A car conversation with my niece

So this is the conversation that took place in the car between my 11 year old niece Lauren and I yesterday.

Lauren: Can you see colors? Or what do you see?
Me: No, I cant see any colors.
Lauren: So its all black?
Me: Well no, its not black either. I know when its dark and bright, but thats just something in my brain that makes it like that, its not actually my eyes showing me that.
Lauren: But why?
Me: Well I have no backs to my eyes. I was born without them.
Lauren: But cant you get new backs?
Me: Unfortunately not sweetie. You have to grow with them, you cant replace them.
Lauren: But cant you get surgery?
Me: Well if I had millions of bucks I would.
Lauren: But can you actually get surgery to fix your eyes?
Me: I dunno hun, I doubt it.
Lauren: I’d hate to not be able to see.
Me: Oh I dont mind, why would you hate it?
Lauren: I’d be so paranoid not being able to see.

Bless her. The innocence of it. Its the first time she’s really spoken to me about my blindness, besides asking a few questions about it when she was younger.

She must have been thinking about it. She’s at that age now, where she wants answers to everything.

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A good day!

Had a great day. College went well. I am wrecked now though. Going to just relax for the rest of the evening.

Might read, might not. Need to catch up on some blog reading as well.

So happy to have booked my flights to america. I can make plans now. I am super excited. So are the kids. They’ve been jumping around all day, and are full of beans, very very excited.

I am so happy for them. I love seeing their little faces light up because they know we’re going on a trip next summer. Now its whose going to be the one to tell eileen, thats what they are all arguing about right now.

I hope everyone had a good saturday. It rained here for most of the day, the sun is out now but it only came out about an hour ago.

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Angel cake delight

Angel Cake Delight
4 tablespoons cold water
1 cup boiling water
1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 large angel food cake
8 cups prepared Dream Whip or whipped topping)
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1 cup sugar
1 cup coconut
Pour cold water over gelatin. Stir and add boiling water. Add pineapple, lemon juice and sugar. Let stand in refrigerator until chilled. Prepare Dream Whip or use whipped topping. Mix with gelatin mixture. Add coconut. Pinch cake into fine pieces. Prepare cake, alternating with a layer of cake crumbs and a layer of Dream Whip mixture, ending with Dream Whip mixture. Chill.
Makes 24 servings.

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Sugar drop cookies

Sugar Drop Cookies
1 cup shortening
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup milk
5 3/4 cups flour
Cream together shortening and sugar; add eggs, one at a time. Stir in salt, vanilla, baking soda and baking powder. Alternately mix in flour and milk. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Drop by teaspoonfuls onto an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 375 degrees for about 12 minutes.

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Jelly bean confetti cake

Jelly Bean Confetti Cake
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup miniature jelly beans, cut in half (not licorice)
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 eggs
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar
Heat oven to 325 degrees. Generously grease and flour 12 cup fluted tube pan or angel food cake pan. Lightly spoon flour into measuring cup; level off. In small bowl, toss jelly beans with 2 tablespoons of the flour; set aside. In large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, cream cheese and vanilla until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add remaining flour, baking powder and salt; blend well. Spoon 1 cup of batter evenly over bottom of prepared pan. Stir jelly beans into remaining batter; spoon into pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 50 to 60 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool upright in pan for 10 minutes. Invert onto serving plate. Cool completely. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

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Baby Josh update sad sad news

I just found out some sad news about baby josh, my cousins little boy. He’ll be three weeks old on Tuesday. They did the heel test, that babies get when they’re born, 3 times now, and on Monday they’ll be doing it a fourth time. The reason being that his bloods and that test, showed up some abnormalities with his thyroid gland, the levels of something are extremely high, and doctors have said due to this he is going to have a lot of issues. He could be severely brain damaged, he could be blind, deaf, he also has the most severe level of downs syndrome possible. The tests for that already came back positive. If he’s severely brain damaged, he probably wont survive, but the doctors really aren’t sure, his digestive system is also effected, when he takes a feed, he is exhausted, and sleeps for a long time, the mere fact of taking the bottle exhausts him. The doctors have said that if any of us are going to come into contact with him that we need to have the flu jab. They’re going to put him on medication for 3 weeks, to try to calm down the levels of whatever it is in his thyroid gland that’s high. Then, after 3 weeks he has to go to Dublin, to the big childrens hospital up there for a deep scan, a scan where they’ll put radiation into his neck. Its really sad news. I’m heartbroken for my cousin. If you pray please pray for their family, either way the outcome for him wont be great, no matter what happens. All we can do now is hope. Hope for the best for him.
Prayers and supportive thoughts would be very much appreciated.
Thanks guys!