My name is Sheila and I am 45 years old. I married my High school sweetheart at the tender age of 17. We had our first son 9 months later. 14 months after that son number two was born. 22 months later we had our little girl. So there I was, 22 years old, with three wonderful children and the love of my life.I loved being a Mom and I enjoyed it more than I ever thought possible. I would hold them and watch them sleep never wanting to put them down. Clint and I were very young and I'm sure some thought we were crazy, but I wouldn't trade it!As my children grew and we bought our land and built our home I began to miss having a little one. My babies weren't babies anymore. I decided it would be fun to have little ones around and approached my husband, then the kiddos about becoming a foster family. I thought it sounded like a great idea and it would be wonderful for the kids to be involved in helping those that needed us. Everyone agreed, I made some phone calls, and we began our journey.....We went to foster parent training and did our paper work, back ground checks, home visits and then we waited. I was a little surprised that we didn't get a child immediately. Then it happened on March 18, 1998 while I was shopping with my friend Chris I received the phone call that would change my life forever. The social worker wanted to know if we would take a little boy who was 18 months old and his 3 month old baby sister. I was so excited I couldn't wait to get home.Richard and Katy came into our lives that very evening. They were beautiful but they didn't smell so pretty! My daughter Ashley and I gave them baths and fed them. Ashley read Richard a story while I rocked Katy. They stayed with us for 15 months and then the dreaded phone call came. Richard and Katy were going home. I know I am supposed to be happy and that the goal from the very beginning was reunification. I had watched the parents with Richard and Katy and I truly felt in my heart that they were not ready for the responsibility. Katy was so frail when she came to us she was failing to thrive, she spit up all the time, had frequent diarrhea and many ear infections. She was just beginning to blossom. I feared for her safety. There was nothing I could do but pray to God to watch over these children and keep them safe. I was not prepared for how difficult it would be to let go. I loved these children and I didn't know if I would ever see them again. With a broken heart and tears streaming down my face I stood next to Clint as we said our goodbyes. I will never forget the looks on their faces. I felt as if they were asking me why they had to go away.Three weeks had passed since our sweet little babies had gone away. My heart ached and I thought of them constantly. The second week in July I received a phone call from D.H.S asking me if I minded speaking with Katy's doctor. The worker informed me that Katy had been found unconscious in her crib and rushed to the hospital. She had suffered a metabolic crises and because of a lack of oxygen she had brain damage. When she awoke from the coma she was unable to speak, sit up, stand or walk. The doctors needed to speak to someone that knew when Katy had attained each milestone such as walking and how well she talked. They had nothing to compare her current condition with. I asked if we could come to the hospital and be with her. When we saw her tiny little body in that big hospital bed with all the tubes coming out of her I couldn't believe it was the same child. I stayed with her night and day. I took her to the play room and coaxed her into taking tiny little steps with help. I got her to take small bites of food. I bathed her and brushed her tangled hair.The doctors explained that Katy had a rare metabolic disorder called Medium Chain acyl CoA Dehydrogenase. Medium chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase deficiency, or 'MCAD,' is a disorder in which your body is unable to breakdown fats to make energy. Normally, fat is broken down into energy by "enzymes." This energy keeps your body running whenever it runs out of its main source of energy, a sugar called 'glucose.' In MCAD, a very important enzyme for breaking down fat, the medium chain acyl CoA dehydrogenase enzyme (MCAD) is missing or does not work correctly. This means that people with MCAD can't break down fat for energy when they run out of glucose. When people with MCAD fast, they can experience a range of serious life threatening symptoms or even death. Persons with MCAD cannot use this fat to make energy, consequently, the body begins to fail and malfunction once the food the person has eaten runs out. The main treatment is to avoid going without food for very long periods. Children should eat high carbohydrate meals like sugar-containing drinks, cereals, and pastas when they are ill. Children with MCAD should follow a low fat diet. If not detected and treated appropriately, MCAD can result in death. Untreated MCAD can lead to mental retardation and death.Katy was released from the hospital into our care. Richard went to another foster home due to all the therapies and constant care Katy needed at this time. Richard never made it back to us. He was adopted by a family that fell in love with him while we helped Katy with her long journey back. We spent everyday working with Katy encouraging her to walk and talk.On April 27, 2001 when she was 3 1/2 years old Kaitlin Elizabeth Kimble became our daughter. She was officially ours. When the Judge announced her new name and put her in my arms I felt the same joy I felt when my biological children were born. The same feelings overwhelmed me and I knew that God had brought us to Katy and that she was supposed to be with us and never have to say good bye again.Now it is December 2, 2007 and Katy will be 10 years old on the 24th. She is in the third grade. She is truly a gift from God. She brings us so much joy. I will admit though that it isn't always easy. Katy has developmental delays and ADHD do to the metobolic crises. She goes to speech, occupational and physical therapy twice a week. She has a Para professional that helps her because Katy has not learned to read. She needs constant supervision as she does not think things through. She is very revved up and is on medication to help her sleep. I was very much against giving her any medication in the beginning but after being up until 2:00 and 3:00 in the morning trying to get her to sleep and regularly being late for school, I soon realized that this was a good choice for Katy. It slows her down enough to be able to go to sleep and she is able to wake up in the morning feeling rested and ready to go to school.Katy has three older siblings Chris her oldest brother is 27. Randy her brother is 26 and her sister Ashley is 24. She has a niece Brooklynn who is 6 and a nephew Hayden that is 3. She has another nephew Peyton that is 3 1/2. Join me as you peek into my life and all that it entails as a Mom to three grown children and Katy a 10 year old who keeps me on my toes. I'm Nana to three beautiful grandchildren and wife to the love of my life. The journey continues......

Wednesday, December 31, 2008


A young couple moves into a new neighborhood.
The next morning while they are eating breakfast, the young
woman sees her neighbor hanging the wash outside.
"That laundry is not very clean", she said.
"She doesn't know how to wash correctly.
Perhaps she needs better laundry soap"
Her husband looked on, but remained silent.
Every time her neighbor would hang her wash to dry, the
young woman would make the same comments.
About one month later, the woman was surprised to see a
nice clean wash on the line and said to her husband:
"Look, she has learned how to wash correctly.
I wonder who taught her this?"
The husband said, "I got up early this morning and
cleaned our windows."
And so it is with life. What we see when watching others
depends on the purity of the window through which we look.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas at Memaw and Poppa's

We celebrated Christmas at Mom and Dad's today. We had a great time! The little ones were so excited. We had a great meal with turkey and ham and all the fix en's. We unwrapped gifts and then played Dirty Santa. Clint and Katy and I were the last ones to leave we stayed and enjoyed visiting with Mom and Dad. I always enjoy just sitting down and talking but everyone is always in a hurry. I think we should defiantly make more time for each other this year!

Saturday, December 20, 2008


This is the cutest little Nativity. It is a Little People set by Fisher Price. It is very kid friendly. The grandchildren have had so much fun arranging it like they think it should be. They all have their own ideas of how it should look. This picture shows it on top of a Christmas package so it looks a little bright.

Our Christmas Tree

Ashley this is for you. You wanted me to post a picture of my tree so here it is. It really isn't all that great but we had fun decorating it. Katy and I like to turn all the lights off and turn the lights on the tree and just look at it. I love Christmas lights! I am getting excited about everyone being here for Christmas. We are having ours on the 27 th to accommodate everyone. Merry Christmas everyone!

Christmas Program

This post is a little late but we had a very nice Christmas program at school. It was so nice to see all the kiddo's dressed up in their Christmas attire! They all looked so nice and did a great job with their singing. We have an awesome music teacher and she always puts a lot of work into the program. Here are a couple of pics of our little singer!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

Katy loves to make things. She has so much fun "helping" in the kitchen. When I saw this Christmas tree kit I knew that Katy would love it. She was very excited to begin the project. She made such a mess but had so much fun! She dropped a few cookies and broke them. The little round decorating beads just wouldn't stay put! They rolled off the counter about as fast as she took them out of the package. I gave her a small bowl to put the round decorating beads in thinking they would be easier to handle, but she spilled the entire bowl and pretty little candied beads decorated the kitchen floor. She got tired and decided to sit on the counter beside the Christmas tree. She cleaned the sticky icing and broken cookie crumbs off the counter with her jeans and shirt! She insisted upon doing it all herself and she was very pleased with the outcome.
You did a great job Katy!!

Sleep Study

We took Katy to Children’s Hospital to get a sleep study. She is difficult to wake most mornings and she snores like a train! Her developmental pediatrician referred her to an ENT and he set up the sleep study. We left a little early so we could do some Christmas shopping before we had to be at the Hospital. We arrived at the Sleep Lab at 8:30 and it was 10:30 before they had Katy hooked up and ready for bed. They had an empty room so Clint was able to sleep in there and I stayed in a chair that made into a bed in the room for Katy. The room was small so there wasn't room for both of us to sleep in the same room with Katy. The technician was so good with Katy. He kept her laughing with his funny little jokes and made her feel very comfortable. He brought Clint and I extra blankets and pillows and was very attentive. Katy started snoring almost immediately. I turned on a fan to help buffer the noise! I didn’t sleep too well but it is a little difficult to sleep in a room where you know they are watching and listening to you! We haven’t received the results yet but should have them in a few weeks.
Here are a few pictures of Katy getting hooked up and ready for the sleep study.