Wednesday, October 22, 2008

My friend, Tonggu Momma, is just a wealth of info and is the Link Queen! I did not realize that this month was the month dedicated to Sensory Processing Disorder...but in honor our little Miss Sophie.....I would like to bring mention to this and link you over to Tonggu Momma's site where you can learn more about this by reading here and here. The more we know about this....the better we are prepared to help our little ones....and please remember that our adopted ones are at a pretty high risk of this, because of their beginnings, but it is certainly NOT limited to children who have been adopted. Sadly...most insurance companies do not recognize SPD as a diagnosis. I would invite any of the higher-ups who make these spend a day or two with a child affected by it...then they can see for themselves just how "real" it is. There are some wonderful OT's out there that specialize in treating SPD...but without help from insurance....many of us are not able to utilize their services.

Found these cute little Pumpkin Push Ins at Wal-mart. They are like Mr. Potato Head pieces with little skewers at the end to push in and decorate and make a face of your carving tools necessary!

The song playing in the background is one of my new favorites...the main verse lyrics are below.....I pray this over and over now throughout my day. Pretty powerful stuff!

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me your heart for the once forgotten

And speaking of powerful....I find myself fearful with the upcoming election for just so many reasons. We really need to be in prayer for our upcoming President. I want to give you one more link to a post I read this morning that I found quite meaningful. Thanks, Ohilda.....for being their voice! All I can I am forever grateful that my 2 youngest ones did not have birth mothers who believed in pro-choice. Amen.



Lisa said...

Great post. Thank you for all the info and links. I will be checking them out. I love the pictures of the girls. I saw those push ins at Walmart they are cute!
This is one of the scariest elections that I can remember. We all need to be in prayer and go out and vote!

Sharon said...

THat is beautiful Michelle!! GOd Bless your precious little one today especially!!

Beverly said...


Mom To Six said...


Thank you for the links about the SPD. I feel like whenever I have finally "learned" something, a new issue arises that hits so close to home. I'm sure my Anna Grace has a few of these also.

I also wanted to say that I LOVE LOVE LOVE that picture of Sophie...both your girls are beautiful, but Sophie's eyes in that picture allow you to see into her soul. God bless her!

Lastly (sorry this is so long) thank you also for spreading the word about those babies who's voices one cannot hear. I am hoping that God move swiftly and something huge happens.

Hugs and love...


Shawnstribe said...

I was thinking about what you wrote, and TM....
and Michelle, the fact that you girls can think of others and still go through all the stuff you go through daily to help your lil ones process the days activities in some vestige of calmness and just speaks to me of love, and caring and and kindness and beauty.
Thank you for loving so many people,including me, who you haven't even met.
Hugs girl Friend : )

Sherri said...

Hey Michelle--It's great to hear from you!

When Jonathan was going to OT 16 years ago for sensory integration, I had to fight with the insurance company for coverage. I'm surprised that after all these years, it's still not recognized. That is crazy!

My head is spinning over this election too. How can people be so blind? But hey, you live in the area of the country where the people are bitter and cling to their guns and religion, don't you? :)

I've been thinking of you often. I miss you!


Waiting for Mia Hope! said...

What a gorgeous photo of Sophie! I know you like her hair long but I really like it the way it is. What a cute idea for the pumpkins. Yes, this IS a very scary election...I guess the goblins aren't all we must fear right now. LOL Michelle, I pray constantly for your little Sophie. I pray that our Mighty God will heal her hurts. She is so blessed to have been placed in your arms! You amaze me!
Love from St. Louis!

Shanna said...

We too are addressing the sensory issues with Kai and Chloe. Until you live with a child with SPD, it is hard to understand "why they are the way they are."
I say we need to put on our knee pads and wear them out for this next election. I keep reminding myself that God is always on the throne!!
Hugs to you~

The Byrd's Nest said...

Awesome post! My husband loves this song.......he plays it all the time!

I think is is so sad that the therapy these kids need is NOT covered by insurance. When my daughter had anorexia it was also NOT covered by any insurance. You had to have three doctors, psychologist, psychiatrist and a dietician. Every time we went it was $250.00 to each one of those doctors. Very sad indeed.

BTW...that is a gorgeous picture of our little "Sopie"!

Kristin said...

It is such a shame that SPD is not recognized by all insurance companies. The kids can truly benefit from therapy--if only the companies would listed.

Love the pumpkin plug-ins! We have four pumpkins ready to be carved. Katie said she is going to paint hers since does not like the insides. But the little ones love the goop!! Yuck!

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Thanks for the links.....important information and powerful messages!

What a beautiful picture of your sweet Sophie!

Hope you are having a good is rather cold around here!


mommy24treasures said...

oh thank you for sharing.
Sophie's hair is growing quick it looks like, love the pic of her.
I love this pumpkin idea!
Ohilda is such a dear sister in Christ.

Isabella's Mommy and Daddy said...

Great post... love all the info...
Love the pumpkin face... TOO CUTE..
Have a great week..

Michelle said...

I am really glad to be learning more about SPD through you and TM.

I love the Mr. PH pumpkin faces. Great fun, no mess! :-)

a Tonggu Momma said...

I am so glad you mentioned the insurance issue. I have to say we were very blessed that the Tongginator was diagnosed so early -- there is free therapy in most states for children under three. That's if you qualify, though. Which is a big IF. Laws do need to change... thanks for spreading the word.

Anonymous said...

I hear you, sister. We have an ammendment on the ballot in Colorado to define a person as starting at conception. I don't know if it will pass, but I pray it does and shakes things up. It would basically stop abortion in Colorado.
I did not know that October is SPD month. A speaker is coming to talk about SPD at our adoption ministry meeting next month. Emma has a mild form, it seems a lot of preemies have it to some extent.
Love the pumpkin faces! I may have to go look at Wal-mart for those myself.

Keisha said...

Amen Sista!
Ohilda has a beautiful way to put it.
We bought some of those push in things for the kids small pumpkins. Love them!!

Sheri said...

Wow, I had no idea that insurance companies didn't cover any treatments. Insurance companies just drive me crazy!! This election is making me a little crazy, too. So glad that are others like you out there who "get it." I'm very worried, too, but God is in control. I, too, love this song. Our church did a very powerful skit to this music a few weeks ago.

Colleen said...

Thank you for the post! We had to work on MANY sensory issues with Faith when we first brought her home. We had been prepared for attachment issues, but not this. It was something we really had to educate ourselves on. She was in OT for a year (age 2-3).
Adorable photos!!:)

Anonymous said...

You have me in tears. Amen, Michelle.

Suzy said...

You just have the sweetest heart, and like you, I am so glad my daughter's birth mother didn't opt to end her child's life. (I hate to call it prochoice because even if murder is a choice, it just seems to dilute the reality of a life being ended usually for selfish reasons by someone else). Hooray that SPD has its own month. It's also National Physical Therapy month. Blessings! Suzy

Early said...

I love all the links. I think about SPD often, not just as a mommy but as a teacher. I am so glad more and more families are learning about this disorder and can begin to understand why things happen in order to better respond. Thank you for sharing, and for sharing Sophie's story. It is soooo important. The more people know, hopefully, the sooner insurance companies will understand the importance of early intervention!

Praise and Coffee said...

I love this song.
I llove all your pictures too!! So sweet!

When I was looking at them, Lauren said, "is that me?"

Jewels of My Heart said...

My Dear Michelle.... thankyou for sharing the links. Love the pics of your beautiful girls. And thank you so much for your words of love and wisdom regarding the election... my heart is very heavy these days for the United States of America and her people.... I am afraid if we do not humble ourselves and turn from the oh, so many things that so many are doing that sin against and mock God that our country is going to be disciplined by our Father in Heaven in order to bring us to our knees in repentence because He loves us enough to do so.....
I have to tell you that the number one issue for me when I go to vote is that of "pro Life"..... For I believe that there is not a more important issue than that of the sactity of human life....
I too am so thankful for my children's birthmothers for not making the wrong "choice"...
God bless the children....

The Princess's Mommy said...

Great post, beautiful pics!! Love the pumpkin push-ins. I haven't seen those! We are praying for our country and the upcoming election, too. It's a scary time...


Blessed Single Mom said...

Hi Michelle,
Thanks for the links concerning SPD. I am living with one great SPD kid. This election is scary and I am trust God and praying.
Julie - NC

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