Stretching Our Faith

On : 14 November, 2015 | Category : 2015

From her very first therapy sessions, it was obvious to me that the main obstacle in Jian’s mobility was the contracture in her left hip. I kept telling Daniel that we were going to have to get her pelvis into alignment before any huge progress could be made with her walking.  I committed to stretching […]

Fun with “Gurlz-Ouz”

On : 21 September, 2015 | Category : 2015

After being in third grade a couple of weeks, Jian came home and said, “Mommy, what is gurlz ouz?” Ummm, let me think, can you ask me that again? “You know, gurlz ouz, where you have a lot of fun, play games together, go camping…” Oh! Girl Scouts!  Yes, are you interested in Girl Scouts? […]

Third Grade!

On : 14 August, 2015 | Category : 2015

Change is hard. Most of us like our routines. I do. But for Jian, it is especially hard. Anything that is unpredictable sends her into a bit of a panic. And it’s not fun helping her get through it. When school let out for summer, we had about 4 weeks leading up to it of […]

She rode a bike!

On : 6 July, 2015 | Category : 2015

Last week, Jian did an intensive week of physical therapy.  She went Monday-Thursday for 3 hrs per day. Besides a lot of exercise and strengthening and weight bearing through her left leg, her one big goal was to ride a bike.  There is a bike at the therapy gym that has been modified with sturdy training […]

Look How Far We Been!

On : 26 June, 2015 | Category : 2015

Last week we celebrated Jian’s 2 year Gotcha Day.  It is really hard to believe that she has been home 2 years, but on the other hand, it feels like she has always been with us.  I asked her what she wanted to do to celebrate.  She chose going to the zoo, choosing a toy […]

Yesterday’s Appointment with the Orthotists

On : 29 May, 2015 | Category : 2015

Yesterday was a big appointment.  Jian went to meet with her physical therapist, an orthotist, and another man who represents a company who creates dynamic splints.  I could tell that everyone was sort of holding their breath when she came in to see how cooperative she was going to be.  They wanted her to demonstrate […]

Camping Trip

On : 25 May, 2015 | Category : 2015

Jian got a tent for Christmas this past year.  She has been very excited for several months planning her first camping trip. We decided to go over the weekend before it got too hot during summer.  At first, I tried to sell her on just setting a tent up in our back yard and walking down to the […]

All Things Working Together for Good

On : 4 May, 2015 | Category : 2015

Within the first couple months of Jian coming home, I knew that the contracture in her left hip was the biggest obstacle in our way of her goal of walking independently.  I had a dynamic splint in my mind that she could wear that could be adjusted as it gradually stretched her left leg in toward midline.  I […]

Soccer Games and CrossFit Competitions

On : 20 April, 2015 | Category : 2015

Jian does not back down from a goal.  In her own words, “I’ll never give up!”  I saw this first hand after we had been home for about 3 weeks and she took me on for our first battle of the wills.  Three hours later I was questioning what I had gotten into.  But it […]

Jian’s 10th Birthday (and an update from yesterday)

On : 26 March, 2015 | Category : 2015

Jian turned 10 years old on March 10, and I am just now having a chance to write about it.  Double digits!  She got a tent for Christmas and had been saying she wanted to do a camp-out for her birthday, but then decided she would just have a small party at our house like we did last […]