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I don’t talk a lot about what I do on the blog-o-sphere because I would never want to violate the privacy of any one of the beautiful people I work with.  I do feel inspired though to talk about in general, what a blessing it is to work with people who need you as much as you need them.  Our lives are so interconnected and to think that you will never be the one on the receiving end of care giving is a ridiculous thought.

I am an occupational therapist.  I get called various names throughout the day including Miss Chelsea, Mrs. Yoder, What-did-you-say-Che-sey?, young lady, ma’am and sometimes even sir.  I also get called wonderful, beautiful and sweet.  Sometimes even stupid or naive.  But that’s ok, I take the good with the bad.  There are people out there who maybe don’t “deserve” compassionate care after what they have done in their lives but I give it to them anyways. You have to separate the act from the person when you are a caregiver.  And because that’s the way my mother raised me.  She raised me to love my neighbor and treat others how I would like to be treated and that is what I strive to do everyday.  Most days it is a pretty great job.  I have learned so much from their wisdom and from their exuberance for life. Curiosity at any age is to be admired.  Being honest gets you a long way in their estimation and mine too.  Some things are hard to say but they need to be said.  Tying your self worth to their sail is not always the best idea.  Giving compassionate care is something that I am good at but it does not define who I am as a person.  I have to practice it and I have to learn from others sometimes how to best present it.

I can be tough when I need to be.  I can be gentle and sweet.  I can be quiet or talkative.  I can be flexible and I can be stiff.  I can be loving and playful or stoic.  I am what you need me to be.  I pick up on every motion, every smile or tear.  I know what makes you tick and what makes you work harder.  I am what you need me to be when you need me to be it.  I try to give the best, up-to-date care and make sure that I know what I am doing before I do it.  Because I do care and I want what is best for you.  Your well-being is never a “trial run” or a “hail Mary” for me. I give a piece of myself to all of you and in return you give me a strength I didn’t know I possessed.  Sometimes I hold something back because if I care too much I can’t help you the way that I need to.

I love watching you succeed and I endeavor tirelessly towards that goal.  However, I rarely may present options to you where you will fail, for your own safety and for you to grow.  Some of you learn best that way, and it is my job to figure out how you learn.  I want you to learn because I want you to be independent of me and everyone else.  I want you to do what you want to do and go where you want to go.  Your success is my success.  Thank you for sharing that part of you that is vulnerable.  I will take care not to hurt you.  I have made a promise to you.  A promise to help you.

Chelsea Yoder, MS OTR

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Life can get pretty complicated at times.  So complicated and twisted that you don’t know which way is up and which way is down.  Life seems to be like that right now.  Being a grown-up is more difficult then you would ever think.  Making a choice that makes you “happy” may not be an option.  But you always have these truths to lean on.

  • And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.  Love will always guide you and catch you when you fall.  If everything else is in a whirlwind you can always count on your family to love you no matter what and isn’t that what makes life beautiful after all?
  • Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.   He ALWAYS answers.  It may not be an answer that is satisfactory to you, but answer he does.  My faith is based in experience and I have had so many wonderful experiences because the Lord has guided me through them.  I am such a worrier when it comes to the unknown future but He has always led me through it.
  • He never gives more than I can bear.  Life sometimes feels unbearable, this is true.  But we make it through and persevere.  Every time in my life where I get to that point where I feel like I just can’t take anymore, I make it through.  Not only do I make it through but I become better than I was before.  Growing pains suck but being a little bit more grown up is empowering isn’t it?
  • Life is not fair.  Who ever told you anything in life was going to be “fair” was lying.  Don’t expect things to automatically go your way.  As much as you need to trust in the Lord to lead you, you also need to be willing to work hard to get to the destination he has planned for you.

These are my truths.  What are yours?

Chelsea

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I love interior decorating.  I would describe my style as a combination of classic, rustic, Americana and shabby-chic.  Here are some of my favorite home decorating pics I pulled from my pinterest account.

Aqua beadboard walls with lovely yellow linens.

I love this as a guest bedroom.

Cute playroom/den

The cutest playroom ever.

Bedroom inspiration--so beautiful! WOW!

Beautiful master bedroom with country-rustic charm.

color    Very functional and I love the cream cabinets and oak island mix

Beautiful kitchen with cream distressed cabinetry and a farmers sink.

Love this closet!

Walk-in Closet

Pantry

Pantry

Great mud room

Mudroom

Laundry Room

Laundry Room

craft room

Craft Room

Like the lights

Dining room with french doors.

Breakfast nook

Breakfast Nook

love the faucet in the wall

Bathroom

Americana Kids Room

Kids Room

awesome fireplace with sliding doors above mantle to hide TV

Living Room

dreamy.

Exterior

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My family and I went on a vacation back around Christmas time. There were seven of us (mom, dad, sister, brother-in-law, husband, myself) including my one year-old nephew Tristan.  Let me just give this advice right away.  Don’t take a one year-old on a cruise!  This is what my sister learned from the experience.

  • The Carnival cruise ship line does not allow any baby still in diapers to get into ANY of the pools.  Yes that’s right, they are not supposed to even get in the “baby” pool.  If you try to get in when no one is watching, don’t worry they are always watching and they have no qualms about calling you out on it and forcing you to get out.
  • Babysitters are only available for a two hour period really late at night, like after 8pm.  This will be of course after your baby has already fallen asleep.  But they want you to bring them to the Kid’s Camp.  Something doesn’t add up here.
  • The Kid’s Camp (where all the toys are located) are only available to the extra young group for a two hour period in the morning.  Forget about play equipment anywhere else.  Your baby (and you) will be forced to climb the stairs for entertainment for hours on end.
  • Babies + formal dining = disaster.  Enough said.
  • Cruise ships also have very strict schedules, but guess what?! So does your baby.  These two schedules may not always run together.
(brother-in-law, Tristan and sister)

When you want to go on vacation with a baby please choose to go somewhere other than on a cruise ship.  It was like a nightmare vacation for my poor sister.  She said the perfect vacation with a one year-old would have the following qualities.

  • A rental house so that you have plenty of room for toys and games.
  • A pool that baby can play in for hours upon hours.
  • Restaurants near by that you could order in from at any time of the day.
  • Fun museums/parks/playgrounds for children within a 20-30 minute drive.
(“Is he wearing a diaper?? Get him out of there!!” -quote from a nice Carnival cruise line worker)

My sister and brother-in law certainly were troopers though.  They are great parents and were very prepared for the trip and flight. Here are some tips for flying with a baby.

  • Make sure that you time your flights around the baby’s nap times.  That way you know the little rascal will sleep at least part of the way.
  • Bring snacks and a drink.  This will keep them occupied for a couple of minutes and sucking on something when the plane is descending can help with the baby’s ears.
  • Bring some of the baby’s favorite candy (my nephew loves red hots)!  There is nothing wrong with a little bribery when you are flying.
  • Have a stash of kid friendly apps on your iphone.  My nephew enjoyed playing with mine a couple of times on the plane.
  • Don’t forget to bring your baby’s favorite sleep item.  My nephew has a blanket that he always sleeps with.  You give it to him and he practically falls asleep!
  • Try to avoid layovers.  These make baby more restless and cranky because there isn’t a whole lot to do in the airports and there are a lot of people!
Tristan only cried once during the whole flight and that is when he slipped out of my mom’s lap and into the aisle on his head.  Did I mention he has the beautiful grace that runs in my family??  He injures himself just about every day (okay that might be an exaggeration) but he is accident prone.  The only way to keep that boy from getting bruises is to wrap him in bubble wrap!
“Dad I’m bored, I hate waiting in line!  Give me those glasses”. -What I am sure T-man was thinking.
This excursion was the one highlight of the whole trip per my sister.

Hope this review helps you out when you are trying to decide where to go on your next vacation.  Make it a good one!

Chelsea

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My dog Wrigley has a lot of nicknames!  We all love to talk to him and make silly “Wrigley” voices.  He just always has this cute, sappy look on his face that is so adorable.  Here are a few of his more well-known nicknames.

  • Pup
  • Wiggly Pup
  • Wiggly-San
  • Wiggins
  • Wiggley
  • Red Bone Hound
  • Mr. Wiggly
  • Sir Wrigley
  • Sweet Pea (only mom is allowed to call him that)
Do your animals have many monikers as well?  If so I would love to hear some of them!  Leave me a comment!

Chelsea

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I made a couple of homemade cards for the holiday and thought I would share them!  Hope you enjoy,

Chelsea

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Happy Easter everyone! I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating the resurrection of our savior.  God has been so good to me and those I love.  I can never thank him enough for the amazing gift of salvation he has given me.

Matthew 28:1-10
After the Sabbath, at dawn on the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to look at the tomb. There was a violent earthquake, for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and, going to the tomb, rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow. The guards were so afraid of him that they shook and became like dead men.

The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples: ‘He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him.’ Now I have told you.”

So the women hurried away from the tomb, afraid yet filled with joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them. “Greetings,” he said. They came to him, clasped his feet and worshiped him. Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

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