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!
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 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!
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)
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!!
These pictures were taken before bed.
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 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!