Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I haven't written much this month. We've been extremely busy just living and all that comes with it.

However, today, was a day worth a blog post.

I feel so humble as I think about the Lord's love for me, even when I feel so unworthy in so many ways. Today His hand was definitely in the way circumstances unfolded so that we could receive some long sought after answers.

Porter didn't want to go in for the visit. He was worried I'd make him get the flu shot. He wouldn't eat before we left. He didn't want to get in the car to leave, he didn't want to get out of the car at the office. The only time his pediatrician had available was 4:20. I usually try to avoid taking my cranky children anywhere at that time of day. After much haggling, we finally arrived in the packed office, thus a long wait in a germ infested waiting room insued... ugh.

At least the wait gave Porter time to calm down. He walked willingly to the exam room. As the doctor and I talked about Porter, we revised issues we've talked about for the past year.

Doug and I have long felt that there was something off in Porter's behavior. He is stubborn and strong willed, yes... but he is a good kid and he has a good heart. But sometimes we see what we call, Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde behavior, and we've been searching, in the dark, for an answer.

We've felt it was tied to diet, but haven't been able to pinpoint it... is it sugar, preservatives... lately I've wondered if it could be food sensitivities. Last visit, Porter's doctor suggested we try counseling, which we did (another post for another time, when I've had time to sort out my feelings). I've talked to her about sleep problems, and blood sugar issues. Today, I asked for specific testing, and she basically told me they wouldn't help. She asked me if still thought it could be blood sugar, and I replied, I was wishing I had a test strip to test him on the way in. She looked at me, with a gleam in her eye. "We can test him right now."

After a fight with Porter (or at least a physical battle) we got a drop of blood out of him... Sure enough, he was super low- high 40s or low 50's. Dr recommends we treat him for hypoglycemia. What a difference that has me in our lives. Other people have commented on is behavior.

The timing of getting that result was divinely inspired! Testifying again to the goodness of God,

I like it...

With great and dramatic intonation, Preston declares to us his favorite things by saying...

I like it... spaghetti (as spaghetti is being served)

I like it... cake (as the ingredients for cake preparation are being pulled out)

I like it... Patrick (as we pull up to Nikki's car for some pre-piano lesson kid shuffling)

I like it... zoo (as we pull into the zoo parking lot)

what a cute, charming, sweet little boy he's turning out to be!

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Parenting Inspiration

I keep the following quotes on my fridge... so I don't forget... quotes are taken from Nov 07 Ensign and unless other wise noted are from Sis. Barbara Thompson

In a stable family, parents teach by example and don't just tell their children to do something. They do it with them and show them how things are done.

Love and nurture your children. Tell them you love them. Put your arms around them. Appropriate physical affection will accomplish miracles. Express kind words. Show them by example how to work. Teach them to pray... Read to your children. Read from the scriptures. Have Family Home evening.

It takes a tremendous amount of patience and restraint in order to avoid doing or saying things we will later regret. (removing yourself from the room for a minute in order to retain control is often very helpful)

Strengthening families is our sacred duty. Elder Hales

It is imperative that you not neglect your families. Nothing you have is more precious... When all is said and done, it is the family relationship which we will take with us into the life beyond. Pres. Hinckley

Don't feel guilty. Apologize when you have made a mistake. Seek your children's forgiveness. Change your ways and move on.

[Satan] attacks our faith in God and tries to discourage even the strongest and most loving families. Satan is delighted when we give in -even just a little.

The members of a stable family know who they are, where they are going, and what they want to achieve.

The greatest help we will have in strengthening families is to know and follow the doctrines of Christ and rely on him to help us... he will help.

Believe the Savior. He will help us. He loves us. He wants us to be happy... The scriptures are full of examples of how Christ has helped and will help.