Monday, May 23, 2016

Natalie's ABA Therapy

After a couple of months of school it was obvious that Natalie was regressing.  Many of her old behaviors were returning and things were becoming harder at home again.  That is when I asked the school to evaluate her for ABA therapy.  The first time around, it was determined by the school that she didn't need one, so I initiated an outside evaluation through our private insurance.  Of course they found her eligible-- 40 hours a week eligible to be exact, so I pulled her out of school where she could receive those services in our home.  However, I found it odd that the school found her ineligible when it was so obvious that she needs ABA and she was once again thriving.  I decided to bring an advocate to another IEP meeting I called and asked that she be reevaluated.  The school agreed, and after this second round of observations, the school found her eligible for a one on one aide trained in ABA therapy.


So now, Natalie is back at school with a one on one aide and then she receives about four hours of ABA therapy once she gets home and on Saturdays.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A Night in the Garden of Eden

Tonight all of my daughters went to a dance.  It was not the prom, but something like it.  The theme -- "A Night in the Garden of Eden."

It was so fun helping them get ready, and just when we thought they were all ready, John added the final touch... a beautiful corsage.

Annalyn went with her boyfriend John.

And Julia  went with her boyfriend Thomas.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Happy 21st Birthday Adam!

Happy birthday to our oldest son Adam!  He is 21 years old!  

Dearest Adam, You are such an incredible guy.  Not only are you smart and handsome, but you are sweet, honest, loving, caring, funny, hardworking, and fun to play Mastermind with!  You are not only an awesome son, but you are a wonderful big brother too.  We love you so much!  Happy Birthday!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

More Random Photos

I bet the kids often think I am not watching. Yet, moments like these are such a blessing to see, that I can't help but look for them.

Paul and Anna are sharing a set of ear buds while listening to music and making cookies.
William enjoys playing video games with his brothers.
For biology William had to dissect a frog.  Since Julia really likes doing things like this, he waited for her to help him.  A few of the other kids gathered around to watch.

When Adam plays the guitar, Natalie and Oliver always gather around him.  They love to listen to him play.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Happy Easter-- He is Risen!

Easter is a wonderful time of celebration!  He is risen!

After church, we had an egg hunt and then went swimming.