But here's another idea in case Andrea doesn't win. Why not see who'd donate to a Laptop Fund for her? If a stroller can be funded, certainly a laptop could be as well?
Anonymous said... ok, well they didn't say it how I'll say it, but they had a lot of questions as to our integrity, my reason for blogging, and how we would take care of our family if other people weren't helping in so many ways. Oh, and they commented on us probably getting "state help" as well since the kids are disabled...
I deleted that comment because it was drawing a response from other comments and a second comment had already been left in the same post. I don't appreciate those "conversations" in my comments- especially when people feel they have to defend me (which, those of you that did, thank you). The comments by this anonymous poster were rude and the language uncalled for. That said... they had questions which I'll happily answer. First off, my blogging is to allow people to be a part of our lives and that of our children. To keep our family and friends around the country in the know with what's happening down here. It is to let the many that followed Emma's/Daria's story continue to see her grow. It's to ask questions when I have them and find companionship in the struggles. It's not to ask for anything. And why do I post the things that are gifted to me? As another way to say THANK YOU for those that go out of their way to do something kind for others. As for how we would care for our family without these gifts? We are capable of this, through Christ and only through Him. Just as we're capable of anything else. I will give you a whole post on that... another day. And lastly, no, we don't get any "state help." Which I assume you mean SSI or something like that, state subsidies, food stamps, WIC, whatever. The answer is no. We have tried getting medicaid and it seems that by the time we make it through the process, all of our insurance maximums will be met and Medicaid will not have to pay out a dime.
I'll post some of our new house sometime... I grew up in this house and I love love love it! Of course it's not exactly decorated except the little touches my sister made while I was overseas, but it's very functional for our family and there's not a thing I would change :) We really feel blessed to have it!
On the subject of the Ukrainian documents... I have one person I'm sending the article to and another 3 that have offered. THANK YOU!!
I sent you a button... did you ever get it? It hasn't been posted yet, just checking! (And for everyone else, check out the cute little Dennis on the Smiles & Trials button on my sidebar to go to Christine's blog, and hold their family up in prayer as they begin a long medical process with their newest little man! (the "grab this button" link won't work until she posts it, but the button itself works!)
Emma doesn't sweat nearly as much as she did pre-op. She does still sweat more than my other kids though. Micah sweats a lot just because he's a hot-natured kid, so I'm not sure what's what exactly. The difference between the two of them is Emma will sweat when crying or drinking and Micah just when he's warm or really active. Brianna sweat profusely before surgery and now 2 1/2 years later (even living in FL) she doesn't sweat very much even when it's hot out.
No, life will never REALLY be boring in my house just because I have 4 kiddos :) But... I do hope we can avoid any more major incidents and I can post about how cute the kids are and the new things they're doing instead of all the icky stuff LOL
I hope your rainy day is getting better! (Referring to the Member's Project)
Each person can only vote once for each project on e-mail address they have. Thanks for nominating RR!
I cheat :) I use most of the fruit fresh, though I boil the apples just to soften them up a bit. And I steam most of the veggies (boil the potatoes). Then I put each on into the blender with a little water- depending on the consistency of the fruit/veggie and I pour them into baby food jars that have gone through the dishwasher. We label them with masking tape and put the date on there with the food name. Not too bad! I did buy a new blender a few months back that works SO MUCH better than the "baby food processor" that I had. The other made it soft, this makes it "drinkable" which is what we needed. It took about 2 1/2 hrs to make a week of food for 2 kiddos! That was with a little help from Mike with the labeling :) This next time I had to buy some frozen foods because there just wasn't enough "good" fruits at the grocery this week. It's still less expensive than pre-jarred food and pretty good for them too!
Tanya, Sky's Mom said...Hey Mer-- I so remember doing this for my twins. It was a huge time saver & they really liked it well. We cooked, cooled & poured into ice cube trays. then I popped the frozen cubes out into individual labeled freezer bags & reheated in their favorite combinations. For bigger servings, freeze in muffin cup tray. It's so easy! Another good tip is to use a steamer basket, rather than boiling your veggies, as you loose more nutrients in boiling. => Wish I were there to lend a hand-- I know we'd have fun.
Great idea with the ice cube trays and muffin tins! I'll have to try that next time if I can make enough to go that far :) And I'd love to be close by so our 8 kids could get into trouble together! Wouldn't that be fun???
Thanks for the tip! Actually, this comment is what made me think of frozen fruits when the grocery didn't have enough :) I haven't actually ever MADE Borscht... and I'm not sure we'd EAT it... but I did try it in Ukraine and it wasn't so bad!! :) :)
No, I don't! His parents did e-mail me and gave me a blog address they'd started for him, but they've not posted except an initial introduction and I haven't heard back from them yet to hear whether I can share their blog publicly...
Interesting! We go on Monday, I wonder what the doctor would say if I asked about getting a medical permit to allow us to have a goat??? :) :)
Glad I could help LOL. My energy? Um... Sam's Choice Cola :) It's definitely not from sleep! LOL
Sounds good! LOL Think he can make it to all those specifications and also wipe-able and smell like flowers all the time???
Thanks for all the great suggestions for a diaper bag!! I'm slowly looking at all the sites listed and in the mean time I'm carrying the one with a broken zipper :)
Brianna is 2 years, 7 months old :) And we're even more proud of this accomplishment because of how long and hard she worked to get here!!