Thursday, January 28, 2010

Happy 12th Birthday Noah

12yrs ago today Daddy received his little sidekick. You'll always be his hero.
I can't believe you are 12. Where does the time go...... Some days it feels like such a long road and yet time still flies. I'm so glad I'm on this journey with you. I love you so much.

Emily loves to spend time with you.
Morgan loves to help you learn new things.

You are so lucky to have 2 big sisters that love you.
Happy Birthday Noah!!!!!! We love you so much.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

A Benefit for Noah

Februrary 7th 2010
First Lutheran Church
33 Broadway
Shelby, Ohio 44875
Food, Music and Silent Auction
We would love to be able to take Noah to Chicago on Feb 18th for our next ABR training.
The Sheaffers

Friday, January 1, 2010

A Punch in the stomach

Shortly after Noah got home from the hospital I came across a website that calculated the life expectancy of a special needs children. Noah is a in the 5th Group. The 5th group is a child who doesn't walk,crawl, creep or scoot and doesn't feed himself and is fed by a G-tube. Noah life expectancy according to this chart is 7-14yrs. Did you hear that? 7-14yrs!!!!!!! I felt like I was punched in the stomach. Noah is going to be 12 the 28th of this month....... I feel like I'm running out of time with him. With Noah just getting out of the hospital for pneumonia (first time ever)
I was wondering if this was going to be a start of a new trend with him. Having to be in the hospital every time he gets sick. It scares me to death. I'm not ready to let him go yet. I'm tears again just thinking about it. I fell so helpless. That's why I'm desperately trying to find something to help Noah. Scott and I really feel ABR is our answer. The weekend Noah was in the hospital was the time we were to be in Chicago for our ABR training. Unfortunately even if Noah was well enough to go we wouldn't had gone anyway. Because we just didn't have the money. The next time we can go is February 18th. How I wish we could were able to go. I keep saying that if this is what God wants it will happen. I'm hoping to have a small benefit for Noah on Sunday Feb. 7th.

This is the ABR machine we would love to be able to afford. Noah could do therapy all night long and be able to make faster progress. I'm still working on trying to get a grant to help us out. Why does things have to be so hard? I just want to be able to provide a better quality of life for Noah. Now I feel like I'm also trying to save his life as well. I've said this before..... why doesn't special needs children come with the means to be able to provide for them?

Gavin (ABR trainer) and Noah in Montreal.

I pray that 2010 will be a better year for us.

Noah loves a therapy that he can fall asleep

and he still gets stronger

I'm not ready to let this smile go.