October 10, 2014

cherish now

Wesley raced past me, laughing while asking me if he was as fast as a cheetah.
I smiled and answered, "Almost."

Grant, while jumping high in the waves, giggled his delight and yelled "FUN!" with full gusto. I stared at his profile and wondered the age old question of mothers everywhere, Where did the time go?

Right then and there, I renewed my vow to cherish every moment.
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Early Autumn at the Beach

October 3, 2014

Reunion {the journey continues}

You and me. It has been a reunion long in the waiting. This place, such a sweet place of respite, has never been far from my mind.

For months I tucked myself away into my corner of the world. I needed to step away. My role as a mom craved every crumb I could feed it.

A year ago marked some increased strain - Grant's anxiety spiked and his sleep plummeted. I struggled daily, hourly, moment-by-moment to know how to help him. It had been years since Grant had really, truly slept well. And it was affecting all of us.

Then came a reprieve. In addition to his current diagnosis of Fragile X Syndrome, Grant was diagnosed with MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase). One of the symptoms? Severe insomnia. We started treatment immediately. And Grant started to sleep. Praise the Lord!

While my family's daily life is far from easy, sleep has helped to ease some of the strain. We are so thankful for the blessing of a good night's rest when we receive it. We continue to learn how to cherish every blessing.
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Here are a few pictures of the past few months... I hope you will join me again as I continue this incredible journey of discovering beauty and joy - through the eyes of gratitude - along the path God planned for my family.
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