Best Mother’s Day!


Finally, our Tristan was able to come home for a home visit! It has been a l-o-n-g fourteenth-month wait. Our home became lively with our forever toddler this weekend. YouTube played his favorite songs (the same ones over and over). Sleepless nights resumed. Melissa and Doug toys were brought out of the closet. Clean-up duty was continuous. Older brother, Jacob, interacted with Tristan. He gave him a few surprise snacks. Takeout was ordered at McDonald’s! It was a blast. We attended church for the music portion of the service. We would not change one minute of our time with our forever toddler. We had a blast and can not wait for the next visit in two weeks.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!

Eye Am Watching


Often we have different respite workers in our home. One day we had a nice lady, we will call her Mary, watch Tristan while we took our other son, Jacob, to the movies.  Just about the time the movie was over, I saw on my cell phone she was calling. I said to Brian, ” I need to call Mary, because I just missed her call.”  I quickly move to a hallway and called.  She was crying on the phone.  Mary stated that Tristan’s fake eye was missing.  I reassured her that it would be fine. No worries we would be home soon.  We arrived home and started searching.  Mary explains Tristan came out of his room and went into the bathroom.  When he came out of the bathroom she noticed his eye was missing.  It is important to note Tristan was laughing when he came out of the bathroom.  We continued looking while Mary was getting ready to leave.  Our gut told us where the eye was.  We waited for her to leave because we did not want to upset her anymore.  We spent a few more minutes looking in a few locations.  It was not found.  We knew where the eye was and it was not going to be retrieved.  We knew the eye had been flushed down the toilet.  It was time to cancel the search.  You may be wondering how we knew.  If Tristan laughs it’s not good news.  It means he is up to something.  So our NEW rule to respite caregivers has changed.  We now say they are not responsible if his eye is missing. We   can get it replaced–no worries.  Another healthy dose of laughter from our home!