Monday, January 28, 2013

Patience Is A Virtue….

….that's what they say, right?

"All good things come to those who wait."

Well patience folks has never been my thing.  It's always been something I've had to work on.  And we all know not to ask for patience because then God will give us something to be patient about!;)

Patience wasn't something that I really had to practice until Bennett came into our lives.  Let me just tell you, when you have a child with special needs, you WILL learn to be patient.  You have to or you'll go crazy. There is lots of waiting and hoping and praying and just when you've pulled out your last hair... the child decides it's time.  And then there's just nothing to describe that feeling.  Let's just say...  you learn to celebrate the little things.

Every.Little.Thing.  

Because the little things are HUGE.  As I've said before, you just want to shout it from the roof tops!

Recently Bennett has done something I/we have waited for, for a looong time.  Something that has always been on my mind, nagging at me and annoying me.  I was so over it!  Prayed about it.  Complained about it.  Stressed over it. Sometimes cried about it.  I haven't written about it in quite a while on the blog because frankly I had given up hope because there were absolutely no signs that this would happen and zero progress in 2 years of therapy…lots of therapy and lots of different therapists.

Well God stepped in (he'd been there all along but I guess it just wasn't the right time;)) and with a lot of prayer, the help of a wonderful school called Frankie Lemmon and an awesome private OT, Bennett finally did it.  Out of the blue, look what my little man has finally decided to do…..(no idea why it's sideways and I can't fix it but you get the gist).



He just started eating real food with his hands one day.  We still need to work on the chewing mechanism because I think he swallows a lot of things whole but this is a big step for him.  Anyone that has dealt with feeding issues understands this.

But it doesn't stop there!  Since Bennett has started school: he knows most of his colors, shapes, can count to ten (with prompting) and has tons of words and loves to repeat everything we say, although it may just be the last word we say;)!  We're working on putting 2 and 3 words together and his teachers have this very simple way to do that. They showed me how it worked and within one try Bennett did it!   Putting 2 words together takes way more coordination than I ever knew because it comes so easy for most kids.  I'm so excited to work on that with him and I'll have to share! But it could take time and patience;)

It's simple things, I know.  But it's different for a child with Down syndrome.  They CAN learn all these things, it just takes more work and a TON of patience.  But it's all worth it!  Bennett has taught me so much in his 3 years that I never knew or cared to pay attention to in my 30 years before he arrived.  I absolutely love watching him accomplish things because I know he worked so darn hard to get there.

So patience is definitely a virtue, a virtue I've never really possessed without a lot work.  But if God does give us things to be patient about when we ask for patience, I'll gladly take the gift of Bennett and all the milestones that he's accomplished.  I know there's so much more to come!

Bennett is totally worth the wait.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday...

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So my favorite lately is turquoise, which isn't a surprise since I decorate my house with lots of turquoise;).  I apologize for the poor lighting in some or most of these!!...


Turtle neck and sweater:  Target
Pants:  Target
Shoes:  Love these turquoise flats!  Target
Necklace:  Vestique


This was bunco night:
Shirt:  Madison Boutique (you can find them on fb)
Necklace:  Vestique
Jeans:  Seven
Shoes:  Target



Totally wore white (not off white but white) jeans in the winter!  Yep, sure did!  I think as long as the other items are darker colored and look wintery, it's okay.
Everything is from Target!




Even these cute shoes!


Loving this polka dot shirt from Target!
Sweater:  Old Navy
Corduroys:  J- Crew
Shoes:  Target
And yes, it's Winter but that doesn't mean you can't wear color!


Another night out with the girls:
Shirt:  Marshalls
Jacket:  H&M
Cords:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Old Navy
Necklace:  Target

Black top:  Target
Vest:  Forgot I had it and really like it-Gap
Jeans:  Banana Republic
Shoes:  Kohls (love mixing animal print with other prints!)


Can't believe I had this vest hiding in my closet!

I really like red and turquoise together!
There's that shirt again! Target  
Grey Sweater:  Free People
 Jeans:  H&M
Shoes:  Target
Necklace:  Target


Sweater:  J-Crew
Scarf:  Target
Tank:  Target
Pants (These are a cobalt blue):  Target
Shoes:  TOMS

I only wore one scarf!!  Amazing!;0

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What I Wore Wednesday….

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Happy New Year!  

I'm not big on resolutions but if I had to make a fashion resolution for this year maybe it would be to not wear as many scarves-lol-but I LOVE them so I don't think I can do that!  Oh and maybe to not shop at Target so much;)

This is about 2 weeks worth when I wasn't in my bathrobe and pj's{since we were on Christmas break;)}...


Sweater set:  Old Navy
Scarf:  Target
Jeans:  Old Navy
Shoes:  Old Navy
Watch:  Michael Kors


Sweater:  Target
Tank:  Target
Necklace:  Madison Boutique
Purple Jeans:  Marshalls
Shoes:  TOMS


I think I was trying to get my red earrings in this pic but you really can't see them…they're from Target;)
Top:  H&M
Tank:  Old Navy
Jeans:  Sevens
Shoes:  Kohls


Sweater:  Target
Turtle Neck:  Target
Scarf:  Target
Jeans:  True Religion
Shoes:  J-Crew


Shirt:  J-Crew
Sweater:  Target
Necklace:  Amour Boutique
Jeans:  Banana Republic
Sparkly Belt-present from my sister:)-J-Crew
Shoes:  TOMS


Sweater:  Target
Turtle Neck:  Target
Scarf:  Target
Jeans:  H&M
Shoes:  J-Crew


Sweater:  Present from my sis;)-J-Crew
Scarf:  Target
Tank:  Target
Jeans:  Target
Shoes:  TOMS

That's it for this week!  I think the reason I wear scarves so much is because 1.) I love them and have a slight addiction to them and 2.)  I absolutely hate wearing coats so scarves make me feel like I'm dressing warmer.  Coats are just bulky and hot and unless I'm going to be outside for a good amount of time, I'd rather not wear one.  Plus were I live it doesn't get below 50 degrees during the day too much so it's bearable.  Anyways, that's my reasoning;)  Have a great week!