Thursday, September 30, 2010


For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Nothing more. I need comfort right now and thought maybe someone out there does too.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Falling in love with FALL!

When I was a child summer was my favorite time of year, as I got older (and more warm-blooded) the new flowers of Spring always struck my fancy. I would still consider spring my favorite season but the beauty of Autumn has been pulling me in more and more as a 20-something year old. The colors, the smells, the food, the weather, it is all so wonderful.

And then when you include the fun and excitement of Halloween, you have tons of my favorite things wrapped up in the magic of fall.
Last Halloween, we got tons of questions about Colton's dragon costume, mainly "Where did you get it?" The answer: One Step Ahead. This website sends us a catalog monthly and they have some amazing toys and some of the cutest costumes for children that I have EVER seen.

I have a few favorites for this years costume...

The Spider

The Monkey
and the Lil Monster

They are all so cute, it is just so hard to choose. What's your favorite?

Sunday, September 26, 2010


We have had Colton's first preschool meeting (there are a few left) and are in the process of touring schools and getting evaluations completed. Can you believe in TWO months he will be THREE, I sure can't believe it. We are choosing between two local schools right now. One has a smaller class size (think 9 students) while the other is closer to home. There are pros and cons at both schools but Seth and I are just trying to make the right choice for our little boy. Tomorrow we tour the second school and have to make our decision very soon after. We are making lists, researching and praying about it a lot, his education is extremely important to us, especially with all the challenges he faces now and will face throughout his school career. A lot of people keep telling me "it's just preschool" but to me it is sooo much more. This year will set the tone for his entire education, yes things can change (get better or worse) but he is very at risk for falling very behind and we need to make sure the people responsible for teaching him are capable of helping him to transition into a classroom of same-age peers. Luckily, he will have three years to do this. His birthday is in November, preschool here starts at the age of three. The year after you turn five you enter kindergarten. So, he will turn five in November 2012 and get to stay in preschool that whole school year, starting K in fall 2013. His birthday works to his advantage in this case (unlike when he was born).

At three we face another big change also, he will lose the three therapists (OT, PT and Vision) that he has had since he came home from the hospital. They work for the state's intervention program that ends at the age of three (because preschool starts then). He will still get these services at school and will also be visiting the local rehab center but we will all miss his therapists soooo much. They are amazing (an even better word than amazing that I can't think of right now, it's late) and are the main reason he has made it as far as he has in this journey. Not only have they helped Colton but us also. When you find out your child has special needs (and aren't familiar with this "whole new world" already) you feel so lost and confused. These women have made me a better parent to Colton, helping me to navigate and master these unfamiliar roads. I will always be thankful for everything they have done. Like I said, we will ALL really, really miss them.

So tomorrow we make a decision, a decision that, in my opinion, will impact the rest of our child's life. Wish us luck.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Let's Get Together

Our Annual Family Reunion

Friday, September 10, 2010

Random Happenings

Obviously I have taken the last couple weeks off as a blogger, just to get back into the swing of things with school and all that jazz. I intended to start writing again at the beginning of this week but plans changed thanks to the fact that all three of us Darnell's were sick with sinus & ear infections as well as nasty colds. Unfortunately, Colton is still fighting off his germs but Seth and I are 95% back to normal.

While I was absent we have been crazy busy with reunions and birthdays and homework and FOOTBALL GAMES! More on all that very soon.In the meantime I hope you'll be satisfied with some picture of one happy little boy.