Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted
according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or
slow to do the humble work.

- Mother Teresa

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Sunny Florida, United States
I am the proud mom to 6 kids: Natasha, 24, Nikolai, 20, Reese, 20, Maylee, 14, Erik, 10 and Violet, 7. The kids come from Russia, Ukraine and China; I'm so proud of my family sometimes I think I'll burst and I needed an outlet for it - so I've created this weblog. :o)
If you can't feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
- Mother Teresa

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Friday, September 10, 2010
Despite the difficult months that have gone before us this year, Life does indeed go on, especially if you have kids who need you. ;o}

Erik has been receiving hippotherapy (horse therapy) for some time now, but recently I got Nikolai signed up, too. He was wary, as he was worried it was a "little kid" thing, but when I told him there was an elderly lady who rode to help her recover from a stroke, he decided it was safe, so he agreed. Nikolai desperately needs therapy on his legs, but because he has refused it for so many years (and BELIEVE ME, I've tried!!!!) his legs are in really bad shape. He doesn't seem to mind, though, and says that he likes using his wheelchair. (Hmmm...) Anyway, here are pictures from Erik and Nikolai's morning at hippotherapy:

Erik rides first, then sometimes when he's done, I scoot him off to school while Nikolai rides, then I take HIM to school. Then I get to go to work!

Isn't this a nice picture? :o)

One nice thing that they do at the end of the ride is try to get Erik to follow directions while on the horse. Here, they have him take the rings off of the bar and hand it over. He's finally "getting it"! They are SO good with him.

Here's Nik, mounting, getting ready for his ride. He was embarrassed that I was taking his picture (but I know inside he was so proud!). He hates having to wear a helmet and have "side walkers", though. He wants to ride "regular". lol This is therapy, Nik! Not sport!

Doesn't he look like Mr. Cool sitting up there? So apathetic. LOL

"Mom! Don't take my picture...!"

Off they go.

This is the "partner" of Nikolai's horse. Usually she cries the whole time Nik's horse is gone with him. Pretty out there, isn't it?

Here they come! I know Nik is thinking, "I wish he'd get his hand off of my foot!" LOL Notice though, how much lower his foot is from when he started his ride. At the beginning, his knees are squished so tightly together (not from tone but from contractures) but by the end of the ride, he can get his knees a few inches apart, which is a big deal for him. He says he stays loose for about a day and a half afterward, but of course, does nothing after that to stay loose. *sigh*

I love this picture!! I had just told him to "put your lips together!".

Now that he is chewing a lot better, he can enjoy things like - an "Aunt Watley's" cookie!! This just may be the first cookie he's ever eaten. In a way it's nice, though, one thing you CAN'T call him is a junk food junkie!!
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Proud big brother Reese tried spiking his hair, but (thankfully) it was too long! Never a dull moment!!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Okay, so maybe school did start a month ago today, but I've been in a bit of a funk lately, and haven't been in the mood to blog. The funk is lifting a little bit and I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, so here I go! I only have time this morning for one blog post, but I have a couple more to put on, so stay tuned.

Here is Erik on his first day of school. He is in Kindergarten this year, and is in a "Supported Kindergarten" class, which includes First, Second and I think, Third graders as well. Erik is still only 25 pounds soaking wet, though, so I'm sure he is dwarfed by all of the big kids in his class!! The school he goes to is not particularly welcoming, and they frown on parents in the classrooms, so I haven't even seen his room yet (I know, slap my wrist), but I've spoken with his teacher several times and she is great. I get notes home each day on how his day was (something I longed for last year but didn't get), and soon I will go in for a teacher visit. I am comfortable with him going there, though I don't like it - the school is in the middle of Titusville, which is terribly inconvenient for me, and poor Erik's bus rides are an hour in the mornings and 45 min. to an hour in the afternoons! Good thing he likes riding...!

As per tradition on the first day of school, the kids stand with their backpacks by whatever car we happen to have that year. This year, we had a rental car! LOL

Getting on the bus with not only his bus aide, but also a classroom aide, which is nice.Have fun, Erik!!
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
This is kind of cool: it's a map showing many of the places that I've been in my life. I got tired of looking through the list of cities so I finally quit, but this is pretty neat!

..and yes, I HAVE been to Reykjavik, Iceland. ;op

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If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap.
If you want happiness for a day, go fishing.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune.
If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.
- Chinese proverb
It is not the will of your Father that any one of these little ones should perish. Matt. 18:14

Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. Matt. 18:5

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Nikolai, Mark, Missy, Reese, and Erik

Nikolai, 19

Nikolai, 19

Reese, 19

Reese, 19

Erik, 9

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