Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Blessings from Above

This month has been surreal!  I was informed back in June that there would be at least one slot in the Children's Waiver Services opening in July.  (The CWS gives services for Jacey that Insurance doesn't provide.)  Needless to say, I was the squeaky wheel that called the Developmental Disabilities Program coordinator, Lori, to see when the slot would be filled.  She gave me the date that they would make their selection not for just one slot but two.  I called that afternoon to learn that their system had required them to make choices for their adult program first.  The date got pushed back another two times.  I called each time she thought they would have it completed.  To say the least, my nerves were shot waiting to learn if Jacey would get one of these slots. 

Lori called me when they were able to make the selection.  The two slots had three children that were eligible, each less than a point from each other's priority score.  My nerves were even more raw knowing that Jacey was one of the three.  In the end, Jacey was given a slot starting August 1st.  I was amazed, humbled, and overwhelmed with the feeling that Jacey was being watched over.

When Lori told me that Jacey had received the slot, she also told me that a slot was opening up in the Children's Autism Waiver, another program with a larger budget to work with Jacey.  This slot would be filled by a lottery drawing.  Since I don't gamble, I didn't hold me breath and had completely forgotten about it until I received the phone call.  Jackie was calling from the Developmental Disabilities Program (which I assumed she was going to want more information for the Children's Waiver Services), when she informed me that Jacey had been chosen for the Autism Waiver.  I was shocked and didn't know what to say.

Between these two experiences and the fundraising for Jacey's service dog having gone so fast, I feel so blessed.  I know that Jacey is being watched over by our loving Heavenly Father.  I am so grateful to know that we have help again for Jacey.  She has so much potential and she's been given the chance to shine through the Children's Autism Waiver. 

As a mother, I want so much for Jacey to excel but had no way of funding all that it would take for her to go far.  (We're still waiting to hear from insurance.)  I am extremely humbled to have been blessed with not just having received the slot in the Children's Waiver Services but the Children's Autism Waiver slot as well.  I never would have dreamed that I would have to choose which Waiver to select for Jacey.  It is incredible.  We've gone with the Autism Waiver since it has a larger budget and is more intense.  It requires Jacey to receive a minimum of twenty hours a week of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). 

I thank my Heavenly Father everyday for blessing Jacey with such wonderful things.  It is amazing how she has been blessed in such a short time by people who helped us achieve our fundraising goal so quickly and to also have been chosen for the two waivers. 

And to think that all these things are blessings from above.  Jacey is a very special little girl...

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