Graciously accepting help

I was just thinking this morning that this is one of the lessons I’ve had to learn. I’ve been thinking about, what are the things I’ve had to learn in this walk we’ve been on in life? Graciously accepting help, though I’ve not yet gotten very good as ASKING for help; accepting my limitations; and not being a perfectionist. There’s probably more, but that’s a start.

Years ago I made this web site: . Beth D. if you’re reading, I’m sure you remember helping me with this way back on Geocities in ’97!!! All the tables and everything for HTML coding. But I felt so guilty that I could not follow it. And I did not want to ask for help.
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Where’s Chris? At the blue house…

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Chris has been at his new home over a month now. It’s going very well! It’s odd though to have him gone. I know he’s getting a lot of outings, is on a very good routine, and with the low-fat diet he’s on he’s lost 11 pounds!

Ryan has been asking about him and should be seeing him tonight (we’re going to take him to the chiropractor with us – his first car ride with us!) Ryan says, “Where’s Chris? At the Blue house.” Then he said, “Where’s Doreen? No Doreen.”

We are very busy still – the dog didn’t work out – we had to take him back to a home last Saturday. He was too rough with Ryan. If you look at that one picture of Ryan with the towel on his head, he was afraid of the dog.

I’ve been typing a lot again, and trying to clean house.

I need to update here more!

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Almost time for my fall background change!

Ryan, my photographer.

Wow, it’s been a really long time since I updated. I’m not even sure what I wrote about exactly last (and don’t really feel like looking right now)

First, after taking tons of pics like this with my camera phone, Which he really wasn’t supposed to to do but got away with it as much as possible anyway , Ryan lost the battery to my camera phone. This explains why I’ve had no August pictures.

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Ryan’s roster

Ryan’s roster

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Ryan’s list of his class friends – he did this on his own and put on his wall (notice other artwork beneath – the chalkboard paint can’t come soon enough!)

Ryan H, Colin, Ryan R, Gryphen (i think?), Jack, and the last one I can’t make out….

He’s 6 and I think this is adorable writing! I’m so pleased.

I want us to start writing hand-over-hand with Chris too and see what he can do.

As always Colleen is making beautiful artwork – I’ll have to post more of her pics here too—

Just waiting on her homeschooling and have a ton more papers to do for the boys too and summer camps, etc…

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Spirit of Christmas

Ryan style 🙂

I was doing dishes yesterday but Ryan decided THEN was the time to start unpacking all the Christmas boxes I had hidden behind the couch. He also did some of this in the morning yesterday before school —

Let’s get all these boxes dumped!

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What a bunch of tangled beautiful garland!

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Garland still on bottom, and 2 strands of lights (continued even now) out.

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This tin looks like a drum!

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Putting all the garlands on the bottom …

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Pulling all the garland out. He eventually got it all tangled and we had to get it all untangled last night 🙂

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Last night:

The breakables, up high enough??

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Love those lights…

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Colleen’s room.

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Office wall

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Santas (not breakable, on lower shelf 🙂 )

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And half our stuff is still in the attic!

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Busy times!

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Ryan went to a baseball game and did great! He went with Papa and Dad. We also visited his new school, and went to an outing with Chris’s school mates. And Ryan went to a birthday party, and so did Colleen. I tried to put some of these pictures in sets to make it less confusing and more organized – lots of work to do!!

Today was Chris’s last day of school. Unbelievable. He is now a 10th grader!

More soon —

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Birthday week


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Ryan had such a busy week he slept behind me last night in the chair while I was typing =) He had his birthday last Thursday (and it was mine too!) and then was just busy playing all weekend. He fell asleep today again for 4 hours – and guess who else did – me – from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.! This means I should be able to stay up LATE toight and type my job – right? Right? So off I go 😉

New birthday pics on the picture timeline –


Curly Hair!


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2 years ago Ryan had this mop of curls. I’m so glad I have them on film as they’re gone!!

New collage of pix too — on my header.
Next step – I must start building my resource pages for deafness and autism. May have to take a hiatus from posting pics (though it’s so much fun!). I’ll post Halloween pics next but then have to be disciplined… want to release this finished as a resource site by Christmas!

If anyone is actually reading and knows of any resource sites to tell me of, please let me know.

Off to check on a rambunctious four-year-old….


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