"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, May 20, 2010


Tanner had his 6 month checkup with his Orthopedic surgeon today, Dr Segal. Tanner no longer has to wear the ponsetti afo's and the brown bar! Yay! He just has to sleep with his afo's on which he does anyway when he naps, so it works!

As you can see, Dr Segal is wonderful! He always gets down and plays with Tanner on his level. He and Tanner are balancing shoes on their heads, to see which one will fall first! It was too cute! Luckily one of the nurses had a camera on her, and she snapped this one and emailed it to me. Had to share - I love it!

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Both Ray and Tanner love to play our Wii and they both really get into it. I love both of these videos and had to share! The one with Tanner is a bit long.... but still so dang cute! Tanner is playing bowling, and Ray is boxing.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Dirt for Lunch

Tanner thought that he would try some dirt for lunch. He thought is was funny at first, especially when Mom said, EWWWWW!!

After a few minutes, he wasn't too sure about the taste! His face shows what he is thinking.... :)

After a big mouthfull of dirt he was not happy! He hasn't ate dirt since!

Saturday, April 3, 2010

We took Tanner camping with Ray's family for the first time. We camped near the Superstition mountains, the Friday and Saturday before Easter Sunday. I'm (Star) not a big camper, but I had fun anyway.

All the kids dyed Easter eggs, but Tanner was not interested. He just wanted to drink the colorful dye.

Tanner really enjoyed playing with his cousin Tade and getting really dirty!

Don't ask me what is so fun about filling up a pot with dirt and rocks, but Tanner loved it!

Tanner also loved the tent! He was scared of it at first, but once he got used to it he loved to sit inside.

All in all, we had fun camping as a family! And plan to do it again!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Okay.... so I'm not as good at this blogging thing as I originally hoped to be. Although I'm a stay at home mom right now, I'm also looking for another job and trying to tie up loose ends as well. Meanwhile..... Tanner is really getting curious about EVERTHING! And he loves to try to climb things. He will dive right off the couch if you aren't watching.....so constant watching it is... and meanwhile nothing else gets done! :)

Tanner is getting to be such a big boy! He is now 15 months old! Where did all the time go??? He is always smiling and laughing at something! His hair is finally starting to fill in, Yay! Do you see all of his teeth? He's got 14 and more coming in. He is becoming quite the picky eater, so meals have become a challenge. He is learning tons of new words, he now says mama, dada, hey, no, yessssss (yes... the extra ssss are there! sometimes he sounds like a snake!), uh-oh, I did it, and let's go. He has also learned some sign language which has been helpful, especially if he wants more.

Tanner loves to have his shirt and braces off, but prefers to have shorts or pants on. To me he looks just like a little country boy. :) And as always, Maple's toys are more fun than his. :)

To my dismay... Tanner's latest accomplishment.....Crawling out the doggie door! He does it a lot if I'm not paying close attention. The backyard is just dirt and weeds, not the ideal place for a little boy to be going .... by himself... no less!
One thing for sure... he sure keeps me on my toes!

Tanner's laughter is so contagious! I love to make him giggle and laugh. Below is a video of him being his cute self.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

When it rains it Pours!!

So I guess loosing my dad wasn't enough for sadness and trials for me....... Got laid off from my job today!!! I'm seriously freaking out! Tanner's insurance is through my work, and he needs to have insurance! We can't afford for him to have a lapse in coverage because then the insurance can claim that he has a pre-existing condition.
As of now, I'm really at a loss as to what I am going to do. I alraedy filed for unemployment, am in the process of filing for AHCCS (medicaid), and reapplied for SSI disability benefits for Tanner. I know that there is also Kids Care.
I know that things happen for a reason, but golly... why do things always happen at the same time.
Can I scream now!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Until we meet again

Today, we lost a dad, a father in-law, and a grandpa. Sadly my dad (Star's) passed away today. He went to be with our heavenly father, and his parents. He was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease almost 13 years ago, and lived longer than expected.

He will be greatly missed. We do have many many happy memories. Tanner was able to meet him when he was 6 months old. Unfortunately Tanner is so small that he won't remember, but I have lots of stories to tell him about his grandpa.

The funeral is set to be this Friday or Saturday. We will be driving up to Utah on Thursday. Many tears have been shed already. It's hard, but I'm trying to remember that he is in a better place now.

I love you Dad!!!