Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tumeric for your feet?

Eva's stint with casting is over.  For now.

Her little feet just couldn't tolerate the pressure from the casts, even on an adapted schedule.  To prevent pressure sores, we had to cut her casts off early and decided to discontinue.  Eva also had swelling on top of her feet, just below her toes.

New plan:  After her next Botox treatment (January-ish), Eva will be fitted for hinged Tami splints. Something like the picture below, that will allow Eva's therapists to adjust angles to improve her feet alignment.

And Theratogs to address lordosis in the meantime.

And 1/4 tsp turmeric daily for inflammation.

With vitamins and fish oil supplements.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

A picnic of books

Eva is learning, learning, learning.  All the time.  She's really just quite amazing.

I'm pretty sure learning can be made more fun with fun books.

Today we had a picnic of books for school.  Eva was excited though I'm not sure that a good deal of her excitement wasn't from books being inside a Grocery bag...

Onto those books. 

We already got Eva another bible.  She had The Gospel Story Bible: Discovering Jesus in the Old and New Testaments which is very well written, follows Christ throughout the New to the Old Testament, and has extraordinary illustrations.  But, it's a little above her developmental level and pretty heavy on the Reformed side.  I think I must have found my book list from a reformed site.  That's not a problem, but we're not exactly a Reformed family.  We're Armeniformed.  Or something.  

The good news is that we found a nice alternative for now: Sally Lloyd-Jones' The Jesus Storybook Bible.  It's good.  Eva seems to follow it well.  The illustrations aren't as cool as The Gospel Story Bible, but that's alright.  This book too follows The Scarlet Thread throughout the Old Testament into the New Testament, basically shouting out "Jesus Christ is Lord!"

Since we're on the topic of biblical stuff, I also got another parenting with grace book, Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel.  I'm about half way done and absolutely love it.  It says, "set your family free."  What's not to love?  (side note: also reading The Untold Story of the New Testament Church: An Extraordinary Guide to Understanding the New Testament  by Frank Viola, which is really interesting and Philip Yancey's Prayer: Does it Make any Difference? which is also interesting-like em both.)

 Onto kid stuff!

Numbers by Xavier Deneux.  I was looking for tabs or something tactile for Eva to touch while she counts and this is a wonderful option.  It's a gem.

But when 10 isn't enough, you need CountaBlock.  This book goes to 100.  The colors and images are delightful.  You "count" from 1-10, and then from 10-100, you go by tens.  The images between one page and the next build conceptually.  Love it.

Alphabet flash cards.  These are My Favorite Things Flash Cards.  Love them.  They're big. They're bold.  They're visually simplistic. Wonderful.  Eva now recognizes and labels EVA, and A-G. Lower-case and pictures are on the flip side.

Happy reading!

Friday, October 3, 2014

Tea, Swearing, and Fun

Today was a run 50 errands all over northwest Arkansas on a tight schedule kind of day.  One errand led us to Savoy Tea Co.  I needed to get some dried elderberry & echinacea stuff (flowers or berries or something) to make a tea to treat a stalwart cold.

I warned Eva that we weren't getting any treats, just the dried stuff, and then we had to hurry off for her doctor appointment.  But once we got there, Eva really wanted to stay and have a tea party.  She looked around wistfully and chirped "tea?" like a little bird.  

I ignored her pleas, grabbed my goods, paid, and on our way out, Eva distinctly and loudly said, "I want $h*t!  I want $h*t, please."

It took me a second to realize she was saying that she wanted to SIT, not the other thing.  As in, sit down, rest a bit and have a cuppa.  To make sure the tea ladies didn't think we condone infantile swearing at our house, I said, "Oh, you want to SIT down?  Sorry, not today, we have to be adults and take care of errands."  We were on a tight schedule, you see. 

I made it about 10 feet out of that store when I turned right back around and we made our second entrance into Savoy only this time we had ourselves a little tea date.  

Walking out of that store triggered a sweet childhood memory when my mom, my Aunt Darla (my other mother), and I were driving home from somewhere.  There might have been a cousin with us.  I can't remember.  Anyway, on this particular road near the Ouachita Mountains, there happened to be Tickle Belly Hill.  Maybe other people called it that too, I don't know.  It was Tickle Belly Hill though.  If you speed when you drive over it, you lose your tummy, like when you're on a little roller coaster. My mom duly sped up and we lost our tummies on Tickle Belly Hill.  But seeing as children are never satisfied with just a little fun, I asked my mom if we could go over it again.

Ya'll, my practical, no-nonsense momma pulled a U-ie, and we went over that dang hill again and again and again.  Each time she broke a traffic law, my heart sang.  That practical momma burned time and gas just for fun.  Hallelujah.

Anyway.  That's why we had a tea party.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

About those casts...

If anyone is interested in the medical side of this cast business, here's the rundown:

Eva is requiring a slightly different schedule where she is casted for 5-7 days, her skin rests for 5-7 days, and then she is re-casted.  Her little feet are so short that she doesn't have a lot of leverage at the bottom of her cast, causing her feet to "ride up" in her cast and be in a not-so-great position.

During her rest periods, she wears some anti-deformity foot splints to maintain the range she just gained with her casts.  I got to help one of Eva's PTs make her foot splints which was cool:)

What's not-so-cool is that Eva has to keep her knees extended in standing or a long sit all the time, even when I'm carrying her.  Knee flexion was helping her to get more leverage to wiggle her little feet out from where they needed to be.  But you know what?  That's alright.  Part of the gig right now.

After a week off, here's our girl in all her orange glory.

Like those 70s tube sock casts?  This girl can rock just about anything.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Purple feet and chickens

Eva's feet gratefully received the first of her serial casts today!

Just look at those happy feet!

Eva's feet (not her heel cord necessarily) were stretched and maintained in an almost neutral position while they were casted.  This plaster cast will stay on for a week, will be removed, her legs will be washed, and then the process will be repeated until Eva's range has reached the desired mark or she has plateaued.  We're praying for smooth sailing and good skin integrity!

In other news, we made a new friend, Theresa, while visiting our friends' farm.  Theresa is lucky enough to have a Kubota, and we were lucky enough that she took us on a ride:)

While visiting our friends, we unexpectedly inherited some chickens.  We are now the proud owners of some laying hens, which is a good thing considering how many eggs we eat weekly.

I love having hens!  I think it's because it gives me something else to look forward to every day.  When I open up the our door latch to see inside their nests and find eggs, it's a surprise every time.  A good surprise.  It's like hunting for Easter eggs and getting a package in the mail all at the same time.

I recommend getting yourself some hens.

Friday, September 5, 2014

September is here

I have made some scattered reviews of the books we're using for Eva's kindergarten year.  As an aside, don't you love that a kindergarten is a garden of children?  The latest book, The Year at Maple Hill Farm, is really delightful.

Through examples of daily life on a farm, it catalogues seasons and months of the year.  Delightful.

Eva is also a fan.  In fact, reading and rereading this book has helped Eva to (mostly) learn the months, as seen in this little video.


Happy September!  May it be the beginning of some blessed fall weather. We love this time of year.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Joy comes in the morning

Last week was a radio silence kind of week.  We encountered some challenges with our adoption process (we are still moving forward, praise God!).  We learned we're going to have to refigure where we buy land to hopefully build.  And I had food poisoning/salmonella something awful for four days.  That means that Eva basically watched movies all last week.  Except for Wednesday.  My friend, Krissie, came by to bring me some meds and she read to Eva.  But by Friday, Eva was in a television stupor zombie-like state.  I don't ever want to get sick again.

We didn't start school last week.  That's okay.  We're not in a rush.

I guess this is a season in life where we're being reminded that our plans don't always work out the way we want them to.  Daniel and I were talking last night, and in hindsight we can see how God has led us this year.  We followed at different times thinking God was leading us to something very specific only to learn that instead, God was leading us gently forward, and that our 'specifics' acted as an impetus rather than an endpoint.

My friend, Jenni, once mentioned offhandedly that following God can make you look like you're crazy.  I agree.  Especially if you share with others as you go.  But you know what?  That's okay too.

"My soul languishes for your salvation; I hope in your word. My eyes fail for watching for your promise;"  Psalm 119: 81-82.  That's where we are right now.  Trusting in our Father who is the air we breathe, who gives good gifts, who died for us, who yielded and took punishment for our sins, who already won the battle, who loves unconditionally...

At the end of our terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week, something big happened.

Eva lost her first tooth!

Instead of the tooth fairy business, we had a tea party for lunch today with Daniel!  Our whole ride into town from The Country, Eva kept saying "Daddy lunch!"  And when we were running an errand a lady asked her what we were eating for lunch.  Eva said, "Daddy."