Friday, November 25, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
I began to wonder last fall if God was going to work in this area this year. Our first service at our church here in Fairfax was called "Hold on". One of the worship leaders had written a new album and she sang this song and then the lesson from the pastor was all about "holding on." I felt in my spirit the Lord was referring to Carsten's eating as my "hold on" signal. Later on last year I read a book by Leslie Parrott called "The First Drop of Rain." (I highly recommend this book, it was funny because it is all about spiritual paradigms related to rain and while I was reading it it was raining everyday:)
In the book she happened to talk about her little boy that had a feeding tube and feeding troubles like us. Eventually the boy overcame them after a very long and hard journey. I wondered if the Lord was speaking to me also saying that we would get through this too.
Now here we are today and Carsten just ate a whole meal with no pureed food. He had a hot dog, piece of toast, some banana, and blueberries. We have discovered that he likes ketchup and barbecue sauce. It was so funny because he was eating his hot dog pieces after dipping them in ketchup with a fork. So I thought, let's try banana with a fork. Lo and behold, he ate the banana pieces after dipping them in ketchup! Ok, I said, I don't care what you dip in ketchup as long as you eat it, AMEN?! So for now, Carsten's repertoire is chicken nuggets, hot dogs, french fries, and toast. He can eat all kinds of "snacky" things as long as they are contained to one bite that he can put on the side of his mouth, like a teddy graham. It was funny because we went on a little family getaway last weekend and this is where Carsten started eating (and liking) chicken nuggets. He started eating cheerios on our summer trip back in July. So I told Chad I guess we're just going to have to go on family trips all the time to get him to eat more ;)))
This all started to speed up a few weeks ago and he has been slowly gaining momentum with eating. Now I feel if we can add to his variety and textures we will be getting closer, so close I can taste it! Last week after church I was able to say in faith that Carsten will eat lunch at Kindergarden next year, oh wow, more tears. Again, God is good. God is good even if Carsten never ate, or never eats, He is good all the time. But His Goodness in the "goodness" is oh so much sweeter.
Leslie Parrott couldn't have summed it better:
"Every time I see John take a bite of salmon, or spinach, or even lick an ice cream cone, I marvel. It's a miracle. Two miracles, really. We all survived the drought and, somehow, John adapted.
In the desert, after a rainfall, color explodes everywhere. Flowers bloom overnight in response to rain. They last for only a short time, but they make an appearance. They celebrate.
So do I. Grace before a meal is less a ritual than a time of true celebration. "Give us this day our daily bread." And thank you, REALLY, for the ability to eat it."
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Friday, October 14, 2011
1 gallon apple cider
1 spice container of red hots
3 or 4 cinnamon sticks
Percolate the cider with all of the spices on top :) Yes, the secret is the red hots.
Butternut Squash, Carrot, Ginger soup
1/2 medium butternut squash
2 TB olive oil
1 onion, diced
1 lb carrots
3 cloves garlic, diced
1 (2 in) piece ginger peeled and thinly sliced
4 cups water
salt and pepper to taste
1 pinch ground cinnamon
1/2 cup heavy cream
Bake the squash cut side down in greased baking dish until fall apart tender. Scoop out squash and discard seeds. Heat olive oil in saucepan add onion and garlic, cook until soft. Pour in water, add squash carrots and ginger. Bring to boil, cook at least 20 minutes or until carrots tender.
Puree mixture into blender (something I've gotten really good at with Carsten's diet:) Should be thick and creamy. Season with cinnamon, salt, and pepper. Mmmmmm :) Anybody have a favorite fall recipe, please share with me!
But it's so much more than that. That special day at the park, we met two boys about 7 years old that automatically "took" Carsten in and were "teaching" him how to play baseball. I was hesitant at first as Carsten ran in between them trying to get into their game (like he usually does when any older boys are playing sports). I always cringe and usually apologize over and over telling them that he just wants to play with them. But this time was different, the two boys were excited about him playing with them and actually began to "teach" him how to play. I watched (with tears in my eyes) for about 45 minutes while these boys (with the most patience I've ever seen from 7 year olds) showed him how to play. Finally after all that time, he hit a ball and the two boys went crazy screaming yeah Carsten yeah!! It was such a special moment for me to see the goodness in those boys, sent straight from above. Moments like those give me so much hope for the future. If that ain't some Down Syndrome awareness encouragement I don't know what is:)
Thursday, September 22, 2011
This is the second time in my life Chad has dragged me up this crater! Ha! But the views are breathtaking and totally worth it. It is about a 45 min hike up. We were hiking up this when we heard about the earthquake at home in DC, crazy! Whe we got home there were pictures that had fallen all over the house. I was a little disappointed because I've never felt one before.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
This was the only pic we managed to get of the four of us, a kind soul took it on the pier at Virginia Beach. The kids enjoyed Busch Gardens and Water Country USA the best so we'll probably skip the beach next year and just go for the amusement parks!
Thursday, June 30, 2011
Some of the first words I've ever heard my little boy speak, can you say tears please?!!! He also said "apple" and "blow". "Dada" is an everyday occurrence now around 6:00 when the outside door handle starts to turn.
And let me tell you he sure isn't going to let his sister get away with saying anything if by golly he doesn't try to say it too! So yes, many things have been happening at the Bridges house, many good things:)
I wrote this little poem Monday after I heard him talk
My son said bubbles today,
it nearly took my breath away.
I never thought tears would come from such a simple phrase,
but this is the pure way of God.
A gift he's given if I just open my eyes to see.
You may just think its a delay,
but I see miracles like this everyday.
So much joy from simplicity,
an innocence only heaven knows,
but I've been given a glimpse
inside Kingdoms gate,
through the mouth of my babe.
Please keep praying for our little guy as the Lord brings him to mind, he is a miracle in the making!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Carsten wrote Mrs Ginger a little goodbye poem for the last day :)
I love my teacher Mrs Ginger,
I am very sad that we have to part.
She was my first you see and she gave me a head start.
She taught me to eat, and talk, and play,
with her I had so much fun everyday.
She encouraged me and pushed me to learn,
I got better at waiting and taking my turn.
Many teachers will come and go,
But you will always hold a special place in my heart I know!