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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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Sometimes Social Media Was All I Had

Sometimes Social Media Was All I Had

I saw this on facebook the other day and had to save it. It made me giggle, but it also made me think about the past 13 years of my life. It says “Sorry for all my “activity” on Facebook, but since I have kids, this “social” network is really the only “social” time...
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101 Reasons Why I Homeschool {8} My Five Nuts – Four Boys and One Little Girl

101 Reasons Why I Homeschool {8} My Five Nuts – Four Boys and One Little Girl

From the moment I knew I was pregnant, I knew I was going to Homeschool my children. By the time my oldest children were school age, I wasn’t ready and sent them to Montessori School first, and then to public school. Making the choice to send my kids to public school was one that...
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Way-Back Wednesday

No I am NOT a Miniature and if you stop taking my picture there will be no way to prove that I am!

I had to check the actual day to make sure it was in fact Wednesday. It is. Then I was gonna do a Wordless Wednesday post, but then I realized that I haven’t taken hardly any pictures of anyone in MONTHS. What I did find was hundreds of photos from our pre-surgery Hershey Park...
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A Step Back

Hershey Park Pre Fontan Mini Scrambler

Looking back at this past summer, I remember the both the fear of Owain’s upcoming surgery and the excitement of our pre-surgery vacation to Hershey Park. I could do without the fear, but I sure could use a vacation from life right now.
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It is Hard to Believe…

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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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Remembering The Day Owain Came Home For the First Time

Such a happy little guy! We are so blessed!

May 29, 2008 was one of the best days of my life. After close to 4 weeks in the hospital, after being told over and over that he could go home, only to be kept another day, we brought Owain home.   It was such a surreal feeling. I was starting to feel like...
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10 Things Tuesday

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I had hopes and plans for this week. With 5 sick kids, none of it is getting done. As frustrating as it is, I am OK with it. The 3 big kids have had high fevers since last night and when I thought Owee’s had gone down, it came back. Honey Nut had the...
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Thankful Thursday and Owain’s Surgeversary

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

Happy Thursday Y’all! I spent the day with my little Owee. I am Thankful for every day I have with him. Three years ago today Dr Peeler saved his life and every moment of his life is a blessing. I am Thankful I made it through the day without breaking down and crying. I...
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He Almost Died. But He Didn’t.

Three years ago, today was Mother’s Day. The day started with a phone call to UVa to talk to Owain’s nurse to see how things went overnight, after getting off the phone with her I thought that while things were not really getting better, they weren’t getting worse. I spent some time with his...
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Meet Me Monday! For the Love of Blogging

For the Love of Blogging

Today I decided to join Not Super Just Mom and Sluither Nation for their For the Love of Blogging week. I am not sure if I will be able to keep up with all of their activities for the week, but today sounded fun so I thought I would join them. I like to...
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Our Nightly Routine with CHD and Asthma

This is a vlog of what we do every night after we put the big kids and Honey Nut in bed…although since Honey Nut has been sick, she has been working her way into cuddle time. One thing that I forgot to mention about today’s visit is that we checked Owee’s O2 sats, and...
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101 Reasons Why I Homeschool: ADHD? {3}

The question mark after the diagnosis of ADHD is really how I feel about my oldest son Wing Nut’s situation. When it comes down it, I am really not sure I believe that is what he has. He has many of the classic symptoms of ADHD, but on top of that he has also...
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Peds Cardiology Visit on a 2 Year Surgerversary and a Thankful Thursday

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When I woke up this morning, the only thing I had on my mind was Owain’s Peds Cardiology check up. I always get very anxious on his check up days. I always worry that things are not going as well as they seem. Or that there is something happening right in front of me...
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Wordless Wednesday, Owee in Hospital Playroom

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Thankful Thursday, Home Edition!

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I was strong for my son when I had to be, now we are home, the house is quiet, Owain is sleeping and when I sat down to share this I started to cry. I was so scared when he wasn’t getting better, when he wouldn’t even talk to me, I thought “what if...
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Are You Suffering from Postpartum Depression? How Would You Know?

Postpartum depression is an interesting thing. I have up days and down days. And I have ups and downs and ups and downs mixed into one day. Sometimes I can’t tell if I am down because of PPD or because of the stress of Wee Nut’s Heart Defect. I have come to believe that ...
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My Family is Full of Nuts, Ever Wonder How We Got That Way?

Welcome to The Nut House…it is not just a catchy saying, well yeah it is, but not around here. We are all actually Nuts and have been for years. And when it comes down to it, my oldest Nut, Wing Nut made us that way. Which is fitting because one of my favorite sayings...
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A Year Ago Today My Wee Nut Had His Second Heart Surgery

A few days later I got this picture of him, after everything, sleeping peacefully.

I didn’t realize until last night when I was think about his surgery last year, that the anniversary of his second surgery was another contributing factor in my feeling down. I think it affected me differently because it was something we had spend months planning. It was so much different than when Owee was...
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Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday at The Nut House

The past 9 days since Ariel was born have been flying by so quickly I hardly have time to think. Last week while I was in the hospital I got my days all mixed up and at some point on Friday I realized that it was not Monday. I completely missed Thankful Thursdays last...
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Welcome to The Nut House

My motto is “There is nothing wrong with a little crazy in your day” and I completely believe it. I think if I didn’t allow just a bit of crazy into my daily routine I would go completely bonkers. The Nut House consists of my myself, my husband William, my 4 boys ages 7,...
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Owain’s Heart Defect Story Copied From My Livejournal Account

I have spent too much time trying to get the different import programs to work. I am supposed to be able to import my livejournal posts over here, along with all of the comments. I have tried a few different programs several times, and for the life of me I can’t figure out what...
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