December 17, 2010

The Best Christmas Present we could ever get.

Good tears are a flowing people...
they are flowing and it feels so good.

This morning we were told that Mason was found to be eligible for the At-home program.
Not only was he found to be eligible for Medical benefits but also Respite.
Just pure shock and excitement at getting anything...
but getting both Medical and Respite. 
Wow. Just. Wow.

This means that most of what Mason needs is going to be covered. 
I cant even tell you what this means to us.
::tears and snot everywhere::

We have been fighting for so long...
We know that the fight is not even kind of over, but at least people are now joining our team.
A strong team wins the game right!

The past five weeks have been an absolute whirlwind for us.
First we get two diagnosis in one week.
For those who do not know yet Mason was diagnosed with Smith-Magenis Syndrome and Autism.
In the past five weeks we have gone to having very little funding...
whatever we could get from Charities.
To know being approved for Autism therapy, Medical benefits, and Respite.
Talk about a complete three sixty to last year.
Not even going to think back to where we were last year. 

In the past couple months we have had several donations, some big & some small.
It has all helped.

We have presents that are coming for our boys for under the tree & a food hamper coming from the church.
It may seem silly because my Mom is making Turkey dinner on Christmas day, but I really would love to make my children their own turkey Dinner here at our house on Christmas Eve. 
It just wasn't in the budget with everything else this month. 
I can't even wait.
Maybe Mason will even enjoy a few bites of what he's allowed.

We want to make it clear that my Nick does work, in fact he has one day off this week.
 Nick works so hard for us. 
We sit in lower middle class income, and we would have been alright even if I didn't go back to work ever. 
But the costs of Mason have cost us more...
Like so many people we had to sell our home, use our saving and then go so far into debt.
It will take a miracle or very rich person to help us, to ever get out of the pit of darkness that is our finances.
It's a good darn thing we believe in Miracles.
::laughing:: Cause one can dream right!

We know that God has had us in his hands guiding us through this.
We have felt his hand alot lately.
The people that walked away from us have been replaced by a couple hundred more and those that have replaced them mean so much more than we could ever tell you.

We have truly felt alone for so long and the past several months we have felt so loved, prayed for and supported.

I am sure that some people find it funny that I say I am loved and love complete strangers.
Even Nick thinks its a bit nuts how much I care about "complete strangers" but I do.
You all have lifted our spirits.
We can't even begin to thank all of you who have reached out when we have been in the worst places.

Josh is and has been having a lot of trouble handling everything that has been going on.
I am praying that with someone to help with Mason now, Josh and Carter will receive the attention they need. 
This has been extremely heart breaking as a Mother. 
I just don't know where to begin to help heal Josh's heart.
It is hard living with Mason right now.
It must be especially hard on Josh.

This funding is going to do more than just pay for Mason's extraordinary needs, it's going to bring our family back to a place where we can focus on being a family.
Where I can focus on being a better Mother.
Where maybe we can see more of Nick.

What a Christmas miracle.

The tears won't stop flowing.
But they are some of the best tears I have ever had.

I just need to Scream.
And as soon as the babies wake up I just might!

As for us we will be decorating our Christmas tree tonight as long as Nick is home.
It'll probably happen tomrw since I have a feeling he is going to get called in.

Celebrations are in order, whos coming?

God is just SO good.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” – Phil 4:19

The Sears Fam


  1. YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so happy for you. Those words just don't quite seem to be enough but its all I can muster out typing through the fog of happy tears. LOVE YOU

  2. Oh my goodness, tears are flowing over here, too. I am just so happy for you. This is so well deserved and Mason will be getting the help he needs. I just can't express how happy I am for you. Your positive attitude and continual hope brought this to you. You and your family so deserve it and you continue to be in my thoughts every day.

  3. I am SO THRILLED!!!! What a perfect holiday gift for your whole family! xxoo ♥ ♥

  4. My head just exploded for you. :) But seriously, I am so, so happy for your family. For Mason, for you, everyone. I know you've waited and waited to hear those words about Mason's care. I wish I could have stood right next to you as they told you that - I can't imagine how happy you must have been.

  5. I am so happy for you Dana! This is indeed a wonderful Christmas present. You and Nick have much to look forward. I know that funding doesn't "Fix" everything, but the prospect of respite and help with medical expenses must be such a huge relief!!!

    Kudos to you and Nick for being a squeeky wheel!

    Have a blessed Christmas as you celebrate not only the Birth of Christ but the blessings that this funding will bring. Not only for Mason but for the whole family. You are a precious mom who has been through so much! You deserve this!

    Love ya!

  6. There is no better news than this. I am so happy you're getting support from everyone who can give it! I'm happy your family can start healing. It gives me hope for my own family.

    Merry Christmas!!


    Dana, seriously, this post brought me to tears! I am so happy and thankful for you guys.

  8. Oh. my. goodness.


    Such good news. As soon as I stand up from the computer, I am doing the dance of joy on your behalf.

    Love to you, Dana. And Merry Christmas!!

  9. Amen!!!! That is AWESOME news!!!!

  10. Jumping up and down with joy! YAY!!!!!! I'm so, so, so, so happy for you guys! To get everything you need to start you on a good road for Mason! YAY!!! Just YAY!!!

  11. Oh Dana, I am weeping for joy for your family! I am in awe of the many Christmas miracles I have witnessed this year! I am continuing to pray for you guys, but I am so happy for you all!!! Wow....what a great day and what wonderful news!!!

  12. Dana--I am so thrilled for you guys! Just from your blog and getting to know you on Twitter, I know you and your family are special people. I am so glad you will be able to focus on family more now. XOXO


    Like you said, the fight may not be anywhere near over, but now you have something strong in your corner, and that makes YOU all the stronger.

    Oh, what I would give to be a rich person right now to help you more, but I'm so glad you finally have some relief. Christmas miracle, indeed. :)

  14. It's nice to see that SOMEONE is having a wonderful holiday season - I'm so happy for you guys!

  15. Wonderful news! What an awesome Christmas miracle.

    Blessings to you & your family!

  16. Amen sister! I am SOOO happy for you! Praise God!

  17. Lisa from AustraliaDecember 18, 2010 at 1:19 AM

    I found your blog through The Real Life of a Redhead last week and read with such sadness of your troubles. I prayed for you on Thursday hoping your burdens would be eased even slightly. Congratulations! You will really have the best Christmas ever. Congratulations again for fighting the good fight and keeping the faith. Your sons are must all be so proud of you for advocating for all of them.

  18. Yay!! What amazing news, and what a tremendous Christmas blessing. Hope you and your beautiful boys enjoy every moment of this Christmas!