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Saturday, September 6, 2008

A Little of This, A Little of That...

For those of you who have been praying for our messy situation with Nolan's adoption....THANK YOU!! It appears after conference call, lawyer meetings, and another large outlay of money that all rights have been terminated. Now we just finish our post-placement visits and in 6 months we will have finalization in the court system. Only days after learning that Birthmom's rights were indeed terminated I received a call from the agency who had BM on the line wanting to speak with me. It was very awkward for the first couple of minutes but then we both warmed up and chatted for almost an hour. So we are breathing a huge sigh of relief here and praising God for His answers to our prayers.

On that note, let me tell you about little man (aka: Nolan). He is the most precious little guy! Seriously. He is all smiles and cooing now. Love it! He is so alert too. He spends alot of his time (ok, ok, MOST of his time) in my arms. LOL! Yes, it's been said that he is spoiled but I beg to differ...I say he is just loved! However, he is getting to be quite a load to carry. LOL! He is now tipping the scales at a bit over 14 lbs. He's got these cute little rolls in his thighs and his arms. He is sleeping thru the night most nights and when he does wake up in the middle of the night he gives me this mega-watt smile that just melts my heart. It's been many years since we've had a wee one in our home, 14 to be exact. The littles all came at toddler age and so we are enjoying every minute of little Nolan's babyhood.

The boys had a skateboarding demo a couple weeks ago at a church outreach event. This church puts on this top notch event for the community for free! It includes petting zoo, games, bands, speakers, fire/safety units, model planes, slip and slide, etc. Fun, fun, fun! Kyalynn always thinks she wants to get on the rides but chickens out 2 steps into it. This year Sean took both girls down the blow up slide and Kyalynn still talks about it.

We had a fun time but as you can see from the picture Gabriella was not. Honestly, she has been having quite a time lately. Whining, screaming, tantruming. We suspected her levels were too low and we were right. She had a visit with her specialist this past week and indeed her levels are down over 3 points in just under 2 months! Not good! If you remember, when her levels get low she has seizures and ends up in the hospital. So, her medicine has been increased and we will go for more bloodwork in a week or so to make sure it's been increased enough. Poor girl. She has had so much blood taken in her young life already and this will be an ongoing process for the rest of her life (barring a miraculous healing from God).

In other exciting news, Kyalynn has learned to spell her name and write it with magnets! Way to go Kyalynn! We are also trying a computer software exclusively for autistic children as a trial thing. She loves it and has progressed thru 11 sessions so far. Step by eensy step....

Connor is learning to read. He actually has been reading some things on his own for a bit without me teaching him how! So this past week I worked with him on several words. He did well and we reviewed them this morning and he got them all right! Woo Hoo! I don't know how to explain it but Connor does excellent with that kind of thing but he has a hard time with basic, common sense things. This is where our frustrations lie but we know with his diagnosis this is what it's like so we keep plugging away. I'll have to go back and read my last post about rushing growth...

And last, but certainly not least, is Sean. Here is a picture of his and the crews handywork.

Is it not gorgeous?! He builds log homes and they just finished this one not too long ago. They are good at what they do!

Guess that's all from the mountain...for now.


Lisa said...

Oh, Lisa, I'm so thankful for the adoption update about Nolan. Praise God! I've been hoping to hear something every time I see an update on your blog.
Thanks also for filling us in on the rest of your crew. You have a beautiful family!
Lisa D...currently in Ukraine

Brandi said...

That Nolan is so stinking precious! Praise the Lord.

I love the pics at the festival. . gives me more "umph" to work on ours since it's coming up next month!

Wow. .that is quite a house! Amazing!


crispy said...

Glad to hear about the updates on Nolan. Still praying that all the final details work smoothly.

And thanks for including pictures. I always love to see a family in action.

The log home is beautiful. Just amazing. WOW!!!

Donna said...

Love those photos of Nolan! He is such a handsome boy! and a big boy, too. Janae is 4 1/2 months old and she only weighs 13 lbs! I would love to arrange a marriage between those two!! We'll have to talk.... LOL!


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Salzwedel Family said...

I'm so thankful everything is well with Nolan's finalization. Praise God!

Wife to the Rockstar said...

Praise God!!!

Love your sling! Nolan is so cute!

Christine said...

Love the log cabin! Great work!

Nolan is such a chub--too cute!

Tereasa said...

Love the pictures! So glad things are settling down towards finalization!

Doris Korte said...

I have a grandson that's autistic and I do respite care for autistic children. I'm interested in the software program you are using with Kyalyn (spelling?). Where did you find it? Have your tried others? What's it like? If you have a moment could you email me at I would be most appreciative. Thanks.

His Hands His Feet Today said...

SO happy for the update Lisa! Look at those rolls on your little man! LOL! So cute :)
Hope you're having a great time this weekend! Check into PM when you get home!

Tami said...

Great news on Nolan's adoption! I've been praying.

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