Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
Yesterday a wonderfully strange day.
I went to the MD for the follow up and got a rx for the h1n1 shot if I can find one.
Went to the grocery adn got to the register without my Debit card, drove home and got it, went back and got the groceries. This the first time in three weeks to shop due to the knee shot thing.
When I was unloading the car I saw a neighbor and hollered over to her for tea. She said make it coffee and I will be there in 20 minutes. So I ran in and did a 30 second tidy . Unloaded the grocery bags that had the cold stuff in it. I left everything else out in the garage for Steve to carry in. My neighbor told me a a place I had never heard of in my neighborhood so we each drove over rand then we shopped this cute little discount decor store.
I stopped and got the paint for Dove's bedroom.
The kids came home, homework and then some efforts toward a response to an e-mail I received.
It was sorta intense so I dropped the ball a bit on getting ready for Dove's band concert. It was so cute to see her play her french horn.
Today I have quiet moment to rest a spell after a morning of tasks. Cupcakes, and the chicken coop done this morning.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thank you for your prayers. Dove opened up tonight and told us what it is like to be her.
She described the ADID (attention deficit inactive disorder), the sensory integration and the lack of internal security she feels.
She gave us detailed images and daily expierences of what her life is like. We have now to get the help this child needs. I do not understand the way that will come to cover the co-pays and such but it is well with my soul.
I will get her back into the melmed center that helped me when she was younger. It is 22 miles one way.
Therapy will begin again it looks like.
Thank you, thank you all for the prayers for my daughter.
This child has opened our eyes of understanding. She has made her father understand those things that I could not. God has healed our little family and unity of purpose and understanding now prevails. We will give band aide solutions until I can get the cure or intervention set in place.
Lots of work to do.
Alecia and her husband Michael and their two beautiful children are full time Missionaries for Family Life Ministries(www.familylife.com). They have placed their complete trust in the LORD for ALL of their needs including a place to live while they are out on the missions field and every resource that is needed.
She left us with a lasting statement that her family is truly living: "Hold the cloak of materialism loosely".
I ask if everyone who reads this would first pray for Michael, Alecia and their beautiful children and the humble work the LORD has commissioned them to do.
Then, would you visit with them at their CorbinLife blog or facebook at: Alecia Potter Corbin or Email firstname.lastname@example.org and give them WORDS of Encouragement in the LORD.
And then if the LORD touches your heart to partner with them monthly or to sow a seed one-time Donation into their lives to help support them, then please contact them directly. I'm sure the LORD will multiply whatever seeds are sown. He's just that type of GOD. He's amazing! Amen!
by Lisa: There are people who come into our lives that leave lasting impacts small and great. Faces that long into our years we will remember. Names that will stay on our lips in prayer even if time, the distance of the miles and the journey's are in different directions -- STILL those people will remain some how in the banks of your mind and heart. Alecia is one of those people to me. I will long remember her in the journey of my years and while our paths are different our end-goal is the same and that is for our lives to be used for the glory of the LORD.
Feel free to copy and post this community service.
Do you see a time when there has not been a war?
If we could just remember our history.
- American Revolutionary War, 1775 – 1783
- Boston campaign, 1775 - 1776
- Canadian Theatre, 1775 - 1776
- New York and New Jersey campaign, 1776 - 1777
- Saratoga Campaign, 1777
- Philadelphia Campaign, 1777 - 1778
- Western Theatre, 1775 - 1782
- Northern Theater, 1778 - 1781
- Southern Theatre, 1775 - 1782
- Northwest Indian War, 1785 - 1795
- Quasi-War, France, 1798 – 1800
 19th Century
- First Barbary War, 1801 – 1805
- War of 1812, 1812 – 1815
- Tecumseh's Rebellion, 1811 - 1813
- Lake Champlain Campaign, 1812 - 1814
- Niagara Campaign, 1812 - 1814
- Detroit Campaign, 1812 - 1814
- Chesapeake Campaign, 1813 - 1814
- Creek War, 1813 - 1814
- Peoria War, 1813
- Southern Campaign,
- Second Barbary War, 1815
- First Seminole War, 1817 - 1818
- Winnebago War, 1827
- Black Hawk War, 1832
- Second Seminole War, 1835 - 1842
- Mexican-American War, 1846 – 1848
- Cayuse War, 1847 - 1855
- Third Seminole War, 1855 - 1858
- American Civil War, 1861 – 1865
- Union blockade, 1861 - 1865
- Eastern Theater, 1861 - 1865
- Western Theater, 1861 - 1865
- Lower Seaboard Theater, 1861 - 1865
- Trans-Mississippi Theater, 1861 - 1865
- Dakota Conflict, 1862
- Pacific Coast Theater, 1863
- Colorado War, 1863 - 1865
- Red Cloud's War, 1866 - 1868
- Korean Expedition, 1871
- Modoc War, 1872 - 1873
- Red River War, 1874 - 1875
- Black Hills War, 1876 - 1877
- Nez Perce War, 1877
- Bannock War, 1878
- Cheyenne War, 1878 - 1879
- Sheepeater Indian War, 1879
- Ute War, 1879-1880
- Pine Ridge Campaign, 1890-1891
- Battle of Leech Lake, 1898
- Spanish-American War, 1898
- Philippine-American War, 1899 - 1913
 20th Century
- Boxer Rebellion, 1899 - 1901
- Banana Wars:
- United States occupation of Nicaragua, 1907-1933
- United States occupation of Honduras, 1907-1933
- United States overthrow of Guatemalan Government, 1907-1933
- Intervention during Panamanian Election, 1908
- United States occupation of Cuba, 1912
- United States occupation of Veracruz, 1914
- United States occupation of Haiti, 1915-1934
- United States occupation of the Dominican Republic, 1917-1924
- Mexican Expedition, 1916 - 1917
- Battle of Ambros Nogales, 1918
- World War I, 1917 – 1918 (time span of U.S. involvement)
- Russian Revolution, 1918-1920 (time span of U.S. involvement)
- World War II, 1941 – 1945 (time span of U.S. involvement)
- Second Battle of the Atlantic, 1941 - 1945
- Pacific War, 1941 - 1945
- African Theatre, 1942 - 1943
- European Theatre, 1944 - 1945
- Korean War, 1950 - 1953
- Operation Blue Bat, Lebanon, 1958
- Bay of Pigs Invasion, Cuba, 1961
- Operation Powerpack, Dominican Republic, 1965 - 1966
- Vietnam War, 1962 - 1973 (time span of United States involvement)
- Contra War, El Salvador, 1981-1990
- Invasion of Grenada, Grenada, 1983-1984
- Iran–Iraq War, 1987 - 1989
- United States invasion of Panama 1989 - 1990
- Persian Gulf War, Iraq, 1991
- Somali Civil War, 1992 - 1994
- Yugoslav wars, 1994 - 1999
 21st Century
- War on Terrorism, 2001 - present
- Operation Enduring Freedom - Afghanistan 2001 - present
- Operation Enduring Freedom - Philippines 2002 - present
- Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa 2002 - present
- Operation Iraqi Freedom, 2003 - present
- War in North-West Pakistan, 2004 - present
- War in Somalia, 2006 - 2009
- Operation Enduring Freedom - Trans Sahara 2007 - present
Spaghetti squash just under 4 pounds
Yesterday Steve stayed home in the morning to get Dash to the bus stop and tend Dove until I could return. Daddy Man has too many banked hours so he HAS to use them. With all the medical stuff around here the last three weeks it has been a real God send.
So I arrive at the meeting tired of course from Dove keeping me up of course.
By the way they have no school today and she is better, go figure...she still has a cough first thing this morning but her energies are up and she is much brighter. Thank you for your prayers.
Anyway the IEP
So I parked way over near that office and decided to forgo the office check in. Limping I made it somewhat painfully , looking like an old lady (no offense to anyone) I am only 48. Doves Teacher was there we spoke , she is a veteran teacher and a real gift from God. The others arrived soon after. Two special ED teachers and lastly the school psychologist. I asked them to climb the three steps ahead of me. Monday I had the last knee injections and those sweet knees of mine were non to happy to climb steps. Humbly I made it up them.
The meeting began I mentioned that her third grade teacher might attend and the eyes of the psychologist opened wide. She was a bit ill with cold poor thing. She asked me what I saw at home.
I told them of the stress that the child does not sleep. That the MD was concerned of the educational stress on her that perhaps she may need to see a psyc. Her response was "perhaps you might follow through with that."...my blood began to boil at that. I told them she works very diligently on her home work. Her esteem is faltering because of her self image as not being smart as the others. The teacher spoke up saying..."You know we are a progressive school and several of the 5th graders are working at a 6-7 grade level." I know she has a full class I told her and I am not asking her to favor my kid. Just that we all see fit to meet this child's needs. I told them the child has wholes that are hindering her. Now I did not know if the homeschooling was an issue in her k-2 years if I missed something or not. Even so this girl is not alright. She has learning disabilities and I want to discover the wholes that we as educators can fill and do so. "Look, my bag is out of tools and I am asking for your help!".
She has abstract issues that are hard for me as a lay person to explain to them that is what I am asking them to test her for that they might identify the issues.
The point being the educational stress was the issue we were all sitting there. Then the teacher spoke.
She sees a little girl who is trying so hard. She will light up when she knows the answer and then pale as she is called on...(sounds like the Attention Inactive Disorder) I said. She is imaginative and produces amazing writings but the words she should know are spelled phonetically. She pointed out that I taught her Spalding in home school. She Sees my daughter doing fairly well (this trills me) yet she does see that the issues in the future will hinder her badly once she gets to the Jr High level. She backed down from her stand a bit from when we spoke on the phone. After the special ED teacher was Sighting some testing that supposed to not pay attention to writing standards like spelling and sentence structure. Two of Doves big hindrances.
Then the Special ED teacher said this...oh yes she did!
Get ready for a jaw dropping temptation to anger.
Comparing the children to Swiss cheese...
well ya know she began..."Speaking of holes it sounds like most of our kids have way more holes than she does..."
"I understand that many children need your care but to suggest that just because her cheese is a bit more solid should dismiss her of getting the help she needs...You all need to know this When I adopted this child I became her guardian. That is my role. I am her guard and I will guard her to make sure that this kid will grow to become an interdependent adult and have the best life I can possibly give her. Although many of your kids parents may not do so for them, or may not be able too. Be assured that I am going to do so for my daughter.
They spoke a little of the kids who are in 5th grade and read at a 2nd grade level..."I said I understand that and I fight for them too.
I serve as a volunteer to the 3rd graders and help your at risk kids to learn to read weekly.
The teacher mentioned a type of computer software that might help kids like my daughter and if she could get a grant for it...I told her if I had
the $$$$$$ I would give it to her to do so. I told her to let me know what it is.
They agreed to test Dove and then if she does not qualify that they will get her a 504 writ of protection so that her needs would legally be considered...this the psyc and the Special ED teacher whispered about while the teacher was speaking.
I said I asked for this last year and I have been under the impression it was in place.
To her reply of "Oh most teacher teach like that anyway making sure that everyone's getting taught at their level, however in Jr High it would protect her." (boiling pot at this point) I want this in place to protect her now. ( after thought ...and to empower the teachers with the equipment they need to do so for her and for other kids no one in fighting for.)
"Oh No she said it is only after the testing that it can be done if she does not quality"
...anger rose within me and I could feel it stirring me.
Breath I thought.
Then the teacher chimed in an apologized for the delay thinking it was her fault due to a short leave she took to become a grandmother. I assured her that her leave was a small measure it was the predecessor of the psyc. that dropped the ball on this.
They will test her in the Special Needs department for writing... I wish I would of caught that she needs an over all testing not just in writing elements. And the psyc will do the IQ and the observance note that she told me she would do that at the end of last year as well.
I took off my mom hat. As a woman asked them if they had children. They said yes. Then you should understand. Thanked them for their help and excused myself. The one S. ED teacher offered to get the door kindly...
The gift of the anger that came in my fatigue helped me to have the strength to do the meeting and to not be intimidated by people in authority.
the gift of anger is strength, I know that the Lord is my strength he got pretty angry too when he witnessed injustice to the needy. In fact He even was known to turn a few tables! :)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As Most of you know I am the blessed mother of two amazing special needs children.
This morning Dove's IEP meeting is at 8 am .
Dove is ill so Daddy man will cover me and get Dash on the bus.
It kills me to have to leave my daughter to go fight for her educational rights.
These rights have been ignored now for two years and I am angry.
It was said that "all things in Gods time" to me .
I thought about it and it removed the stress a bit.
Then that concept was challenged by my Husband..."that is like the old whatever will be passive stance" he said.
Well in reconsidering the wisdom of that it begs to argue...
This came to thought...
That is the type of thought that takes us out of battle and makes us patsies as Christians. It is the Enemy of all that is righteous that would have us lay down to his assaults and call them Gods will. Then we get angry and blame God consoling ourselves with "it was Gods design".
Oh God designed us for so much more. Yes God's will will be done ultimately . His timing is perfect and then man steps in in the sin and screws it all into a tangled mesh.These people made so many mistakes on Doves case. Repeatedly they neglected her educational well being.
I have paid my taxes for over 30 years. This includes the tax that covers the school systems.
We have paid over the heads of many a child to give a wage to those who are hired to perform the tasks assigned them. This is the slack that is excused.
And we excuse it in ourselves as well. It is good to allow mercy and to show forbearance. It is good to temper our wrath. But if we, if I neglect to fight for the rights of the least of these even if it is a favored child because I am Her GUARDIAN.
We are the GUARDIANS of those who have no voice. It I hold my voice silent then how many behind my own are held without what they need because either the guardians of the voiceless have either no voice or choose not to use it. What of the countless children who are without a "Guard" to keep them.
As much as it is possible be on good term with all men. Make peace with your enemy along the way...so this is my plan...
I will sign no document that makes invisible the error and neglect that this my child has been left with. I will keep my peace and if it is not honored I will shake the dust off but I will not be a patsy, I will not let them ignore on documentation that these things have occurred. It matters not that it was a predicesor who neglected Doves case. I have repeatedly addressed this issue from the end of third grade. She is now in the middle of 5th grade and this is just an insult to the role they have been hired to perform. It is our tax money that has paid the wage. I have to temper may anger so that we can be proactive this morning in the all of 15 minutes I will be given to listen to their plan and agree or not.
Even so this meeting is only to say "Oh maybe this kid just needs help lets start the testing" yes start the testing
Children with special needs come in varying degree of conditions. My kids can function well compared so I have little networking support. There is a wonderful 5 minutes for special needs kids but they have mostly the kids who are really hurting with medical conditions included. If any of you know of a more all inclusive support network will you let me know.
Well time to begin the day.
I would appreciate your prayers for my daughter who is ill, a cold possibly is all it is but it has many of the symptoms of the h1n1 flu and I am concerned over her. As well as Dash and I for we both have Asthma.
I so do not want to see my darling child targeted or separated into a sub category of children who may not be believed to matter as much as those who would be college bound. I want her to get the education she in entitled too. Gotta run
Monday, November 9, 2009
Outside my window... Nice evening falling it is warm outside, my son is playing
I am thinking... Just sit here and do not move, Steve is home now...let him do anything needed and rest my knees. How hard it is to hear my daughter cough and not run to her and hold her.
I am thankful for... Pain medication right now. That my daughter does not have strep and for a husband that is washing the dishes.
I am wearing... My wolf t-shirt it is brown and a pair of caprices . I took off my ear rings when I laid on the sofa. no shoe either.
I am remembering... Just yesterday my knees did not hurt, the shots I got today will stop hurting me real soon.
I am going... I am going to Doves IEP it is her individualized education program. It is at 8 am I have a sick child. I am barely able to walk tonight. Wonder what I can do with the kids so they do not have to sit on the phyc steps and be embarrassed. I left a message with the teacher I serve to see if they can stay in her room with her until I am done. Dash has a speech eval coming soon and an appointment has been set.
I am reading... a gardening Manuel and the book of Luke
I am hoping... to be able to get throught the meeting in the morning. That Dove does not have the swine flu, and that Dash and I (having asthma) are free of it.
On my mind... hope and inspiration
From the learning rooms... nothing
Noticing that... I have to keep watch over the kids and how God watching over them with and or for them/me, well I can breath.
Pondering these words... The meeting tomorrow is in Gods time
From the kitchen... My sweet husband cleaning up a mess. No supper tonight just nibbling I need to stay off my feet.
Around the house... Laundry all clean is piled on the sofa for when I am able to fold it and put it away.
One of my favorite things~ Holding my child through the night so she can sleep. love it but it exhausts me. I love to see her become more able. Understanding the attachment issues she has helps me to have a vast compassion.
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It is 5:30 am and I am just now getting off the couch with Dove. She is sick with a sore throat and stuffy head. This dear child of mine is so seldom sick that it frightens her. She clung to me all night long. Sweet baby. She had a 100.01yesterday and has been complaining of a sore throat sence Friday. I thought perhaps just from screaming while playing as she does.
Our weekend was so awesome. I spent Thursday and Friday gradually improving to the point that by Saturday and Sunday I was VERY active around here getting things done that I have had to wait to do Things like...
Older women likewise teach the younger women...
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)
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By Maya Angelou
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.
When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.
When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!
Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.
- A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
- The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
- Return with Honor
- The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
- "HOME IS WHERE YOUR STORY BEGINS"
- “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
- "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
- "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"
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This was given to me for the third time in just a few weeks.
"For the LORD your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with great gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will exult over you by singing a happy song."