Tuesday, January 25, 2011


Things are going well with us...still getting settled, still sinking into our new place, new town, but things are starting to fit pretty nicely. There have been some little blessings/God-things lately that I just wanted to share.

My arm is doing VERY well. I went to the doctor this morning, and he said it looks perfect on the x-ray. I still am going to physical therapy, but much of my motion is coming back! It hurts like heck going to therapy, but it helps. I did not realize at all how much your elbow will lock up after an injury and being immobile for a few weeks. Crazy! Biggest accomplishment as of late: I was able to put my hair in a ponytail that looks half-way decent! I do need to say right now a HUGE thank you to our sweet family for helping out with Anniston over the weeks when I was not allowed to lift her. I cannot tell you how thankful I am for you!

Anniston is doing VERY well. I am getting a lump in my throat right now just thinking about how much she is learning and growing. God is so good. My mom just came for a visit after not seeing Anniston for only two weeks, and I feel like she had so many new tricks to show her! She is still OH SO CLOSE to walking. Her right leg is pretty much the same as her left since the stroke, and there is maybe only a slight difference there which is such a blessing. Still working on her shifting her weight/balancing because of this, but it's coming. She does love to walk with assistance and push behind toys! She was evaluated for OT here last week, and she did so well. She still doesn't use her right fingers voluntarily at all, but there are so many praises with her right arm. We've been told that the return of movement works its way down from the shoulder to the hand, so I shouldn't get too focused on the hand because that will only lead to discouragement. The MAJOR praise is that her right arm doesn't have much abnormal tone at all. Meaning: it is very relaxed, and she doesn't draw it up in a very tight manner. She uses it to pull up now, too, so that is a BIG praise! Any recognition of that arm/hand is awesome.

During the evaluation with the OT, Anniston's abilities with her left hand were mainly what was tested for developmental purposes. I haven't gotten the results, but I know she did well. There are still some fine motor things that we need to work on like scribbling, but she did AWESOME for the test. Obviously, OT is needed for her right hand, but if it were just for her left, she might not have qualified. She was pretty borderline, I think. That's a big praise, too.

She has really been trying to talk more and will try to repeat what I say. It doesn't really sound like the words, but I am just glad she is trying. She will say "daddy" and roar like a lion :). She has a WIDE "vocabulary" though and understands SO much. She will point to things that I ask her and will follow many of my commands. She just started to help me clean up her toys which is fun. She can brush her teeth and hair, and she can feed herself with the spoon, but I'm just still scared to let go of the end of the thing. My chest is getting tight right now just thinking about any mess being made.

A few friends from college have been in town recently and stopped by to visit! Refreshing to spend time with old friends!

We went to another church Sunday and really liked it. They are BIG into outreach in the community (including inner-city schools) and caring for children in orphanages in Africa. It touched me to see their heart to pray for these children and that several people in the church have been led to adopt from that very orphanage. They are being a "father to the fatherless", and it is beautiful. I am sure we will keep visiting around, but they did leave a good impression.

Something that I am VERY excited about is that two of my neighbors (the only two that I know! ha) each separately invited me to a women's bible study for our section of the neighborhood that starts tonight! When I got the first text about it, I was just overcome with thankfulness...it was like God was saying: "I was here before you were, and I was preparing this place for your family. Don't stop trusting. I'm always ahead of you."

We are blessed.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

christmas pictures!

How many pictures can one post hold?? I'm not sure, but I think this is pushing it! This plethora of pictures from Christmas actually, somewhat ashamedly, begins on Thanksgiving Day...but Christmas officially starts after the Thanksgiving meal, right?? I'm thinking so.

Had so much fun on the swing set with sweet cousins Kaylee and Dylan!

Apparently, it's tradition now to shoot my mom's pumpkins when it's time to get ready for Christmas, ha.

Mrs. Pam made this adorable hat for Anniston! We love it!!

Okay, all vanity is lost with this picture, but I just thought Anniston was too cute laughing.

We had matching pj's!

This cracked me up. I can't even remember what Christmas goodie we were making, but Anniston got so excited when the microwave went off! She knew something tasty was coming!

Group pic with Stan's side of the family. Sweet baby Finn is in the middle...wish I had gotten a close-up of him...SO cute!

Christmas morning!! Stan's parents' house first. We had our matching pj's on, but because of an accident (that NEVER happens), we changed...but I like these too!

Happy girl. We gave her a wagon for Christmas, but she was more interested in the puffs inside.

Sad girl because she was taken away from her puffs. Little did she know she was being taken to the high chair for breakfast! The girl loves her food...

Thank you, Janjan, for giving me food...

I love her sweet baby face.

Now to my parents' house!:

Playing with Uncle Matt!

Excited to see Grandmary and GG.

Reading the Christmas story before opening gifts.

Grandmary with her pretty stocking :).

Yet again, vanity is lost...splinted arm and all.

Happy again in the puff mobile. The End!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

before and after:

A girl's gotta hold on :)...

Thursday, January 6, 2011

o christmas tree, o christmas tree

Here we are searching for the perfect Christmas tree again with my parents! We missed you, Uncle Matt :).

This one looked decent to us girls, but the guys kept saying we needed a shorter one for the ceiling height. Well lo and behold, the gender that is supposed to be better than us at spatial reasoning was slightly incorrect :).

Oh well, the one chosen in the end was beautiful.

Speaking of beautiful...love her:

Fun fun!