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Scoliosis – begining the journey


On Friday June 25th, 2010 after two weeks of antibiotics for a UTI it was discovered that my daughter, 8 year old, Hannah has Thoraic Lumbar Scoliosis.  This was diagnosed after being treated for a UTI which I didn’t believe she had to begin with, a trip to the ER and 6 x-rays over the course of a week and a half (all these with no lead apron – more on that later)  The x-ray showed a 15 degree curve at T1 – T5 and T6 – T10 and a 25 degree curve from T11 – L3.   From what I’m reading a curve with a degree of 25 or more requires bracing.

There were no outward symptoms.  Hannah began to complain of back, stomach pain and some UTI symptoms – which is why they treated her as such even though the medications weren’t working.  The initial x-ray showed some curvature so we were sent for more x-rays and ultrasound (this was requested by me to rule out gallbladder, kidney stones or something with the appendix).  We were given the results I told you above almost immediately – you’ll see why when I post a picture of the x-ray from the chiro.  The curvature is causing the back pain and is being referred into her stomach as well.  Along with scoliosis can be respiratory problems – so I’ll be talking with Hannah’s pulmonologist to take her off all meds until we can tell if she really has asthma or not.

Here is the picture of the x-ray taken at the chiro’s office today.  I had not seen what the previous x-rays were like.  If you can notice her hips – they are uneven.  The curve even took the chiro by surprise as it did Hannah and I and my husband when we got home with it.

I have been doing research and found the National Scoliosis Foundation which has quite a bit of information as well as a forum board.  Here are some things that I have found out, you’ll also see why I’m worried about the effects of 6 x-rays within a week and a half.

  • Scoliosis can impact the quality of life with limited activity, pain, reduced respiratory function, or diminished self-esteem.
  • Scoliosis patients also have increased health risks due to frequent x-ray exposure.  (my note: with females long exposure to x-rays/radiation can cause infertility and other health issues)
  • Despite physicians trying to treat this spinal deformity for centuries, 85% of
    the cases are classified as idiopathic. Consequently, a scoliosis patient’s
    life is exacerbated by many unknowns, and treatments therefore that are often
    ineffective, invasive, and/or costly.

**These facts are from the National Scoliosis Foundation website.

She had her first chiro appointment today and while she didn’t like the TENS unit or the massager she did say she felt better even after one adjustment.  We are praising the Lord for this, since I don’t want to continue to give her tylenol or motrin until her ortho appt on July 21st.  The ped assures me it’s fine to give those pain meds on a regular basis, but I am not an uneducated parent and realize they are fine for some things and on a limited basis but not for a long term daily basis.

I’ll be posting updates as we go through this journey – which will be a long journey – this will be something that will have to be dealt with on a daily basis.  I have to call our insurance to check on what they cover as far as scoliosis is concerned – from what I’m learning most don’t cover much if at all.

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Kid's Craft Camp – Day 2 – June 29th, 2010


Today was the second day of Craft Camp, and the children were even more excited than yesterday.  They made a big top tent box complete with circus elephant and a clown car magnet.  Lots and lots of painting today and I was surprised that they were able to finish these – well except Hannah who used so much paint on her magnet she has to add the stickers later.

The pictures are of the children actually at the camp so without further ado here are their creations.  The car magnets are taken at home with them hanging on the fridge.

Hannah’s big top box:

Hannah’s clown car:

Bethanne’s big top box.  She gave her’s to her Uncle Tyler (my brother) for a birthday present. For some reason even though I’ve flipped it in Photobucket it still isn’t showing up as corrected – sorry.

Bethanne’s car magnet.

Christian’s car magnet.

Christian’s big top box.  Again I’ve flipped it in Photobucket but it’s not attaching right in the blog – sorry.

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Kid's Craft Camp – Day 1 – June 28th, 2010


Each year for about the last 4 years, Hannah, my oldest has gone to the local crafts store called Crafts 2000 for their summer Kid’s Craft Camp.   Usually Grandma Bailey takes her but this year I am taking her and her brother and sister – their first years, her fourth!  They are so excited.  Each year has a theme and this year is the  Circus.  The crafts they are making are so cute, there are three crafts a day and snack all for just $3.00 a day per child.  My children paid for their own camp this year, so they also learned some financial responsibility.

Today was the first day.  We arrive at 10a.m. and get seated and once the others start trickling in we begin on crafting.  Today they made a clown out of a paper mache cupcake, a clown tie out of foam sheets and stickers and decorated a straw hat.  Today was clowns!

Here are the three children in their circus finery!

Then individual pictures.  Hannah, Bethanne and Christian (sorry, for some reason his kept coming out blurry)

These are the clowns made out of paper mache cupcakes.  they do open.  Hannah’s, Bethanne’s and Christian’s (again his came in really dark and a little blurry – I’ll try to fix it later)  The hats are made out of Crayola Model Magic.

So that wraps up our first day of Craft Camp – I’ll be posting pictures all week of these awesome crafts.

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TOS Crew Blog Walk: Weeks 2 and 3 June 21st – July 3rd


As I mentioned the other day, the Crew for this year’s review for The Old Schoolhouse is doing a blog walk.  This gives us, and you, a chance to visit and get to know all the blogs and with over 200 people on the Crew it can be a bit un-nerving.  So a lady on the Crew broke it up into bite sized chunks of 10 (there won’t always be 10 as I’m only linking to actual blogs) Crew blogs a week.  I’m posting week 2 and 3 now since I got behind.  Please visit, leave a comment and tell them Sarah @ Growing for Christ sent you 🙂

Week 2 (June 21st – June 27th)

1. Second Star to the Right and Straight On Till Morning
2. Surviving The Testosterone
3. Family Style School
4. School Around The Bible
5. 1628 The Story of The Goebels 5
6. Morris Family Madness
7. Homeschool Musings
8. Homeschooling (and then some!)
9. Heartfelt Homeschooling
10. following Him home

Week 3 (June 28th – July 3rd)

1. All American Family
2. Growing Fruit
3. Learning to Teach
4. Stairsteps Homeschool Academy
5. Kingdom Academy
6. Living Sola Gratia
7. Wynfield
8. The Cow Queen
9. Peace Creek on the Prairie

If you are unable to click and get to any of these blogs let me know and I’ll fix it. 

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Another blog post that made me think….c-sections


I just read an interesting blog post over at Live, Laugh, Learn! blog on the other blogs that post about c-sections.  I agree that these blogs do promote hate as well as misconceptions about c-sections and the fact that these blogs also claim to be feministic are reasons to stay away from them.   This blog’s post made me think, because you see, I have had a c-section forced upon me back in 2002, and I almost let it destroy my marriage. 

I had a midwife and we had never discussed c-sections because my desire was a natural birth.  Imagine my surprise when an u/s tech told the dr who worked with the midwife that I could not birth a 10 pound baby and that’s what my daughter was going to weigh.  I had never given birth before so there was no way to know if I could birth a ‘big’ baby.  I was still 2 weeks from her due date and the dr told the midwife that if I hadn’t started having contractions yet, I never would.  They told me I needed a c-section.  I told them no, I wanted a trial of labor.  They said no and went to my husband telling him to get me to consent or something bad could happen to me or the baby.  I consented and on February 15th, 2002 my first daughter was born via surgery.

Now, I’m not one who would write hate posts against doctors, nurses, etc – I understand there are reasons for a medically needed c-section, however most women don’t need repeat c-sections if they can find a good dr who will do VBAC’s.   I have had two great VBAC’s one in 2004 and in 2006 – I was induced with both and had epidurals with both – but I had a natural birth.  Not what some natural birthers would claim was natural but given the choice of having another c-section or getting an epidural for extreme back labor I choose MY natural route.

I love my OB/GYN and truly think I was led to him by the intervention of God in my friends who referred me to him.  He understands my need for VBAC, however if my baby or I ever indicated a true medical need for a c-section, I would agree.  The midwife/doctor team who did my c-section did indeed do it for the reason of him not wanting to spend the day waiting on me to labor – I’ve had several other midwives and doctors confirm this.  If I had been allowed to go the full two weeks I would have gone into labor on my own.  As a matter of fact, my daughter had to be pulled out of the birth canal because she had started to descend, and would have sent me into labor at some point.

Am I angry?  There are times but I feel more cheated now.  Do I think all OB/GYN’s are out just cut into women’s abdomens?  No, there are great ones out there who passionately care about the women they care for.  I believe there are so many things that these women who want to put out hate could do to make better use of their time – educate women on c-sections and their risks, educate on breastfeeding, etc.  We need to quit judging each other on how we gave birth, how we feed our children (yes, breastfeeding is best BUT there are legitimate reasons a woman can’t – adoption), wether we get an epidural or not and live and make sure we follow God’s plan for our lives and our family’s.  If I live my life full of hate for something that happened 8 years ago – then I’ve let that dr and midwife win – I choose to go on with my life and get over it.  I don’t like being labeled a VBAC for the rest of the time I give birth, but God put me here and maybe, just maybe it’s His way of  helping other women heal and move on.

By the way, my first VBAC baby was 9 lbs 3 oz – a full pound larger than the baby I wasn’t supposed to be able to birth naturally!   So I want to think the author of Live,Laugh, Learn!  for writing a wonderful post and making me think about this subject.

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TOS Blog Walk Week 1: June 14-19th


I’m going to be participating in the Homeschool Review Crew’s Blog Walk.  This will introduce my readers to my other Crew Mates as well as increasing blog traffic for them and me – or I hope so!   Feel free to visit these other Crew members and get to know us as we bring you some great reviews and help in making good purchasing decisions.  I am behind in posting so I’ll be getting week 2 up tomorrow and week 3 (this week’s) as soon as I can, then I’ll be on track.

1.   Reaping a Harvest
2.   Pink & Orange Coffee
3.   Live, Laugh, Learn!
4.   Mrs. Mandy’s Musings
5.   The Fantastic Five
6.   Refined Metals Academy
7.   Just A Moment in Time
8.    My Journey
9.  Petra School

The beautiful blog header for this year’s blog walk is made by Debbie at Debbie’s Digest.

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Another COSI trip


My children really enjoy COSI (Center of Science and Innovation) there is so much to do that it can’t all be done in one day.  We’ve been going about once a month and still haven’t seen all there is to see.  We also enjoy taking a friend or two and our trip this past Thursday was no different.  We have an enjoyable time especially is you can overlook and ignore some children who seem to have no manners.  Anyway, here are some pictures and even a video (no sound) from our recent visit.

This is in the area called Progress and during the yeat 1898 (I think that’s the right year, I may be wrong – it may be earlier) these are my three and their friend in a buggy.  Like gentlemen, the guys allowed the girls to have the seat 😀

In the area called “Gadgets” there is a bunch of hands-on activities that allow children to experiment with gears, lasers, building materials, and other things.  Christian enjoyed figuring out how to put the gears together and both Christian and Bethanne enjoyed having me pull them on chairs connected to different amounts of pulleys to see what was easier to use.  Hannah was my picture taker in these.

These are still in Gadgets but it’s Hannah experimenting with arranging tubing and seeing how to connect them to make a ball continually drop through them and Bethanne experimenting with getting a ball to ride on a stream of air.

The video I took that Hannah volunteered for in one of the live shows called The Science of Fireworks.

Fireworks

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KCWC blog tour: "The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World" by Debbie Taylor Williams


About the Book:

Kerrville, TX) – From the beginning of time women have dreamt about their “Plan A” – the perfect husband, cute children, immaculate home, size six wardrobe, prestigious job, fabulous friends. But it doesn’t take much of real life to set in before compromises, changes and disappointments manage to cloud those dreams. The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World: What to Do When Life Doesn’t Go According to Plan encourages women to re-evaluate the Plan B route and discover the blessings of God’s Plan A.
 
Using nine landmines that often claim the God-given plan for women, author/speaker Debbie Taylor Williams helps women reclaim hope and teaches them how to manage those sabotaging thoughts that claim many minds. Sprinkled with humor, an obvious love for God’s Word, and discussion starters for small group study, The Plan A Woman promises to help woman believe that God does have special plans for her, even in this Plan B world.

About the Author:

Debbie Taylor Williams is the founder of Hill Country Ministries, an organization dedicated to spreading God’s Word and ministering to women. Best known as a passionate biblical expositor, Debbie uses humor and practical illustrations to communicate spiritual truths to women throughout the nation. She is the author of Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion, Prayers of My Heart, and other books. She and her husband make their home in Kerrville, Texas. Learn more by visiting her popular Web site: www.debbietaylorwilliams.com

Interview Questions:
 
1. Your book focuses on living the Plan A life God designed specifically for you. What encouragement can you give for the woman who feels she’s lived far too long on Plan B? Is there hope?
 
With God nothing is impossible!  The Spirit who moved over the surface of the deep and created light and life is the same Spirit who abides in every believer.  We can live the Plan A life God has for us because Christ lives in us and He is our hope of glory. Col 1:2
 
 2. In your book you talk about hazardous landmines. What are a few common landmines women fall into?
 
Bitterness, discouragement, being fixated on the past, fear, feeling shaken by our circumstances, having expectations of how others should act are but a few of the land mines we can experience in a Plan B world. Left unattended, these land mines can cause devastating harm to us and others.  God’s Plan A is not for us to ignore these land mines, nor is it His plan for us to tip toe around them. Rather, He directs us to address and de-mine them.  When we do, we can walk in bold assurance, confident of the ground upon which we walk. We’re able to carry out the good works and plans God has for us; those that bring purpose and joy.
 
 3. Talk about your P.R.A.Y. conferences and how women can learn more about your prayer ministry.
 
April 2, 2008 God woke me up at 4 a.m. and told me that I wasn’t doing all that He wanted me to do. He then directed me to one of His Plans for my life:  to take the principles from my book, Pray with Purpose — Live with Passion, to a church in every state in the United States. He told me to waive my speaking fee and travel expenses; that He had freely given me the keys to prayer that can change women’s lives; and that I was to freely take them to my sisters. P.R.A.Y. with Passion Conference was birthed as a ministry of my non-profit ministry. It has been a joy to see God powerfully open doors through women who hear about the conference and pass the word to their women’s ministry leader or event planner. Women are coming to salvation.  Spiritual breakthroughs and repentance is taking place among believers. A “pink hearts” club is spreading across America, one composed of women and men who come forward and receive a heart on which they write how God has spoken to their hearts. And God is speaking. If I haven’t been to your church/state, contact lauren@debbietaylorwilliams.com ministries, call toll free 888.815.9412, or visit my web site for more information www.debbietaylorwilliams.com
 
 4. In your spare time, what do you enjoy doing?
 
I love being with my husband. Whether we go for a walk, watch the sunset, take a hike in the country, travel, play golf (sort of…I’m a beginner :), or go for a drive and breakfast on Saturday mornings, he’s my honi and love of 35 years. Our two adult children and their spouses are so much fun to be with; as is our 17 month old grandson. Family, friends, sharing the Lord – for what more could we ask? 

 Something Extra:
 
The Plan A Woman in a Plan B World, by Debbie Taylor Williams
“You’re Not the Only One Who Missed Plan A” Chapter 1 excerpt, pages 23-27.
 
God Has an A+ Plan for Your Life

 
“I know the plans that I have you for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”Jeremiah 29:11
 
If ever a convention were held for women who feel they’ve missed Plan A, the room would be filled. You’d undoubtedly hear comments like these:
 
“My husband left me when our children were three and five,” one woman might say.
 
“I’ve always dreamed of being married and having children. But I’m single with no hope of marriage.”
 
“My Prince Charming turned into an abuser.”
 
“I was fired from the company I built from the ground up.”
 
“My child died of leukemia.”
 
Biblical Plan A Women in a Plan B World
 
Not only do we hear the voices of friends today, but we also can imagine the voices of those whose lives are recorded in the Bible. Perhaps if we caught each one at the moment she was hit with her Plan B, we might have heard something like the following:
 
“Adam and I were supposed to live happily ever after in Eden. My oldest son was not supposed to kill his brother.”—Eve
 
“I thought Abraham and I would have children when we were young.”—Sarah
 
“I thought I’d live a quiet life. I never dreamed I’d become a queen—or that the lives of so many people would depend on me risking mine.”—Esther
 
“My plan was to marry Joseph, then have children. Never did I imagine that I’d conceive a child by the Holy Spirit while a virgin. ”—Mary
 
As you can see, a long list of women in the Bible lived something other than what they must have considered their Plan A lives. No doubt, they appeared to be everyday women living ordinary lives: preparing meals; washing dishes and clothes; competing with other women; and experiencing problems with in-laws, children, infertility, sibling rivalry, and so on.
 
What they probably couldn’t see at the time, but what we have the opportunity to see now, is how God used them. Their lives counted for him and for eternity. Though at times some may have felt like appendages to their husbands and their husbands’ calling, while some may have felt lonely and isolated, God used each woman. Their names are recorded for eternity. God listened to these women’s prayers, intervened on their behalf, and met them where they were—in the desert, by a river, in a field, inside their homes. He met them in the midst of their daily responsibilities—drawing water, gleaning wheat, searching for infertility cures.
 
Did they know they weren’t rocking mere infants but future kings? Did they realize they weren’t just dressing babies but grooming leaders? Not simply singing psalms to toddlers but planting scriptures in the minds of prophets?
 
God had an A+ plan for these women even though they didn’t know it at the time. God has an A+ plan for your life too.
 
-Used by permission Leafwood Publishers

My Opinion:

Coming Soon!!

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Naptime!


Aahh….the ability to take a nap when you want and where you…….My youngest who will be 4 next month is all boy and he is like the Energizer bunny – he keeps going and going and going…….. I love him and wouldn’t change him, I want him to grow to be a man not some sisified version of a man so I try my best to let him be a boy even if that means he takes a tumble every now and then.  I will admit though when he decides to take a nap I breathe a sigh of relief LOL, I can sit down and read without worrying that he is climbing on the kitchen table or flooding the bathroom!  There is something about a sleeping child that just makes you want to grab your camera and so when Christian grabbed his car comforter (no other blanket will do) and curled himself up on the chair I just had to snap a couple pictures.

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Sunglasses!


Yep okay it’s a silly post title but I love sunglasses!  Okay, well I don’t love them but I do like them, a lot!  I was disappointed when I didn’t get to review a pair – but I bounced back.  Why do I enjoy sunglasses so much?  Well it’s a long story……and it’s been in the making since I was oh about 12 years old so almost 20 years.  I am a migraine sufferer and one of my triggers is sunlight – I like sunlight – it makes my garden grow and provides natural Vitamin D (as long as you don’t lay in it, then it’s dangerous) for your body – but it will give me a migraine.

I’m always on the look out for the darkest pair of sunglasses I can find and if they are UVA and UVB protected so much the better!  I usually have to end up getting mine at the local dollar store – not much protection but they work – sort of.  So when I saw a giveaway from a local review blogger I decided to enter and you can find more about that on her blog at The Legacy of Home.

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