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Stalked by the Stork...a diary of raising twelve kids

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Conversations with Brice

Lately, Brice has seemed to just get louder and louder. As usual, he doesn't mean any harm. He is eager to please and he wants to make people happy. He is just naturally loud, energetic and never gets tired. He always has something to say, or more accurately, something to shout. He is always ready to go, go, go and do, do, do. He usually needs or wants something or has something to show me. Except instead of showing me something like a normal person would do, he tends to shove whatever it is directly in my face and shout "Hey! Look mom!."

We did take Brice to see our pediatrician for an ADHD evaluation. We talked to his teacher who, surprisingly, is more concerned with the inattentive property of ADHD than his hyperactivity. She says that Brice behaves for her quite well. Is she sure we're talking about the same Brice? I almost felt the compulsive need to quickly check the other desks for another name tag labeled "Brice" during our conference.
The pediatrician, the teacher and Albert and I decided to try to leave Brice unmedicated through the remainder of the year since he makes pretty good grades and Ms. Evans says he is not hyperactive in class. We discussed the fact that we have his evaluation on file, so if next year, things change and his grades do not stay up or he does have trouble settling down in class, we can start medicine at that time. Until then, Brice is just very, very spirited.

So this brings me to a conversation that occurred the other day. Brice was being excessively loud and I was at the end of my rope.
"Brice!" I asked him, exasperated. " Why are you so loud? How do you make it through the school day like this?"
He looked at me very seriously and didn't crack a smile. "I be quiet in class, Mommy." He told me.
"Then Brice...why, oh why, can't you please be quiet here?" I responded.
Brice tilted his head to the side and looked at me like I was failing to understand something very simple.
"Because THIS, is not my quiet time." he responded, gesturing at the open living room space around him.

So that's it? Brice's teacher has successfully taught him to be quiet in class by explaining that the classroom is quiet time? Quickly, I tried to proclaim our living room as a quiet place as well. So far, Brice isn't taking the bait. Not even a little. Oh, how i wish I had the powers of Mrs. Evans....

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Lynn said...

For what it's worth, one of my daughter's has ADHD and she can basically take over the world if she wants. KFC wanted to make her a manager at 17. Somehow when she got into the working world all those things came together to make her an amazing employee!
Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
Isaiah 43:1-3a But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel...
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Dawn said...

One thing that worked for my ADD son was caffeine. It seems with true chemical imbalances in kids like this, caffeine works opposite of the normal effect and allows them to calm a bit. My son did use prescription medication until 6th grade and then transitioned to caffeine to help himself over the tough days. He's a working college student now :) I love the word 'spirited' & from your description, Brice will be a continued source of enjoyment for your whole lives.

Lynn said...

Praying right now!
1 Peter 1:18-19, 20 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot (21) Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
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Lynn said...

Lifting up prayers right now!
2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work.
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Lynn said...

Such words of comfort! Praying hard!
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.
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Lynn said...

Continuing to pray!
Psalms 130:1-2, 5-7 Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD. Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications (5-7) I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope. My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning. Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
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Wreckless Euroafrican said...

Hi there, I keep coming back to your blog, and still can't believe you have 10 kids. That's like so hectic. I cannot imagine how you can make ends meet. I fully appreciate all thew love that goes around in the house, and that the older kids help out with the younger ones - kind of - but financially it must be a daily battle. Love your writing, it's good reading, and will keep reading you!
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Lynn said...

Stopping by to let you know that you're always in my thoughts and prayers!
Psalms 91:1-2, 4 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. (4) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
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Lynn said...

Whatever the Lord allows to happen in your life, He'll get you through! Praying right now!
Psalms 91:9-12 Because thou hast made the LORD, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
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Lynn said...

Praying in Seattle!
Psalms 91:14-15 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
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Lynn said...

Still here praying!
Ephesians 3:16-19 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man; That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.
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Lynn said...

Know that I'm always here praying so very, very hard!
Philippians 4:6-7 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
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Lynn said...

Know that the Lord is always with you, wrapping His loving arms around you and holding on tight! Praying right now!
Psalms 18:2-6 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid. The sorrows of hell compassed me about: the snares of death prevented me. In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.
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Lynn said...

Praying!
Psalms 18:30-32 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect.
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Lynn said...

Not too shocked Hannah's having a boy...smiling thinking about all the trouble those two boys will get into!
There is hope in the Lord! Praying right now!
Psalms 16:7-9 I will bless the LORD, who hath given me counsel: my reins also instruct me in the night seasons. I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.
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Lynn said...

Lifting up prayers to the Only One who can hear!
Psalms 34:4, 6-7 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. (6-7) This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
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Know that you're in my thoughts and prayers!
Psalms 31:1-3 In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness. Bow down thine ear to me; deliver me speedily: be thou my strong rock, for an house of defence to save me. For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name's sake lead me, and guide me.
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Lynn said...

Continuing to lift up prayers!
Psalms 31:5, 7-8 Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me, O LORD God of truth (7-8) I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble; thou hast known my soul in adversities; And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room.
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Lynn said...

It's a privilege to be able to pray for you!
Psalms 31:14-16, 24 But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God. My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me. Make thy face to shine upon thy servant: save me for thy mercies' sake. (24) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD.
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Lynn said...

Know that I'm always here praying!
Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
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Lynn said...

When things look their worst, it's when the Lord works the best! Praying!
2 Corinthians 12:9-10 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
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Lynn said...

Am sharing two verses today. The second verse is God's own interpretation of the first verse. When dealing with all the "floods" and vehement winds beating upon us, there is only One Sure Foundation. Praying so as you face these "floods."
Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
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Lynn said...

What tremendous comfort we can take from eyewitness testimony! Praying!
1 John 1:1-4 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.
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