Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Re: Babysitting Help needed.

Thank you so much to everyone who was able to help out this past week.  I was able to fill the schedule for every slot I needed.  Unfortunately He's not coming home this week, maybe next, so I need to fill the schedule for next week Mon-Fri twice a day (1 day time and 1 evening again).  So if you can help out for next week please email me.  (I will email you back if I can use you, and be as specific as possible).

Lydia (And the Conrad Family)

On Thu, Apr 17, 2008 at 4:13 PM, Lydia Conrad <> wrote:
My MOMs Club has been so helpful the past two weeks.  THANKS AGAIN! But now it's time for me to ask others to help too.  I'm trying to set up another week of babysitting for myself so I can spend time with William at NICU and work with his therapists. He is doing well and has started taking some milk from a bottle so surgery may not be necessary.  I like to make it up to the NICU for two of Williams bottles or feedings a day.  He gets bottles at 11am, 5pm and 11pm.  So here's when I need help:

Day Time:
3 possible shifts during the day:  (If you can help longer times that is welcome too.) This is Tommy and Micah and either your house or mine, and you are welcome to bring your kids too.  I live in Plano at Spring Creek and Custer.
10:30-12:30 ** Most Needed
This would be babysitting Micah at your house or the hospital. I can drop Micah off at your house if you live near her or the hospital (I'm at Custer and Spring Creek, hospital is 15th and Coit).

Start time: between 9 and 10 pm
End time: about 12:15 am

Let me know when you're available next week and I'll put together a schedule. Please be as specific as possible about your availability/best times. Just one shift is enormously helpful. Also, it doesn't matter if you don't know me - I'm very is appreciative of the help. Also include your contact information so I can confirm with you the day before/day of.

Lydia Conrad
Mommy to Tommy 2 yrs 3/2006 + William and Micah 3/2008
214-226-3206 cel ** More details of Williams progress can be found on my blog.

Lydia Conrad
Mommy to Tommy 2 yrs 3/2006 + William and Micah 3/2008
214-226-3206 cel

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Mother of a "Special" Child

When I was young, I'd often say,
I'd like to be a mom someday
While playing with my baby doll,
I thought that job's not hard at all

I'd have a baby, maybe two,
a girl in pink...a boy in blue
Well I grew up and sure enough,
I'm now a mom and gosh it's tough

The baby that was sent to me,
was born with disabilities
At first I'm frightened through and through,
there's much to learn to care for you

This wasn't in my plans at all,
when I was young and played with dolls
Your mind and body were so weak,
you might not ever walk or speak

So much special care required,
I'm often scared and often tired
As months and years go slowly by,
I smile a lot but sometimes cry

To watch you grow and not complain,
though you endure your share of pain
Oh, how I'd hold you and I'd pray,
that you'd be healed and whole someday

But I knew that was not to be,
not physically or mentally
And so I taught you best I could,
your progress wasn't very good

But then one day I realized,
as I gazed into your loving eyes
That I had learned so much from you,
determination...courage too

A love so unconditional,
it floods my soul and always will
I'm proud to say I gave you birth,
for you're an angel here on earth.

God Choose a mother for a "Special" child

Most women becaome mothers by accident, some by choice, a few by social pressure and a couple by habit.

This year nearly 100,000 women will become mothers of handicapped children. Did you ever wonder how mothers of handicapped children are chosen?

Somehow I visualize God hovering over earth selecting his instruments for propagation with great care and deliberation. As He observes, He instructs His angels to make notes in a giant ledger.

"Armstrong, Beth; son. Patron saint...give her Gerard. He's used to profanity."

"Forrest, Marjotie; daughter. Patron saint, Cecelia."

"Rutledge, Carrie; twins. Patron saint, Matthew."

Finally He passes a name to an angel and smiles, "Give her a handicapped child."

The angel is curious. "Why this one God? She's so happy."

"Exactly," smiles God, "Could I give a handicapped child to a mother who does not know laughter? That would be cruel."

"But she has patience?" asked the angel.

"I don't want her to have to much patience or she will drown in a sea of self-pity and despair. Once the shock and resentment wears off, she'll handle it."

"I watched her today. She has that feeling of self and independence that is so rare and so necessary in a mother. You see, the child I'm going to give her has his own world. She has to make her live in her world and that's not going to be easy."

"But, Lord, I don't think she even believes in you." God smiles, "No matter, I can fix that. This one is perfect - she has just enough selfishness." The angel gasps - "selfishness? is that a virtue?"

God nods. "If she can't separate herself from the child occasionally, she'll never survive. Yes, here is a woman whom I will bless with a child less perfect. She doesn't realize it yet, but she is to be envied. She will never take for granted a 'spoken word'. She will never consider a 'step' ordinary. When her child says 'Momma' for the first time, she will be present at a miracle, and will know it!"

"I will permit her to see clearly the things I see...ignorance, cruelty, prejudice....and allow her to rise above them. She will never be alone. I will be at her side every minute of every day of her life, because she is doing My work as surely as if she is here by My side".

And what about her Patron saint? asked the angel, his pen poised in mid-air.

God smiles, "A mirror will suffice."