Saturday, October 23, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
"I watched a movie called "Letters to God": http://www.letterstogodthemovie.com/ . You can check out the link for the story-line.
I usually don't much go in for the overtly-christian-made-for-sunday-afternoon-movie thing. The production quality / acting is usually poor and the message is usually heavy-handed. This movie is all of those things.
However, there were a couple of gems in the story (I had to watch the WHOLE THING as my in-laws were there).
In one scene, a grandfather explains to the boy with lukemia that his condition causes people to think about themselves in a way they have never had to before. When people see a bright, happy, cheerful boy with a dibilitating disease, they are forced to examine the things that they are constantly complaining about that are small by comparison.
People can't always and don't always know how to react. Some will tease, some will run in fear, some will over-compensate in kindness.
Our kiddos rock people's world on a daily basis - in some of the same ways they rocked ours when we first got the diagnosis.
I guess my point is, when I counsel with parents who are expecting an extraordinary child like ours or I pass by a stranger at the mall who stops dead in their tracks when Annie (his daughter) zips by in her wheelchair, I try to muster compassion for themand think to myself, "I know - I didn't know how to react when I heard the news either".
People respond in nutty ways sometimes - and the nuttier the response, the bigger the opportunity for grace."
This really hit home for me as it is so hard to listen to what people say to me or Tanner. Some people say the most ignorant things or just stare.
Tanner is so special!
And cute too!
Friday, October 15, 2010
I love how happy he is to see me first thing in the morning.
I love that he says Mum, mum, mum, mom, mama over and over and over again until he gets my attention!
I love how his eyes light up when he sees people that he knows
I love all the baby jabberish as he learns to say words
I love how he will eat something one day but not the next
I love how stubborn he is, and how much concentration he puts in to do something hard
I love his smile, and how excited he gets over the fact that Daddy is home!
I love his personality, his laugh, and the fact that he "sings" himself to sleep at night.
I love his determination and strength, and the fact that he always has the courage to try try again.
I love the way he sits and "dances" to the music.
I love that he loves cars and trucks. Points to them when we are in the car saying OHHH WOOK! So cute! Or when he has lost something and finds it, he squeals and says "Dere it is!
I love how he still wants to cuddle, and that when he hugs me he says "Ahhhh". I love his open mouth slobbery kisses, and that he's a mama's boy.
I love that he growls at the dog after the dog has growled at him. I love that he loves his dog. Her name is Maple, but he calls her "Apes"
I love that while he is in the tub, he always has to make sure the floor gets wet enough to be mopped.
I love that he picks up EVERY piece of paper or plastic and wants to throw it in the garbage.
I love that he loves to read and to sing with me.
I love how he gets so excited about things that he is waving his arms and bouncing up and down, while squealing!
I love how he has made my life better and me a better person. I love that he has taught me more than I learned before I knew him.
AND I love that HE is MY SON & that God allowed me to be is Mom!
Friday, October 8, 2010
Here he is laughing because he almost ran over Mommies toes! I had to jump onto the couch to avoid getting squashed!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Tanner has this new thing where he likes to roar, scream, and chase (crawl) after me. I finally was able to get a bit of it on video.
He is almost too big to get through the doggie door. Good thing for both me and him, he just doesn't realize it yet! :)
Monday, October 4, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
Mind you, I never showed him where any of this stuff was, he found it all by himself!