Wednesday, July 30, 2008
We began the process, but not quickly. It took some time, but we finally got through everything. We received our temporary foster care license July 3rd. We had to have an inspection by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. When we had our inspection, the worker told me that we were the first initial inspection that she had done that had everything done correctly and no violations of the regulations, especially since the regulations had just changed and they were a lot more stricter now.
On Wednesday, July 24th, I got a phone call from our foster care worker and we were asked to take two little kids, 15 month old (boy) and 2 year old (girl). They are great kids. They are having extended visits with Mom right now and will probably be going home with her within a few months. Caleb and Cassidy are doing well and wanting to help. Cassidy is wanting to be a parent!
Yes, we're probably crazy, but we're following God's leading!
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
As we were getting on, everyone received a duck call that you blew everytime you saw another duck. Here are a couple of pictures of Tony and Cassidy.
Here is a picture of The Branson Belle that was off to the side of where we entered the water.
Here is another Duck that we passed on the water.
Here is a boat that was on the water while we were there.
Cassidy was one of the first kids to go up. She has no fear!!!
Caleb was a little bit unsure about it, but Captain Hillbilly was very patient with him and helped him a lot. It was great to see Caleb doing something that scared him and doing such a great job. A huge thank you to Captain Hillbilly for his patience with Caleb, without even knowing that Caleb has special needs! Somehow while Caleb was driving some water got in the boat and got Margaret's shirt wet. Caleb apologized over and over again to Margaret!!
This will be the last post about our vacation, as Friday it was raining and we didn't do a whole lot. The entire trip was a great time. It was a much needed time to get away and relax!!
The second test's results were the same. So they set us an appointment with the the pediatric cardiologist. When we went in they did another EKG and then the doctor performed an echocardiogram (ultrasound of the heart). When he came back to the room to discuss the results he told us that Caleb's heart was slightly enlarged. He cautioned us on the types of medications that we should avoid for Caleb. He also wanted to see him back in six months to redo all the tests.
At the second visit to the cardiologist they completed another EKG and echocardiogram. At that time Dr. Allen told us that Caleb's heart size was within the normal range; however, it was on the very high end of normal. He gave Caleb no physical restrictions, but still cautioned us on the medications to avoid. He said that he wanted to see Caleb in two years to redo all the tests.
Today was Caleb's two year check-up with the cardiologist. And I'm very happy to report, that Caleb's heart is just fine!!!!! He said that we don't need to go back, unless at a later time Caleb begins to develop problems.
We are PRAISING God for his provisions of Caleb's health on this issue.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
We first wanted her to ride with Tony to make sure she wasn't scared. We should have known better. She has no fear!
Here are Margaret and Caleb in the purple car (Caleb's favorite color!).
Daddy and Cassidy right behind getting ready to go.
Since the video is longer, I had to upload it to YouTube. Here is the link - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpNUjXnvspk. Hopefully this works!!
Here is a picture of the tower at the Shepherd of the Hills. Tony walked up there and went to the top while I took the kids to ride the ponies and Margaret went on a horseback ride.
Here is a picture that Tony took from top of the tower. It's absolutely beautiful. I wish I had been able to go, too!
Here is a picture of Caleb in a house that was built in a play yard.
The next two pictures are of the kids outside of the gift shop.
Here are the kids riding the ponies.
And Margaret getting ready for her horseback riding trip.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
ROCKO is a respite organization that we have been utilizing for over a year. They are staffed with special education teachers, occupational therapists, speech therapists, music therapists, et cetera, that take care of the kids while the parents/caregivers get a much needed break. This last event was six hours! I dropped the kids off and was able to meet Tony for lunch. Then I really didn't know what to do with myself. (How pathetic is that????!!!!????) But I got some shopping done and some reading! The kids have a blast and they are very well taken care of!!! The organization is an absolute God-send!!!!!!
Well, back to our vacation story. We went to Branson Landings on Sunday morning and walked around before the stores opened. It's absolutely beautiful down there. We saw the train station and thought about riding the train. We walked over there, but they were closed. We told the kids we would go the next day. However, when we got up Monday morning it was raining. The kids didn't mention it and we just kind of hung out at the resort Monday and relaxed. We decided to go on Tuesday instead.
Tuesday morning we got up and headed to the train station for the first departure of the day. Here is the train that we rode on. It wasn't the prettiest day, but it was still nice.
The kids were so excited to ride the train. This is a picture of Margaret and the kids while we were waiting for the train to depart. I can't remember why Cassidy had such a sour face, but we probably didn't allow her to do something that she wanted to do.
Here's Tony and the kids sitting on the train while we went through a tunnel.
The train ride was very peaceful and relaxing until Cassidy decided to throw a fit and I had to take her to the bathroom for timeout. One of the staff came back to check on us and told her if she would stop crying he'd let her wear his hat. Didn't work with our stubborn little one! Shortly after the trip started in an open field I saw two deer running through the field. It was such a beautiful sight at God's creation!
Here is Margaret and Caleb on the train. We're very glad Margaret was able to spend the trip with us. We all enjoyed having her with us. She's a great young lady and we are very proud of all that she has accomplished. She loves the kids so much and they absolutely adore her.
Tony's camera allows him to take videos. So I'll try loading this video and see if it'll work. I hope so!
We'll, that's it about the train. I'll post more pictures of more of our vacation and a video of kids driving go-carts.