. Let me formally introduce you now...
I had the privilege of attending a launch party for Sadie the Paper Crown Princess, and heard Amanda read the book aloud, and see the beautiful illustrations up close and personal. I instantly fell in love! Sadie the Paper Crown Princess is the new modern day princess story. She learns who she really is, and what is truly important in life during her stay at the Princess Academy. The lessons taught in this story reach far beyond just little girls...I was truly inspired by Sadie as well. Her tomboy ways fully reminded me of myself as a little girl, but the story reminded me of the strength I have inside, and my heart and ability to do for others.
My 2 boys also fell in love with the story (we have read it a dozen times in the past week), the fact that the word PRINCESS was in the title was a non-factor when we began reading. My oldest son said that he loved that Sadie put others before herself...which brings me to my next point...
We have been discussing brotherly love and compassion the past several months in our homeschool classroom. This book was perfect to continue that discussion, and to start so many others. One of Amanda's goals, is to sit down with educators, homeschool parents, etc., to develop a unit study to accompany Sadie the Paper Crown Princess. I adore this idea, and cannot wait to see it come to life as well!
One more amazing thing that Amanda & Sadie have planned for the month of June, is The Big Give! This is where you can participate and make a difference too! A portion of every purchase will go to the charity of your choice: Mobile Loaves and Fishes, The Ronald McDonald House, or To Ghana...with Love.
So now for the really exciting part...I am thrilled to be giving away a beautiful, 8 X 10, framed picture of the illustration below to one lucky Whit's World reader. Perfect to hang in your little girl's room, your office as inspiration, the bathroom (this is where mine is)...anywhere really! Let me tell you how unbelievably hard it was to choose my favorite illustration from the book, but those red cowboy boots took me back to my childhood too much.
To win you must be a United States citizen and fill out the Rafflecopter form below. The contest will close Next Friday morning at 12:00 A.M., I will pick a winner that day, and the lucky person will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address.
This week, May 13th-19th, is Food Allergy Awareness Week; but for families that live with such allergies, every week is awareness week. We are one of those families, and here is how allergies, changed our life.
When J was a baby, he was sick, very sick...in fact you would never know by looking at him today, how many times he came way to near to death during his early years. (I posted here about what a miracle both he, and his brother, are to us.) After a long stay in the ICU and then the regular floor of the hospital (mainly spent under an oxygen tent), J and I took off to Austin, to get some help from my mother for a bit. He was recovering well, and starting to return to his normal, happy go-lucky self. We were preparing dinner, and gave him half a piece of toast with peanut butter to tide him over in the meantime. Within moments, his lips and entire face began to swell like a balloon. I had never seen such a thing, and had most certainly not heard of it either. I panicked, but picked up the phone to make an emergency call to the pediatrician. "CALL 911 NOW!," she said, "It's an allergic reaction."
I grabbed him and ran straight out of the apartment, through the parking lot, and down the tiny street, where a hospital was located...talk about a God thing! I ran into the ER screaming that we needed help immediately. They took him from my arms, he was almost 11 months at the time, and began taking vitals and what little action they surprisingly knew to take. Some form of Benadryl was administered, and they made a call to the Children's Hospital, as I was watching him turn shades of blue. I picked him back up, when he started really looking bad, and he began to vomit all over me (I assure you, you do not care in the least bit in such a circumstance.) They took him back, gave him a shot of Epinephrine, and then an EMT came in with an ambulance trolley to whisk us downtown.
It all happened so fast. By the time we were in the ambulance, he started regaining color and his breathing began to get easier once again. I remember looking out the windows of the ambulance, at what was then, such a large and foreign city to me, racing by. It was all so overwhelming, intimidating, and down right scariest moment of my entire life.
Once inside the Children's Hospital, he was really beginning to look and act better. His strength during the whole ordeal still amazes me as I recall the events. They sent us home in the middle of the night, with a prescription for steroids and an Epi-Pen, and a more than exhausted baby. I did not sleep one wink that night, as they warned me of the possibility of delayed reactions. I stood over his bead, and watched his every breath that night. The next morning, he awoke happy and ready to play. God was more than good to us that night.
The horror of that night is something that I hope to never, ever live again. We have had 3 close calls since then, 2 of which resulted in an ER trip, but nothing like the anaphylaxis we saw that night. The most important, and immediate, thing I did was tons of research! Not only must we stay away from peanut butter, but anything will any trace of any sort of nut in it. Trust me, there are hundreds of things we must be cautious of, that I would have never imagined. Jelly Belly Jelly beans is one on that long list of things J will never be able to try.
Now that J, is old enough, he is just as educated and aware of his allergy, than anyone else, and that makes me feel so much better. Everyone around our family, must be aware of his allergy at all times. It is the first thing I notify people of upon entering another environment. I am so thankful, to be homeschooling this year, and not have that lingering fear, of the terrifying happening again while I am away.
Food allergies are serious and abundant these days. I believe that everyone should inform their selves on the topic, because you never know when such an allergy could impact your life.