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A New Routine

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Hi there all my friends. Just a quick update as I miss you all and miss or chats and such. My 3 other babies are starting to get use to having the new baby around. However, they still haven't quite adjusted enough for me to get any relaxation or time to myself. They have all regressed a bit and so I am dealing with lots of whinny "me, me me" stuff from all 4 babies. I am trying to get them to understand about being big brothers and sisters and helping grandma more versus trying to be more of a baby to get even more attention than they already get. Scheduling one on one time has become a big chore as each one thinks it should always be there turn. A lot of little ones already have issues when you bring a new baby home and then you add special needs little ones and it is compounded, but I have faith we can get through this. Sometimes, like right now, I just have to stay awake a little longer to get a few mins to my self and hope and pray the next day they all nap together so I can catch a few extra winks. It doesn't always work, but I try. If I don't check in here every so often, I feel like I am losing myself, so I have to try and check in now and again. I did recently join one of my teams mini challenges to help remind me to take time for myself. Not always easy, but I am determined. Next week, my older grand baby has to have surgery to remove tonsils and adenoids. It should be fun trying to keep him comfy and the others occupied without disturbing the older one. A friend of mine is gonna come over now and again to help as much as she can, so that is a good thing. Well I better go for now, and I will check in again when I can. Please keep my family in your prayers and hope to see more of you guys soon. Kepp sparking my friends and good luck on all your journeys.

  
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JUDITH316 8/15/2014 2:11AM

    Hello my friend, came here and realize this is an old blog but wanted you to know you are not forgotten but always remembered in prayer....Blessings & Hugs...

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JUDITH316 10/3/2013 11:32AM

    Hello my dear Friend, just want you to know my prayers are with you as always, been thinking of you of late and wanted you to know I care and am here for you always... I miss you also but totally understand that with another new baby in the house it just isn't possible to be on here all the time....Take care my friend and know I am here for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOISJOHN14VS6 6/28/2013 8:44AM

    The world needs more people like you my dear and precious friend. Your grandbabies are so blessed. One day may your children realize what a blessing you really are. Never give up.
Love you much,
Lois

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SLIMTHICK2 6/22/2013 4:50PM

    Thank God for a friend who will help out now and again. I pray that you will get some rest for yourself, those kids are pretty lucky to have you in their lives. You are truly blessed. Have as good a weekend as you can. emoticon

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LOVETOLAUGH56 6/13/2013 5:54PM

    you are all in my prayers, will especially pray that you can have that much needed time for your self.
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KARENCRANER 6/13/2013 11:18AM

    God has blessed those babies in your household with a grandma who loves them. I'm so glad you're trying to make sure you have a few minutes to yourself. You can care for the little ones best if you are in a healthy place yourself.

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BARBIEE52 6/13/2013 1:04AM

    It sounds like you had another busy day. How you find time for everything is unbelievable. I really admire you for that. Keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon emoticon
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A New Beginning

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

I have already been raising 3 of my grand kids for the last 9 months and recently, my daughter gave birth to another baby. He was born addicted to meth, so he was also removed from her care and placed with me. Taking on 4 special needs babies is a lot to handle for anybody, however I am determined to do what is best for my precious little ones. It takes a lot of care to help a baby get clean and it is hard to watch at times. I know he needs the special attention, so I give him tons. I let the other 3 help me as much as possible for such little guys in hopes that no one feels left out. I take turns taking each one with me on outings with the new baby, so they each get a special day with grandma and baby and it seems to be working pretty good. The 20 month old has his good days and bad days, so on his bad days, I have a neighbor come over to keep new baby comforted, so I can cuddle the other who lost his spot as the baby. It is all very time consuming, but I feel up to the challenge as I know my babies all need me. I know a lot of people are worried about the challenges I am facing right, but I am not. I have God at my side and He will see me through this. It took awhile to adjust to having one baby and then 3 babies and it will take a few with now 4 babies. I am still trying to watch what I eat but not really getting regular exercises in (except a lot of walking babies). I feel that right now I have to put my plans off to the side some until I can get a better routine going. I have the other 3 on a pretty good routine, but the new little guy has a routine all his own. I am slowly getting him to sleep more at nite then the day which is a big challenge. I can't let him get to over excited due to his detoxing issues, so it is a slow process and I have high hopes I can get him through this. I pray daily for my whole family as we work to rebuild our lives and I give thanks for all the help and prayers from all my friends.
I will probably be sorry for staying up to write this blog instead of trying to catch some more sleep, but sometimes you just gotta get away for a few, so here I am. Please keep us in your prayers and know that I am thinking of you all and praying for you also. With God at my side, I can do anything. Amen

  
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CIROHIO 6/10/2013 10:07PM

    WOW you are so amazing, emoticon emoticon . You are right God is there with you every step of the way. So glad that you took the time to post this, now I too have you, the youngsters and your daughter in my daily prayers. You are truly taking on a ton, but you know that saying ...God will not give you more then you can handle. He knows that you have wide shoulders for this loving arms are on them guiding you along the way. God Bless You! I pray that your daughter with be strong and turn her life around.
Dear Lord...please give this family the Love, power and the strength they need. Please place an Angel with each and everyone of them. In Jesus name I pray! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 6/8/2013 8:23PM

    Wow, lady you are amazing!
You are earning your wings to heaven! That is a big job to raise more kids when you have already raised your own. I hope and pray your daughter comes clean and takes over raising her kids in a healthy environment, like you are.

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NIXIEWILLOW 6/7/2013 4:54AM

    You are amazing!!!!! What a blessing that you are there for those children. I know how hard it is with a baby born addicted - one of my adopted daughters had this problem too. When we adopted her we also had 2 toddlers, one with special needs. It was a very difficult time but we got through it! She is almost 14 now and although she still has some behavioural issues she is a healthy, intelligent and beautiful girl who is doing very well at school and should have a bright future. You have a long and difficult road ahead of you but there will be so much joy, love and laughter along the way and the rewards for both these babies and you will make it all so worthwhile. Your heart is so full of love and you have so much strength and courage. You are wonderful, putting so much thought, love and time into making sure that each one of them is getting what they need. I wish you and your family every blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBIEE52 6/6/2013 7:54PM

    You must truly be a very special woman to be doing what you are doing, and I admire you for it all. Sending my prayers, and wonderful blessings to you. You so deserve it. Those children are so lucky to have you in their lives emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LESLEYANNE11 6/6/2013 6:49PM

    You are an incredible daughter of God darling. emoticon You have taken on a great responsibility but your attitude is so thankful and loving.The Lord is watching over you.He knew you were the right person to shoulder what at times must be a tough burden.God is never wrong. emoticon These precious babies need you thankyou for being there for them.We are here for you whenever you need to unwind or just a hug emoticon .I pray that the Lord will continue to bless you with love and happiness.Take care lesleyanne. emoticon

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WINDSONG~ 6/6/2013 3:07AM

    I am so glad you have taken the time to post. I have said prayers for you and will continue to do so. You are an angel.

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LADYIRISH317 6/5/2013 9:49PM

    As the mother of a special needs son myself, I can only say God bless you. You're a treasure and those little angels are lucky to have you.

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SLIMTHICK2 6/5/2013 6:58PM

    You are blessed and highly favored. I couldn't think of anything else to say to you. I pray by the grace of God that He will strengthen you and keep you to take care of the little ones. I pray that you daughter will come into the saving knowledge of Christ and that she will experience His love and be touched by His Healing Hands in Jesus name. All the best to you. emoticon

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KHDOESMK 6/5/2013 1:24PM

    I will continue to pray for you too!
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LOVETOLAUGH56 6/5/2013 1:02PM

    You are one amazing lady, a beautiful, strong, Christian lady and I'm glad to know you.
Keeping you in my prayers my dear SIC

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DEBTEVELDAHL 6/5/2013 11:52AM

    You have a wonderful attitude. I have two grandbabies that I am helping to raise right now. One of whom is a special needs baby too. Micah is just now two, but still has yet to talk. He goes in with Grandma to his first speech therapy and occupational therapy sessions this next Tuesday. I agree that raising special needs children is a worthwhile goal, but is a difficult task. With the grace of God I will be successful in being the best influence that I can be for my little angel. I know that you too will be and are blessed. May God continue to give you strength for the challenge. Take care and God bless, emoticon Deb

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BUBBLEGUM_FAIRY 6/5/2013 10:33AM

    Sounds like you have the right attitude. Staying positive and leaning on God truly are the keys. emoticon emoticon

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KARENCRANER 6/5/2013 10:23AM

    Yes, you can do all things through Christ, who strengthens you!

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3G1RLS4ME 6/5/2013 10:13AM

    Wow what a trooper ! God bless you and may there be 3 guardian angels surrounding you and may all those children be blessed as much as they can if any of the babies are girls I can happily send you some clothes if you need it.

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Happy Mother's Day

Monday, May 13, 2013

Well it has been awhile since I posted and it is part laziness on my time because the babies have consumed so much of my time lately, that by time they go to bed, I go with them. I have been keeping up with others blogs and my my important things like tracking and such, but I am just gonna say, for those of you who believe in prayer, I need plenty of it for me and my family right now.
Today being mother's day, and my youngest daughter home from college, I got to enjoy more me time today which was great. We have a lovely time at church and at our missionary today which means a lot to me. I did hear from all my daughters, but didn't let the negative Nellie's bother me today. After our running around, Me, my daughter, and the babies went to my moms house for dinner and some hang time. It was a great time had by all and we quickly bailed when the babies started getting overtired so as to cause my parents a heart attack with the crazy antics of sleepy babies. lol. It was so nice having help getting the babies in the house and to bed. My daughter then gave me some pretty cool gifts for mothers day on top of spoiling me for the day. She is such a great kid and I am glad for many reasons to have her home for awhile here and there throughout the summer.
I had a great mothers day and I hope the other mothers out there also enjoyed their days. The good Lord takes care of us and I am so happy to Him as part of my life and that my daughter feels the same. This will make things much easier on all of us for a little while.
Amen

  
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LIVINGFREE19 5/14/2013 5:29PM

    I'm so glad you got help, and that you had such a nice Mother's Day! You deserve all the best the world has to offer!

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KARENCRANER 5/13/2013 10:21AM

    I'm so glad your daughter is home to give you some well-deserved, loving help. :)

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JANTWO 5/13/2013 12:36AM

    I am glad you had a Happy Mother's Day!!!!

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Oh The Trials

Friday, April 26, 2013

Today, I started out so excited for the day and ready to get it started. However, the babies hadn't gotten up yet and that proved to be a challenge in itself today. I got all my stuff ready for my ministry and my Bible study and was feeling great about how well my day was going.
Then the first kiddo woke up and she is my loud one and can not keep quiet to save her soul. This meant a few minutes after she woke, the boys woke and quite cranky like I may add. They were not so pleased to be awake at that the point, so the crying and whining and fighting began. Oh my, I thought, it isn't even 7 yet. I finally managed to get them settled and the 2 older ones off to pre-school. I am so glad my school district takes kids at preschool from 2 1/2 to 5 which gives me a break for at least 3 hrs a day 3 days a week. I was ready for that break this morning. On top of it, the baby is teething which makes his crankiness even more crazy. I was still determined to make this a great day and enjoy my Bible study.
At Bible study, the baby was running a muck and still whining and getting in to everything and I tried to focus hard on my study and let the ladies deal with him, but it was hard. I got a lot out of my study and felt pretty good about it even tho I wished it could have been a little more. I thought, it is OK, it is not how much you do, but what you get out of what you do. I left there feeling pretty good and quite happy. However, it was time to get the other 2 from school and the teacher was glad to be rid of them. Apparently their attitudes carried over to school and then some. By time I got them down for their nap, I was so tired and strung out and had such a headache, I had to nap with them to regroup. I slept through a conference call, oops. Then the kids got up and their attitudes still hadn't changed. I knew I was in trouble. I threw them outside to enjoy the sunshine and run off some steam, which helped for a bit. The baby girl found a small trash can filled with stagnant water from the recent storms and took a bath in it and boy did she stink. The older boy started pounding his toys on the tree and crying because they were breaking and I am steadily trying to convince him that his toys are not hammers and can not handle such pressure. The baby is just running around throwing toys everywhere and getting mad that they aren't going where he wants them. Play time is now over as I am ruining my dinner chasing after them.
Finally my daughters friend and my forever savior lately shows up. She throws the boys to the table and straps them in and throws the girl in the shower for a much needed cleaning. She was glad to clean her since that baby girl was smelling up the house. Note to self: check all containers for water before releasing babies to the outdoors. lol.
After dinner, we got the kids to settle down a bit by throwing a veggie tale movie in for them to watch, but even that didn't last too long. They only made it 15 mins before pandemonium struck again. That was it, I was done. We put all of them to bed and sat down to relax and enjoy a little TV time to ourselves. I don't think I have had such a crazy day in awhile and boy am I glad that's over. I spent a lot of time praying today and I truly believe that is the only thing that kept me going today. I think the enemy is not happy that I am growing closer in my walk with God and he is attacking hard. But, that is OK, because I am not willing to give up and let him win. My Lord and Savior is stronger than he is and will deliver me through this and anything else he can throw my way. Amen

  
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LOVETOLAUGH56 5/1/2013 8:20PM

    You sure lead a busy, somewhat crazy life with the little ones. I'm praying for you sister, praying that you'll not get more than what you can handle.
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PATTIE441 4/27/2013 7:13PM

    Wow! My thoughts and prayers are with you my friend. I think you are amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 4/27/2013 3:53PM

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SLIMTHICK2 4/27/2013 1:09PM

    Wow, as far as I'm concerned you're doing great. It's wonderful to have some much needed help at the right time. You you have a better weekend. emoticon

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KARENCRANER 4/26/2013 11:06AM

    Back when I worked as a nanny to multiple kids between the ages of 1 and 7, the one thing we could do to get them happy was dance. Try the Veggie Tales sing along video, and dance with them! "The Bunny, the bunny, ugh, I ate the bunny!" emoticon emoticon

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LILORITA 4/26/2013 3:51AM

    Hang in there, God will see you through!

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WINDSONG~ 4/26/2013 3:42AM

    It was just one of those days and you made it through with your dear friend and God.

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WARRIORGIRL121 4/26/2013 1:10AM

    Good for you! You're doing good, honey. You'll be ok. God is taking care of you. :)

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Busy Days

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The last few days have been very busy for me. I have been going and going so much I have hardly had time to myself, so when the babies go to bed, I go to mine to have some quiet time. I use that time to discuss things with God, so I can listen better. While I have been working on incorporating more God in my life, I still need those one on one times alone at night. It is my saving grace.
The babies are getting busier these days since the youngest one has officially hit his terrible 2's when he is not even 2 yet. He stirs up a lot of trouble and the other 2 follow right along. I am raising a bunch of followers. There really is no clear leader amongst them yet. They are all too close in age and mentality to figure that part out yet I think. They continually take turns starting various troubles and follow each other and blame one another. It is a crazy day to day life, but I thank God everyday for the chance to be a part of it. Many people tell me that they can't figure out how I do it everyday, and I joke that I am a super multitasker. But really, I couldn't do it without the help the good Lord gives me and I am thankful for that everyday. Amen

  
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KARENCRANER 4/25/2013 10:43AM

    I know you remember that each of those little rascals is a special blessing from Our Father. Keep trying to show them by example that He is their leader. :)

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WINDSONG~ 4/25/2013 3:23AM

    They bring joy to your world and heart.

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