Alex and Maddy

Alex and Maddy

Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Birthday, Madelyn Paige!

Happy Birthday my sweet Maddy Moo!

My Precious Madelyn-

How appropriate that you were born on Halloween when we talk about Tricks or Treats because you are such a contrast in personality. You are my sweet, loving helper. My nurturer. My little Mommy who wants to take care of everyone and make sure everyone is okay. You are also the most determined, sassy, stubborn strong-willed little girl. Some days you make me crazy fighting me on every little thing because you are so independent and want everything done YOUR way. Oh how much we all love you...You make us laugh. You are so funny. The things you say and do have us shaking our heads and laughing every day. You are SMART...oh so smart. But most of all you are so loving. Nothing makes you happier then crawling up in our laps to read. You love to play with your Bubba, your brudder. And your Mia...Poor Mia gets so much love that she doesn't know what to do with you. You love to read, play with your little people and take care of your baby dolls. You love animals, especially elephants and all things blue.  I cannot believe you are already 3 years old, my baby girl. I am so grateful that I get to spend every day watching you grow and learn and discover this world. I love you my little spitfire!


Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Happy Birthday, Alex!

Happy Birthday, my sweet boy. 12 years old...That doesn't even seem possible. As I spend today looking back over the past 12 years, I am amazed at you. Amazed at your strength. Amazed at your determination. Amazed at your kindness. Amazed at the joy you find in life. Amazed at your vibrant personality. You my son are AMAZING. I pray that you always remember the strength inside you and know that God has incredible things in store for you. I love you more then you will ever know.


Friday, May 13, 2016

A New Addition

Since Alex was little and we realized he was going to have medical challenges, it has been our goal to give him the most "normal" life possible. As he has gotten older it has become more difficult as he has not been able to be as independent as he would like because of his health. Many years ago we started the process of trying to get him a service dog. The organization we were working with provides dogs free of charge to families, but they have a REALLY long wait list. It has been five years with no progress. Last fall I met a trainer who trains service dogs for children with complex medical issues who cannot receive a dog through other organizations. He trains each dog specifically for the child. On Christmas we surprised Alex with the news that we were going to start the process to get him a dog. We are happy to introduce you to Alex's new service dog, Zoey...

She is a 5 month old Giant Schnauzer. She is the sweetest little girl and already so well behaved. She is home with us for a few weeks before she heads back for more training. We are so incredibly grateful to Hilton Butler and The Butler Family Foundation for this bundle of hope. Zoey will have many jobs from alerting Alex and waking him up when his pumps are alarming, carrying his emergency medications, retrieving his bag, being a companion, calming him when he is suffering from anxiety and most importantly alerting us when Alex is becoming ill so we can intervene more quickly. We will begin fundraising in the next few weeks, but wanted to introduce Zoey so you could share in our joy and excitement for Alex.