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I am Not as Strong as I appear. I enjoy weakness from time to time. We are a homeschooling, special needs family of 6. My 4th son has a Congenital Heart defect, and my oldest has ADHD. I am a survivor of Adultery and mental abuse. I learned that you never really know someone until you are strong enough to stand up and walk away. I love and protect my children, with everything I have. My life might seem unbelievable, but I couldn't make this shit up if I tried! Stick around & let's get to know each other.

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Dad Was Always in The Middle of The Craziness!

Grandpa Jim in the Middle of The Craziness

This was taken just after Honey Nut was born. We were celebrating Little Nut Nut’s 3rd birthday, Honey Nut was only home just a few days. Grandpa as always, was sure to be in the middle of the Craziness at The Nut House!      
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A Post About Nothing. Or Is It?

Well it is a little bit about something. I haven’t figured that out yet. My blog is sad and lonely. And neglected. And my brain is mush. But I can’t stand not posting anything. Last week firefox crashed on me. It took me since then to find my dashboard so I can login. Now...
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Slipping Away

Time. Life. Money. No matter how hard we try, it all just Slips Away. You know the saying “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”? I guess that is me. Well not entirely.
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Yep, we’re home

In case you are wondering, and missed the news last week, we are actually home If feels so good. And a bit lonely. And very quiet! And Owain had a clinic appointment with peds cardiology yesterday and there is no fluid building up since we have been home! *doing some serious amounts of cartwheels*
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Been Here One Week with No Sign of Leaving Anytime Soon

Passed out after running the halls and riding in the wagon

We are fully immersed in the up and down ride that is the recovery of the Fontan. We have been back in the hospital for 1 week, the days are blurring into one another and time is only really important when it comes to giving my Little Owee his meds. I think it was...
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Hanging at the Hospital Again

Owain is sitting here at UVa Children’s doing puzzles after actually eating a good lunch. I am guessing the nurse will come in to check on us any minute now. I think he has some meds due soon & with any luck they will come in before he gets sleepy and takes a nap....
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Super Quick Surgery Update!

I can’t believe how much time has gone by since his surgery, and since we have been home! Owain is doing great, we were sent home only 6 days post fontan. Unbelieveable! His brothers planned a surprise party for him, decorated the living room and gathered all of his favorite things. Everyone was full...
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Pre-Op, Hanging out with Daddy

Owain Pre-Op 1

I have been taking photos of my Little Wee Nut for days. While we were waiting in the pre-op room last Friday before his Fontan, I got this photo of Owee with Daddy. This was after he had his dose of versed and was feeling a little silly.
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My Little {hero} Owee

While I have been sucked into hospital time, I have lost hours and track of what day it is, but the good news is that Owain is doing great. Friday was such a long, long day, I thought it would never end. I am still recovering from the stress of waiting and worrying. Not...
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Final Thoughts Before Owain’s Surgery Tomorrow

My Fearless Hero

We went in to UVa this morning for Owee’s pre-op appointment. Everything looks great for surgery tomorrow. It was a long day and we are tired! We decided to come back and spend some extra time with the other 4 kids for a bit this evening and then we are heading back into Charlottesville...
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It is Hard to Believe…

Hershey Park 2011 1

I just realized that today is Friday. That means that we are only 1 week a way from Owain’s surgery. Today though, we had a great time at the park, such a great time that I didn’t even think about what day it was once. I took hundreds of photos, way too many to...
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Welcome to Hershey!

The card with our name on it was a fun surprise and a hint that it was more than complementary Hershey chocolates. What could it be!?

We haven’t even made it to the park yet and we are having a great time already! We are enjoying time together, time in the pool  and time forgetting about everything that has been weighing so heavily on us. When we checked into our room yesterday there was a little package waiting for us....
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Hershey Park, Here We Come!

After months of planning, we are just hours away from leaving for our Pre-Surgery vacation! We were in the middle of planning our trip when I mentioned it here a few months ago. We had what we thought was a nice trip planned, and what we really wanted to to was to spend time...
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Owain Is So Much Like His Big Brothers

He hasn’t taped yarn to his face, or wrapped himself in paper like Wing Nut did, but I won’t be surprised when he does. Wee Nut has an awesome imagination and keeps me on my toes. For the majority of today, he wouldn’t answer me unless I called him Wall-e. He crawls around on...
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Sometimes My Oldest Child Concerns Me

Wing Nut wears his French waiter mustache when when he serves dinner. Apparently food tastes better when it is served by a kid with a faux stache and French accent.

He has the silliest imagination.    
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I Love Me a Sprinkler Kind Of Day

Sprinklers, little pools and sand Oh My!

There was so much to do today. Dishes, laundry, the floors, the bathrooms, pretty much the whole house needed to get cleaned before we go on vacation on Thursday. I started my day with coffee and every intention of avoiding all things involving cleaning. Instead I spent the day with the 2 younger kids...
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Dear Owain, I’ll Stand By You

I heard this song today and thought of Owain.
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6 More Days Until Our Vacation!!!

There is an awesome story behind our pre-surgery vacation that we are taking next week that has been almost completely donated. Tonight I will just share where we are going! Squeeeee! We are leaving in 6 More Days!! The kids can hardly take the wait. And neither can I!
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday Y’all! Yikes, I am Thankful this day is over! The day itself was a good one, a wicked busy one though and I am exhausted from it! We came so close to finishing up E Nut’s homeschool for the year, but he fizzled out at the end of the year end review...
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Why Yes, They Are Dead. Are You Surprised?

Why Yes, They Are Dead. Are You Surprised?

A few months ago, E Nut pulled some already sprouted apple seeds from his apple and insisted that we plant them. It was something that I talked my way out of for years, but there was no way I could say no to him when they were already starting to sprout.
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The Kids Might be Trying to Tell Me Something

After all 5 were in bed, I came around the corner to boots staring at me.

I think the 2 youngest were busy trying to send me a message while I was finishing up The Bedtime Shuffle tonight.
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Ode to a Beautiful Day

Ode to a Beautiful Day 7 family members spending an amazing 6 hours of family fun in the backyard. with 5 kids running under the hose, play ball with dad, helping mom in the garden and 4 swings, swung for hours, sleepy babies doze and we ate 3 dollars worth of a huge watermelon...
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Such a Big Boy!

How did he get to be so big?

I can’t believe that my Little Owee is such a big boy! It must be his new hair cut, but he looks so much older all of a sudden.
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