Saturday, December 1, 2012


Kairos moments lately:

Today: by Dakin's request, we rocked and sang and told Angry Birds stories in the rocking recliner.  For 45 minutes.  He said he wanted to stay there his whole life, and he asked me to sing our special secret song.  It was amazing.

He has become quite a little backseat driver: the other day out on the road I decided to speed up through a red light instead of having to stop suddenly.  He said, "I thought you were supposed to stop for yellow lights." I said, "No, you are supposed to slow down."  "Then why did you go through it?"

He has also been asking me about turning right on red.  Kid is ready for his driver's test.

I was expressing a desire for brownies, and this statement from the small one ensued:
"Yes get brownies. Brownies are good. I will drive the van to where the brownies are."

And another food-related discussion:
Me: "I am looking for something for dinner."
Small Dakin: "Butter is a good idea."
Me, laughing: "You think so?"
Dakin: "I am sure!"

And another:
"I'm hungry!" Me, trying to finish an email: "ok, hold on a sec." Dakin: "I'm STARVING. Get in the kitchen!!"

And one more food one (some of these are from clear back in June, but I am going over old Facebook posts for Dakin gems, and I would hate to not have any on here):
 "No, don't eat me! You're an omnivore. You eat meat. No, I said carnivore. You eat meat."

I reached over to tickle Dakin while he was hiding his face. He says, "You tickled me when my arms were up. That's mean. So you're a mean girl."

OK, I think that is it for now.  I have so many things I need to blog about.  I keep telling myself I am going to get back into the habit.  Sigh. 

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dakin QOTD

Our day nurse was stretching and said, "ow." Dakin asked why she had said it, and she replied, "Well, probably from picking you up (she was joking), but that's ok." Dakin said, "Well, if it's ok, why you saying ow for?"

Waiting for Daddy to come join him on the floor: "Are you coming or what?"

I swear, he is an almost-5-year-old body with a 15-year-old brain.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Strolling for SMARD: Heroes and Villains 5K and 1-MIle Fun Run/Walk

This Saturday at White Oak Stadium!!  Come dressed as your favorite superhero or villain!  All proceeds go to SMARD research.  Presenting Sponsor: Energy Weldfab!

5K registration: 7:30am
5K: 8 am
Walk/FunRun: 9:30 am

There will be a silent auction, as well as games and trick or treating for the kids.  Entry is 10.00, kids ten and under free.  5K registration fee the day of the race is 20.00, before it is 15.00

Call Devon at 903-374-1867 with questions!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012


A few weeks ago, my sweet October 07 mommies were discussing where their children showed the most emotion: eyes, mouth, eyebrows, etc.  I thought and thought about it, and I couldn't figure out where it was with Dakin.

Lately Dakin has been trying his darndest to make mad faces at people.  And every time he does all I can do is is all anyone can do, because his face is not set up for an expression like that.  Some children are made to frown or scowl.  I have discovered in the last few days that Dakin is not one of them. His face is joy: his whole visage expresses it.  The mad look or mean look on his face is so alien to him that it is literally laughable.

And I am truly glad about that.  He is happy.  He is inherently, deeply, naturally happy.  There are not a lot of people who can claim is a gift and for it I am grateful.

So I figured out that with Dakin, it is his whole face that expresses his emotion.  And, strangely, I think I have known this all along: from the time he was tiny his nickname has been 'Face'-short for sweet face, silly face, mad face, whatever face he happened to be making at that moment.

Monday, October 15, 2012


Was an absolutely glorious of those East Texas October days that make the hellacious summers absolutely worth it.

So I packed Dakin up in his power chair and we went and did one of his favorite activities: watching cars on the 'big road'.  There is a lovely lady on the corner of the street who just adores Dakin and tells us every time we see her how happy she is for us to come and use her lawn for him to watch cars...she is the sweetest thing and her house is perfect for it.

So we enjoyed the perfect afternoon watching cars.  Singing their colors, talking about them.  Seeing his smile and happiness as he looked at me.

It was like time just stopped.  It was wonderful.

And, because nothing with Dakin can pass without some bit of hilarity ensuing, the following conversation took place:

Me: "You have cute hands."
Dakin: "And a cute head. And a snot nose. That's really bad."

Stay tuned for tomorrow and the pumpkin drama.  

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Pumpkin Patch 2012!

Oh yes, it is that time of year again! 

Pumpkin Patch time!

We had to come to Dallas for Vent Clinic, so we did as we always do and headed to the pumpkin patch at the Dallas Arboretum.  I can't help but rave about this place--it is amazing.  From the moment you walk in to the Arboretum, there are pumpkins lining the walkways, piles of various types of pumpkins and squash here and there...literally, tens of thousands of pumpkins.  Best part?  It's handicap accessible!

It was a beautiful day and a perfect one for our annual patch excursion.  After, we headed to Whole Foods for lunch and then vent clinic, which, as usual, went just fine.  He looks great, no complaints or worries!

And since Blogger evidently still has a grudge against me it will only let me post two photos.  BOO. 
(**edited to add that I tried a different browser and it will let me upload! YAY!!!!!!!)

I have been sorely neglecting this blog of late.  Life has been pretty hectic since Dakin started school.  I don't want this time to be getting away from me--Dakin is so funny right now, and I just love spending time with him.  So I decided I am going to start doing a (hopefully) daily entry, even it is just a Dakinism or a Kairos (God's time--a moment that is precious and lifted out of regular time) moment.  I don't want to forget anything.  Even if stupid Blogger won't let me post pictures.

Monday, September 24, 2012

More Dakinisms and School Update

School has gone extremely well thus far.  He has missed quite a bit....we are still trying to gauge his strength level, so he hasn't had an entire week just yet.  But he is really enjoying it.  The little girls in his class have all befriended him as well, which really makes my heart happy. I love how oblivious 4 year olds are to difference....wish we were all like that.

Anyhoo: Dakinisms

I tickled him, and he started brushing his ribs where I did it.  He said he was 'brushing the tickles off.'

Today I was really tired, and expressed it by saying how exhausted I was.  He said, "No! You're not exhausted!" and started hitting me, saying, "I will hit exhausted out! Out! Out, exhausted!" Strange child.  :)