Monday, April 30, 2012

Mood ~ Extremely Grateful

Just handed off all of David's old Car's decor to the neighbor... With tears in here eye's she thanked me as her son grabbed everything and ran in the house.  It feels so amazing to be in a place where I can pay it forward.  Thank you so very much to everyone who has made that possible!

Our Experience with a Service Dog Went Amazing!





The dog in the picture would not be David's dog, they just brought Evan to see how David would react. If we get a dog it would be a puppy that would start training now, specifically for David and his needs. For a dog that can do both seizure alert and wheelchair assistance it cost approximately 18,000.00 which must be paid before we even enter boot camp. I have sale a lot of stuff and do some major fundraising to do, to make this happen!




  






        













 I was a little discouraged about the price, but then a friend reminded me...
"its a lot, but how much would a live in aid cost, or a care home placement cost for a year? in perspective, the dog will cost less, and provide him with a sense of independence, not to mention, companionship and love from a furry friend!"

He who started will be Faithful to complete in you!








Sunday, April 29, 2012

God is sooo Good and to him be all the glory for the numerous miracles he is completing in our lives!



David is back to his toilet tricks!  I know I longed for those days back, but I am over it. Lol Note to David from mommy… Enough already we need the only functioning toilet to work, at least until the Home Makeover =)  


At 3:00 today we will be meeting with http://www.azgoldensllc.com/ about getting a service dog for David.  Between that and our new home we will be one step closer to giving David more independence.  I love my cuddle bug, but he can’t sleep with mommy forever!  Being able to put him in his own room (which will be built next week) and know he is safe will be amazing. 





Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Calling All Volunteers

The Producer of Homergency, Erin has asked me to forward this information to local family, friends, and businesses who might be interested in helping by volunteering their time and/or services.  If have a talent and/or skill and would like to be part of our Homergency makeover please contact Erin Frisbie.  The renovation begins on the 7th and the house will be the completed on May 11th.   If you or your company would like to be part of our episode please contact Erin as soon as possible.


If you can help with anything, anytime during those 5 days, your assistance would be greatly appreciated.  


Feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who might be interested.


To see what they did last season you can click on the following link:
http://www.sheknows.com/sheknowstv/homergency/season-2


Erin ~ Producer at SheKnows TV
erin.frisbie@sheknows.com | c. 480.516.9550 | o. 480.237.7100 ext. 4115 | f. 480.237.7103





Monday, April 23, 2012

Lesson Learned God...

The Producer and Contractor for Homergency  just left and I am beyond excited!!!  


For a long time I wondered if God had forgotten about me… I wondered why he wasn’t saving me when I faithfully believed in his power and ability to do so…  I have since realized that he needed me to let go and surrender all control to him, before he could step in and save the day!  


Once I did he was right their to pick up the piece.  He has given me so much more than I could have even imagined asking for.  Such a valuable lesson =) 

Saturday, April 21, 2012


In Loving Memory of Emily Alexis Rose Evans 10/16/03 ~ 04/16/12
The World lost a Beautiful Soul… but Heaven Gained an Angel with Amazing Wings! 





Our hearts go out the Evans Family!  God Bless you ~ Prayers and Hugs XOXOXO

Friday, April 20, 2012

Save the Date… May 19th ~ You are Cordially Invited to David’s Miracle Celebration

It is official the location time, and date are all secured. Save the Date… 
May 19th
 ~ You are Cordially Invited to David’s Miracle Celebration ~ 


If ever in my life there was a time or something to celebrate it is this, now!  To all our faithful followers please join us on May 19, 2012 in a Celebration of David's life! Come meet the Miracle himself and hear his story.  

A friend of mine reminded me today that there is always a rainbow after the storm.


Never fails, when I finally lay my burdens at Gods feet, he always picks them up. 


If you read my previous post I have openly expressed that I have been overwhelmed with a accumulation of challenges put in our way.  One of the major challenges was the condition of our home.  Our house was built in 1951, and has required more maintenance than I have had the money or energy to manage.  


Our house is not wheelchair accessible so I am forced to lift/carry David (who weighs 85lbs) around the house.  The main restroom is currently out of order,  we have termites, mold, damage from several leaks, the roof in David’s room caving in, and those are just a few of the many current issues in our home.  I am no longer able to keep up with the maintenance our home needs (not emotionally, physically, or financially), but we do not qualify for a new home on my income alone.  


While David was in the Hospital a local organization (Helping Hands for Single Moms) nominated David and I for a home makeover.  I did not want to get my hopes up so although, I appreciated the gesture I never considered the makeover becoming a reality.  


Today at exactly 10:30am I got a phone call that has begun the process of changing our lives.  David and I have been selected to be featured on the upcoming season of Homergency.  Filming will begin on May 4th and the Final Reveal of our new home will be on May 11th 2012.  Again God had provided and given us another chance at a better life.  


Here's a link to last seasons show:
http://www.sheknows.com/sheknowstv/homergency/season-2


We will be receiving a home makeover that will be life changing for us in many ways!  More than anything it will provide David the opportunity to become more independent.  David is my world and my heart will never give up on him, but I have feared the day that caring for him becomes too difficult for my body to handle in our current living situation. Those fears are now gone!

People say you should never bargain with God…

People say you should never with bargain God… which is what I did when doctors told me David was loosing the battle for his life.  On my knees I desperately begged God to spare David’s life and told him he could take anything and everything  from me.  


He spared my son and in the process heal my very wounded broken heart, for that I am forever grateful, but since we have been home everything else in my life has been falling apart. 

I am trying to remain positive and remind myself daily that God is my provider and strength, but it seems like everyday is getting more and more difficult.   Since we pulled through all of our medical issues my car has broke down, been hit in the parking lot of my school,  one of the toilets in my bathroom broke, I broke a tooth, I found out I failed my Arizona Education Proficiency Assessment (AEPA) and in addition I am having to fight with insurance companies/medical providers on a daily basis.  


I am eternally grateful for all of the Miracles and Wonder’s in our lives.  The people God has sent us, the donations, encouragement, support, and the opportunity to share our story, but  the chaos and obstacles we are facing in everyday life  needs to reside so that I can become stronger!    


Today, I am choosing to look up and push forward!  It has not been an easy choice, but I know God is my rock and at moments like these when I feel I can go no further or endure anymore, he always somehow gently reminds me that “He’s got this all under control”.


Satin the more you push me and try and distract me from what God has done, the more God will show me and the world what he can do!  I just need to focus on the things I can change,  get over myself, and let God handle everything else. 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Scripture for the day...


A psalm of David. When he fled from his son Absalom. ~ New International Version


1 O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!


2 Many are saying of me,
“God will not deliver him.” 


3 But you are a shield around me, O Lord;
you bestow glory on me and liftb up my head.


4 To the Lord I cry aloud,
and he answers me from his holy hill. 


5 I lie down and sleep;
I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.


6 I will not fear the tens of thousands
drawn up against me on every side.


7 Arise, O Lord!
Deliver me, O my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
break the teeth of the wicked.


8 From the Lord comes deliverance.
May your blessing be on your people. ~ Psalm 3:3-8


I Love this scripture it helps me remember that God is is my EVERYTHING (shield, protector, provider, deliver, ect...).   The one and only part it didn't appreciate was verse 7, about the "break the teeth of the wicked"!  lol

What an amazing perspective David and our experiences has allowed me to gain...


Although having a child who suffers from a "life threatening" illness is an emotional ride most of us would have never volunteer to get on, it is a ride that we are forced to ride just the same, so all we can do it buckle up and try and be prepared! 


That being said, it also gives parents of these extraordinary children an opportunity to appreciate life in a way that most others will never even be able to comprehend. 
I myself have learned to appreciate every diaper I change, runny nose I clean, and mess I have to clean up! 


Today I remind myself and all the other special parents out their to stay strong! Although, our stories may seem heartbreaking to some they are also heart changing to others as well!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Anyone know of a good/affordable dentist???


My tooth fell out during lunch today =(   It is just a stinking tooth right?  Why am I so upset? It just seems like an additional thing to worry about dealing with when I am barley coping with what is already on my plate.  I can’t contain my tears, life seems impossible right now. 


I know I shouldn’t be complaining when David is healthy. God has already done so very much for us that a dental issue seems irrelevant… but right now missing a tooth and having a tooth ache is not allowing me to think rationally. 

I called Human Resources (HR) hoping to find out about my dental package, only to find out that I don’t have any medical coverage at all.  My window of opportunity to enroll was 30 days after I was hired which was right when David got sick.  I obviously didn’t pay attention to that window of opportunity, so now if I opt to get health insurance through the district I will have to wait to enroll for next year. 

Surprisingly, I also don’t have personal time or sick days available to even get it fixed if I had coverage or the money to do so.  I sure hope that I can stay healthy while toothless and trying to deal with all this stress…

I am feeling very overwhelmed with the many challenges I am facing at the moment.  Tomorrows is a new day and maybe then I will be able to handle life a little better, but at the moment I am trying to get through the rest of my day without another emotional melt down.  


Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Thought I would share this in case any of our local followers have any items you would like to sale... or shop for...

There is an upcoming event that would be a great opportunity to do so!

Our Blog is primarily about David, but I also like to share great opportunities.  Here is a great opportunity to make extra money, get rid of new and used items laying around your house, promote/sale your products and services, all while "paying it forward" to a great cause, so if you are... 


Looking for Items to purchase or looking for items to sale? Mark your calenders because on April 28th The River of Life Church will be having a Mega Sale with new and used items. Everyone one is invited to come shop or sale! 


For more information contact:
Contact Carol or Sue


River Of Life Church
4039 E. Raymond St.
Phoenix AZ, 85040
NE Corner of 40th St and I-10


The proceeds from the sales of spaces benefit River of Life's Urban OutReach Ministry. This ministry provided hope through the distribution of love, water, and the distribution of hygiene bags to the large homeless population in Arizona. 


Come out and support Urban OutReach/Arizona's homeless population, while getting rid of your new or used items and/or promoting your products and services... or just come out and enjoy a day of fun filled shopping.



Monday, April 16, 2012

Do Over...


I am a little discouraged because I just found out I failed my AEPA - Special Education: Mental Retardation test by 12 points.  I planned on studying the month David got sick (which obviously didn't happen)   I had to take the test while he was still in the hospital and that was actually the longest I left him while he was hospitalized (6hrs).  


I know I can take it again and will pass if I study more and have a clear mind, but the thought of paying another $100+ and wasting a day of grueling testing has me very  unhappy right now =(  We have gotten over much worse so I just have to push forward.  


On a brighter note I had a great Interview with Phoenix Unified High School District which is were I ultimately want to work.  I am hoping that not having my MR endorsement will not affect my options or chances.  

Sunday, April 15, 2012

♥ Happy Birthday Daddy ♥



We sure miss you!  I wish you were here with us but I know that you a resting healthy and whole.   I know one day we will meet again which brings me peace and comfort.  You have always been the one person who always knew what to say to make me feel better, no matter what was going on... 
I just miss your voice, your words, your laughter, advice, jokes, your shoulder at times like this, I JUST MISS EVERYTHING ABOUT YOU! 


I miss you everyday, but times like this make your absence that much harder to cope with.  I hope David and I both have made you very proud and when I feel alone I imagine you smiling down on us =) 


David loved his Grandpa more than anything, and grandpa felt the same!  I miss watching the bond they have.  I wish he could see how big David has gotten or how much more David is now doing.  I wish he could have been there to hold both of our hands through our last experience.  I know no matter how much I wish... it won't change things, but today my heart rejoice for his peace and aches for my pain caused by his absence. 


To be "absent from the body" is to be "present with the Lord" (2 Cor. 5:8).  I just remind myself that death for the Christian is not so much an exit out of life as it is an entry into the Lord's presence in a very personal sense.



Saturday, April 14, 2012

Team David Car Wash #1


A Special thank you to everyone who came out today and Gateway’s Soccer Team who hosted today’s Car Wash.  It was great to see old friends and meet new ones!  If you couldn’t make it, no worries there will be another one next weekend and I am praying for better weather.  Despite the weather we had a good turn out and we appreciate you all and your many efforts to help our family =) 

 I can’t say it enough…   David and I are truly grateful for the love and support our friends, family, and the community has shown us. 

Adam & David's burping contest Round #1 ~ David had a Blast!


Thursday, April 12, 2012

Celebrating David's Miracle Party


I have had several people contact me asking if they could meet David, the courageous little boy that everyone has been so diligently supporting, praying for, and cheering on.  The little boy who’s Miracle they all got to witness.  We both would also love to meet and see all of you just the same, but everyone’s schedules are so hectic that making these meetings happen on an individual basis has been impossible. 

While we were in the midst of our Crisis I joked about having a “We Survived Party” when it was all over and now that it is over I think it is time for a Party!  I been thinking about a celebration since we got released from the hospital, but because of our financial situation and all the stress David's new medical demands I put my plans on the back burner.  The time has come,  I have a few ideas, but would like others input as well…

I am hoping to be able to throw the Celebrating David's Miracle Party in the middle of May.  I am still looking for a location to have the party that will donate the spot or do it for a very reduced price.   I am also looking for other businesses who might be willing to donate things like balloons, decorations, plates, utensils and maybe a jumping castle or clown.  (again for free or a reduced price) 

The Celebration Party will be in honor of God's Miraculous works and wonders.  It will give me the opportunity to share David's amazing testimony and allow us all the privilege of celebrating Gods works in and through David’s life.   

I have a restaurant that has already offered to provided the  food for a very low cost (per plate) with all proceeds going towards "Team David"  for medical bills, my time off work, alternative therapies, and on going medical expenses. 

Any thoughts and ideas would be greatly appreciated.  If ever in my life I had something so grand to celebrate it is this… God completed a miracle on my son’s body and a miracle on his mommies heart!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Jesus you really do know what I need and when I need it the most.


So as I expressed Yesterday it has been one of those weeks…

I had to get on my knees and ask God for strength because I am overwhelmed and weary.  Last night I had a long conversation with God and today (like any other time I finally surrender) he sent me peace and comfort in several different forms.

While tutoring some of my students after school I had two junior high girls come in my room.  They asked if I was David’s mother and asked if they could do some kind of community service for David.  I asked what they had in mind and they created a list…

·       Bake sale
·        Sale Wrist bands
·        Fundraiser
·         Share his story

♥ ♥ ♥ It melted my heart.♥ ♥ ♥  What precious young souls!  I told them that they could help me plan and organize David’s Miracle Celebration in May and they were willing and excited.  It is not often you see that type of compassion and kindness in youth these days, but when you do it is very refreshing.  

I then got a call from Preferred Health care who I have been fighting with to get David’s medical diet (which cost over $500 a month) covered by insurance.  I have been working on the authorization process since David was released from the hospital with no avail.  I have spent countless hours on the phone, to get no where and after  several conversations ending in tears, I surrendered and have been purchasing his food and using my credit card to pay for it.   

Good News… Today I got an unrelated call from Preferred Health and the lady I spoke to was kind enough to look into the issue even though it was not her department.  After speaking to several nasty and unprofessional employees over the last month I got someone who was empathetic and cared.  She has begun the process again, but has gotten a supervisor involved and they hope to have his diet covered by insurance and delivered in the next few weeks. 

Then I come home to a package for David sitting at my door.  We open it and it is a custom bear from Lou and June (a couple we have never even personally met).  The bear had a voice recorded joke to David and a customized t-shirt on which read “When you have an opportunity to help, don’t just think about it.  Bear your heart and do something about it.  Thank you Lou and June because your kindness brought tears of joy to my eyes and put a smile and both David and my face =) 

Jesus you really do know what I need and when I need it the most.  These simple acts of kindness are what will get me through the rest of the week. 

My daily thought… Remember when your dealing with people you never really know what those people are dealing with.  Be kind and show them love because it just might be what gets them through their day!

Thanks Anne Hatcher now I am ready to start my Wednesday!



Walking Through Walls


Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, "Peace be with you." John 20:26


Ever felt like you were up against a wall? Stuck. Stalled. Stymied. Smack-dab against a cold, hard, unyielding barrier with absolutely no way out. You can't go back, you can't go sideways, it's too high to climb, it's impossible to tunnel underneath, and there are no detours. What do you do? A friend once told me, "when you're up against a wall, the only thing you can do is start walking through it." Sound impossible? Of course it is! Whoever heard of anyone walking through a wall? Well, someone did. In the Upper Room


The door was closed, the walls were thick, and there was no entry or exit. But Jesus came in anyway. Jesus did the impossible. And He is constantly asking us to do the impossible. When we face the wall-whether it be pain, an emotionally unbearable circumstance, or a difficult situation beyond anything we've ever encountered before-God wants us to walk through that wall. As we take that first step into impossibility, we will find Jesus in the wall, in the most unlikely place in the most unbelievable circumstance. And in the interior of that cold, dark, unyielding place Jesus whispers, "Peace be with you."


No matter what my situation, I have the assurance that if Jesus walked through walls, I can, too. Besides, I have to follow Him. I have nowhere else to turn. And neither do you.


What is your wall today? What is the impossible situation that has been stopping you in your tracks and turning you back? Ask the Lord Jesus to meet you there-right in the middle of it. And then walk hand-in-hand with Him through that wall to the other side.


Mighty One, nothing is impossible with you.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

It has just been one of those days…

I guess I just need to vent! I am so tired of fighting with insurance companies, trying to take care of David alone, managing the household chores, and paying the bills, all the while keeping all of my human emotions in check. Although my feelings are quite natural, I feel guilty for feeling tired , frustrated, and overwhelmed. I know I have so much more to be grateful for than I have to complain about. 

I am trying to find a healthy balance in my life and for the most part I have been successful, but today was one of those days that I had to get on my knees and cry out to God for strength.  I am learning to rely on God for my strength, because my own strength is not big enough for the challenges that lie in front of me… but it has been a long hard process.   

"Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint,   and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary,and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;   they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary;   they shall walk and not faint."  Isaiah 40:28-31


Monday, April 9, 2012

Team David Car Washes ~ Hosted by GateWay Colleg Soccer Team


Thanks in advance to everyone who will be attending either of these events,  all proceeds will benefit my beautiful Miracle ~ David. 


These car washes are to raise funds for Team David.  All funds collected will go towards our families monthly expenses from being out of work for almost 5 weeks and also towards medical expenses.  In addition, we are  trying to get David into alternative  therapies not covered by his insurance. 


We have started a fund for David's alternative healthcare including horse therapy, immunotherapy, and a raw food diet which we currently trying him on. We would like to start him on immunotherapy at Envita. The initial  cost for the consult is $175.00 and then there is the cost of treatment.  None of which are covered by insurance.

Car Wash #1
When: Saturday April 14th from 9am to Noon
Where: Arby’s ~ 525 Broadway Rd. Tempe 85282

Car Wash #2
When: Saturday April 21th from  8am to 2pm
Where: Arby’s ~ 2748 S Alma School Rd, Mesa, AZ 85202


A Special Thanks to Jason Berge, Greg Johnson, GateWay College Soccer Team, 
The Basha HS Girls, and everyone who has supported us through 
prayers or other means throughout this endeavor.   


  We are truly grateful!  We serve an Awesome God who hears our prayers!!!


If you can not make it to either event but would still like to donate, donations can also be made by mail, through paypal with my email address ~ dadasmom5@yahoo.com, or you can go into any Chase Bank and give them his name: David Campuzano & his savings account #3030970762.   If you would like to mail a donation message me and I can send you my mailing address. =)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

He Has Risen!


This Sunday I get to get my son ready for Church in his Sunday’s best and show the world why God made the sacrifices he did.  Praise God, He Has Risen!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

This should wake us up.


As you attend your Easter Worship Service, you will encounter many visitors. Read the message below before you go to worship:


YOU TOOK MY PARKING SPACE AT CHURCH


One day, a man went to visit a church; He got there early, parked his car and got out. Another car pulled up near the driver got out and said, "I always park there! You took my place!"


The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, "That's my seat! You took my place!" The visitor was somewhat distressed by this rude welcome, but said nothing.


After Sunday School, the visitor went into the sanctuary and sat down. Another member walked up to him and said, "That's where I always sit! You took my place!" The visitor was even more troubled by this treatment, but still He said nothing.


Later as the congregation was praying for Christ to dwell among them, the visitor stood up, and his appearance began to change. Horrible scars became visible on his hands and on his sandaled feet. Someone from the congregation noticed him and called out, "What happened to you?" The visitor replied, as his hat became a crown of thorns, and a tear fell from his eye, "I took your place."


HE IS RISEN: PRAISE GOD ~ Author Unknown

Friday, April 6, 2012

Our 10th Anniversary


Good Friday is a very significant day for me for many reasons. Some more obvious than others! I found Christ as an adult on Good Friday in 2002.  I grew up in the church and had know of God, but 2002 is when I made my own choice to follow, serve, and commit  to God as my Lord and Savior.   

I remember it as if it was yesterday,  I looked into the little brown eyes of a child I was working with and for the first time ever found my purpose in life.  In that moment my life was forever changed and I left my old life behind to begin a new one. 

It was a life changing experience for me.  Good Friday is kind of like God and My anniversary.  Every year, never fails, something spectacular and random happens on Good Friday.  I believe it is God Graciously honoring my commitment to him by showing me his commitment to me! 

This year a group of High School students that David nor I have ever met, decided to hold a car wash to benefit David.  These teenagers spent their day off scrubbing cars for a child they have never even met.  If that is not love I don’t know what is!   I also got a phone call about a potential speaking engagement, book opportunity, and grant to get my business started.  All this happening on Good Friday is no coincidence to me.  

I would like to thank everyone who has helped support us in the journey in anyway.  Many of you joined "Team David" with your prayers, support, visits, words of encouragement, and/or all of the above.    God is Amazing and I am so glad that there are still people willing to allow God to use them to share his Love.  Right now I am filled with tears of joy and feel God’s love covering me from head to toe.


Today is a significant day for many reasons…


Today is a significant day for many reasons…  Thousands of years ago today, my God sent his only son, not just die, but to be tortured and brutality murdered for our sins and transgressions.   


After almost loosing my son less than two months ago I know how tremendously painful the thought of living without my child, my only son could be.   The entire experience puts life into perspective for me.  I can’t imagine how much our God must love each and every one of us.  I know I could not have done the same.  Sacrificing something I love so much, someone so pure and innocent for the sake of sinners!   




That is the beauty of it all.  God gave us another chance despite ourselves, and he did it out of love. His sacrifice was not done because we were worthy of it, it is what makes us worthy.  


I hope today we can all take time and remember that this weekend is not about Eggs and a Bunny…. It is about a sacrifice made for each and everyone of us.   Jesus died so that the broken pieces of my heart could be put back together, so that my son’s broken body could be made whole.   He died so that you and I could all witness a miracle when David opened his eyes and took his first breath after doctors said he would not/could not make it through the night.  


Thank you Jesus, for bearing the cross so that I would not have too.  May everything I do be a reflection of your love and mercy.  May every passing day make me more and more like you.  

Monday, April 2, 2012


I am learning that if I quit focusing on all the little things that don't matter, so I am able to see all the big things that do...
Thank you Lord for the amazing Monday you have blessed me with. I woke up tired, but this morning I woke up!