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 […]

Rehab Medicine Visit Yesterday

On : 25 March, 2015 | Category : 2015

You may remember that last summer I asked a great doctor at Shriner’s Hospital to review all of Jian’s records and give an opinion of whether he thought surgery would help her.  Basically, he said that whether we did surgery or not, he thought that Jian would always need to walk with her crutches.  So I told myself […]

Elsa Started School

On : 2 March, 2015 | Category : 2015

When Jian came home and was looking through our photo albums, she saw pictures of Mina, our great dane, when she attended obedience school and a picture of her wearing a graduation cap.  Since then, Jian has been obsessed with getting her own puppy and taking the puppy to “school.”  Saturday was Elsa’s first day.  We […]

Puppy Training and Piano Lessons

On : 3 February, 2015 | Category : 2015

Several weeks ago, Jian got in the car after school and told me she wanted to start taking piano lessons.  She is very smart and a fast learner and has very good fine motor skills.  We already have a small guitar and amplifier at our house (because Daniel decided years ago that he would take lessons, […]

Jian got a puppy!

On : 30 December, 2014 | Category : 2014

For at least a year now, Jian has been begging me to get her a puppy.  After the initial shock and fear of Mina, our great dane, Jian decided that she needed a dog her own size.  She saw other kids in the neighborhood with their little dogs and loves to go visit my family in […]

ESL Holiday Party

On : 12 December, 2014 | Category : 2014

Jian got into the car last week and handed me an invitation to come to her holiday party in ESL class.  This is the first time in a year and a half that she has allowed me to come to her school for an event.  And she didn’t want her dad or anyone else to […]

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