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Thursday, October 01, 2009


I don't know about any of you other special needs mothers out there, but I know that with our family, there is never a dull moment when it comes to parenting Kenidi. That child is the most lovable human being on the face of this earth when she wants to be. However, when she doesn't want to be...she can be a real handful. Therefore, opening up her backpack and finding her daily progress report to read from class every afternoon is always a treat. I'll be real and say that most days...we get negative reports about Kenidi's behavior lately. I haven't talked much about it here on the blog in the past couple of months but she has had a really tough time transitioning into this new school that the district moved her to this year. Brent and I have been very concerned about it and are truly torn with how to handle it. Unfortunately, Kenidi seems to be acting like a completely different child this year ever since starting at the other school in the district. The change of moving to the school they switched her to has not settled well with her for whatever reason. We are praying that things eventually turn around for her but right now it bothers us tremendously that she has to go thru this stuff. You want to scoop her up and switch her to plan B because of the worry you experience as a parent.
With that said though, there are many days when we just have to look at each other and laugh over something she has done. Today was one of those days. I get an emailed progress report on her 'in class therapy sessions' each week. Today's report is what you see above. Notice the red arrow I drew on it though. Read where it is pointing to. It says something like this:

"Guidance required and oh by the way...she did try to leave class 4 times."

Ha ha! I busted out laughing when I read it. I don't know why but I did. You'd have to know Kenidi in order to appreciate this note. The child can escape anything and everything - and she tries to consistently. I laughed until my sides hurt after reading that one line about 15 times over and over. The more I read it, the more it made me laugh. It was kind of like the therapist was trucking along...telling me about her session with Kenidi...and then it was like "oh and the way...she tried to leave class 4 times." So funny! That is our Kenidi for you. Always keeping us and everyone else on our toes. It's times like this that we laugh and thank God for a child who can walk rather than get irritated that she isn't exactly behaving as she should in therapy. There were many days when she was a baby that we worried she would never be able to walk. By God's grace, she is not only walking but she is running and trying to escape therapy sessions. God is good friends! All the time - God is good!

In his grip, Angie

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Blogger Preemie mom said...

I feel your words right to my very soul. I too get reports daily in Alicen's communication notebook on a daily basis. I almost run to it each night to see what is written in it. Apparently Alicen thinks she is the teacher right now. For some reason she is VERY VERY vocal lately and she will let anyone within miles hear what she has to say. To Kenidi and Alicen---------- You go girls. More power to ya.
Alicen's developmental doctor in Springfield told me that Alicen would never attend school, she wouldn't even be able to move at all. Well, Alicen is in her 3rd year of preschool and last year at Christmas she made her way over to the Christmas tree and pulled the presents onto herself. She has even got herself "caught" under the sofa, she pivots all over the place on her back, well more like in circles but it is her way of doing what they said she would not doo. More power to Kenidi and Alicen.

Christina (a preemie mom)

10/01/2009 4:43 PM  
Blogger Amanda Rooney said...

Hey Angie,
Loved this post!!Anyone with a special needs kiddo could relate with this one! One minute were crying and pleading with God becuase we just "don't get it". How many times have we said, "I just wish I could get inside her/his brain and understand what he's thinking"!! And then these moments were God is so good just to give us the grace to laugh. LOVE it.

It makes me sad for Kenidi and for you that she's having a hard time adjusting. I'll be praying for her (and you).

On a side note, I'm wondering how Angie is doing? Sounds like you're movin' right along....wondering how I should be praying for you.

Oh - and how's the class going? My friend is LOVIN' it!! I'm looking forwards to the next one! HA!!

10/01/2009 4:56 PM  
Blogger Momofgirls said...

I feel ya too!

What a journey...but what a gift! I feel so blessed to be a Mom who has been chosen to parent a child with special needs...(most of the time, haha!!)

10/01/2009 5:24 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...


There is nothing sweeter than a Mother's love for her child and I love reading about yours for Kenidi. I hope that her school situation will work out....I will pray for that for you.

10/01/2009 7:47 PM  
Blogger Molly said...

HAHA!! I can so relate to that. You do just have to laugh at those moments and thank God for the miracles that he has blessed us with. I'll tell ya funny story, my baby sister Elizabeth wanted to play soccer so bad when she was about 5 so we signed her and got her all her equipment, uniform, you name it. The day of her first game we were sitting on the sidelines and all of a sudden didn't see her with her team, we panicked. I spot her all the way down on the other side of the field stripped naked changing out of her uniform. She walks back up to me and signs to me that her uniform is ugly and she no longer wanted to play. I have never laughed so hard in my life. Even though we spent money and time, I can now look back at that moment and laugh and thank God for giving me a Hi-Larry-Us baby sister. Hope little Kenidi can get into the groove of things quickly and I know all too well how change can affect a special needs child. I hope you are doing great well chicky.
~Molly P

10/01/2009 8:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh how I had to laugh when I read that! 4 have to give it to her, she has a strong will and that is a great quality and will see her through in life. God Bless her and your family. Will be praying for her daily struggles.

10/01/2009 9:45 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

Sometimes laughing is the only thing that gets you through. I hope something clicks soon and she begins to feel more comfortable with her new school.

10/01/2009 11:23 PM  
Blogger katy said...

I'm not a mom of a special needs kid, I have worked with them some, but I still don't know what it's like to mother advice though, would be to do what you did...burst with laughter, sometimes, if we don't laugh, we will go insane. At the end of the day you are blessed with a beautiful family and life, and God is on your side...even if your daughter is an escape artist :-)

10/01/2009 11:44 PM  
Blogger Pineapple Princess said...

Yep! I'm finding that laughter is the best medicine!

Love this honest post. Made my night!

10/01/2009 11:56 PM  
Blogger Pixel Fairy Princess said...

LOL! Oh Angie! I think that you know our daughter has several medical and emotional issues, and this post was so from the heart and really touched me that I had to leave you at the very least a big :D

BTW - Last night she was on her bike took a tumble and bit right through her tongue!

10/02/2009 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Grandma Sue said...

After that trip to Atlanta with you, I know all too well how this little Missy can escape, so does the guy whose room she ran into (oooopppps!) She is one of a kind, no doubt. I do have to say that I have been concerned about how different she has been also. Then again, she can just be that beautiful bright eyed little beauty in the next minute. To say that life with Kenidi is really going to be an adventure, is an understatement-ha,ha. Gotta Love It all!

10/03/2009 4:44 PM  
Blogger writing4612 said...

Ahh, I remember those PT reports from when I was younger. Sometimes, her lists of goals for me was longer than the lists of accomplishments, but I kept trudging along. I loved knowing that I could finally do something that we'd worked on forver. I've been in PT ever since I was 6 months old, and I'm almost 20, but it's WELL worth it in the end.

That note made me laugh, too. Kids are so unpredictable!

10/03/2009 11:12 PM  
Blogger writing4612 said...

I forgot to mention that I have Cerebral Palsy(aka CP). That way you can understand why I've been in physical therapy for so long.

10/03/2009 11:49 PM  
Blogger Malisa said...

I love it! And I adore and admire for putting a smile on your face in those hard times. I have a few friends who have special needs children. I look up to you all so much for guidance and what to do with my own little stinkers. Funny they all have thier own personality and keep us going! Praying Kenidi adjusts better and your family for your trying times right now.

10/04/2009 12:29 PM  

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