Thursday, February 01, 2007
God is SO GOOD!!!
We have some great news to share with everyone. As I grow in my faith, I am still learning that I am worthy to ask God not only for the really big things, but the small things too. I have also learned that only He knows my innermost desires and can deliver the things in our life that we truly need.
Shortly after Christmas, a news story aired featuring a mom who has a special needs child, and would soon be opening a daycare that would accept children with special needs. You wouldn't think that in this day and age and political era, that childcare centers would be able to discriminate against the disabled - but it happens to us all the time - we just don't sue when we are denied access to services. This mom faced it so many times, she finally decided that without any government help or grants, Baton Rouge had a need for a facility that would openly accept children with disabilities. I only wrote down the name of the place and only jotted down an address, as I wasn't listening too closely, as we already had plans for Braden in the long-term.
I thought that I had thrown this paper away, since I wasn't really going to need it, but for once, my procrastination paid off. This past week I began to clean up the paper trails around my house and found that piece of paper again with a name and an address. So Braden and I packed up our things and just drove over. The owner's mom was there, and she took my information, and I made an appointment to come meet with the owner of the facility last Friday.
We started talking, and I learned that the owner (LaTacia) has a four-year-old special needs daughter too. I soon learned that her daughter also has epilepsy, a g-tube, developmental delays, an apnea monitor, has had a pulse-ox in the past, and also has a suction machine. We were there for about 15 minutes when LaTacia asked to hold Braden while I started to fill out some initial paperwork - and she went straight into "Mommy-Mode" and asked where the "on" button was on the suction machine was - I could not believe it!! We spent a few hours with her this past Tuesday in the center, and I got to meet and train Braden's other caregivers (four of them) - all of whom are related to LaTacia. They are very in-tune to Braden's needs, and have a very strong hold on their faith. They are AMAZING!!
Braden went to "Kidz Korner" for two full days this week (Wed & Thurs) and is doing great. After we came home Wednesday night, I literally began to cry for joy that God had answered our prayers, as I was reading Braden's daily progress report from the daycare. We could not have built a better care-giver for Braden if we had put in a special order with God himself. Tears of joy, thanking God for his everlasting love, and trusting that He will always have a better plan for us if we put our trust in Him.
We head to Houston to see the lead nuero on Monday, so we may have some nuero update next week. He is still having less than 10 seizures a day. Last week he had 8 bradychardia (slowed heart rate) episodes, and to our knowledge only has had 2 this week. We have some cool news to share... Braden is started to roll from his back to his side, and from his side to his tummy, until his arms get caught in the way:-) He is now doing this when he is not throwing a fit, so we think he is learning!! As you can see, Daddy is also teaching him how to use the phone and the bluetooth, so he may be calling you all soon!
Thanks to our ever-faithful prayer warriors, who continue to lift us up. Thanks to our bible study groups who continue to pray for us collectively, and to all those we don't know who have devoted time to add us in your prayers. We are so very thankful, and blessed by all of you.
Have a great weekend, we will be watching the SuperBowl from our hotel in Houston!!