Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Sunday, August 26, 2012
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 3:19 PM
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Oh boy, Quinn keeps figuring out her dynovox more and more, this afternoon when she got off the bus, she started saying, Grandma Vicki over and over, and so we called her, and Quinn was happy as can be. Then after getting off the phone, Quinn found her read me a story button, and we read a lot of books, because after I would finish one, Quinn would click it again, and again, and again, so finally I said dynovox time is over, let's snuggle! Oh, I am loving how she is can communicate so much more! I love it! Oh, and to top it off, we now have a night nurse two times a week, and I'm finding out that she is going to be our Nurse Mary Poppins! This morning I woke up to find Quinn's meds done, and all the things that normally take me a good little while to get ready were done. Oh, I was feeling a little guilty having a nurse, but I'm quickly changing my mind! Thank goodness for Nurse Melissa! We are loving her already! Finally, start saying a prayer or two for us, as we continue to dive into this foster care thing! God has a plan for us, and we are simply trying to figure out what that plan is. So far we have had great experiences, and simply want to do what is best for our family and what ever kids we get, but it's fun and exciting and a bit overwhelming all at the same time! Oh we are blessed and look forward to the future!
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 7:44 PM
Monday, August 20, 2012
What a wonderful weekend! Sometimes getting away from the everyday is great for all of us. This weekend was our first foster care experience. I can't talk about kids by name or share pictures, due to keeping everyone safe and respected. I can however share that we had a great weekend. No negativity, no rushing here and there, just playing and having fun. The kids showed up Friday night. There were three of them, the oldest one was drawn to Quinn. He did great talking to her and waiting for her to answer, and if she did not answer in a matter of seconds, he asked again, not answering was not an option! The littler girls were all about Quinn by the time Sunday rolled around. We watched movies, went for walks, had an ice cream sunday party. Before bed we talked about things we were grateful for, read books, and relaxed. Quinn loved having them here, John was wonderful. The little girls especially were all over him, an example is anytime he would sit down they would be on his lap or right by his side. Getting the opportunity to share our positive experiences with them, giving them time to just be kids, sharing Quinn and how to talk to her or play with her, we just had a lovely time with all these kids. I think John mentioned the only negative, and that was that he did more dishes over the weekend then he has ever done before! If that was the only negative, that shows just how wonderful the weekend was. So now it is back to real life, they are back with their foster family, Quinn and I were back in school, and John was at work. I made more calls this afternoon then I would prefer, calling about medical bills for this and that, as well, as calling a few doctor offices, and now it is off to work on the checkbook and pay a few more bills. Oh how life is busy, and I'll make as many calls as I need to, to have Quinn healthy and happy and in our lives. It sure is nice to have a day or two here or there where we can just play. Oh what a wonderful weekend we had.
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 3:59 PM
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 2:56 PM
Monday, August 13, 2012
What a fun weekend we had. Quinn got very lucky and had Nadean come over in the morning, and we found out that Nadean does get to be our school nurse for part of the week. We are so thankful for that. They know each other, and I'm not totally sure who loves the other more, and I could not ask for more! It makes me feel so good sending them both off to school tomorrow. Then the evening brought Chrissy over, and she brought Quinn another sweet present, and she wrote the most lovely card to Quinn, and as she read it, I had to fight back the tears. That is another relationship Quinn has that makes her such an amazing little girl! I've said so many wonderful things about Chrissy over the years, and I feel like I have hardly scratched the surface of how amazing she is. I still say that I am a better parent to Quinn because of what Chrissy has taught Quinn, but more of what she has taught me. I simply can not thank her enough! These pictures show what she brings out in Quinn. Look at this personality. Quinn comes to life, is animated and so excited when every she is around Chrissy!
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 8:40 PM
Friday, August 10, 2012
We went to the county fair, and she did all the driving, of her chair that is. I would need to put my hand on her arm to help her make turns, or do hand over hand at times. We got lots of comments on her chair, commenting on how cool it is. That was fun.
The sweetest story from the fair was that we were walking through the carnival and stopped at the food booth, as we needed a corn dog, and this sweet little girl with this big pink bear, came up to Quinn and us, and asked if she could give Quinn her bear. We (grandma and I) asked if she was sure, and if it was ok with her parent, and it was, so I had a wonderful teachable moment. I love these moments. So I showed her how to talk to Quinn and ask if she wanted it, and told her how kind it was, and gave her as many warm fuzzies as she gave us. Life is so good, and there are so many folks that give out the warm fuzzies of life. We hear about so many cold prickles of life, but I can report that the warm fuzzies are there, and I'm so fortunate to be able to share those moments more often then not.
Oh, on a personal note, we had our school open house last night, and I am so ready to start teaching again, seeing these kids come in with excitement and joy. OH, it was great to see them, and it gave me that final push I needed to be ready to get started.
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 7:05 AM
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Wow, we have been busy. Dad and Grandma watched Quinn over the weekend while I went to my “10” year reunion.:) Well, I’ll fib about that for now. They did great, and I actually had a good time. I still say some of my dearest friends are from High School. It’s so nice to have forever friends that know all your secrets from 4th grade.
Past that, let’s get to Quinn. We have been working on her chair, and weird enough I’m as tired as she is when it comes to working on her chair. In fact, I messed things up today. I was waiting until the last minute to drive to a doctor appointment in Omaha, as Quinn was sleeping, and I messed up the times and we both fell asleep and we missed the appointment! Oops!
Getting to the best part! My amazing daughter is loving her chair, and Tuesday she got her hand on and off of her joystick all by herself! That is such a big deal, as there are only a few things she really likes to hold onto or reach out and pick up, like her duck, and she does like to hold hands, but past that she does not tend to reach out and pick many other things up. Well, she was driving, and rather then wait for us, Chrissy and I to help her pick her hand up and move it onto her joystick, she did it all on her own! It was amazing! Amazing I tell you! She is going to be an amazing driver, I just know it! Being able to be in control of yourself, what is better then that! Finally she can control what she will be doing. I still just can’t believe what a big deal this chair is. We are so thankful for her having enough control to be able to do this. So thankful! As well as being so thankful for therapists who have faith in her and help her be successful! Yup, I feel like a broken record, but we are so lucky!
Posted by Quinn's Diary at 4:27 PM