Saturday, August 22, 2009

Busy Busy Busy and A Little About My BIL

That's what it's been like around here this week. I thought I was still working for a few days there and then it dawned on me that I was a stay at home MeMe now. We have had dentist appts. this week, school shopping for one kiddo, and me and my MIL spent all day on Tuesday at the hospital with my BIL.

So I think I would like to tell about my sweet BIL today. I haven't wrote about him yet so I think I would like to tell all my blog friends about the "one" of the SWEETEST men you will ever know.

Meet Kevin......AKA: Bo

Kevin, whom I call "Bo" has a mental illness called Paranoid Schizaphrenic (spelling???). I want to tell about Kevin because the experience we, as a whole family (hubby, me, mom (MIL), sister (SIL), even our children have to go through just to get assistance with Kevin is by far the most difficult thing our family and millions of families in this world have to deal with. Unless you have mega bucks and medical insurance people like Kevin are hidden like they have the plaqued. Kevin does have insurance now but there have been times in the past that he has not. Therefore, he has went to some doozy of some hospitals.

When Kevin gets overwhelmed, stressed, or worries a lot over something he may or may not get confused and either, "forget" his medication or "just stop taking" his medication. As long as Kevin is on his meds he is just like you and me. Now when he is not on his meds he loves me a 100 times a day and he is going to be a preacher. Never has Kevin ever been mean or violent when he is not on his meds. He is just overly loving, emotional, and very aggitated! His dad, my FIL, my childrens grandpa, and my MIL's ex husband had the same thing. He was the first SWEEETEST EVER man I ever met. He is now gone to be with Jesus so he is no longer suffering with this awful illness.

So this past week Kevin forgot to take his meds and we always know when this happens so off we went to the hospital on Tuesday to be with Kevin in this tiny room in the back of the emergency room where nobody would walk by to see him and be bothered by him. We sat there from 11:00 am to 10:40 pm that day. It took a good 4 hours to even see a doctor, then after that he saw a crisis doctor ( not right word). Kevin would voluntary go to a mental hospital to get his meds back on track and then released like he was normal. There are no decent places for people with mental illnesses to go hang out for fun, there are no housing with supervision to check on them to see if they need anything or they are doing ok with meds etc. I get so frustrated because we all love Kevin dearly and the reality is he wants to be on his own and to be responsible for himself but there is not any decent apartments, housing for him. They have homes they call group homes. Well, maybe a few of these are good places but most of those places are not good environments for people like Kevin.

I love Kevin not just because he is special, but because he is loving, kind to everyone, loves the Lord, loves his family, loves to work, he is funny, and he is just like his dad. He is very special to us and we love him very much.

So anyway, I just wanted to introduce you all to my sweet BIL Kevin and also to ask my bloggy friends to remember him and people like him in your prayers.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Just a Few Updates:)

I do have a few new pics to share but I have one more that I want to add before I post them.
So as for an update on little Harrison. I don't know if anyone of you heard about the Typhoon that hit over in Taiwan. Well, we all were really worried about Harrison and the other little baby that is in his orphanage but turns out we heard the next day that they were all fine. As far as a court date, we don't know any updates. We figured it would be a little longer due to the storm but God can move mountains so I am sure if He wants he could make it today:) As soon as I have a date I will let you know.
As far as Tuff, he is growing so so so fast!!!! He is now 11 pds 4 ozs.!!! This is just a week after he started on cereal in each bottle for reflux issues. He was at 10pds. 7 ozs.
He is now starting to smile:):):):)
He is also pushing himself over from his back to stomach when laying on the bed. He loves his stomach so we have to really watch him.
He eats 4 oz bottle with 1 tablespoon of cereal every 3 to 4 hours.
He loves is pacifier and loves to watch lights or ceiling fans.
April called me last Friday and invited me to a movie and dinner and I was really excited about spending some time with my oldest daughter!
We went to Demo's for dinner and then went to see Julie/Julia!! A good movie but very long, 2 hours to be exact. But it was nice to get out and spend time with one of my children!
Boogs was off this weekend which is very unusual! So we went Saturday looking a new stoves since the oven in mine went out!!!! Of course every appliance in my house is breaking down so we will have to replace them all eventually. If anyone knows of scratch and dent appliance stores near us let me know. I will so greatly appreciate it!
Ashley has 2 more weeks to be home with Tuff and I know she is really dreading going back to work.
Victoria is loving 6th grade and loves all her teachers. They get to change classes this year and she is really excited!
BreeAnn got a new job at Forever 21. She is really excited about it and she starts college on the 29th. Wow!!! That's a week from today.
So that's about it for now. Oh did I mention that I will be going on a cruise for 7 whole days in November. More on that at a later date!!!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Visitors From Florida And A Little Bit Of Tuff:)

I will start with a picture of our sweet boy in his cowboy hat that my niece Carrie sent for him. I think he just may be our next Sheriff:)

Victoria and Granny having a little fun:)

Getting some love from Aunt Stacey

Nana and Tuff lovin on each other

and of course GiGi (the great grandbabies are going to call my mom GiGi for "great grandmother"
Sweet Little Family

Auntie April and Tuff

Aunt Stacey with Ashley (two peas in a pod) I have always said "Ashley should have been born to Stacey!! They are just alike!!

BreeAnn on the porch of Milton's

and little fun in the sun

A little trip to Milton's for dinner which was not that great but we had family time so that counts

Then we had lunch one day at Miller's Grocery which was fabulous!!! And of course the dog that is always at Miller's

Me, my mom and little sister

Me holding Tuff, Ashley on my right, little sister on left, then mom and April

Me and my mom, MY Hero!!:):):)

Patrice and Jeremy went along with us for some of that fabulous food at Miller's

This past week I have had my mom, her friend Rick and my little sister Stacey in town visiting and loving on my sweet grandson. We have had a lot of fun just visiting and not doing a whole lot of anything.

We did go to a state park that is about 30 minutes from here and hung out for a few hours and then we went to a little restaurant that is suppose to well known for it's Cajun seafood. Well the Cajun seafood ended up being frozen so you get my point!!!

Other than that we have just been hanging around the house enjoying our time with family and of course eating!!!! We always say that we will have to diet when the visit is over. Never happens!
p.s. On a MeMe note: Tuff went to the doctor because we thought he was having some reflux. He now weighs 10 lbs 7 oz. Wow! He has gained 2 1/2 pds since he arrived 1 month ago. The doctor prescribed a tablespoon of rice cereal in each bottle and also gave him a prescription. So we hope this helps our little man.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

And it's gonna get even SWEETER!!

And how can it NOT get any SWEETER than this!!!

Our little Harrison is still waiting on his mama and daddy to come to Taiwan to pick him up so he can partake in all the love that his family has to give.

All the paperwork has made it over to Taiwan for the courts to approve his adoption and then April and Brandon can go love on this sweet boy. We are really excited about getting to meet this little man.

I know I haven't talked to much about Harrison but we are thinking about him a lot and can't wait to meet him. It seems it's not really real until he gets here and April has said that the updated pictures that she gets seems just like a ultrasound to her. I am sure she and Brandon have a deeper attachment to this handsome baby than anyone else seems to have but we love him already and can't wait to meet him.

Oh and A giveaway!!!!!
Head on over to April's blog at and try to guess their court date and you just might have a chance to win a cute monogrammed tote!!!!! She is hosting this giveaway to see who guesses the date of the court date or the closest day to the court date. Good luck!!!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Just a little SWEETNESS!!!

I went down to spend some time with my sweet boy tonight and I have to tell you, there's nothing like it!!! I can't seem to get enough of him!! And his PaPa is just over the moon in love.

After his 4 oz. of dinner

Listen do you hear that??

Full belly

Lovin on PaPa

Okay now stop tickling my feet!!! We were trying to get the little man to stay awake for a while. He absolutely loves to sleep!!!
Just thought I would share that little bit of SWEETNESS with ya!!!