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HI! I'M CATHY BLACKSTONE.

I am a Columbus based photographer and welcome to my blog.

I love to photograph babies in the tummy, babies out of the tummy, kids being good, kids being bad, kids with special needs, kids with fur, couples in love, families being themselves and seniors in between text messages :)

I have a fun and carefree style that I think you will be very comfortable with. Of course I love to take the classic picture where everyone is looking at the camera with a perfect smile but what I really love to catch is the real "in between" moments. The candid moments that you will cherish forever.

This is my photo blog where I will share favorite images from recent sessions and blab about my interests and family.

Thanks for visiting my site and taking a look. I really appreciate it. 

WE COULD BUY TWO FLATSCREENS

a trip to Disney for me and the girls (heehee)

countertops and a deep kitchen sink

go out to eat twice a week all year

FOR THE PRICE OF HER VISION THERAPY starting on Monday

but if Brynn can read words like sparkle and rhinestone or better yet one, two, who, what – it will be worth every single cent. EVERY SINGLE CENT.

I can’t even tell you the drama we’ve been through the last two years with “sight words”. I want to kill sight words. I want to burn flash cards. Burn. I can’t tell you how hard we have worked. I can’t tell you how the teacher in me has come out and tried everything. I can’t tell you how many times she has started crying and I have gotten mad and said horrible things out of the deepest rawest frustration. Imagine working with your child over and over and over and over again on letters or words. Then five minutes later they TOTALLY forget “the” or “and” or better yet “B”. Brynn can read a book 10 times…”It is a bird”, “It is a cat”, “It is a dog” …..last page….”What is it”? and have NO IDEA what the words “it” and “is” are – that she just read 48 times. It makes her frustrated and me demonic. She wouldn’t even know the word “two” right now – a word she has seen 500 times since preschool.

SO – I take her to “the best” optometrist. She started the testing process and as soon as they figured out she needed glasses it was stopped. So we get her glasses for her slight astigmatism. Within 2 weeks she knew her letters. THIS IS AFTER A SOLID YEAR OF FLASH CARDS. I was seriously doing a Pentecostal poisonous snake charmer dance at the alter. Like cried the ugly cry. Went to Graeters. HUGE celebration and guess what she said…”Does this mean I don’t have a disabled anymore?” (meant to say disability). I wanted to die. Deepest knife in my heart event ever.

We finished her testing process. 2 hours. Hello. And find out she has the “visual memory” of less than a four year old.

But she was learning her letters and doing better so I figured the best optometrist in Westerville couldn’t possibly know what she was talking about. Plus when I found out how much dinero (about passed out) this “vision therapy”  was going to cost I figured they just wanted our money. I left there thinking they were loser idiot thieves. This is also known as burying my head in the sand, not facing the facts, needing to process scary information and putting it on the backburner.

Then. Last week. Her darling teacher calls that I have known since she was in middle school. My best friend was HER teacher and her sister does our hair (do you hear the Close Encounters music in the background?). A teacher that LOVES Brynn. A teacher that loses sleep over Brynn. The kind of teacher that is truly one of a kind and a blessing. There is no other word. She is a true blessing. So she calls to break it down for me. Brynn hasn’t progressed in 9 weeks. Then I went a little blank but still heard words like “significantly delayed”.  The word “significant” did it for me.

So within 5 seconds of getting off the phone with Brynn’s teacher I am calling and scheduling Brynn’s vision voodoo therapy appointments because I can’t possibly imagine what they are going to do to make her read. But after googling for hours and talking to people I trust about it here we go…….wish us luck, say a prayer, pet a snake. BIG TIME.

to be continued…….

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February 25, 2010 - 7:46 am Shelly - Cathy, I am a developmental optometrist and an active member of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. www.covd.org I am very excited that you seem to have found a doctor that understands Brynn's difficulties and is working with you to help her. Good luck on your vision therapy journey! Oh, and you are a very gifted photographer-- beautiful photos of your children --Dr. Rochelle Mozlin

February 2, 2010 - 3:22 pm Janel - SHE IS WORTH A BILLION TRIPS to Disney and whatever else it takes. You're an awesome Mom. Love to you and prayers to cover all of this. oxox

February 2, 2010 - 11:23 am Keri Rammelsberg - so glad u posted this. i am going to hit u up for some names of docs. having the same problem with kaley!

January 30, 2010 - 5:23 pm Caroline - A trip to Disney or a new kitchen sounds way more fun, but she's definitely worth it! And I have to say, girlfriend is as smart as a whip (and quick too) and she had me totally fooled. Sorry the glasses alone weren't enough...maybe it'll be a short stint and you can take over or something? Keep us posted!

January 26, 2010 - 11:02 am Tina - Darn it, Cathy. Mascara is all over my face right now and I have to be in a classroom in 2 minutes!! It is worth it, she is amazing, and you are an awesome mom. She will be on that stage receiving her diploma before you know it and this will one more story in her book.

January 25, 2010 - 8:44 am Sampson - wow...here I am at work sneaking the internet and weeping after reading about Brynn. Not only can you capture moments in life with a camera, but your WORDS are so descriptive and heart wrenching, I feel your pain and imagine how it would be with my own little girl, having to go through this ordeal. I am sending my biggest hug to both of you!

January 24, 2010 - 1:31 pm margie scherschligt - So excited for her, Cathy! I work with kids using my Orton Gillingham training who have been treated with vision therapy by developmental optometrists. It's an important piece to the puzzle. Hoping it is the only piece for you guys so that she is well on her way.

January 24, 2010 - 10:42 am Rachel - thinking of you guys Cathy...so stressful and heartbreaking at times to be a momma, isn't it? crossing fingers and toes it will all be worth it and you see big progress soon!

January 24, 2010 - 8:59 am Jill - praying for the right doctors/therapists to help your sweet daughter!

January 24, 2010 - 7:38 am Kim - You're an awesome Momma. You know that? It's totally worth it. Totally. Go Brynn!

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