What is O.D.D.?

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Dec 262014

Oppositional Defiant Disorder, or ODD, was one of Lilly’s main diagnoses. It pretty much means that you will be defied on every level if power is at stake. Kids that have this seem to enjoy refusing to do what you want. They will disobey, argue, and cause trouble.

There are possible causes of ODD:  biological, environmental, or genetic. ODD is usually seen with other disorders such as ADHD.

More information on Oppositional Defiant Disorder can be found here.    😯 -Nealie

Dec 122014

Hi everyone! Christmas is coming fast! In our family, we have the added fun of three December birthdays all close to Christmas.

I was having dinner with a friend last night, and she remembered a Lilly story that I had forgotten until she told it.

Lilly was about six or seven, and we went to a big Christmas production at church. She was all dressed up for the holiday, and looked gorgeous in her Christmas dress.

At some point in the program, the choir was singing loudly, and Lilly got out of her seat and went into the aisle at the end of our row.

I was nervous that she was away from us, even if it was only six feet away, because let me tell you, she had a way of making things happen.

I kept glancing her way, and each time I did, she was waving her hands in time with the upbeat music and watching the choir intently.

That is, until we looked again, and saw that she was keeping time to the music with both middle fingers waving in the air.

Time to grab a kid and go!

That my friend  remembered it all these years later says a lot about the impact that child could have on people.

Merry Christmas, everyone! I’ll do another blog on December 26th. In the meantime, spread the word that Chasing Lilly is on Amazon Kindle! Love my readers! ➡  -Nealie

The Torch Club

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Dec 092014

I just recently heard about The Torch Club from a friend who is actively involved. The Torch Club partners with schools to provide faith-based character education. It also connects the schools with community organizations. This is a win-win for the schools, and for the students and their families. To learn more and maybe bring this to your area, check out the link!  🙂 Nealie