I must say it's been the most amazing time not being in the blogging world. I've learned so much from people in the past few years and the one thing I've seen the most is that people are addicted to other people lives. Sounds crazy, but I'm sure many of you know exactly what I'm speaking of. This phenomena has really turned me off to the blogging world. It makes me cringe to think that people get so invoked in others lives that they fail to live their own. I don't want this blog to be entertainment -- I want people to read and then go live out their own lives -- to be inspired and then go find their own ways to inspire others.
Don't get me wrong. Just because you read or write a blog doesn't mean you don't know how to live your own life, but families like mine attract a lot of attention from people -- and most are so amazing and supportive, but there are also so many people that give my blogging break a reason for me to smile.
Anyway -- we have been busy living life! A really good and amazing life! Let's just go down the list shall we?
Madison just turned nine is still our amazing girl full of spunk and personality. She has begun taking cheer dance lessons and is keeping us very entertained!
Angela is doing amazing in school. It was a rough start but the school district seems to be catching my vision of inclusion and Angela is totally taking off! She now knows most all of her letters, shapes, colors and can spell her name! We are starting to teach her how to use switches to access a communication device that can help give her even more independence. She has mastered saying yes and no with her head, but its very obvious that she has so much more to say! She has full use of her one arm to propel her wheelchair now and is very fast -- though she mainly goes in circles! Having Angela in regular education -- fully inclusive, was the best decision we ever made. Everyone benefits from inclusion!
Then there is Jayden -- He is a busy little man. He is an almost full time walker these days and maybe even a bit of running! He only uses his wheelchair for transport and for long outings -- such a miracle that kid is! Jayden is now able to use his iPad to talk to us. He is doing great with Proloquo2go and can do as many as 4 steps to make a sentence, like "I want", "to watch","Jake!". It's amazing to watch his little brain work. He is also in regular preschool with supports from the IU. He has come so far in the past few months and is now using his hands more and also to sit and listen for an extended period of time, like circle time.
Our tiniest Owens is also keeping us busy! Her adoption is not yet finalized -- taking much longer than we ever thought it would. But no worries -- it's gonna happen! She is making slow progress but progress none the less! She is able to walk but will only show her skills if highly motivated! She is a girl with a strong will -- difficult to deal with now, but I'm sure will serve her well some day! She is such a fun little girl and when she flashes her little smile it melts your heart.
One last Owens will hopefully soon join our family -- fingers crossed! We hope to continue to move forward with a 5 year old little girl who has totally captured our hearts, but things have been moving so very slow. Our hearts are already totally filled with a ton of love for this sweet child and are praying very hard that the time will come soon for her to come home -- forever! She has CP and is very similar to Angela, which Angela is very excited about!
Adam and I have been busy with our new found love for Crossfit and Corps Fitness. Feels great to be in the best shape of our lives and have the strength and energy to care for our growing kids! I've learned to push myself beyond what I thought was possible and to expand my vision from not only having hope for my children but also myself and set goals for my life. It's been an amazing journey.
What a life we live.
It's certainly not easy, but filled with some many victories both big and small. I wish I could take each one of you off the pages of this blog and into our real world for just a few hours and show you how good God has been to our family. It would take your breath away.