"God doesn't give children with special needs to strong people; He gives children with special needs to ordinary, weak people and then gives them strength. Raising a child with special needs doesn't take a special family, it makes a special family."
" Faith makes life possible. Hope makes life workable. Love makes life beautiful."

The Winwards

The Winwards

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Look what I can do!

It was a typical Thursday...... Mom running around doing laundry, cleaning...... trying not to leave me by myself for too long......
So I decided to do something that would REALLY get her attention....... I tried throwing toys...didn't work..... tried turning up the volume on the TV.....didn't work..... tried hitting the dog with my trucks.....didn't work.
Hmmmmm...... It's gotta be something really really really good!
I know....... I'll do this....something that I won't do when it's "mom's idea".... but sounds good now....

Wait for it......


As mom would say "be patient!"

Ok.... I'll show you....

Yes, that's right everyone..... I stood in my walker! And when mom came in, boy was she surprised, and so happy too!
She wanted to take a picture.... so I figure .... why not? She's just going to brag about me..... And that is something that I can handle!

Until Next Time! - Tanner

Wednesday, November 10, 2010


Was playing around on the web the other day... made this video. Shows how crazy we really are!

Happy Holidays!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Boy and his Dog

When I had Tanner.... I often wondered if he would ever get along with our miniature dachshund, Maple.

This boy who is so fun, playful, and silly. Who imitates the dog by biting his shirt....

And this dog who is a protector, and yet sweet in her own way. She really didn't like Tanner at first, and would always run away when he cried. She has growled a lot at him.....
But now he growls back! :)

It's taken almost 2 years, but they love each other now. Maple protects Tanner, just like she protects me. She is more excited to see him than anyone else,when we come home from being out. She puts up with the hugs, tugs, and "loves".

And even lets him rub her belly now and then......

This boy loves his dog....... and she loves him! :)

Monday, November 1, 2010

Halloween 2010

Tanner was a pirate for Halloween this year. He wasn't too sure about his costume at first, but sure looked good in it!

Still likes his baby bouncer..... maybe it's the frog....who knows :)

I wore my pirate goofy hat that I got from our Disney trip back in June...trying to match a bit :)
I was able to find a glow in the dark sword for Tanner at the dollar store! Definitely a hit, he LOVED it!

Also got a pirate banner from the dollar store to hang on the stroller.
The stroller became his "pirate car"

Tanner is all boy.... loves to laugh...... loves to tease...... loves to try to hit Mom with things!
Here he is trying to hit me with his sword

Tanner was into getting candy a lot more than last year. His favorite this year has to be either tootsie rolls or lollipops.... he loves them both! I don't think he really gets the whole concept of Halloween yet, but it was still fun!