As some of you know, my little Simon was diagnosed with severe food allergies when he was 15mos old. Simon has a long baby medical history with gastrointestinal issues that I won't go into, but it is quite a testimony for a little guy. Anyway... he has been on a gluten-free, wheat, dairy, corn, casein, whey, and so on FREE diet ever since. Once we found out was was causing him pain and severe acid reflux, we nipped it in the bud and got him on this special diet. Long story short...he is the healthiest litte dude around! No candy, soda, heavy sugars, and lots more...But he is not deprived at all! There are tons of food companies that sell great products that satisfy sweet-tooths and more.
I found this great book on food allergies and a kid's gluten-free diet at the library. It is the coolest book ever (for little Simon)! It talks about what happens, what you can eat, the good that comes from it, the difficulties with being "different," and even how friends are so understanding, and how it's actually kind of cool to be different. He LOVED it! He wanted me to read it over and over again! He knows he is loved, that he's being taken care of, that he gets to have cookies like everyone else, and that although he's different, that is how God made him and...his story isn't over yet! He may possibly grow out of these food allergies. He may possibly be fine, just like the other kids. But for now...Simon is perfect! And he is Loved! And he is ours! Thank you, Lord!
I was asked to make a tutu from this veil that was shared by two friends, Erin and Megan. Well..it was Megan's daughter's birthday, and I made her the tutu from her mama's wedding. Very special and hopefully a cherished treasure! Great idea, Erin!
I'm working on some of these Mr.Man onesies for the boutique on November 12th at Saddleback Covenant Church! This one is available now in 6-9mos and has matching bib! Sweet gift for brothers in onesie and t-shirt for Chistmas card pics...just a thought;)
I am putting on a Holiday Boutique Fundraiser at my church on Nov.12th. The proceeds will be going to our Women's Ministry and SoCal Connected, which is an outreach group that my close friends and us started a couple of years ago. We aim to "reach out and meet the needs" in our local community. These pics are of the two main outreach projects that we are consistently working with. Lighthouse is a Ministry for those with Special Needs (ages teen and up). It's AWESOME!!!! We have SO much fun there, you wouldn't believe it! (I'm in the pink shirt in the back of that pic). The other pics are of Isaiah's House which is the home of about 60-80 homeless women. We bring groups and do games, kareoke, and manicures for the ladies. It is such a blessing to be part of these women's lives and build relationships with them. We learn so much from them and walk away with gratitude for all that we have!
If you would like more info on these ministries or the Holiday Boutique, please go to my other blog, socalconnect.blogspot.com.
Today was Simon's very first Team experience ever! He started soccer through the YMCA (very non-competitive), and really ended up loving it. Trying "new" things has always been hard for little guy, but we saw huge growth from the sreaming fit to put his uniform on when we first got there, to the end when he didn't want to leave! It's so great to see him growing up! Then...we went bowling (as a reward) for the first time!!! I know...I planned both on purpose- what was I thinking??! No really, it was the best day as a fam and we were blessed to be together, especially during a busy season in our lives. There's always work to do at home with a hubby as a teacher, but sometimes you gotta set it aside and be together! Precious, special memories...and more to come!
It has been SO cool to see these caterpillars forming cocoons and then turning into beautiful butterflies! Our neighbor has a "butterfly bush" and swarms of caterpillars have been eating the leaves, then going off to go to sleep in their cocoon. I actually arrived home and saw one drop out of one!! It was the most amazing thing (and timing) I have ever seen! Simon is sure learning a lot about metamorphisis, which is perfect since his dad is a Science teacher. I am loving seeing God'd work in the things around me..He is SO good!