Friday, March 7, 2014

Big Projects on the Homefront

     No, not the kind that involve window washing and painting trim. I have a few personal updates to share with you.

     A while back I wrote a post with some of my thoughts about transitioning to a full time home maker, and I also mentioned the dilemmas dear to my own heart of living on a single income and making economic adjustments. It may have been around that time that I started taking a closer look at ways to cut our grocery budget and researching some ideas for putting our savings in high gear. Doesn't that sound better than putting our spending in low gear? One blog I came to really know and love was The Thrifty Frugal Mom, and I studied it closely for months before actually going full throttle and implementing some major strategies that I learned from that blog. That was last September, and I was honored when the Thrifty Frugal Mom herself, Lydia, asked me to write a guest post about how I got started, along with some of the challenges and ways that her saving system has helped me. If you are interested in frugal living and money saving strategies for homemakers, I encourage you to visit her blog often, but right now you should go read 5 Tips to Spend Less but Get More

     In other news, I wanted to give a brief update on the Little Mister. In a previous post, I mentioned how last summer he began therapy for some issues that no one could quite put their finger on at the time. We got in line for the long nine month wait to see a specialized pediatrician who we hoped would have more insight into what was going on. During that time, he has made remarkable progress. So many of the behaviors that worried us then have been corrected. Those things were like clouds in a starry sky, and once they dissipated we were able to see the sky more clearly and get a truer picture of any constellations that were out of alignment. There was, is, one star that was dimmer than the rest, and it is his lack of verbal communication. We now know that Little Mister has verbal apraxia. The best way I can describe apraxia is that most people have a fast and wide road that runs from their brain to their mouth, so they can easily form words and get their mouth and lips to do what they should in order to speak. Children with apraxia have a narrow road, with potholes and maybe a bridge out. It's much, much harder and very frustrating because they DO understand everything but can't communicate like the rest of us. 

    Progress is slow, yet there is a lot of hope and we continue to invest in speech therapy as we understand that it is our best tool  for treatment. We have also started learning sign language. I can tell you that learning a new language at this point in time can seem overwhelming, but also exciting. Kind of like entering a really good fabric store with a full wallet.

There's a timber harvest taking place at my in-law's wood lot. As you can see, we're not afraid of big projects.

     Oh, and don't worry. Just because our son doesn't say anything doesn't mean he can't communicate at all. He definitely makes his needs known and in many ways, he is louder than words.

13 comments:

  1. You are just full of exciting plans for the future! I'm so glad someone has finally figured out how to help Little Mister with a new way to express his thoughts, wants, and needs, as he grows and progresses along his path. I LOVE this picture (even though the height makes me weak in the shins!) and your perfect caption! I really enjoyed reading your guest post about how you are strategizing to save money. Both of your misters are so lucky to have you working so hard to give your family the best life possible!

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    1. Thanks BAT Mom! That picture made me weak, too, because I was not there when it was taken but everyone came home in one piece so I guess that's okay. Now I am going to go inform the senior Mister of how lucky he is, as per BAT Mom. :)

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  2. Communication is such an essential part of life, and the frustrations of not being able to communicate.

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  3. I have a little student in Sunday School who may have a similar problem. He is also the third child, so it may not be that at all, just that he's never had to express himself clearly and so he's become a little lazy with his speech... good information anyway. I was very happy to read your guest post with clear advice about what I can do also the help save money. I also have very, very little storage space, but do have much freezer space. I am thinking that I may try some of the ideas you explained to help us save a little in grocery money and other ways. I also work at a wholesale paper goods distributor, so TP and PT by the case are sometime much cheaper for me and yet I find myself buying small amounts at the store each month... silly me. Gotta change the brain.
    Love the picture of your little guy on the big machine. I think my grandson will be just the same. We've got a loader/backhoe that he's already climbed all over. Now if we can teach him safety along with that.
    Have a blessed day!!!

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    1. You are so right Mrs. Doug about changing the brain. It takes so much repetition and practice but is worth it in the end. I sometimes struggle not to fall back on my old ways, but it's become such fun to save money that it's less of a challenge as time goes by. Anyway, my son loves to climb all over any type of heavy equipment, farm machinery, or even dad's truck. What is it that draws little boys to such things? Let's give thanks that they are so easily entertained. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. I am sending up a prayer for your dear little mister. Blessings to you all dear friend

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    1. Thanks, Shelley. Your prayers and kind words mean a lot to me.

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  5. I'm so honored you agreed to do that post for me! Thank you again.

    And so glad that you are making progress with the little mister, even though it feels kind of slow. I think you are an amazing mom. The way you care for him and are willing to do whatever it takes is such a beautiful picture of a mom's sacrificial love.

    Hope you have a good weekend!

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    1. Thank you for inviting me, Lydia!

      It feels like I'm just hanging in there and doing all that any mom could or would do at this point, but I appreciate your beautiful words of support.

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  6. As you now know, Katya has a Dx of Apraxia and due to her life in an orphanage she did not have ANY speech therapy until she was added to our home at 6.5 years. I can not say enough good things about good speech therapy so hopefully you have a fantastic therapist and will keep on plugging forward with improvements for Little Mister. And sign language is still a struggle for me for so much of it but I'm VERY grateful for it and so is Katya!

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  7. Thinking of you, your family and little man (who I can't believe has gotten so big!!!) and sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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    1. Thanks Karen, every ounce of support helps carry us through the rainy days.

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