Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Life Without Food

Earlier this year, I came in contact with a local mom whose son has eosinophilic esophagitis (EE).  It is in the same group of diseases that they will be testing Silas for at the end of the year.  EE mostly affects the esophagus while EGE (the one Silas might have) mainly affects the stomach and small intestine.

Since we were first introduced, Victoria and I have had the opportunity to meet several times.  Two of these times included the kids, and it was nice for Silas to meet someone that has severe food problems like he does.  Over the summer, The Birmingham News printed an article about the family.  And now, the September issue of Birmingham Parent has published another article about the DeLanos.  It is titled, “Life Without Food:  The Struggles of Children with Eosinophilic Disorders.”  I thought they did a great job on the article, and I hope you will take a minute to read it.  It’s on pages 14-16.

Hopefully I will have time to write more soon.  Thanks for reading!


Friday, August 12, 2011

Blessings #30-60

July 26, 2011
1.   Finding a lost book
2.   Cereal poured with love
3.   Happy helpers
4.   Big sis reading a book to her brother
5.   Software that installs on the first try (even with dial-up) J
6.   A true friend
7.   Making new friends
8.   Meeting others with similar health concerns
9.   God’s mercies – Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
July 27, 2011
10.        Open doors
11.        Our Magic Moments trip
12.        A Pepsi, cold and refreshing
13.        Smiling kids on a slip-n-slide
14.        God’s guidance – Isaiah 30:21, “And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is the way, walk in it,’ when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.”
August 10, 2011
15.        The first day of school
16.        Kids giddy with anticipation
17.        Freshly cut hair
18.        Friendly new faces
19.        New items for school – clothes, book bags, and more
20.        Kids growing day by day
21.        DSL & the time it saves
22.        Beds carefully made by little hands
23.        Silence
24.        Streams in the desert – “He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.”  Psalm 107:35
August 12, 2011
25.        Silas waking up this morning with a sparkle in his eyes
26.        Piggytale  Fridays (The only time Autumn ever wants/asks me to fix her hair)
27.        Freshly washed clothes
28.        Job opportunities
29.        Passing the VCLA (for my graduate studies)
30.        A good book
31.        God’s presence – “…For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

School Time!

The kids started school today, and I have a lot of blogging to do. J  Thankfully, everyone woke up happy and ready to begin the new school year.  Autumn is moving on to first grade while Silas is starting Kindergarten.

The kids posed for pictures on the front porch just before we left the house.

Autumn quickly sat down and started working.  She thrives on the structure school provides.

Silas was definitely the most talkative one in the bunch as the kids colored their pictures.  He never meets a stranger.


Now, I am at home attempting to get the house back in order before my many fall activities begin.

Also, we have joined the world of DSL this past week.  Having lived with dial-up all these years, I don't know what I'll do with all my newly found time.  I'm sure I'll figure out something.  I was SO excited when loading these pictures took just a few minutes instead of an hour or more.