Friday, October 24, 2014

Update on Harper

Yesterday we went to Little Rock to Children's for an audiologist appointment.  We are trying one different thing with her hearing aids. Our audiologist took an older pair that she had previously and reprogrammed it so that it shifts some higher frequencies down.  Hopefully this will enable her to hear some of the high frequency sounds she can't hear.  A lot of kids don't respond well to these because it can make sounds a little different.  So far Harper has not complained and it did bring her hearing up a little when we tested.

Scott went with us which made the day a lot easier and he took Hollis out on the playground while Harper tested.  I always hate for him to take off from work every time we go even though he always wants to but I wanted him there this time so he could hear from our audiologist.

She was very encouraging and I know she is doing everything possible to help Harper and will help us down the road.  We are going to just go back more frequently and monitor how her hearing loss goes.  We have discussed cochlear implants for the future when they become a better option.

Honestly - I feel so much better about things.  Thank you for praying for us.  I was so upset when I realized she might completely lose her hearing but I quickly realized that God already ordained all of her steps and she is going to be fine no matter what.  We will be her advocates and her life will be just as full and wonderful as if she had perfect hearing.  Who knows - it may even be better?

Thank you to everyone who took time to write me and tell me your story.  I can't tell you what a gift it has been to our family.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Reading

I thought I would share a few books that some of my friends have recently written that I thought might make great fall reading for you or your kids.  It's a great time to curl up with a book by the fire, right? Or these would make great Christmas presents also!

First for the kids:

"God Made Light" by my friend Jessica's husband Matthew Paul Turner.  This is the sweetest book with a Godly encouraging message.  My girls absolutely loved it and I teared up reading it.

They also have a neat floor puzzle and a night light and encouraging notes at Dayspring all to go with the book.  Click on the picture above to go there!

If you have girls..... (or boys) - run and get this amazing Story Book Bible by my friend Angie Smith.  This is a BEAUTIFUL well done collection on the women in the Bible.  I've never been so proud of anything Angie has done.  It's AMAZING!  "For Such a Time as This".

My friend Ann Voskamp has done an amazing thing for you and your family for the Christmas season.  This book is an heirloom for your family to celebrate the Advent season together.  It is a devotion book and something I think your family will treasure as you celebrate the true meaning of Christmas.  "Unwrapping the Greatest Gift".

"Move On - When Mercy Meets your Mess" by Vicki Courtney.  Vicky is one of my favorite writers because she just gives every day practical advice and application.  I love reading her books.  And this is her newest.  If you are dealing with struggles in your life (approval, shame, etc) - she talks about how God's mercy meets us right in the middle of all that.  This is great for every woman in your life.

I've mentioned this before but Courtney is one of my good friends and I love her heart for the family and motherhood.  She has written a book all about instilling virtues and laughter in your home! It's such an inspiration to me on the tone I want to set in my home.  This is a passion of Courtney's and it's shining through.  Every mom or mom-to-be should read this.  "In this House We will Giggle".

MAN - I have some talented friends.  I love to share their works with you! I hope you will enjoy!