Monday, November 30, 2009

Art Therapy...

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Last week Madison had her first art therapy session -- actually it was just Adam and I this session, giving our families story and talking about our crazy cool little girl. I really enjoyed telling our story to an "outsider," after all it doesn't happen that often that someone doesn't actually know our story.

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I loved going back over that past four years. Even though they were filled with an awful lot of heartache there were also so many memories made both inside and outside the hospital walls. I can totally see how some people really dig therapy -- how often does one get to just keep talking and the other person actually has to listen to you.

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This coming week we will do a family session. We will have a short talk time and then we will do a family art project -- sounds like fun to me. Madison seems very excited but keeps asking when it will be "her" appointment, meaning without her parents tagging along. That comes next week -- from then on it will be "her" appointment where she can run the show.

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I think she is going to be just fine.

19 comments:

Heather Nicole said...

Jeff’s step father passed away unexpectedly two years ago leaving behind his 8 and 10 year old siblings. It’s amazing how resilient kids can be compared to adults. Although the kids miss and love their Dad they are doing just fine. I think Madi will have a blast in Art Therapy!

Christina said...

Your daughter is JUST BEAUTIFUL! Did you ever notice that you can see a little bit of Gavin in her eyes? Okay that was dumb to say....of course you have.....

Lisa Marie said...

She is just gorgeous... and of course she will be fine. Art Therapy is a wonderful idea, I'm so glad you/she is doing that! God bless, love and prayers!

Raeann Schoudt said...

What fun! And I agree Madi is beautiful :)

grey like snuffie said...

Looking at her beautiful face is therapy for me...such joy.

Katrina said...

I'm blown away by how beautiful your kids smiles are :) Makes my heart melt.

Franchesca Cox said...

Beautiful pictures, and art therapy seems just perfect. I am an artist and love that art can be therapeutic.

xo

Sarah Thomas, Nora's mom said...

What a beauty! I love the pic of Madison with her hand on her forehead and that sweet smile.
I'm very happy to read that you all are going to therapy and that she is looking forward to it. I think sharing your experiences and art are both therapies in themselves.

Chelle said...

Therapy ROCKS! I think our next campaign should be to get Madi as the next poster girl for GAP or Ralph Lauren- she just gets more and more beautiful! Good Genes I think!
Sending love,
Chelle

Shari said...

Our Curtis still does Art Therapy for his special needs issues. It's amazing what it has done for him. I think she will really enjoy it. I am still praying for your family. Baby legs should be on their way as soon as I receive them.

Anonymous said...

Madison is such a beautiful little girl! I know she will be just fine as she has wonderful parents who love her and will walk with her all the way! Good Job, Karen! and the pictures, once again, are the best!! ~Marilyn M

OHN said...

Therapy is a wonderful thing. Even when you don't think you need it.

I agree with Chelle....Madison needs to play dress up and grace the cover of ANY magazine...she is beautiful. (and I don't throw that kind of complement around lightly :)

Tiffani said...

beautiful girl!!

I SO want therapy for myself!!! ;) Because you are so right, getting it all out w/o fear or worry of WHO is actually listening!

I think JuJu needs that outfit...ADORABLE!

So glad y'all are doing this as a family and for Madi, too!

Phyllis said...

I have our daughter in therapy too because of our "story". I think it is really great for them to be able to talk to someone else. She is just beautiful and you are too funny!

Anonymous said...

Madison is so gorgeous...beyond words beautiful! I agree - she should be a cover girl for an ad campaign! Keep posting your pictures. They make me smile and really want to take a photography course! Praying for you guys!
Jen L

Susan and Richard said...

Karen, you are such an inspiration. I am so sorry for your loss.

Susan Brooks

Elaine Stein said...

Karen and Adam - 50 years ago, when I was 5, my 8 year old brother died of brain cancer. There was no grief support available to my parents, let alone to us kids. My brother was barely ever mentioned in our home till I was an adult and raised the issue. And we don't understand what little kids understand and how they translate stuff. About a year after my brother died, my (much)older brother got married. At his reception I cried and cried and couldn't explain why. Looking back on that now, I wonder if I thought that Peter was going to go away the same way that Albert had and I'd never see him again either. Who knows, but thank God we've come a long way since then! I'll be praying that the art therapy can be a real release and healing activity for all of you.

therextras said...

Overwhelmingly beautiful photos of overwhelmingly beautiful girl.

Barbara

Cindy Heintz said...

Madi you are just absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! Karen you are the best with the camera :)
Thoughts and Prayers ALways!!
Much Love to All! : )