I want to talk for a bit about our blessings. I’ve written about her before, but I wanted to share more…..
One of the biggest blessings I have ever received was right here through this blog. When Teagan got sick, it was a blog reader that contacted me and said she thought she could help. I was surprised she contacted me, because to be honest, the first few times we interacted months before, I am ashamed to say I wasn’t all that nice to her. After reading my blog for some time, she’d picked up on a few things and emailed me to offer help with Taryn a few sensory issues, but I denied Taryn had any sensory issues. (((For the record, I was wrong, she did. And you know what, they were fairly easy fixes that Marti helped her through in just a few OT sessions. Marti eventually worked her magic with Taryn and my sweet girl can now handle the world around her with so much more confidence and she is much more calm and happy.))) Anyway, even though I was defensive and not very nice the last time we’d exchanged emails, Marti still put a foot forward and offered to help Teagan. Her heart is big, and true, and when she felt lead to contact me, she followed that. She gave me some key words to research, we chatted through email. She listened, really listened. As Teagan regressed, Jason and I became more and more afraid with each new day. Marti offered to see him….so we loaded him up and carted him across town. That day was the beginning of his healing journey. Her trained OT eye spotted things we hadn’t. She supported us, asked the tough questions, helped us research, helped us find the right doctors, she treated him over the course of several months, for hours on end, in her home, out of the goodness of her heart. She instituted the listening program, she addressed his left sided weakness, his core strength issues, every sensory issue that came up, she helped with, and it seemed like we were hit with something new every day or close to it. She went to (very long) doctors appointments, she showed up, no questions asked and she prayed. Another key thing she did, she encouraged us to follow our guts and listen to our instincts, she never let up on that, and it made us believe in ourselves and that we had the ability to heal Teagan.
There are not enough thank you’s in the world to someone who helps to pull your baby back from a regressive state and a very dark place. She took him out of his fog, out of the drugged, brain damaged looking, weak state and made him strong. She’s Teagan’s buddy, he asks for her all the time. I value her opinion, her drive, her heart. I’m so thankful she shared her gifts and what I call “Teagan’s professional advocate”. I practically had to twist her arm to let me share my gift with her and take these photos of her family before Christmas. I adore this family, they remind me so much of my own, a spirited and lively 5 year old, a chill, momma loving, blankie boy. She loves her family with her whole heart. Yes, the dynamic is so similar and easy to connect to. I love how our children play and get along. I am so thankful to Rob, Suzy and Andy for all of their sacrifices when Teagan was so sick and being treated by Marti. They gave us so much of her time and attention, I know they are very proud of her and all that she does with her big old heart to help other people. We’re standing on the other side of that and I don’t even have the words to say how thankful I am that when everyone else was giving up on Teagan, she didn’t. She stood firm with us and she showed up.
Thank you, my friend, I can’t image where we would be without you.
Really enjoyed reading this post. My son Benjamin is three – he has a mild speech delay and we are in the process of having him evaluated for sensory processing disorder. I know in my heart that’s what’s troubling my little boy – and it’s always nice to hear that others have been through it and came out stronger and better in the end. So, thank you.
Gorgeous shots, too ;-).
How special. The pictures are be.u.t.ful! It is amazing how God weaves the paths of our lives, intentionally placing people along the way.
Oh Marti your family is gorgeous! Great images as always Lynds and LOVE this connection the blog brought!
LOVE the silhouette ones! Gorgeous work Lyndsay!
I hope I get to meet Marti on one of my trips to Austin. I want to give her a hug and thank her for all she has done for Teagan and Taryn. She has made such a difference in their life and has truly been a blessing to our family.
Aw… shucks… 😉 Lyndsay, thank you so much for such beautiful words. It was truly my pleasure to be able to see God’s hand in all of this. I feel he was using me as a vessel to answer the prayers of the many others who read this blog and were lifting up your sweet boy. Your family has also helped me to grow in so many ways these past few months. I’ve had to pray harder, be less selfish, and even begin my dream of a home clinic. I am so grateful for that. I think the story is a true reminder that when we step out of our comfort zones to do something we know is right, the more difficult the request, the more assured we can be that God is actively working. I know many of the blog readers don’t realize just how scary it was. But I want to publicly commend you for humbling your own heart and listening to your own guidance that has helped heal your sweet boy. I am so grateful for how far he has come. And I will continue to pray for your family as you continue on this uncertain journey of parenthood. Thank you for inviting me into your life. I have felt like we share so much via your blog and our kids ages, etc. for a few years and it’s so fun to finally open that to a two way door. 🙂 And thank you, loyal Life In Motion blog readers, for lifting Lyndsay’s family up. To Him be the glory!
Your family is beautiful Marti. Lyndsay the photos are gorgeous as always. So glad that Teagan is doing so much better.
I couldn’t agree more. I am so thankful that your blog led me to Marti and her amazing abilities to spot things that I had missed and help heal my Kai Boy.
Marti if you’re reading this… You are such a phenomenal woman.
Lyndsay – you did an amazing job on her family images – beautiful!