When I was engaged at 21 years old, I had no idea what NFP was. In our diocese we were required to take an NFP class as part of our marriage prep, and I decided to order a home study course because I was too embarrassed at the idea of talking about it with strangers. I started charting and reading everything I could about it.
We were married in the middle of July and by the end of August, I was expecting our first child. He was completely unplanned... during our two weeks of travel for our honeymoon, I had misplaced my chart and miscalculated peek day. I had just started my last year of college, but had to drop out because of the severe nausea I experienced.
To my dismay, my cycle came back 5 weeks postpartum. I had some complications with the pregnancy and delivery, and despite pumping for 7 weeks, my milk never came in. I was only pumping an ounce a day. I was committed to using NFP to avoid pregnancy because a) I had a c-section, b) my husband was in the Army and there was a chance we'd be moving within the next few months, c) I developed postpartum depression.
No one had ever talked to me about postpartum depression before. I didn't know that it was even a thing. Between a husband who always worked and a baby who never slept or stopped crying, I turned into a complete mess. Not knowing what it was, I just assumed I was just beyond exhausted and I'd get over it. I never talked to anyone about it except my husband, who responded by hanging out with his friends more to avoid my screaming and crying. I can't totally blame him.... I would spend the day laying in bed with our son, just crying, begging God to make him sleep because I was just so tired. I started having dark thoughts that scared me, but I had no one to talk to. I didn't know there was medication I could take, or supplements that would help.
Because my husband worked so much (frequently in the field for weeks at a time, or in other states training for a couple of months), our son and I spent quite a bit of time at my parents' house. I would pack a few bags and spend a few weeks a time at their house, only seeing my husband one week a month, if that. When he finally got on a schedule where he worked on post close to our house, he mostly worked nights - roughly 4 pm til 7 am. We barely saw each other.
I remember one night that we were finally home together after several weeks apart. Our son was 11 months old. I felt some cramping that usually indicated ovulation, but I wasn't due to ovulate for a week. I had been on a very specific schedule for as long as I had remembered. Three and a half weeks, almost to the day. That's how long my cycles were. I decided to ignore the cramping, because we only had a couple of days together before we'd be apart again for a few weeks.
Our middle daughter was born 9 months later.
By that time, we had moved 1000 miles across the country (read: away from my family), my husband had gotten out of the Army (officially: the day before we left the hospital with our new daughter, which meant insurance didn't cover that last day. We had to pay $5000 for that ONE day), his mother/my mother-in-law had passed away from brain tumors just three weeks prior.
Things were really rough, and we started fighting a lot. NFP was always a huge problem in our marriage because he didn't believe it worked. To him, it kept failing us because I kept getting pregnant. To me, I KNEW it worked BECAUSE I kept getting pregnant and knew exactly when it happened, even though both times were an accident. He would rather abstain for the rest of our marriage than trust NFP to work. He started withholding any signs of affection, even saying "I love you." He'd purposely get up earlier than me and leave the room so that he wouldn't have to talk to me in the morning.... leaving me in bed, recovering from a c-section, with my newborn and 20 month old son.
After a crying fight one night, things got a bit better for awhile. My cycle returned at 5 weeks postpartum again, but this time the depression didn't. We were happy for the first time in awhile, or so I thought.
Several months later, things got rough again, and my husband asked for a separation. I was four days into a novena to Our Lady Undoer of Knots to save our marriage. He had no idea I was praying it... he just knew that he was no longer happy and wanted a break. Ultimately I agreed to take the kids and move back in with my family, but in the meantime I had hopes that he would change his mind. We spent the month before I left enjoying each other's company, if you know what I mean. I thought maybe it would save our marriage. However, despite warning a week before ovulation was due that we should be careful, we weren't that one day.... and I ended up pregnant.
I denied it at first.... I thought my cycle was late due to the stress I was undergoing. With my first two pregnancies, I tested positive almost a week early. I just KNEW I was pregnant both times. This time, I KNEW I couldn't be... because why would God do that to me?
Two days before my family picked up the kids and I and drove 1000 miles back across the country in a completely full minivan with our belongings crammed into every possible corner, I tested positive. I couldn't believe it. I mean, I could.... I was just in denial. Our son had just turned two a few months prior, and our middle child was only six months old. I was about to become a single mother of three kids under three.
Fast forward an incredibly difficult three years, and here I am, writing a blog post about NFP.
I can't really say that I wish I had known more about NFP to begin with, because then I might not have the kids that I have, and I love them to death. As difficult as life has been these last six years (but especially the last three years), I can't imagine life without them.
Since I've been single for three years, I've been studying more about NFP, tracking my cycle (not doing anything fancy, just marking certain days and for sure my period on my iPhone and MAC calendars), and just preparing myself for the future in case I ever remarry. I don't know if it's in God's plan to ever have more children, but it is incredibly heartbreaking to hear my son ask why I don't have a baby in my belly, and tell me that he really wants a brother.
We've had our fair share of difficulties.... my car died six weeks after my first child was born, and I wasn't able to get a new one until three years later, after I had been living with my family for 7 months. We had to wean our son from formula almost a month early because we couldn't afford to buy even one more generic can (ps: don't join the military strictly for the money... they don't actually pay that well.) Everything we wear is a hand-me-down, from Goodwill, or from the clearance rack at Walmart. Some weeks we have lived on generic mac n cheese, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, or bowls of cereal with watered-down milk. I have had to ask for help from complete strangers on multiple occasions, and I got a credit card for groceries and toiletries for when things are particularly tough (thank God for Amazon prime and grocery delivery).
But we have also been blessed in more ways than I can count. Between a friend's fundraiser and a gofundme page, my van was entirely paid off. My uncles gave me a tv and dvd player for Christmas a few years ago. Friends from church have given us furniture, clothing, toys for the kids, delivered meals. We've had people come clean the house a few times, visit me at the hospital during various stays for myself or my kids. My business has grown beyond my dreams, and my customers and followers have been so incredibly generous and understanding during periods of difficulty.
My kids are happy, healthy, and thriving.
That's all that matters.
I am not a gentle person. I try so hard to be…. I study books and blogs on gentle parenting. I try to be calm and patient with everyone. I try to let go of my own ideas of how my life should be and just follow along with God’s plan, but I am truly awful at all of those things. I frequently complain and question why God allows certain things to happen. I try to take charge and then get frustrated when things don’t go according to plan.
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I admit I haven’t spent much time studying Job, but from what I know about his story, I often feel like I can relate. It seems like no matter how hard I try to do the right thing, everything just gets worse and worse. A quote from Aragorn in The Two Towers sums up my feelings well – “Alas! An ill fate is on me this day and all that I do goes amiss.”Yesterday was the first day since Easter that I have been able to leave the house and go to Mass.
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Three years ago, my marriage was in trouble. We had only been married for just under three years and already had two kids, moved four times, lost his mother/my mother-in-law to cancer, and dealt with lots of military drama. We had been dealt a very difficult hand, and things were just getting worse.
I had heard amazing things about the Undoer of Knots novena and figured if anything would save us… that would. Between fights, crying babies, fixing up an apartment that should’ve just been condemned, and missing my family 1000 miles away, I prayed the novena–without my husband knowing. I had hope that things were about to get better.
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I don't know about you, but I absolutely LOVE Amazon Prime! The convenience of having things delivered for free two days later, not having to leave my house for diapers, watching things that aren't available on Netflix, and Audible... oh how I love Audible.
Our house is FULL of things we have purchased from Amazon. From the mattresses in our bedrooms to the toilet paper in our bathroom to the trampoline in the kitchen (Yes, you read that right!), there isn't a room in the house that doesn't have at least 3 things that were purchased from Amazon.
Tomorrow (July 11) is the third annual Prime Day, a day full of incredible deals just for Prime members. It is supposedly bigger than Black Friday, so it is kind of a big deal. First, if you don't have a Prime membership yet, you can sign up for a 30 day free trial here.
One of my absolutely favorite deals is for Audible. New-to-Audible Prime members can listen to audio books for only $8.95 per month for the first 6 months, a savings of 40% or $36. Plus, as an Audible member, you also get 30% off all audiobooks. They have been having amazing sales this summer, and I've gotten a variety of books for myself and the kids for under $5! Sign up here!
If you enjoy reading books on the Kindle (app or device), this deal is for you! Through July 11, 2017, enjoy unlimited reading from over one million titles on any device. Prime Members get 25% off a 6-month Kindle Unlimited membership, get 33% off a 12-month Kindle Unlimited membership, and get 40% off a 24-month Kindle Unlimited membership.
You can even purchase Amazon gift cards to give as gifts.
Some of our favorite Amazon items are listed below (not all are Prime Day deals - though that might change as deals are revealed tomorrow - but they are highly recommended regardless):
Instant Pot 7-in-1, 6 qt. - My family has two, and they are used daily. We use them to make rice, meat and potatoes, hardboiled eggs, stew, even yogurt! We usually have one going with the main dish and one with a side dish. For Christmas, I had both of them cooking a breakfast casserole with hashbrowns, sausage, cheese, and eggs. It was absolute perfection, if I do say so myself ;) **EDIT: The 8 qt Instant Pot is on sale right now!
Viva Naturals Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser - I currently have two diffusers in the house and hope to get two more. I diffuse in the kids' room every night and in my room frequently. I'd like to get one for the bathroom and one for the living room. **This is on sale**
Planet Earth Giftset - My kids actually really enjoy watching Planet Earth. I put it on in the background while they play on the floor during quiet time, and they ask lots of questions about the images shown. **This is on sale**
Erin Condren Hardbound LifePlanner - If you've had your eye on an Erin Condren planner for awhile, it's one of the Prime Day deals! Isn't it gorgeous??
Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet - We have two of these kid's tablets and I love them. They come with a no-questions-asked 2 year warranty and one year of FreeTime Unlimited which gives your kids access to 15,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more. You can have different profiles for each child (up to 4, I believe?), and set a time limit so that the tablet automatically locks when their time is up. **This is on sale**
Regular Kindle Fire 7 with Alexa - This is on sale for only $29.99! I've used it before and it is great. Especially for older kids or teens.
Osmo Genius Kit - My mom has this for my 9 year old sister, and my kids love to use it as well.
Skywalker Trampolines Round Bouncer Trampoline with Enclosure - Remember how you read that we have a trampoline in our kitchen? This is the one, and it is used daily. All three kids can jump on it safely because there is an enclosure with a bar that they hold onto. We've had it for almost 3 years and it is still in great condition.
Portable CD Player with AM/FM Radio - The kids have this cd player in their room and listen to audiobooks every night while they get ready for bed and fall asleep. It is simple enough that the two older kids can start and stop the cd on their own, or skip to their favorite stories. I need to get a second one for the living room. Right now we just use the dvd player for cd's, but I don't like having to keep the tv and dvd player on instead of just a cd player. Waste of electricity, I think.
Regalo 192-Inch Super Wide Gate and Play Yard - We have this around our wood stove and it keeps the kids away from the hearth, wood, stove, and also trash and recycling (which are next to the hearth). I love it because I was always so worried that the kids would fall and hit their heads on the brick hearth, or touch the hot stove and burn themselves. My parents also have one across their living room to keep the kids out of the kitchen (like my newly-crawling nephew).
My computer is about to die and I need to get the kids to bed, but check back here throughout the day tomorrow as I plan to update the list with deals and more favorites!
Crowds. Noise. Bright lights. Explosions. Food.
All of these are to be expected during 4th of July celebrations.
But when you have a special needs child, things are different. Most kids today are going to be eating hot dogs, hamburgers, watermelon, apple pie, cherry tarts, desserts decorated with strawberries and blueberries, etc. My son has Sensory Processing Disorder. He hates crowds. He hates noise. He hates bright lights. He has major food aversions.
He also suffers from (currently undiagnosed but sadly obvious) anxiety, and his anxiety sometimes manifests itself as excitement. He knows he doesn't like fireworks. Yet, for a week, he has woken up in the middle of the night - wide awake - to come to my room and tell me how many days til "Fireworks Day." He spends the day talking about fireworks and how he's going to stay up to watch them. Normal bedtime is 7:30-8 pm in the summer. Fireworks aren't going to start before bedtime, so we're either going to have a meltdown about missing the fireworks that he isn't going to like anyway, or he'll stay up late, freak out over the fireworks, and be difficult to get to sleep.
Another thing he does when he is anxious is ask non-stop back-to-back questions, talking a mile a minute. It's like his brain just can't slow down or shut off, and he barely gives me a second to answer one question before spitting out another one.
When he finally takes a minute to slow down, his anxiety turns into anger, and he starts screaming at everyone, he starts hitting and throwing, and he ends up going into full meltdown mode - he gets completely sensory overloaded and can't handle it. I have to pin him down between my arms and legs until he settles down, while dodging blows from his head, keeping his hands stiff so that he can't tear at my skin.
He doesn't have a good enough concept of time to understand that fireworks aren't going to start for at least 10 hours from now, so every minute or less he asks when fireworks are going to start. This has been going on for almost two hours so far this morning, and it's almost impossible to redirect him and distract him from the fact that there aren't any fireworks yet. It is all he can think about.
My hopes for the day are that we can keep the meltdowns to a minimum, enjoy a few patriotic movies or episodes from favorite tv shows, spend several hours outside in the pool, and maybe catch a couple of small fireworks before bed - just enough to satisfy his want without scaring him too badly. We'll make homemade gluten-free/dairy-free muffins, homemade strawberry jello, and maybe some chicken nuggets and tater tots. We'll play with playdoh and listen to audiobooks and maybe even play with the neighbor kids without screaming. If we can make it through the day without going on timeout several times, that'll be a win in my book.
Happy 4th of July, everyone! God bless America! I hope you and your family have a fantastic day. Eat a hamburger and some watermelon for me ;)
Earlier this summer, I decided to stock up on audiobooks for the kids because I wanted to try to keep the tv off as much as possible. I asked in a Charlotte Mason-type Facebook group which ones would be best for the kids, and added a lot of them to a wishlist on Amazon. I started buying one every couple of weeks, and then once I set up my gofundme page, the rest were generously donated.
I didn't realize what a difference it would make in our day to spend time listening to audiobooks. I HOPED they would helped, but I never imagined HOW MUCH they would help, or how much the kids would love them.
I have a radio in their room so that they can listen to stories while they play, get ready for bed, and fall asleep. I usually just keep a cd in the radio so that the kids can turn it on themselves when they go play. The cd player is simple enough that two of the three know how to play, pause, stop, and skip. I usually keep Dr Seuss or Arnold Lobel in their room.
I don't currently have a radio in the living room, but the dvd player plays cd's so that has been working just fine. We usually do an hour or so of tv first thing in the morning, when I am still trying to wake up enough to function ;) The kids often wake up well before I want them to, and I am absolutely not a morning person.
I try to be...
I have good intentions.
I always think, "I'll get up before the kids, make a nice pot of coffee, set up a prayer station outside with my bible, journal, and art supplies, and spend some nice quiet time alone with God."
Every single time I set an alarm for the morning, SOMEONE is up before it. Sometimes even just one minute before the alarm goes off. I don't bother setting alarms anymore.
So anyway, that is why we do tv time first thing in the morning.
Some days, we do tv time all day, so that I can catch up on chores or work or whatever it is I need catching up on. But, those are the days that the kids' behavior is noticeably worse, and I am really trying hard to not have those days anymore. Instead, I've been turning on audiobooks.
When the tv has been on for awhile and they start fighting over what is going to be watched next, I turn on an audiobook.
When the kids start complaining that they're bored, I turn on an audiobook.
When I need to make dinner and it's too late for electronics (5 pm in the summer, 4 pm during the school year), I turn on an audiobook.
When it is just too darn hot to play outside and the kids aren't getting along, I turn on TWO audiobooks and split them up.... two in one room, one in the other.
Audiobooks have been saving my sanity, helping the kids to settle down and get creative, improving their vocabulary, and helping them fall asleep faster and easier than ever before. Often, as soon as I turn on a story, the kids all start playing on the floor nicely right in front of the radio or dvd player. Their imaginations go wild, and they'll play for hours.
Even the 2 year old has started quoting the stories and asking for them by name. The 3 year old and 5 year old have favorite stories from each cd and sometimes argue about which one they can listen to first. Sometimes they ask me to read certain stories along with the cd so that they can look at the pictures.
Two other favorite resources of mine for audiobooks are Audible and Librivox. Librivox is free, which is always a plus. I bought a bluetooth speaker so that I can play audiobooks on my computer while I work. I can keep the speaker near the kids while I sit at the table working with my computer. Audible is great as well, because not only do you get one book a month (and the first month is free!), you can also save 30% on additional audiobooks, exchange books that you don't like, and cancel any time while KEEPING your books. I like to use the Audible credits for bigger books, like Gone With The Wind which would've been $50 otherwise, and then buy less expensive books for the kids. I've gotten books under $2 from Audible, like a couple of books from the Anne of Green Gables series, and several books by Tolkien for the kids. AND, you can use Audible without having a membership. I can't currently afford to pay $15 a month for their membership, BUT I do still occasionally buy books that are $5 or less. And I still have access to my entire library.
I'm going to link our favorites below. If you have any favorites that aren't mentioned here, please feel free to comment below so that we can discover some new favorites!
Arnold Lobel Audio Collection CD
Winnie-the-Pooh Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Little Bear Audio CD Collection
By E.B. White - Stuart Little (Unabridged) Audio CD
Magic Tree House Collection: Books 1-8
The Cat in the Hat and Other Dr. Seuss Favorites
Green Eggs and Ham and Other Servings of Dr. Seuss
The Roald Dahl Audio Collection
The Chronicles of Narnia Collector's Edition
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By now some (or many) of you know that I have been battling anxiety for the better part of the year. I've been using a variety of resources and techniques, and I'm about to share them with you in the hopes that they may help you as well.
*Please note: I am not a medical professional, and recommend that you please see one before trying to treat yourself, especially if you are currently taking any medication for any reason. Everyone is different and may have different reasons for going through anxiety, so what works for me might not work for everyone. I don't recommend supplements or diet changes until you've seen or talked to a medical professional.*
One of the biggest things that has helped has been to listen to the Rosary on Youtube. The songs are very soothing, and the repetition gives me something to focus on. When I was going through the worst part of my anxiety, I fell asleep to the Rosary every night for almost a month. Most of the time I'd fall asleep before it was over, but sometimes I'd play it two or three times before falling asleep. Their accents definitely help as well.
Bible journaling has also been helping a lot. I highly recommend the Blessed is She liturgical journals and, while I haven't received my copy yet, I know for a fact that anything Elizabeth Foss produces is absolute gold and is definitely worth buying. She just started a new ministry with an incredibly gifted group of writers and artists, and I am so excited to see everything they come up with. I worked through the Lent journal she wrote for Blessed is She, and it was a huge blessing. I also like the journals and studies that Heart of Mary produces.
Essential oils have been a huge help as well. I used to be a distributor for doTERRA but have switched to Plant Therapy because their prices are much more reasonable, and they have an incredible kid-safe line. I diffuse them in my room while I work and sleep, apply them on my wrists and neck (diluted with a carrier oil), and also wear a diffuser necklace from Happy Nest Home Goods. Blending Plant Therapy's "Self Esteem" and "Worry Free" creates a blend called "Liquid Ambien" that is amazingly calming.
Oddly enough, listening to Skillet on Spotify has been helping as well. They are a Christian Emo band, and their music is amazing. I've been a fan of theirs since high school, and was privileged to see them four times live. Their new album that just came out last year has some great songs - my favorite two are "Not Gonna Die Tonight" and "Stars."
A few books have been helping as well:
1) Fearless - By Sonja Corbitt
2) On The Other Side of Fear - By Hallie Lord
3) When Panic Attacks - By David D. Burns, MD
4) The Agoraphobia Workbook - By C. Alec Pollard, PhD
5) 50 Things To Do Before Seeing A Psychiatrist - By Joe Baldizzone
Changing my diet has been a huge help. I noticed that no matter what I ate, I was constantly sick to my stomach and steadily losing weight. After cutting out wheat and dairy, the cramps, pain, and sickness went away and I feel so much better. I'm still slowly losing unneeded weight but in a healthy way, not from being sick multiple times a day. I've always had problems with wheat and dairy, but ignored them because I enjoy pizza and ice cream and donuts. But it got to where it wasn't worth it to be sick multiple times every single day and lose 10 pounds in less than a month. I also had ulcer symptoms, which I was able to get rid of through diet change as well. I don't know if I actually had an ulcer, but it made sense and changing my diet made the symptoms go away, so either way it was a win. *I have seen a primary care physician and a gastroenterologist for digestive issues.*
Drinking tea and soaking my feet in epsom salts at night became a favorite routine. I bought Tension Tamer tea from the grocery store, and Lavender epsom salts from Walmart. I have a pink bucket that I brought home from the hospital during one of my many stays, and I fill it with hot water and 1/4 cup of epsom salts. Then I just put it on the floor in front of my bed and soak my feet for 30-45 minutes while watching something on Netflix and sipping on tea :) The epsom salt is good for detoxing and also for increasing magnesium, which is known to ease anxiety.
Staying hydrated and taking a few supplements has helped a great deal as well. I take a liquid multivitamin high in b-vitamins, magnesium, an anxiety blend, and a probiotic. I also drink homemade kombucha daily. If you research kombucha and anxiety, it's amazing. There is a link between gut health and anxiety+depression. Here are the links to the supplements that I've been taking:
1) Anti Anxiety Formula
2) Natural Calm Magnesium Drink
3) Liquid Multivitamin - I give this to my kids as well
5) Rescue Remedy - This never leaves my purse.
One last thing that I've noticed really helps when I'm feeling anxious and can't stop my hands from shaking: silly putty. It was such a last minute thing that I tried, but it's amazing how much it helped. I had to go to an appointment last week, and was shaking before I even left the house. When I got to the appointment, I pulled out the silly putty from my bag and started squeezing it, and after about 10 minutes, the shaking stopped. I kept squeezing it for the remainder of the appointment, and later on at church. It now stays in my purse, because that was a lifesaver. It gave me something to focus on, and slowly squeezing it made my hands stop shaking.
Again, please see a medical professional before making changes, but I hope some of what I talked about can help you.
Comment below with things that help your anxiety. I'd love to learn new techniques!
Hey everyone! It's been a little while since I've written, but a lot has been happening this summer already.
1. I have decided to open up a second Etsy shop for my photography and painting. I'll have digital downloads, prints, postcards, greeting cards, and *hopefully* more. I've been having a lot of fun exploring our yard again, taking macro pictures of the multitude of plants that are out there. I'm also hoping to explore some nearby fields to get some pictures of wildflowers.
2. I was also recently approached to be a photographer and writer for Heart of Mary Women's Fellowship. It is an amazing ministry with daily devotionals, bible studies, free printable devotional journals, gorgeous artwork for your various devices, conferences, and more. I've been following them on Instagram for over a year and am super excited to join their team! I'll be contributing three posts next month, plus some photography. If you go to their website, you can sign up to have the daily devotions sent straight to your email every morning! Right now we are studying the Fruits of the Holy Spirit.
3. I'm finally feeling well enough to start working on My Little Felt Friends again, so hopefully over the summer I'll be able to get a decent amount of sewing done so that I can have a ready-to-ship restock once my son goes back to school in August. I do have a few listings up right now, if you'd like to head over and snag something real quick ;) I'm taking a few small orders just to keep busy and try to keep a slow trickle of income coming in.
4. Thanks to all of your generosity and donations, we are set on diapers, wipes, and various toiletries and supplies for the summer. The kids have been enjoying all of the silly putty, play-doh, kinetic sand, audiobooks, board games, and art supplies that were donated as well. They listen to the audiobooks in the living room while they play and in their bedroom while we get ready for bed. Even the youngest is starting to memorize them now and request specific stories.
5. I'm still working through the anxiety and agoraphobia, but I was able to make it out of the house last week to go to an appointment and Mass one day. I'm going to try to go to Mass again tomorrow, and hopefully a long-overdue haircut, and I'm reeeally hoping to go to the homeschool conference on Friday to visit people for an hour or two. So please pray my anxiety can stay under control this week! :)
Thank you all so much for your support, prayers, donations, and purchases from Amazon!! I am so incredibly thankful!! Our income is taking a big hit right now since I've had to close my shop for the last month (and as of now, for the remainder of the summer), plus losing sales from the IHM conference in June, so I am beyond grateful for every single one of you!
Yesterday I set up an ongoing needs wish list for diapers, wipes, laundry detergent, etc and almost everything has been purchased! <3 We should be set for the next couple of months for sure.
I also set up a wishlist for summer activities and therapy supplies for the kids, and again a large chunk of the list has been purchased! :) Because my son receives therapy at school for speech, developmental delays, and sensory issues, I was hoping to be able to stock up on supplies to continue working with him at home all summer until his OT evaluation in the Fall at his new school. Thanks to all of your help, almost everything has been purchased in less than 24 hours!
C's graduation is today, and his last (half) day of school is on Thursday, so I'm really excited (and eternally grateful) for everything to start arriving so that we can pick right up on Friday and keep him from regressing this summer. He had one of the biggest meltdowns of his life the other night because school is ending for the summer, and has been asking to go to summer school. I hope once he sees everything that has been purchased for us, he'll realize that we can have a fun summer at home and he won't have as many meltdowns.
So again, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! :) Please continue to share and to pray for us. I will certainly be praying for all of you <3
Adrianna (and the kids)
Yesterday's post on GoFundMe for those that haven't seen:
***I am currently unable to work due to health issues, both with the kids and with myself. I have had to close down my home business for the time being. I also had to back out of being a vendor at the IHM National Homeschool Conference in June, losing my spot on the invite list for next year as well. Now I'm waitlisted for next year.***
Also, I set up two wish lists on Amazon for on-going needs in case anyone prefers to just buy something instead of making a donation. I know some people would rather actually buy something that they know will be used, so here are the lists just in case. Thank you all so much!
Ongoing needs - http://a.co/4LZSCnH
Activities/Supplies for summer - http://a.co/fv3NF4s
Finally, here is one of my most recent blog posts summarizing the past three, very difficult, years -
GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/adriannacastro