Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Our new normal....“We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.”

“We never really grow up; we only learn how to act in public.”

Bubba and I are both 50 years old now and we have realized that we have a "new normal".  I am adjusting to ours and just wondered what some of you have had to adjust to as your new normal.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Brody is having the time of his life.....

Brody is one lucky little boy and we are so blessed.  He is having the time of his life at the Learning Tree and we couldn't be happier. 

Monday, December 28, 2015

Merry Christmas Brody!

We had a chance to visit Brody on Christmas Eve and it was a wonderful visit made complete with pizza!  The staff is outstanding and has done amazing things with Brody. He appears to love his room and did some work to show us how well he is doing on his homework. 

We went on our annual trip to the beach without Brody and he was definitely in our thoughts. Each new thing that we got to do and every familiar thing that we've done before reminded us of Brody. He is right where he needs to be and is excelling. We all feel pleased with the smile on his face when we see him and the wave goodbye when our visit is over. We are truly grateful for his presence in our lives. 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Brody, Brody, Brody!

We get to see him the 20th and the 24th. We can't wait. I asked Atlee what she wanted for Christmas and she said there is nothing I want, but I need to see Brody. That makes my heart melt. 

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sweet Brody.......

We had an opportunity to go visit him on the Friday after Thanksgiving and we enjoyed it so much. He is doing so well. We took some good headphones and he loved them. He has a great staff and home to live in. We are blessed. 

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Bubba is turning 50 tomorrow November 15th!

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful husband, father and best friend.  Thank you for sharing our dreams and goals together and working as one.  Living the Griffin Adventures has been the absolute highlight of my life.  We have been blessed.  Love you Bubba....#untilweare99

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Crocs and Socks.......The Tale of the Two Love Trunks.

Dear friends and family,
We visited Brody for the first time in a month yesterday......As we approached the school, I was both anxious and excited.  We had a PCIP meeting for the first 45 minutes or so and then Brody came in to see us.  He walked and stopped at the door for just a second and then went and stood in the corner facing away from us.  His behavior therapist said that was surprising but not to take it personal.  After a few minutes he turned around with the biggest grin on his face and smiled beautifully at us as he was signing SOUP.  We all got tickled as that was what we predicted he would do.  He had is I-pad but gave it up when we went to the gym to ride a bicycle.  He rode for a while and then asked his aide to ride while he watched.  We observed two different aides with Brody yesterday and they were both wonderful.
We followed him to his behavior therapy teachers office watched as he sat down to use the restroom.  It was amazing.  Still no I-pad and then after he voided he got his I-pad and sat for 5 more minutes.  We then went back to the gym and rode the bike some more and that is where we told him by. He acknowledged a little and then we noticed later that he just sat down next to the wall where we left him.  I like to think that he was happy that we didn't take him with us.  He seems so happy there.
I am happy for him.  Sweet but sad moments of life......

Friday, September 4, 2015


School just called. Brody had an excellent day. He pooped and peed in the potty today. No diapers!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The Road to Brody's House

Dear friends and family,
We are going to keep this road hot. It is a beautiful day The Lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Brody looked very happy. They started potty training today!

Today is the day....

Up and at it early.  We let Brody sleep in our bed last night. He "asked" and since it was his last night here, we obliged. Sweet moments but at 2:30 he was up wide awake like a kid anticipating the first day of school. I think he knows. He had a nervous stomach about 4:30 and hadn't  eaten much supper or any breakfast yet. 

We leave the house at 7:30 to go get the extra iPad my friend Laney gave me. I think I got all the movies downloaded last night. I think........

It should take about an hour and a half to drive to the school in Piedmont called The Learning Tree.  We have an intake at 10:00 this morning. Ian and Atlee are going with us and are excited about seeing the school. We saw his house Sunday in Hokes Bluff. He will be living with two other boys who are excited for him to come. One asked if they could be friends and the other wants him to go to walmart with them. 

The first thing Atlee wants to do afterward is to go "into" a restaurant and sit down and eat. We never get to do that with Brody anymore. Ian has bigger dreams of Disney World. Me, I want sleep. Bubba just wants to go fishing. 

I have been diagnosed with vigorous achalasia, a rare incurable swallowing disorder and I have another procedure tomorrow for diagnosing. I failed the first two tests and this is the third to get an accurate diagnosis. I am happy that Bubba gets to go with me this time. Thanks to my mom and Cindy that went the other times. 

Off to get a shower and to start the next book in the series of The Griffin Adventures......please say a prayer for us today.