Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just the Facts

Can I share some quick facts about me? Thanks! ;)

What the Facts WERE:
  • Overweight and 100% inactive
  • Heart surgery that's almost 40 years old
  • Pacemaker/Defibrillator for 10 years
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, & Fibromyalgia
  • Constant fluid on my left knee for over 10 years
  • Inability to climb stairs without pain or hanging on to the walls.
  • Coke addict, using 5-6 times a day . . . and I mean the red can kind
  • Multiple medications including pain killers & muscle relaxers
  • 1-2 hours of wobbly walking first thing in the morning due to stiffness/pain
Some of those facts are still true. 
Some will never go away. 
But there are some I have kicked to the curb and shattered sledge hammer style!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Snapshots of Healing

You know that instruction book you wish had come with your newborn . . . well, let me just tell you, when you're parenting kids from hard places and healing is the goal, you'd be happy with a Sharpie map drawn on a napkin! And you would probably frame it so as not to lose it!

At their hearts, traditional parenting and therapeutic parenting aren't all that different. Even though the methods vary from child to child, the goal is the same - physically, emotionally, and spiritually healthy individuals who can function as independent adults. Both have milestones, they just look different . . .  way different.

I want to share 5 of our milestones; every single one almost two years in the making. These snapshots of healing are akin to a baby's first tooth. It may seem trivial to some, but they were hard won with lots of pain and agony that Baby Oragel could not touch. As parents, we are so stinking proud and know there's more to come!