Thankful for Days 17-24

Day 17

Today I am thankful for my little nephew. I may not get to see you very often Matthew, but I am truly glad I get to be your Aunt. You are growing into a very handsome, loving little boy.

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Day 18

Today I am thankful for my sweet little niece. Isabella you are truly a blessing to this family. I have enjoyed watching you grow into the beautiful little girl that you are and I am so thankful that I will continue to get to see you grow up.

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Day 19

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to have been able to travel Europe for 3 years. We got to see some amazing places and create memories that will last a lifetime.

One of our favorite trips—-Budapest

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Day 20

Today I am thankful for my stepmother. While we may not have always gotten along, you have made my dad happy and that is all that matters to me. I am thankful that you hung in there with 3 very stubborn girls. We love you!

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Day 21

Today I am thankful for my grandmother. You may not be on this Earth anymore, but I know you are watching over us from Heaven. I am thankful for the many years we got together and am super glad I always had someone to run to when I got scared. I miss you dearly.

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Day 22

Today I am thankful for the opportunity to be able to buy a home and the fact that our offer was accepted.

Day 23

Today I am thankful for having a job that I enjoy for now. I know that may not seem like a big deal but trust me it is. I enjoy the people I work for and I do not wake up and dread going into work.

Day 24

Today I am thankful that I am almost finished with getting my Bachelor’s. It has been a long time coming and I can not wait to have my degree and move on to getting my Master’s. I have truly loved everything about Psychology.

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Update on Brody

Well, the beginning of the month has started as an exciting and stressful time in the Kirkley household. On the 1st, we took Brody to his neurology appt and she told us that his latest EEG was normal and because it has been 2 years since his last seizure, we can start weaning him off his medicine. If there are no seizures by the end of December then he will have outgrown his epilepsy. I am stressed because I do not want to watch him have another seizure ever. I would not wish that on anyone. I am also excited and who wouldn’t be; to say that someone they love has outgrown epilepsy is something people wish and pray for once they are on this side of things. Epilepsy is hard on everyone that is close to it. As a mom, knowing there is nothing you can do while your child is having a seizure is one of the worst feelings ever. As the patient, all the appts, needle pricks, EEG’s, and medicine can be scary especially if the patient is young. As for my child, he would not understand what had happened once he woke up after the seizure and I am sure that was scary for him. I remember the day Brody was diagnosed that I asked why us; why him? I silently cried until Brody went to sleep and then I cried myself to sleep laying beside him in the hospital room. I remember waking up multiple times that night just to check on him. I remember the many times after when he started running a fever, which is how his epilepsy started, and making him sleep in the bed with me and kicking my husband out on the couch or into Brody’s bed. I remember the week we came home from the hospital and making Brody sleep in the bed with us just so I could feel if he was going to have a seizure. I remember being the mom at the park and never letting him out of my sight. I know that we have until December to know anything, I can see that we are slowly seeing a light at the end of the tunnel. I truly believe that with God anything is possible. I also know that there needs to be a greater awareness for epilepsy as so many Americans suffer from it. We are almost on the second phase of the weaning, we were at 4 pills a day and are now at 3, soon to be 2. Here is a picture of us leaving the hospital hopefully for the last time for this reason.

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Angel’s Haven

Today I wanted to share about an animal rescue mission. Angels Haven all started with one sweet little dog named Angel.

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They have went on to rescue over 30 dogs and at least 5 cats. Their mission which is shared on their website, can be found here, states that they simply want to rescue animals that have been abandoned and help them find their forever homes. As one can imagine rescuing animals can be costly with vet bills, food, cat litter, and flea medication. They also get the animals spayed or neutered if they are not already. 90% of the time they have been footing the bill out of pocket, but recently one of the rescuers was diagnosed with cancer and has not been able to work. All they ask for are donations or to help get their word out to help place some of the animals with their forever homes. Why buy when you can rescue? Here are some pictures of the animals currently in their care:

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They also have 4 new puppies, one of which has been fighting for his life. They have been having to feed him with a bottle and he seems to be having trouble keeping things down. Here is a picture of two of the newest puppies(one on the right is the sick one):

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All donations are accepted. There are always in need of Dog food, blankets, Clorox wipes, paper towels and PP pads. You are also able to donate through PayPal. If you would like to help you can visit their website for more information which can be found here.