December to Remember

Life has been so busy lately.  Sometimes I have to stop and take it all in!

 My husband is so hardworking these days. He has been working 12 hour days, 6 days a week, and then his Reserves Drills as well.  He went 3 weeks of no days off. Bless his heart. I know he is doing is best right now and there is nothing more attractive than a working man. A hard-working man, working at least one, let alone two jobs to support his family.  I am so grateful for the sacrifices Adam makes to provide for us.  I know he is miserable at his jobs, but he does it for me, and our children.   That is a good man, right there.

Caity has had a lot going on lately.  After 3 months of being given the run around, we finally have a dr who is willing to do Caity's surgeries & accept her Medicaid!  Woot woot!  I am so happy and relieved.  We head to St. Louis Children's Hospital in February for it.   Nervous about how it will all play out, but I am sure we will be okay!

Caity was sick for 2 weeks. Congestion, bad cough.  Yucky stuff. Happens every winter. Just been rough for her lately.  Her seizures are changing & I know its because we are weening her off of a drug she has been on for 3 years, called Keppra, and she's going through a huge growth spurt right now.   She lost her VERY first tooth two days ago, and that was a huge milestone for her. I had to pull it out myself, and I am glad she was the most perfect child about it. I was more scared than she was.  That is typically how it goes.  Mom worries.. Caity is fine.   Makes me giggle after the fact, but I cried when I pulled her tooth out.  The anxiety was almost too much for me. I was so worried for the last couple of months that her tooth would fall out during a seizure or in the middle of the night and she would choke to death on it.   Thank GOD, that did not happen.   I prayed so much about it, and my prayers were answered!

Caity got her very first FB AD for her Help4Caity FB page!  This is pretty neat! If you are on FB anytime between now and the end of January, you might see this AD on your sponsored ad's list in your sidebar next to your contacts!    And if you haven't yet, please "Like" Help4Caity on Facebook.  That is where most updates pertaining to Caitlyn will be!  Thanks! :)

Caity's 2nd campaign hasn't really been doing much. It's received $10.  I am not complaining though because  it is Christmas time, and I know ppl feel that if you ASK for money from others around the holidays, no matter what the reason, ppl tend to have the wrong idea and assume it's just bc you're greedy.   Well, I can tell you what, I am not greedy.  I am not one of those mothers who FAKE my child's illnesses for attention or use her money that is donated for HER on my own selfish desires.   People who do that are justifiably sick.     So if you are wondering why we haven't been puting Indiegogo.com/TeamCaity on blast, or trying really hard to get it funded, we are taking our time, and that is why.   Besides there is a time and place for everything.  An Uncle told me yesterday that Christmas time is when ppl feel most like giving, and that I should blast her campaign as much as I can, but I feel in my heart, we should take our time with it.  I believe Caity will get funded when it's right!

We did receive some cash in a Christmas card this week that a youtube friend/subscriber sent to Caity.  So nice of her!  Nichole, if you read my blog, Thank You!!  <3

Also, a local news lady named Melissa Stern from KOZL wants to do an interview with our family about Caity.   I think this would be a fantastic way to spread the word about Caity & open the door for other parents with children like Caity to reach out to us & help us learn about and from eachother.  Also a great way to network Caity's campaigns, more than we can do ourselves!    Not sure if we will go for it yet, but when I am ready, and it happens, I will let everybody know when it will be aired & will even share links!

Angel & Jocee are excited for Christmas.  This year I think "Santa" aka Mommy & Daddy are going to get them a huge dollhouse for Christmas.  Unfortunately they aren't cheap & the ones we found online usually don't have the pieces, like furniture and families.  We'll see what happens.

The kids had a great time helping decorate the Christmas tree.  It's the same tree our family has had since 2006, when Caity was born. Every year we decorate it a little different. Usually different colored ornaments & lights, or garland, etc.  This year we kept the red & green theme.   It glows really pretty. We use white strands so you can't see anything but lights. The strands blend in with our white tree.  I love it.  Our lights blink and chase too.  And we have a fiber optic Grandfather Winter on top of the tree. He's pretty too.  Here are a couple pictures up close of our tree:

*Giant SnowFlake Ornaments*

*Bead strands thrown on the tree. <3* 

* My FAVE ornament, from the $1 Tree*

 Since we live in a small apartment, we don't have the room to put our tree anywhere but in our Kitchen!  I know that is odd, but our kitchen/living room is one giant room basically and our sectional, the way placed, separates the two pretty well.  I don't mind where it's at.  I do hope that this time next year we are living in a HOUSE! We have never had a house!  That is our goal as a family!!  Probably after income tax time & our lease is up in March.  We are going to go for the gold!  I hope the Lord provides!  Pray for us! :)

Oh, and before I get of of here... Let's not forget the meaning of Christmas too!  People get so carried away with Christmas trees, decorations & gifts that they forget the real meaning behind Christmas!  Jesus is the reason for the season!  I won't preach at anybody, even though this is MY blog and MY tiny space on the internet to do so, but I just hope that everybody out there finds the Christmas spirit within themselves, their family & GOD too, if you believe!   

The MOST exciting thing I wanted to share with you guys on this blog is that this past week, I got to talk to my long-lost older brother that I have never met before!!  Yay!!

I am 25, and all of my life I have known that I had an older brother, but never knew much about him other than his first name.   My father was with a woman before he and my mother got married & had me, and he never wanted to talk about his past.  It wasn't until 3 months ago that I learned my brother's mother's name and played detective myself, and FOUND her and my brother on FB.   I messaged them and assumed they weren't interested in talking to me bc 3 months passed and I hadn't heard anything. Well a week ago today, I got a message back from my brother's mother & she was the right person I was looking for and they too, had always wanted to know about me & my other brothers .  So I am now, for the first time ever, officially, a little sister to somebody!   I have always been the oldest.  But not anymore. I am soo beyond excited about this.  I have talked to my brother & his wife all week.  We have a lot in common.  We are planning to meet up in person soon and I can't wait to get to know them more!  But I am one of those success stories that you hear about.  I found a long-lost sibling on Facebook.  What are the odds?  Hahaha.  Love it.

To my brother and his wife... I love you guys!! :)

I love family! eeeep!!

And... gosh, I am rambling today. I hope everybody has a great week! I'll update this and Caity-related everything, later!