Nathan is Hebrew and means "gift from God" - we couldn't have been more blessed than to have been chosen as his parents!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dr. Seuss Decor Part III (Oh, The Places You'll Go!)

When I made the decision to embark on this very long creative Dr. Seuss path, there was no doubt that the book, "Oh, the places you'll go!" would be a part of his decor. It's my favorite of the collection! Adults and children alike can take something away from this book.

This painting was actually the first in the series. The painting idea came straight from the inside cover of the book.

It was a challenge trying to match many of the colors ~ I wasn't able to get an exact match but I think it came out just fine. As an aside, the colors of the next reveal were all mixed by Danny and myself. Danny loves to paint and mixing colors is his specialty ~ so he was really helpful! Many of the colors we needed were unavailable at the art store.

When I finished this painting, something was missing. It just looked plain. I was going to add a shelf and some very cool Dr. Seuss stuff and thought about it for a very long time ~ months actually and decided against it.

Just last week, I added a little something and now I really love it! Nathan needed a ride!!! So, in Dr. Seuss fashion, I gave him a balloon! The balloon is actually straight from the book as well but I changed the color to match the Lorax trees.

This balloon was challenging and I made some mistakes when I was painting it but I doubt many would notice. Here is the finished product!

The next reveal is a big one! Literally!!! He hears things most don't. Do you know Who it is?

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

You know this Christmas tune! "It's the most wonderful time of the year. Where kids have to be tested and therapists are telling you be of good cheer! Oh, it's the most wonderful time of the year..." I've been singing this Christmas tune for the past week because it's once again that time of year where Nathan has to go through the State required tests to continue his Early Intervention services. Unlike Christmas, this time of the year sucks. It's the time of the year where we have to acknowledge what Nathan's not doing that other children his age are and we receive the lovely news regarding his developmental. I struggle with these tests because on a daily basis we don't focus on what Nathan's not doing but what he is doing. On the flip side, I'm also aware of the therapist rationale ~ these tests allow us to recognize Nathan's weaknesses so we can set goals for the next 6-months. I get it but it doesn't make it any easier.

Last week, these tests/reports, my Christmas tune and some bible scripture brought things full circle for our family. On Tuesday, my Aunt sent me an email about Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say, on the Lord. The email spoke about why we are always in such a hurry in life ~ we have deadlines, appointments and schedules ~ rush rush rush. We have fast cars, faster microwaves and we can't wait for anything. I'm guilty. I sent this email to Danny and after he read Nathan's reports on Sunday, I asked him, "what do you think?" His reply, "I know my son, I know what he can do and why does everyone have to be in such a hurry anyway! He'll get it ~ on his own schedule."

I've stopped singing that Christmas tune.

On tap this week: walking and standing up all by myself video, Nathan eating with chop sticks, a thoughtful gift from the Amish and the next Dr. Seuss reveal!!! Have a great day!