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AHG 2011-2012 Trailblazer Planning

The girls and I have already begun our American Heritage Girls year, and I think we have a pretty good course planned for this school year.  Kara and Cosette are both in the 2nd year (out of 3) of their respective levels, so I really would like to make headway on completing the requirements for their level awards. Towards that end, we are going to focus on completing merit badges from the various frontiers that we have not yet completed.  Once we have a badge from each frontier, we will continue to pick badges that we are interested in.  Neither girl is going to have a problem getting the required service hours, and we definitely have plenty of special events! 🙂

So, right now the girls are working on the Stickshifts and Safety Belts badge from the Family Living Frontier and the Computer Fun badge from the Science and Technology Frontier.  We had started the Textile Arts badge from the Arts Frontier last spring, and once they each complete their latchhooking projects, that one will be mostly finished.  I must admit that the Stickshifts and Safety Belts badge seems like an odd choice, but it actually fits our family just perfectly right now!  We bought our Sienna van this past summer, and going through that process really sparked interest among our kids about different aspects of vehicles, so this project makes sense right now.

In addition to our regular badges, the girls want to complete the requirements for the Bowling Sports Pin and each of the girls would like to get a religious emblem by working on their respective levels of the PRAY Program.

Once those goals are met, we have other badges that we are considering including Living in the USA, Cooking, Home Care and Repair, Music Performance, Photography, My Style, and Fishing.  There’s one thing for sure:  we won’t run out of things to do!

I also have goals for myself in regards to my position as the Trailblazer Support Coordinator.  Of course, I want to be timely and thorough addressing issues and answering questions as they arise, but I also want to go beyond that.  I want to focus on promoting AHG and the Trailblazer program specifically. Towards that end, I have already begun spreading the word about Trailblazers through a variety of means, and I am networking with troops in various areas to try to get Trailblazers involved in regional activities.  Another area that I would like to focus on is Trailblazer interaction.  There is already an existing Yahoo group, but it is definitely not used up to its potential.  I would love to see it be a place where families can share ideas and information about Trailblazing.  I can even picture it being almost like an online “troop” in a way.  Several years ago, I established the clubfootadoption Yahoo group, and it has really become a neat place for families to learn about adopting and treating kids with that condition. That’s what I would like to see with the Trailblazer Yahoo group as well.

Trailblazing is definitely an adventure!  In many ways it is what it says it is: trailblazing.  This is a relatively new concept for AHG that is rapidly expanding, and it’s neat seeing how God is continuing to open doors!  It is truly a blessing!

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As I wrote in my last entry, while Kara was in surgery last week, I stayed in her hospital room to wait.  While there, I noticed the little bear that our church gave to Kara sitting on her bed with her glasses.  The message on the bear’s tummy said “Miracles Happen.”  I sat there and thought about that, and was reminded what a miracle Kara is.  God truly has done miraculous things in that girl’s life to bring her home and heal her body and spirit.  I thought about how far she has come and was moved with thanksgiving to the Great Physician for His healing power.  Today I put together this brief slideshow as a reminder of what a Great Savior we have.  I just can’t wait to see all that God has in store for my dear daughter!

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Kara has always enjoyed the marble sculpture at The Children’s Hospital in Denver. It was a highlight in their old facility, and now we know where it is in the new facility. Cosette asked me to take a video of it so she could see how neat it is, so I thought I’d post those videos here for everyone to enjoy! There are two parts to the video so I could show the different parts of the sculpture.

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Last Thursday was Kara’s surgery in Denver to remove the surgical staple from her foot.  It was a long, long, LONG day, but it all went well, and she is doing fine.

Kara’s surgery was scheduled later in the day than we usually prefer because that is what they had available.  We wanted to take a time that was as soon as possible to avoid the potential of driving in Colorado winter storms, and this is what they had.  So, she was originally scheduled at 4:30 our time, and we knew that would make a late night getting home at best.

Unfortunately, there were a couple of traumas that came in, so we were given the option of rescheduling or waiting it out.  We thought it would be ridiculous to have to travel back another day and agreed that waiting it out was the best option.  They thought she’d be able to go into surgery around 6:30, so we saw our time getting home getting later and later. Their estimate proved accurate.  She did go in around 6:30 and was finished around 7:15.  It took her awhile to wake up from the anesthesia, but once she did, she was her normal tough self, and they were ready to discharge her around 9:00.

We made pretty good progress getting home until around midnight when our driver’s side rear tire blew as we drove down the interstate at full speed! Thank God that there was no traffic around us and that Dan was able to get the van pulled over and stopped safely!  It took a little bit to gather our thoughts on how to proceed.  We were way too close to the interstate in the dark for Dan to get that tire changed safely, so our first thought was to call the police so there could be flashing lights to warn passers by to get over.  Well, it took the police forever to come, and while we waited Dan decided that maybe trying to change the tire wasn’t such a great idea anyway since we couldn’t tell how much damage had been done to the rim trying to get stopped anyway.  So we called my Dad who gave us the phone number for a towing service.  He also volunteered to come give us a ride the rest of the way home.

Try to picture us in the middle of the night with a girl who just had foot surgery tromping through the weeds in the ditch!  I’m sure we were quite a sight as we struggled around!  😉  Our bad luck even passed on to the tow truck driver!  He must have dropped his reading glasses in the ditch while he was working on our van because when we did finally make it to a service station, he couldn’t find them–and he couldn’t see well enough to fill out our bill!  So, I filled out our bill for him–what a day!

We finally made it home around 2:00 a.m.  Kara had just got into bed when she called me in to her room.  The surgical bandaging, including the surgi-strips, had all come off.  So, we all got back up, re-bandaged everything, and went back to bed around 2:30.  I certainly am glad that not every day was like that one!

I will say this, though:  God is good, all of the time.  Things don’t always go just like we plan or desire, but nothing is out of His plans. We just look back on the whole thing and kind of laugh–after all was said and done, the surgery was successful.  The staple is out, Kara is fine, we are fine, the van is fine, etc. Things could’ve been a lot worse, and we are thankful that they weren’t.  Kara has been running around and seems to be feeling fine.  It’ll take a few weeks to completely heal, but we are definitely heading in that direction!  So, we praise God for His healing, guiding touch.  He is always faithful.  Always good.

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Today was Kara’s annual checkup with Dr. G. for her clubbed foot.  Overall, things are looking pretty good.  She does turn her foot in, and that is not improving at all.  Dr. G. said that there are two things that are contributing to that, and that really it’s something that she has to live with.  The first cause his still her hip issue.  That whole leg (and even her “normal” leg) turn in from the hips.  Last year Dr. G. thought she might outgrow that, but now she doesn’t think that she will.  Another contributing factor is from all of her surgeries.  Her remaining muscles, tendons, etc.  are just not strong enough to keep the foot straight.  But, this doesn’t effect her mobility at all, so it’s really not much to worry about.

Kara will, however, have a minor surgery next week in Denver.  Believe it or not, it is to remove a troublesome staple that is still in her foot from China!  That silly staple has been a problem ever since we adopted her.  In fact, the week that we brought her home, that area of her foot became seriously infected, and we just about ended up with an emergency trip to Denver then.  After several rounds of antibiotics, she did eventually recover, and you could feel that staple right under the skin.  When Dr. G. operated on her foot in 2007, she decided not to remove the staple.  I am not completely 100% sure, but I seem to remember that she decided to leave it alone because it would have required an additional incision to remove, and Kara already had such large areas to heal that Dr. G. thought it wasn’t worth the trouble.  She also didn’t think it would cause any problems.  Well, fast forward to this year.  There has been a lump developing over that stupid staple.  Sometimes Kara complains that it hurts, and it has made wearing dress shoes nearly impossible.  Dr. G. agreed that it is time to take care of that, so next week we will take Kara back to Denver Children’s where she’ll have it surgically removed once and for all.

Other than that staple, Dr. G. thinks Kara is looking great and says that unless we have problems arise, we’ll go back in another year to check on it at that time.  God is good–all of the time!

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Yes, I know:  this picture really doesn’t fit the title of this entry!  Oh well, I just love this picture and wanted to use it anyway!  😉

We started school last Wednesday, and things have been absolutely CRAZY since then! You’d think our calendar exploded or something!  Actually, we’re off to a very good start, and I think the kids are already enjoying their new classes and teachers.

God is always so good and faithful–even in the little details of life.  My Mom has always said that if you are following His plan, He’ll provide the way.  That is just so true!  Every year brings new obstacles to overcome, but I have learned not to worry because God gives the wisdom when I need it.  This year is our first year with all five of the kids being full-time students (no preschool or kindergarten) which presented a logistical issue with our physical setting.  While I still had preschoolers/kindergarteners, I could have kids share a school station with one TV/DVD player.  I knew that it would never work when all of the kids were full-time, but I never was sure how we’d fit five stations in our school area.  Well, as usual, God is faithful and has given me the answer. I moved Brock into the adjoining room with John, and kept the three younger kids in the main room.  This is working out great, and I must say that it’s nice having each one on his/her own schedule instead of trying to work around sharing systems!

He has also provided the technology solutions we need when we need them.  Trying to manage all of those systems, cords, remotes, etc. is not always easy!  I have learned how to hook up headphones in every way imaginable, and this year has been no exception.  Brock’s new station has a new flat-screen TV that came with a headphone jack (thank you, Lord!), and I was able to figure out how to get Kara’s headphones connected directly to her DVD player with various adapters.  I was a little worried that her headphone cords might be a tripping hazard, but God led me to just the right solution for that as well:  a welcome mat keeps the cord neatly tucked away.  There is a picture of that in this entry’s slideshow.  We found a new desk for Cosette–and the day we bought it, it was on clearance sale with FREE shipping.  No coincidence when my great Father is taking care of things!

Last Friday was kind of crazy.  The roofing company came to replace our roof without any notice.  Oh, surprise!  It worked out all right, but it sure made for a noisy school day!  Fortunately, they finished it in one day, and it does look nice.  That same day we had a special guest in our house as well.  A friend of mine is expecting a baby in a few weeks, and she has developed health issues that has required her to be on bed-rest.  She has a three-year-old to take care of as well, so that makes bed rest a little complicated.  We decided to keep her toddler for the day to give her a break, and that was fun!  She is a neat kid, and a blessing to have around.  I have offered to keep her as often as needed, so she may be back!

So, we’re off to a busy start, and things aren’t going to slow down next week.  Kara’s annual appointment to check her clubbed foot in Denver is next Monday, we have three dental appointments on Tuesday, and now it sounds like John and Brock may be helping with a community dinner as part of a scout activity next Wednesday.  Such is life at the Prairie Family House!

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