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Well...I'm stirring again......

Spiritually.......we lost a dear dear friend on Friday. Jeannie Kortz went to begin her journey with our loving Heavenly Father in heaven after losing a battle to a quick bout of cancer that she gracefully handled. She was an amazing woman and I will post about her later this week. But it has got me stirring again. There are things I have let fall by the way side....like daily scripture study and that morning prayer. I don't know why I try to start my day without it....but sometimes I do and I want to change that. I want to teach my children by example and I need to be better.

Physically......remember that muffin top I wanted to lose? Well I started hiking the hills of Alston Park at 5:50 am on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays. We have been rained out a few days, but I'm telling you it feels good to start my morning off that early exercising in this beautiful valley with fun friends. I'll keep you posted on my results once I get a new battery for my scale!

Emotionally.......Dave and I have an opportunity to spend three sessions with an amazing psychologist that has spent some time with Blake at school. He is wonderful and he too has raised children with special needs. He met with Blake twice at school and then met with me last week at his offices. He nailed Blake and feels like he might be able to do more with Dave and I in three sessions than he could do with Blake in a year. He says it is just so hard to get things out of children and if he can teach and guide willing parents the process works much faster. He said that Blake was very bright, very sensitive, and very perceptive which makes him very guarded. He told me in two minutes what I have been trying to figure out for years. He also said that Blake's ability to deal with his daily anxieties due to his disability speaks volume about what good parents we are. I said, with tears streaming down my face, "Thank you. I needed to hear that!" Blake is dealing with much anxiety each day trying to figure out what his little body is going to do and I am grateful for the help we are going to get this week from an amazing man.

Happy Monday.

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  1. Wow, you have a lot on your plate this fine Monday morning...but it seems you are well on your way to personal fulfillment and that is a blessing in and of itself.
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your dear friend but it sounds like her suffering was short and that too is a blessing.
    I wish you luck on your journeys and hope you find what you need. Take care, Michelle

  2. you're up early! thoughts and prayers out to you and Jeannie's family...

  3. a great time to start stirring too....when Spring is right around the corner...a time for new beginnings......so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend....

  4. Hang in there April. Prayer is a beautiful thing and a great way to start your day. Big big hugs to you as you mourn the loss of your friend. You and your family are in my prayers.

  5. That amazing man will be meeting with amazing parents!

    Love, Mom xoxo

  6. Oh, I like this post. :) I like the individual attention each concept got. And it sounds refreshing to get a different and possibly very helpful perspective from somebody regarding your children. :) I wish you luck, although I sincerely doubt you need it. Just a little "good job, Mom". How about that?

  7. I'm so sorry about your friend, something like that does make you reassess where you are doesn't it?

    Good luck with all your renewed endeavors. I'm so glad you got some reinforcement and reassurance, it's amazing what a difference that can make for everyone. I think he will be able to sense your renewed confidence and it will help him too. Keep up the great job :)

    I'm envious of your beautiful hikes, what a wonderful way to start the day!

  8. Isn't it amazing how a little glance in from the outside helps us to understand our children better? I am forever thankful for these little God nudges (when He uses other people to nudge me about something), especially when it sheds light on raising a disabled child!

    Bigs Hugs :)

  9. So sorry for the loss of your friend, that is never easy. And the rest of the post is wonderful!! Great stirrings, great testimony about your son!!!! And sounds like great workouts... you rock!!



  10. So sorry to hear about Jeannie. What a shock. She was always so fun to be around. Glad to hear you are stirring. I think we all need that occassionally to keep us progressing forward.


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