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It's here --- episode #2 of "The Lightroom Show" - lots of handy tips and shortcuts in a really short package. Hope you can check it out. Here's the link: http://bit.ly/1BuyGPi 
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In a world where the written conversation is taking over face to face interaction, it's increasingly more difficult to get the true emotion behind your words across, and easier to cause offense or misunderstanding. I have been (unintentionally) guilty of this so many times.

The power of both the written and spoken word is too often vastly underestimated. And too often we see but a tiny glimpse of someone when our interaction with them is strictly based online, a brief view of what may to them be an extreme high or low of their existence and not a true telling of who they really are as an individual, and we have gotten in the unfortunate habit of basing blanket opinions of a person's overall nature on these extreme instances. Situations that are but a blip in their life and not representative of all that they are.

We need to be careful, not just with words we say and write, but also with our assumed understanding of other's words. For perhaps what is said is not necessarily what is meant, and compassion, patience and understanding on our part are needed to get to the real heart of the matter.
I chose this blog topic a few days ago after sharing an excerpt from my next book on my Facebook page. My excerpt struck a bit of a chord with a few people who then voiced their opinions regarding what I shared. I felt bad be...
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Hope you enjoyed the read +lynn hughes 
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Classic case of Brotherly Love...

So, yesterday I just about jumped out of my skin when I heard toddler screeching from the other room. I hurried in to find Franklin standing with Jack sitting at his feet. Jack was the one screeching in frustration while Franklin held two toy cars, one in each hand, high above his head, well out of Jack's reach.

Such a nice big brother. 

No pic, I was called to intervene... right after I was done laughing.
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Watching brothers "bond" is such a great thing! I don't have twins but with 5 boys & 2 girls, I totally understand the joys/pains of those bonding moments! My hubby and I wouldn't trade it for anything!  :)
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Hmmmm... I never thought of it that way... 

(I just hope they don't come up with a new New Math before my boys get to school!)  ;0)

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It's about time the world caught up with me. I always got in trouble for doing math the middle way. It sure is faster if you ask me.
Of course the calculator on my phone is the best way,;)) 
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I've been a bit too down to post a Jack update lately...

He has regressed on his eating so much we have resorted to falling back on tube feeds again. He was doing so awesome for so long that I really thought he was going to do it this time. It's disappointing and frustrating to say the least. 

He went from eating an average of 850-950 cals daily down to us fighting to get a measly 500 cals in this kiddo. After nearly a week of battling to get even half of his daily calories in, I threw in the towel. I am hoping that his sudden lack of interest in pretty much all food is because he has been sick with a cold (possibly a touch of flu). If being sick is the reason he's not eating, he should start taking in more calories and bigger volumes in the next week. If being under the weather isn't the culprit, then I am going to tear all of my hair out and run screaming down the middle of the street, because at that point I will be back at that brick wall we couldn't break through for so long before. 

We give Jack all kinds of food (pizza, chocolate, honey roasted peanuts, mashed potatoes and gravy, pudding, raisins... you name it, we have tried to feed it to him) and he just doesn't seem interested. It's maddening beyond belief! 

We are not putting him back on full tube feeds. Prior to our attempt to wean, he was getting six 4 oz feeds of a Soy based nutrition drink (similar to PediaSure, but not dairy based). He will now be getting two 4 oz feeds at night, one at his bedtime and the second at my bedtime, to help supplement what he isn't getting through the little bit of food he will eat. We will be spiking these feeds with a calorie booster as well so that we are getting the maximum amount of calories with the minimum amount of volume to continue to encourage hunger-based eating throughout the daytime.

I'm praying he starts feeling better soon and this regression is just a small bump in the road and not our one-way ticket back to square one that I fear it is.
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We made the oatmeal with canned coconut milk instead of regular milk, so it definitely wasn't a dairy issue. He ate 1/2 of a bowl daily for about a month, maybe more, so prob not a texture thing either. I think he just got tired of it. I was sooo bummed out! It was such an awesome source of calories for him.

If it weren't for the gradual but steady weight loss, I wouldn't worry. Even if he had plateaued and didn't gain, I could cope with that since a plateau in weight for several months is pretty common during a wean. It's the loss that has me worried. Otherwise he is relatively happy and energetic.

He's come a really long way and I'm hoping that once he gets over being sick that his appetite will pick up again. Right now I am just going to concentrate on getting as many calories as I can into the two tube feeds/day that he's getting (we're boosting those feeds with a calorie booster that's 330 cals on its own for a total of 570 calories total between both feeds. Makes meeting his goal of 950 cals per day for growth a lot easier) so we can all relax a little and not stress so much over food. So far things seem a little more relaxed. :0)
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Take life one bite at a time
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Hey gang: Wanted to let you know that "The Lightroom Show" is now available on iTunes and you can subscribe to it free. Just launch iTunes, search for "The Lightroom Show" and it'll take you right to the page you see below. Thanks for all your support of the show — the 2nd episode is coming this Friday (but first, tomorrow is our live episode of "The Grid"). :)
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Jack hasn't been feeling well the last 3 days or so. We aren't at all sure what's going on, but he seems to have some kind of a tummy bug and the blow-out diapers continue, usually at least three/day. No other symptoms that we can determine. The only thing we have done differently is change the juice he drinks from alternating between grape and apple juice, to letting him try white grape juice. His tummy trouble started not long after, so we are going to discontinue the white grape juice and see if things improve.

I have also decided to put him back on full tube feeds for a month. He is just not getting enough calories, even with the boosted feed we give him at night that's already half of his daily caloric needs. He has an appt with the best feeding therapist in the state on March 17th, so I am going to do what I can in the time between now and then to help him gain some weight so he can be better prepared for whatever the feeding therapist has planned. I'll give him a 4.5 oz feed and 1 oz water flush every three hours starting at 9am and ending at midnight. From those 6 feeds he'll receive a total of 1050 calories and 33 oz of fluids. It will be a lot more work, but right now I feel it's the best thing for Jack.
It's very discouraging to go backward, so I am praying that the new feeding therapist will have some answers. So far, no one else has. Apparently I have done everything right and no one else can give me further direction on how to get him to eat more than just a nibble at each meal. Don't get me wrong, we have had tons of fantastic advice to help us get to this point, but no one has any good suggestions for moving forward from here. We have essentially hit a wall. This is the third time we have tried weaning our little guy off of his G tube, and each time he has made progress, but we have been ultimately unsuccessful.

Full tube feeds started this morning. Feeling very defeated today.
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+John Balboni thanks. We had to take him to the ER last night for some pretty bad dehydration, but he seems to be feeling much better this morning. :0)
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Want to see something that will make your day? Check out this short video, created about 10 years ago by Kodak, that I posted on my blog today about "Why Photography is All About Emotion." It will remind you why we do it. Just brilliant! http://kel.by/1BX98c4
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That's cool. I love to restore old photos. 
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Wishing everyone a beautiful Christmas and New Year full of blessings!
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+Darren Clark & +Steve Kalman Thanks guys! Merry Christmas! :0)
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I have a good friend who was hacked a few years ago. It changed her life. She disappeared from social media and had a terrible time with recovering her stolen identity. She is incredibly sweet and didn't deserve to go through such a horrible experience. But hackers don't care about you or your personal circumstances. They violate one person's life, milk it for as long as they can, then move on to their next victim. And the police can't help you because of the sheer volume of ppl who are taken advantage of.

Please protect yourself. It may be a hassle now, but could save you money, time and a whole lot of regret later!
 
THIS IS IMPORTANT

Those of you who don't know me: I teach computer security. This is accurate. The advice is current and spot on. It takes about 20 minutes to read and somewhat more to follow the advice.

Victims spend hundreds of hours trying to get their life back in order (really!) and it is never really fully recovered. 

Read it, take one or two steps at a time, and get it done. 

tl;dr  Your email password is key to your identity since all your other sites' password recovery tools will send a link there. Open 2-factor authentication (text a code to your phone), and where that's not possible, use a totally new email account never used for anything else.  Lots more to do, but that's a start. 

Note: the graphic that comes up doesn't match the story. 


http://brandontrew.com/2014/12/bet-didnt-know-current-password-can-hacked-2-minutes/#.VJLS99XF_ME
Your password is pathetic. Your personal & financial identity is vulnerable. Take these steps to protect yourself. Don't become a victim.
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This was great, Heather. Thanks. Now I just need to do it. 😉
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It's finally happening! Jack is starting to walk!

He has been standing up unassisted from a sit for a while now, though he hasn't been doing it that often. Today he stood up several times and made multiple walking passes between daddy and I tonight, about 7-8 steps each time. He was having so much fun and giggled the whole time! Maybe our little guy will be walking by Christmas after all! :0)

The boys got some adorable matching jammies from a friend of ours we have dubbed "Aunt" Ashley, so I took the opportunity to get some cute shots of them in front of our fireplace. I have several poses so once I get some edited I'll post a few more.

Today was a bit less stressful. We still have a few irons in the fire to straighten out, but I think  I was able to get the SSI and Medicaid issue fixed. If so, Jack should have his coverage back (keeping our fingers crossed!) 

(Thank you so much Ashley for the jammies and gifts for the boys! We love and miss you!) :0) 

Franklin and Jack - Dec. 10, 2014
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Whoo hooo!!!! Go Jack.... This is great news!!!! Hope it's the first step (hee HEE) to things finally falling into place and working out!

These Jammies are adorable and can't wait to see your other photos!!! Much love and hugs! 
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Mother, Wife, and Professional Family Portrait Photographer. (profile pic by Howard Jackman)
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I love photography! I started getting serious about it in March of 2012 and have been trying to pick up as much as I can to improve my skills ever since. My ultimate goal is to eventually become a full-time child and family portrait photographer. 

My husband and I have wonderful twin boys whom we absolutely adore. It was a very tough start for them (and us) as they were born 10 weeks early and spent a great deal of time in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit). Our bigger little guy, weighed in at 3 lbs 7 oz at birth and stayed in the hospital for 10 weeks before we were able to take him home. Our little guy weighed only 1 lb 14 oz at birth and due to many complications had a 6 month NICU stay and several surgeries before he was given the ok to go home. 

Our littlest still has some medical hurdles to overcome, but he makes a little progress every day. Our current battle is with feeding. He has a surgically placed feeding tube that he is dependent upon for much of his daily nutritional needs because he won't eat enough to gain weight and grow. This allows us to supplement his diet with nutrient packed formula delivered directly into his stomach through his feeding tube. 

It's not an easy life. I have had to learn things about therapy, medicine, procedures, specialists and being an in-home care giver that I never wanted to know. Every day brings challenges and frustrations, but we have been so very blessed, beyond anything I could have ever imagined! We're a tough little family and we've found that we can get through anything if we have love, faith, and continue persevere in the face of adversity.

One day at a time, we are getting there... 
and we are doing it together.
 
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step" ~Chinese Proverb
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I have a wonderful, beautiful family that has given me roots, helped me to grow, and allowed me to fly.
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