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Welcome!! Grab a cup of coffee and visit with us! We hope you enjoy our story! (((HUGS)))

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My Happy Campers :o)

I have been painting 6- 8 hours a day. I want to finish painting the floor above and the outside of the building before we leave. It has rained a lot, I think I'm just going to make it! The last of my building painting is on the back where there are no lights. Of course it rained today.

The boys with Mercy in two groups of three, explore and have fun, as I paint.

The builders finally finished the interior of the cabin enough that we could work on our part of the cabin. We had  hoped to finish our part this week. Their delay stopped that. Then we thought we'd stay an extra week or 2 but the kids caught a bad cold. So we'll only finish the painting. Next Spring we'll resume where we left off Lord Willing.

We brought the 6 youngest in  to "see" their new cabin!
Julius (with Kitty doing school work) above was thrilled!

Mercy says "This is the life!"  LOL! Running in big circles and throwing duplo legos in the air. Her two favorite things- running/escaping and throwing!

Moses loves that his cars can drive 10' or more before hitting something or someone! :o)
He prefers more furniture tho! And he loves windows. You'll always find him looking out a window or door!

Jacob is not impressed. But then he prefers to be off on his own more than enjoying things with us as a family. I've mentioned before he is our contrarian! But whether he likes it or not, this is good for him! :o)

Noah was sick here. They all caught a horrible cold. Boogies, bad coughs. He will enjoy it more when he feels better. The extra "rocking" (from not feeling good) at bed time makes for a little mess of hair that needs to be cut when we get home.

Pauly with his Autism was horrified and completely freaked out. It was not familiar anymore and he did not like it. We settled him in a chair and he chewed a sensory chewy. Eventually he realized it was all o.k. and we were not leaving him. He tolerated it for us. Afterwards he was happy to go back in the trailer.

MA without her glasses she looks younger than her years. Her heart is sweeter and more vulnerable. Her and SP are so fragile now. MA and SP did not catch the cold, an advantage from having their own space!

More rain. This side painted, without new window molding yet. Next year 5 sets of bunk beds will be set up. And 5 hide a beds. God is Good!!

Sunday, September 18, 2016

They keep us on our toes!

From the moment these two wake up, till the moment we fall asleep, we are at these lovely Ladies beck and call.
Both have limited mobility now. So we assist with everything they want/ask of us.

When we started coming to this area with them, MA and SP were very mobile and we went everywhere! That was 29 years ago.

Now we have to pick and choose activities carefully. We don't want to stress them. They get sick easily.

These are their "sun" hats! At the Lake there was a lot of direct sun light, here in the woods it is more to keep the mosquitoes at bay! :o)
Tom bent the hat brims up because they had pulled them over their faces. :o)

This is taken on their new little deck with the wheel chair ramp. They love it.
No more difficult steps out of the 5th wheel trailer! It's a perfect spot to rest as we get the wheel chair for them!

I love these 2 women with every ounce of my being.
Legally, technically we are nothing to them.
The State/County hired us to provide services for them.
But after 27 and 29 years with us; I have to say they are completely woven into and around my heart and life. We had a 3rd gal Susie that was with us 16 years. Until she died. We still miss her. Other clients have come and gone.

There are adult children who were raised here who walked away and never visited either of the gals again. They don't ask how they are. They no longer exist to them. They come to the blog to "see" if they have "gone" (died) yet. How sad.

These two women have loved every child that comes through our doors. I owe them. They owe us nothing. We owe them a debt of gratitude we can never re-pay them. When MA was able to remember things more easily she would proudly tell people "I have my own camping place!" She owned the Lake property and now the Woods property with us, because we used the money we earned from her to pay for it! :o) It has always been theirs and ours. Without them we would not be able to vacation like this.

We can never Thank them enough. But they know. :o) They know how we love them.

We just don't get enough pictures of them here because they keep us so busy! LOL!! And then when we sit and rest we just don't think of it!

 We realized so many hopes and dreams when this little boy learned to walk and even RUN!! And yet the very thing that makes him such an active, on the go sweet boy, makes him super hard to photograph! LOL! Chasing after him all day, he rarely sits long enough for a picture unless we ask! LOL! Here he is on Isaiah's bunk bed looking out the window.

                                                        Sweet adorable Gift from God!
We had a scare this last week. Moses developed a rash and fever. Tom was gone picking up supplies. And I was so worried. It almost looked like Measles? or German Measles? But he has had all his shots! Praise the Lord it was a 24 hour virus. He's back to normal!

                                                                          Silly boy Noah.
He doesn't sleep well here.
He actually doesn't sleep well anywhere. He just doesn't understand "sleep". He fights to stay awake night and day.
We thought he'd wear himself out. He's quite active and busy.
But he fights going to sleep.
We give him medication to help him sleep at night. It lasts till 4 a.m. and he's up again. :o(
At home that's not a problem. Here in the trailer where we all sleep close together, he wakes me up. There's lots of shh-ing from me and I tun him to his side so he doesn't shake the trailer. He rocks very hard if he's on his back.
Thankfully everyone else sleeps thru my grumblings and Noah's noisiness! ;o)

Jacob (above) and Pauly hate their pictures taken. Jacob hides when he sees the camera.

These boys/Mercy are on the go in different directions every minute of every day! LOL! We split them up into two groups of 3 to go outside for wagon rides and to ride their plastic riding toys. They move through their activities non stop, so no time for pictures! Hopefully before we go home I can get some action shots!!

                                                           Julius always ready for a picture!
                                                       These pictures were taken before bed.

                                                                        Miss Mercy
And no she does not allow hair brushing without a fight.
So here in the woods we let it go.
However she loves her hair washed up here! We use buckets and well water to wash hair. She plays in the water as we wash her hair. :o)

                                                                      Pauly precious.
Pauly has a bug bite he itched into a bruise under his eye. The boys have fewer bug bites now that the weather is finally cooler.
When we first got here we were all bitten more than we have been in 2 years! LOL!

Two years ago the boys did not "itch" their bug bites.
Now they do. :o(
Noah and Jacob itched everyone of theirs into little scabs. The other 3 boys and Mercy picked a select few to itch that bad.

At first each bite Moses had swelled up kind of like an allergic reaction.  His poor head look lumpy. We have to be careful with bug spray on the 6 youngest because they are very sensitive to the ingredients.

They are getting used to all the new things here in the woods. Hopefully next year they'll remember coming here. Right now they really miss their house and their beds and their homeschool, PT/OT schedule!

Samson tells us "not now" when he sees the camera! (he says that because I say "no" to pictures :o) So we did not get a picture! LOL! Samson's very busy "helping". Today it is weed whacking with Dad.
We Thank God for this precious time that is flying by way too fast! God is good!

Monday, September 5, 2016

He's not heavy, he's my brother

Yesterday  Isaiah came over to give me a kiss and hug yesterday. He's very thoughtful that way and it always makes my day. Then Isaiah sat down in the swivel rocking chair. 

The swivel rocking chair happens to be Moses' favorite chair. But Moses can't get it to swivel because his arms and legs aren't long enough! When he tries I tell him no, even tho he can't! ;o) So when Moses saw Isaiah sit down he ran over to climb into the chair with him. (yes they spin in it together when I'm not looking!)

Moses tried to climb over the chair arm on the side, and as he did he puckered his lips and leaned over as far as he could to give Isaiah a kiss!! It was so cute because he had just seen Isaiah kiss me, and he adores his brother, so rather than kiss me!! LOL!! He ran to kiss Isaiah! It was adorable!

The boys don't give kisses unless we ask. This was another example of how smart this tiny boy is!

These photos are after Isaiah put Moses' sleep sack on. We love sleep sacks because they are one size fits them all, and they can never keep a blanket on!

They need hair cuts, but hey we're in the woods!

Friday, September 2, 2016

We had a Bear sighting!

                                               Yes! There are bears here in the woods!!

Last night at 1 a.m. I "hooted" to the Barred Owl. I am always answered if I respond to their call. They are very curious and come close to "see" this crazy person! But if I "hoot" first they never answer!! We had a Barred Owl family at the lake the last 10 years we were there. We feel honored to have one here very near to us in the woods now too!

                                                                                   Silly Bear!!
This hat was Isaiah's when he was a toddler and he pretended to be our bear! Now its Julius' turn!