November 15, 2018

Raising Boys {Film Journey}

Our backyard woods: My boys enjoy exploring, climbing and getting messy while playing in dirt. I love it. What wonderful play!

The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful. - E.E. Cummings

The photos in this post are from my latest set of film scans. I am getting much more comfortable with using my incident light meter and confident in the outcome of my shots. 

My next step is to work more closely with the lab to fine-tune the coloring I am trying to achieve. The whole film process is fascinating. 

SHILOH UPDATE: Shiloh is scheduled to get a set of shots on Friday -- and some more a couple weeks later. Then she can begin the first stage of training. 

I can sometimes resist temptation, but never mischief. - Joyce Rebeta-Burditt

Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. - Not Your Average Dictionary

Every puppy should have a boy. - Erma Bombeck 

GRANT UPDATE: In most areas, Grant is thriving. We continue to get very positive reports from school and therapy about how he is more focused and progressing well in each subject. PRAISE THE LORD! Along with completely removing screen time, I know that Shiloh has played a part in this.

Also, Shiloh has helped Grant fall asleep at night. As many of you know, falling asleep and staying asleep has always been a major hurdle for Grant. Medication helps, but doesn't totally fix the sleep obstacle.

But now... Shiloh has been cuddling with Grant as he settles down to bed. Most nights he is comforted that she is near as he drifts off to sleep. Pretty incredible.

PRAYER REQUESTS: We are nearing the time of Grant's yearly assessment with CAP-C.  Each year we have to go through an evaluation process to determine if Grant qualifies for another year in the program. 

It is very nerve-racking. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to find out the results of the evaluation. 

CAP-C helps provide Grant's therapies (occupational, speech, feeding, and physical therapy), medicines, diapers, foot orthotics and the CNA (certified nursing assistant).

Will you pray? Please pray that Grant will qualify for another year of CAP-C.

by His grace & for His glory,
   Karen Mayes



  1. Love the pictures (those boys) and the peace Shiloh has brought to Grant. Prayed just now and will continue in prayer for the evaluation. Love to all in your sweet family. Your photos are beautiful-you are a quick study.

    1. Thank you SO MUCH for praying and for your very kind words of encouragement! Grant's struggles have taught me the value of prayer and leaning on God. XOXO

  2. Those of us with disabilities and special needs are extra blessed.
    We have great needs that seem like mountains to climb and God, in His grace, is always by our side to provide through His own ways and in His time. The journey can be twisted and tangled. God is the great unraveler of the twist and tangles. He knows our deep heart pain along the way. We are in the cleft of God's rock and in His care. He loves us with no conditions and no limits.

    1. Wow! Those are beautiful words of truth. Thank you! Praise God for His unfailing love. May we always lean on Him. XOXO

  3. Prayers for Grant and your family that the CAP C services be needs will continue.

    1. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU! I really covet all prayers. I know that God with provide... either through CAP-C or in other ways. He is faithful. Happy Thanksgiving!

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