Thursday, March 31, 2011

Art Showcase


Here we are, another Friday.  It is time for the art showcase once again.  My kids are having so much fun with this.  They really enjoy creating amazing art and then helping pick what they would like to add to the gallery for the week.  Here's our additions to the gallery:

Tay's art lesson from Drawing Textbook:  She is really starting to improve her shading skill.

Here is Ash's vision of what the Garden of Eden was like when the snake came into the lives of Adam and Eve:

Buddy made a drawing this week, but then decided he wanted to try his scissor skills out on it.  I have learned to place his work in a "special area" so that he does not add to his creations.  If you would like to add your child's art work to the gallery, please link up below.  Have fun with your creations this week.  I look forward to seeing all the amazing work.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Best Friends!  Ash and Bella

Have a wonderful day!


Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Great Find: Story Starters

As I was searching around the Internet for some ideas on how to get Tay more interested in writing, I came across a great site and a great product.  Story Starters:  Helping Children Write Like They've Never Written Before by Karen Andreola.  I read about Story Starters on her website, and after a little bit of time, I decided to give it a try.  I received in the mail last Friday, and started using it last week with Tay.  It is amazing!  I have noticed a difference, not only in Tay's writing but in her attitude as well.  Prior to this week, getting Tay to apply herself to the writing process was like pulling teeth.  There was always an argument surrounding this subject.  I was starting to think she was never going to get it.  I knew she could write well, but she would only apply herself if it was something she wanted to write about.  This was usually done outside of lesson time, on her own, writing and illustrating stories.  I thought, well at least she is writing.  Then would come a lesson where writing something specific was necessary.  This is where I would lose her.  Tay is very creative, sometimes she is a little too creative.  She likes to write and even draw things that come into her own mind, or from her heart.  I think this is great, but she needs to learn that we sometimes need to write, or draw something specific for others.  Story Starters allows for the best of both worlds.

With Story Starters ,you the parent begin the lesson by reading a brief introduction to a story out loud to the child.  Depending on age, as this program goes from about 4th grade to 12th grade, the child may be able to read the story on their own.  Tay is capable of doing this part on her own, but I have decided I would begin with me reading the story to her and then I would gradually let her take over.  After the story is read, there is a picture that the child looks at to go along with the story.  The picture shows what is happening in the story as well.  The child is then given direction on how to continue this story in writing.  Day one, is a short description on how the story should be completed.  At this point you are to give the direction and then the child begins writing.  The importance is placed on the content of the writing, not the spelling, grammar, ext, ext.  I allowed Tay to use the computer for her writing, because when her hand starts hurting from use she loses focus.  This way she was able to stay focused the entire lesson.  In the book, Karen states that the kids will begin writing right away and they will stay quiet until they are done.  I thought to myself, we will see, Tay always has something to say.  I was proven wrong.  Tay wrote quietly until her story was completed.  Amazing!  This is the end of the lesson for day 1.  I pushed this lesson into 3 days, as not overwhelm Tay and myself to start.

Day 2 began with a discussion on writing help, the next set of directions in the book.  Writing help is a set of more specific directions/suggestions to add to the story.  Tay went point by point and added to her story. Again, she did this quietly without any complaining.   Not only was she not complaining, she was telling me how much she liked doing this lesson.  When she was finished I told her to print out both copies for me to look at.  Remember, we are still not concerned with grammar and spelling, we are only looking for details and good writing content.  Now, that 2 drafts have been complete, it is my turn to correct the paper.  I read through her first 2 drafts, completely amazed.  She had done a wonderful job.  I only needed to correct spelling and grammar, as she included all the points needed from the writing help.  I made all corrections and gave the paper back to Tay on day 3.  She then needed to write out her final draft, being sure to me mindful of the corrections on her rough draft.  At the end of the lesson, we put all 3 copies into her new Story Starter binder.  I am so proud of her.

Story Starters is a great way to get the reluctant writer more excited about writing.  I am so happy with this addition to our curriculum.  I plan on using story starters every other week, since it does take about 3 days to complete one lesson.  Tay can't wait to get her next assignment, and I can't wait to see her finished product.  I hope this post has been informative to all of you. You can learn more about Story Starters at  Homeschool Highlights.


Disclosure:   The opinions in this post are my own, and my own only.  I was not compensated in any way for writing about this product.  I just wanted to pass along a great resource.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Great Science Giveaway over at Winecup Christian Academy


I wanted to take a moment to let you all know of a great giveaway being hosted by my friend Mary over at Winecup Christian Academy.  Mary is giving away a great book from Teacher Created Resources called Science Through the Year.  This book is for preschool-kindergarten.  This is Mary's first ever give away and I hope you all get a chance to check it out.  Have fun and good luck.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Homeschool Mother's Journal

 The Homeschool Mother's Journal

This week was kind of a bummer as we had rain every day.  I mean non-stop rain, and wind, so we pretty much stayed home all week.  The good think is we were able to get a lot of school completed.  Yeah!!

In My Life This Week:  As I said our days were filled with rain.  I was able to get some baking done, a loaf of bread, and some cookies.  The family was very happy about that.  We are going to be doing some work to out backyard next week, so some prep work was done on Thursday.  This made me a little nervous, as now my yard looks like a mud ring.  Just a few more days, and then it will all be over.  I will show the after shots.  Ash's dog training session was canceled due to the weather so she was a little bummed, but we are all set for next Friday.  Bella is doing great so far.  I am very pleased with her progress,  and so is Ash.  Tay is getting ready for her dance performances coming up here in the next month or so.  She is pretty excited.  My husband found the perfect little bike for Buddy yesterday, so as soon as our yard is complete we will buy it for him.  We are looking forward to seeing Buddy get going on a bigger bike (with training wheels of course).

In Our Homeschool This Week:  Well, one thing I figured out this week is that Latin is one subject that I am not able to teach.  Tay is doing Latin and I finally broke down and bought the teaching DVD's this week.  They came yesterday, so Monday will bring a fresh start in this subject.  I can't even begin to tell you the relief I feel.    Sometimes it is just better to concede to defeat.  Tay is pretty excited to get started.  Ash is still doing great.  She is really enjoying reading now, as it has finally "clicked".  I am so proud of her.  She has also started spelling words with All About Spelling.  This is such a great program.  She is building her confidence as we go.  This means less frustrating moments for her.  Yeah!!  Buddy has become obsessed with Green Eggs and Ham.  He just loves the story and the movie.  I decided to move away from Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and add Dr. Seuss ABC.  He really loves it.  One good thing about Buddy is he loves to repeat everything he hears.  I know that soon he will be running around reciting the alphabet the way he recites the words from Green Eggs and Ham.  I am happy with his progress, plus he is having so much fun!  That's what preschool is all about.

Places We Are Going/People We Are Seeing:  Due to the weather we have not been able to go anywhere.  This week we are getting our yard done, and if all goes well we are planning on having a family party on Friday to celebrate our new space.  I am praying everything falls into place.  We will see.

My Favorite Thing This Week:  I can honestly say that I think my favorite thing this week was watching Ash spell.  She was having so much fun and the look of happiness on her face was so fulfilling.  I am so very proud of her.  Things are always a challenge for Ash, so it is nice to see her having fun and having great success.

What Is Working/Not Working For Us:  Latin was not working for us, well rather me.  I am hoping the DVD's will change all this.  I have faith that they will be a great resource for us.  On another note, All About Spelling is working great.  I absolutely love this program and plan on switching Tay to it next year.

A Photo To Share:  Buddy's face as we all sang happy birthday to him back in December.

Please head on over to The Homeschool Chick to see what others are saying about their week.


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Time4Learing Review


The kids and I had the great opportunity to review Time4Learning for 30 days.  I can't believe our time is up, it went by so very fast.  The kids really enjoyed using this program as did I.  One of the best features of this program, in my opinion,  is that it allows the kids to feel a sense of independence during the learning process.

 Time4Learning is a computer generated learning program.  It can be used as a stand alone curriculum or as supplement to your existing curriculum.  I was using it as supplement and think that I will continue to do so.  I reviewed grades 5 and 1.

Tay Grade 5:  Tay really enjoyed this program.  Her favorite lessons were states/capitals, and reading comprehension.  I was really happy to see the progress she made with both lessons.  Tay really does not like most reading comprehension exercises, but she thoroughly enjoyed this part of the lessons with Time4Learning.  The reading comprehension lessons were called think out loud.  A story is read out loud to the child with pictures being shown.  The child is then give some question to think about.  The child has to predict what will happen next in the story based on the information given to them so far.  As they progress through the story, there are questions that need to be answered specifically about the story.  Tay really had fun with these lessons.  She also did the state/capitals review.  This is a great lesson that is interactive and fun.  There are many different activities that can be done in this area.  Not only was Tay asked to match states and capitals,  she was also expected to spell them correctly.  Another favorite of Tay's in this section was the fill in the map lesson.  She did this one over and over, and she has greatly improved her map skills.  After the lessons are completed they are checked off on the homepage so the child and the parent will know what has been done and what still needs to be completed.
A great addition to the lessons is the playground.  The playground is an area that provides the kids with learning games that are separate from the lessons page.  Tay would always find her way to the playground after her lessons were done.  There are many options there.  Tay really liked the games from PBS Kids, especially Arthur.  There is a fifteen minute time period for playground play with a timer displayed for the kids to see.  Tay was very watchful of her timer and ended her playground games when it beeped.  Again, I like that Time4Learning allows the kids to learn responsibility and independence.  This is a great learning tool!

Ash 1st Grade:  Ash had a great time with Time4Learning.  She was able to really expand her phonics/reading, and math skills in a fun and interactive way.  Again, the lessons are presented to the kids on a homepage and they are marked off with stars and arrows as to what is completed and what still needs to be done.  This was a great way for Ash to see where she was at and where she needed to go without me constantly over her shoulder.  We chose to focus mainly on the language arts, as this is an area Ash needs the most work.  She did do some of the math lessons as well and really had fun with them.  She was able to complete her first computer generated quiz with much success.  Ash was very proud, as was I.  We started out with a review of letter sounds in a game called dunk the bug.  This was really cute and Ash did really well.  The sound was given and Ash had to find which bug made that sound, then she was to place the bug in the dunk tank.  This was a big hit.  I knew this would be review for her, so it was a little easy, but it was a great way to get familiar with how the program worked.  This game held her interest for some time.  We then moved on to phonics training.  This is set up like a little boot camp with a Sargent in charge.  This lesson went through short vowel sounds and reading words.  The Sargent would blow his whistle each time Ash made a correct choice.  The lesson focused on blending sounds and moved quickly into reading the words.  Another great lesson Ash enjoyed was the space man.  In this lesson Ash had to aim the space man towards the correct word on the asteroids.  She did great with this and had such a fun time.  All of the lessons were very colorful, clear in the directions, and interactive.

We had such a great time reviewing Time4Learning.  The kids have said how much they have enjoyed this program and want to continue.  I especially like this program for Ash.  She has some learning difficulties and this program was a great tool for her.  The onscreen directions are clear and the activities are colorful, bright, and the themes are great.  Time4Learning was also a great resource for Tay.  She was able to do enjoy lessons that were not her favorites before.  I really like that both girls felt a sense of independence and responsibility for their own work.  Time4Learning also offers a "reward" if you will, through the use of the playground games.  I am defiantly considering continuing on with our membership.  For further information on this program as well as pricing please visit  I think you will be impressed with what this program has to offer.

Disclosure:  This review is my opinion and my opinion alone.  The content in this review was not written by Time4Leanring.   I was given a month free membership for this review.


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Art Showcase


This week has been a great week for art.  It has been raining all week with pretty strong winds, so art was done as a supplement for playing outside.  I have some great pictures for you all.  Please take a moment and link up to add your child's work to the gallery.  Have a great weekend!

Tay wishing for summer:  A beach scene

Ash's drawing of a teddy bear family:

Buddy's drawing of a fish:

I have decided to leave this link open throughout the week as I know we all do projects at different times.  I know that there are days that my kids just pull out the paper and crayons and start creating.  If you would like to add your child's creation to the art showcase, please link up below.  Happy Creating!


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Here is a Neverland Pirate whose boots are a little to big for him.  (Buddy wearing Tay's boots)

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Blessings to you all,

Monday, March 21, 2011

Multitudes On Monday #27-34

As I continue on with my list of blessings, I really enjoy looking back on what I have written so far.

#27:  The sun shinning and the kids playing in the yard

#28:  Flowers blooming in the yard

#29:  The green on the trees

#30:  Laughter and smiling faces

#31:  The kids helping each other work through issues/problems

#32:  Having fun with family and really enjoying each other

#33:  Reading on the couch while with my husband next to me working on the computer.

#34   Unspoken words of love

I think I will stop here today and continue on next week.  If you would like to join in on counting your blessings, please head on over to A Holy Experience.  Thanks for reading!


Sunday, March 20, 2011

Stylish Blogger Award and a Thank You!

I would like to take a moment to thank Mountain Mama for giving me the stylish blogger award.  I am so excited to receive my second award.  Thank You Mountain Mama!!  For this award I am to list 7 things about myself.  I have had to think long and hard because there are times that I don't find myself very interesting.  Anyway I decided to give it a shot, so here I go.

1.  I am an avid Diet Coke drinker.  There are days that I have to tell myself, O.K I think you need to switch it up a little.  Diet Coke is my only indulgence and I must admit I am not willing to let it go yet.

2.  I have found that I do not like to try new and unfamiliar things.  Well, it is not that I don't like to try them, but until I do try I am stressed out about what it is going to be like.  After I give it a shot I am fine, it is just the anticipation.

3.  I am obsessed with working out.  I find myself not wanting to skip a day.  This has been something I have been trying to change, as woking out should be relaxing and not something that is a stressor.

4.  I love teaching my children.  I am not a teacher by trade, but have found that it comes natural to me and I just love being my children's teacher and guide not only in school but in life.

5.  I love to bake.  Our favorites around here are my chocolate chip cookies and pumpkin bars.  I have also just come across a great receipe for these amazing bars.  I will share later.

6.  I love to listen to country music!

7.  I love to read, but I have such a difficult time finding quiet moments to do so.  I tend to buy lots of books and read many at one time.  When I do get the chance to read I find it so very peaceful.

Another part of this blog award is to name 15 blogs that I find insirational.  I will name a few here, not in any particular order.  If you have a chance, please check them out.  I throughly enjoy each one.

1.  A Slice of Smith Life

2.  Live, Love, Educate

3.  wee little miracles

4.  Shower of Roses

5.  Life's Adventures

6.  Catholic Icing

7.  Forever, For Always, No Mat...

8.  Homegrown Learners

9.  The Joys of Home Educating

10.  My Heart's Desire

11.  Wildflowers and Marbles

I hope you all enjoy the list I have provided as much as I do.  Please stop by and take a peek into what these wonderful ladies are talking about and also be sure to check out Mountain Mama.  This has been so much fun and my list is growing everyday of great blog finds.



The Homeschool Mother's Journal

 The Homeschool Mother's Journal

Wow what a week we have had.  I feel like we actually were able to accomplish everything I set out to do.  That does not happen very often around here.

In My Life This Week:  This was a great week for me.  I was feeling a little on the down side the last few weeks, but this week my spirits were lifted.  I have decided to try to dive deeper into my faith this Lenten season and I can honestly say my overall feeling inside has changed.  I have a sense of peace inside, which in turn as lightened my anxiety level.  As I shared earlier this week, we celebrated Happy Hearts Day for Ash.  This was great fun and it was really refreshing to see where she was six years ago and where she is now.  It was so much fun to have family here to celebrate with us.   St.Patrick's Day was filled with crafts, which turned out awesome.  I guess I would wrap up our week as very fulfilling.

In Our Homeschool This Week:  Last week I was struggling with Tay during History.  I am really considering making a change in this area next year, but have decided to stick with what I have for this year.  I wanted to change things up for her a bit to make the subject of history more interesting and fun.  Tay really likes the way the Apologia Science is formatted, so we now follow the same format for history.  Her textbook is written as if it were a story.  The chapters are short and at the end of each chapter there is a study summary, activities, and a study test.  As we do we science, we read the history chapter as a read aloud.  During the reading process I would stop and ask her some Tay a few questions. At the end of reading, the two of us went over the study summary orally together.  Tay then chose an activity to do, which is usually some kind of art project.  After all this was completed I had her complete the study test on her own.  She really enjoyed this.  I am planning on doing history this way for the rest of the year.  Ash is now reading and spelling!  So exciting.  I am very pleased with her progress and am excited to see her more relaxed during reading time.  She is still working on counting by 10's and addition as well as subtraction.  We have been working on handwriting, which is a struggle for her because her hand tires so quickly.  Buddy is coming along nicely.  He is counting objects really well and we are going to start working on shapes this week.  I am also putting together a unit for him on ocean life, which in not done yet, for the weeks to come.

Places We Are Going/People We Are Seeing:  Yesterday we had a baby shower for my Sister In Law.  It was so much fun.  My brother and his wife came in from out of town for the shower.  The girls helped put it all together along with my Mom, my two Aunts, and my cousin.  It was nice to see family I had not seen in a while.  We also celebrated Happy Hearts Day this week with family, which was a blast!  Ash had her second dog training lesson with Bella.  They are both doing very well.

My Favorite Thing This Week:  There was so much happening here this week that it is hard for me to come up with just one.  I think that my favorite thing this week was watching Ash, Buddy and Bella chasing bubbles in the backyard.  They were all having so much fun and it took all the worries of life away for a moment.

What Is Working/Not Working For Us:  Well, last week I stated that history was not working for us, but now that we have changed things up a bit it is working great.  Sometime it is good to think outside the box.

Homeschool Questions/Thoughts I Have:  I have been thinking a lot lately on how to add a little spice to our school days.  I really enjoy the days that we take time away from the books and do special crafts or learning units on a particular subject.  I also enjoy watching the girls work together as a team.  This does not happen very often, but when it does it is a wonderful sight to see.

A Photo/Quote/Or Video To Share:  In our study of Lent, I came across this little prayer:

"Jesus, no matter what happens today; I'm splashing myself with hope."

I hope you have enjoyed reading about our week.  If you would like to participate or read about what others are doing this week, hop on over The Homeschool Chick.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Happy Hearts Day Celebration!

Yesterday was the fifth year we celebrated happy hearts day.  Can you believe it!  It has been six years since my husband and I sat by our daughters bedside praying that God will protect her.  Here are some pictures of our day.  Ash and Buddy played outside chasing bubbles with Bella for over an hour.  I laughed as I watched the kids laughing and running through the bubbles truly enjoying life.  Bella was in the middle of it all as well.  This was her first experience with bubbles and we found out that it is something she enjoys very much.  We then had family over for dinner and dessert.  We ordered pizza from our favorite pizza joint here in town and I picked up a red velvet cake at a local bakery.  We had so much fun.  My heart was filled with joy and amazement as I watched Ash.  She was having so much fun!  Thank you all for allowing me to tell a part of Ash's story as well as share her special day.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Art Showcase and St. Patrick's Day

This week I decided to tie in the Art Showcase and St. Patrick's day.  We did a couple of crafts yesterday and had a great time doing them.  Please feel free to link your child's artwork/craft projects to the gallery.

Today, we were very busy as we celebrated St. Patrick's day as well as Happy Hearts Day (more to come on that).  To kick off our day, we tried to all wear green.  We then took some time to learn about St. Patrick.  We read stories and then the girls and I had a discussion about some important aspects of his life.  After story time we moved on to crafts.  We made a St. Patrick card and the Blessed Trinity clover, which I printed from Tracy over at  A Slice of Smith Life .  The kids had so much fun. Tay even looked up how to write Happy St. Patrick's Day in other languages.   Buddy decided that he was more interested in spreading glue all over his paper, rather than actually gluing his clover.  Oh well, the point is to have fun, right.  Here are the kids submissions this week.  I hope you all had a wonderful St. Patrick's day.  Enjoy the gallery this week!

Happy Hearts Day!!

Happy Hearts Day everyone!  What is Happy Hearts Day you ask? Well this is a story that I have only told in bits and parts, but today I will tell you how Happy Hearts Day came about.

March 17, 2005.  My husband and I were sitting in a hospital waiting room, waiting for our name to be called.  We were told to be at the hospital early that morning, only to be told there was a delay and they would not be ready for us until around 3:00 that afternoon.  We still had many people to speak to while we waited.  We spoke to a multitude of nurses, anesthesiologist, and many other specialist.  Ash was there with us, clueless as to what she was going to have to endure that day.  I can remember watching her, with her little pink pacifier in her mouth, walking around the waiting room, playing.  We colored, we read stories, we talked, we laughed. we cried.  The conversation I had on the telephone about a month ago was running though my head.  I had waited 3 weeks to have this conversation.  I sat on the other end of the phone, trying to keep my composure.  I was being told that my little Ash was in need of surgery, quickly. Her heart was not well and her right ventricle pressures were increasing.  She was only receiving 20% blood flow to her left lung, and it was not growing.  It had taken the surgeon 3 weeks to come up with a plan on how they were going to proceed withAsh.  I was told that he had never performed the surgery he was planning on doing and he wasn't sure it was going to work, but he thought it was really worth a try.  I sat there listening to this as if I was in a dream.  "Wake up, wake up" was all I could tell myself.  After a moment, I returned to reality and told the doctor go for it.  My other option was to watch my little girl slowly wither away.  I would not allow this, so I told this Doctor to go ahead and try the surgery that he had never done.  He wasn't even sure this surgery would work, but I was willing to try anything at this point.
Now, back to March 17, 2005.  Our name was called.  We walked back into the pre-op area, which was buzzing with people.  There were many other children and families back there, all with the same looks on their faces.  We went through many questions and Ash was hooked up to some machines.  She was checked over and over again.  The nurses were explaining to my husband and I the process that was going to take place.  We were confused.  I look back now and am amazed that I was able to stand. Then it was time, it was time to let them take Ash from us. We were giving her to the one man we were counted on to save our little girl.  We walked down a very long, quiet hallway with my little one in my arms.  We were carrying her favorite blanket with us and of course her pacifier.  The two anesthesiologists turned to us and said we will take her from here.  We were standing in front of two very big doors, with the words OR on them.  I gently handed Ash over, feeling my eyes fill with tears as I did so.  I thought, am I doing the right thing.  Should I let them take her.  Something inside me said "let go" and I did.  I let her go.  My husband and I were sent back to a very little waiting room.  We were told the surgeon will be in shortly.  In he came, very calmly.  He sat down in front of us and explained everything that was going to take place.  He once again explained to us that this type of surgery had not been done before.  He said the entire process would take about 4 hours.  And then he was gone.
 There we sat, in silence.  What were we going to do for  hours while we waited to hear the fate of our daughter?  We sat, we walked and we sat some more.
4 hours came and passed.  No word.  Where was he, he said 4 hours.  We were now approaching 5.  No word.  I went to the information desk to ask and the nurse said there was still no word.  I thought about a few months earlier when we found out that Ash had a genetic syndrome that was very rare.  This syndrome was called Alagille Syndrome.  Still fresh off the news, I was not sure really what it was.  I thought did I do something to deserve this?  Why my child, why not me?  Finally after about 6 hours, out walks the Surgeon.  I ran to him.  What was he going to say, he looked tired, not as calm as he did when I saw him before.  He explained that there were some complications, and it tool longer than expected, but she was stabilized now and will be in recovery soon.  The surgery went well and we would talk soon.  We then were back to waiting.  We waited another hour before we could go back to the CVICU to see Ash.  It was time.  It was time to see her.

We walked in and I actually heard myself gasp when I saw her.  Ash did not look the same at all.  She was about twice her normal size, due to water retention.  She had so many tubes and wires coming from her I didn't know what to do.  I walked over slowly, I stood on one side of the bed and my husband on the other.  I soon noticed she was still receiving a blood transfusion and was instantly sick to my stomach.  I walked away for 5 minutes to regain my composure.  I though Wow!  There was no way to prepare myself for what I was seeing.  But here it was hitting me in the face.  Again, I heard a voice say "you can do this, you will be fine."  I walked back to my daughters side and never left.
The next two weeks were a roller coaster ride for all of us.  Ash went through many difficulties in that intensive care unit.  It was the hardest thing, to this day, that I have ever gone through.  We made it.  At the end of 2 weeks we were sent home.  We knew in six months we would be back here, again handing our daughter over to these same people to continue the process of healing her heart.
One year later Happy Hearts Day was formed.  We decided we needed to celebrate the day, that my little  girl was given a gift.  I believe this gift came from God.  God gave our surgeon the talent to be able to perform not one, but two very complicated surgeries on Ash.  We celebrate this day to thank God for Ash and all the blessings she has brought our family.

I know this post is very long, but I felt a need to write it today.  I will  post our celebration tomorrow.  I think back to that time in our  life and am thankful to be where we are today.  Although Ash has many issues we need to deal with, the Doctors at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital gave new life to her little heart and I am thankful for that everyday.

Blessings to all of you,

Tuesday, March 15, 2011