Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Friday, April 24, 2009
On a lighter note, here are my pillows that I've made for the sofa. The weekend before Spring Break I made a few (before the chaos began). I'm enjoying them and looking forward to making 5 or 6 more for the other corners on the sectional. I didn't realize how many fabric "scraps" I had! The green and cream toile (with the brown ball fringe) is from my kitchen curtains in our last house. I miss those curtains! And the cream and brown polka dot and green paisley fabrics were bought for aprons that never came to fruition.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Thank you for your prayers on our behalf! Andy had an MRI and CAT scan yesterday, along with an steroid epidural and many medicines via IV. We saw small progress as he was able to walk to the bathroom with the aid of the nurses and a walker. We are praying that today he will be able to have a little more mobility and come home. Surgery will not be needed at this time!
I went to bed last night with my first migraine. The nausea brought me back to my last pregnancy. But after an hour or so I was able to fall asleep and sleep until 9:30 this morning! The kids seemed stressed yesterday, but I have been able to play with them this morning and they are doing great today. Puzzles with Toot, dancing with Lydie, conversation with Jaybird-20 minutes with each, speaking 3 completely different languages (love languages, that is).
If you want to know how to pray...Pray with us, as the doctors have suggested that Andy's discs are bulging and herniated in two places which may be a result of his car accident. We will need discernment to know how to move forward with that information. Also, pray that each precious one in our family will feel loved by me as God gives me the grace to encourage and see us through. Pray that Andy's employer would continue to extend heart-felt grace and patience with him as he is out of work for the rest of the week. Finally, pray that we would sense His presence and He would be glorified with our thoughts and actions.
Thank you so much for your concern. We are loved and blessed. God is good, all the time...
Monday, April 20, 2009
Please pray for us! I wrote of a few of our struggles recently with the car accident and other trials. This weekend, Andy called while I was at a ballet performance for a teenager at church, to tell me he had hurt his back and couldn't move. On Sunday I had to call an ambulance to come and get him. The pain was very bad and he couldn't bear any weight on his legs, nor even his knees to crawl. So I had no way of transporting him to get the medical attention he needed. They admitted him last night to the hospital. As I was leaving to come home for the night, a tornado passed through just over our house. Sweet Mimi had to take the sleeping children in the basement. Praise God the weather did not damage our house. And I am thankful that I made it home just fine, but soaking wet!
I am now doing a few things for the children, and then back to the hospital. They will run an MRI later today and hopefully we will get some answers. I am afraid Andy will be out of work all week. Poor guy, this week his employer had paid for a week-long class out of town. A world-renown botanist was teaching outdoors a very special, once-in-a-lifetime series. According to Andy, the scientist, it was very exciting. I hate that he is having to miss. I am thankful for quiet time by his hospital bed to just look at him and talk alone. It's nice to see him out of pain, as they are giving him a variety of medications. And, it's nice to be able to show him how much I love him by smothering him with help and attention.
We are so thankful to Liz and her family for coming to get the kids and bringing them home last night. And we are so thankful to our zealous, loving Mimi for scooting across state lines to take over for Liz and spend the night(s). It's such a blessing to be loved by friends and family. Having said that, please pray for a season of health and calm for us. The last month has been crazy. And I am finding myself looking slowly and cautiously around each new corner...a little nervous about tomorrow.
Friday, April 17, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
I am absolutely incapable of doing all of these things alone. The Lord will have to work through me in order for me to accomplish any of these objectives. We will venture forward in faith that He goes with us, before us, and in us. Through Christ, all things are possible. (Not a million earthly licks in this boxing match called life could convince me otherwise!)
Monday, April 13, 2009
We had a wonderful Easter with my side of the family. I love worshipping at my parents' church where Andy and I got married and where I experienced my first taste of understanding God's grace. We had great fun at lunch with 24 family members. And the kids loved hiding and re-hiding the eggs. And best of all, we all took a special day to meditate (as we should every day) on the great hope and love found in the resurrection of Jesus.
We never quite get that family photo. My boys (and husband) are too impatient to stop long enough to get someone else to come and take the picture!
My 3 & my brother's 3- We have 6 cousins total- all were born between the birth of my oldest and youngest. We are a closely knit bunch. My heart throbMy only picture of Andy from the day (but it's a good one- handsome guy) My nieces in their hand-made dresses. My sister-in-law's mother (Gigi) is a phenomenal seamstress. They always look like little angels.
Our little cabooses- Greyce and Lydie are 11 months apart and the last of the bunch, I'm afraid. We ended on a GOOD note. They are both full of life and affection.
Sunday, April 05, 2009
By late afternoon, the kid-size jobs were done. It was play time.
But Lydie was too little to play Frisbee with the boys.
Jaybird couldn't stand to see his little sister upset. He came to the rescue, as usual.And then climbed a tree.
Not just any tree, my favorite tree, our weeping cherry.
And Andy joined in on the fun. Here he is giving the Frisbee a behind the back pass. The day ended with a trip to Mellow Mushroom, a movie from the library, and bubble baths for everyone. Maybe it's not so bad that we missed (aka forgot about) baseball registration this year. I wouldn't trade a dozen home runs for a day to regroup as a family- working and playing together! I love Saturdays!
Thursday, April 02, 2009
A new tradition of doing a mercy project together at Valentine's day and having the children's valentines tied to a string maze that wraps around the house and leads to a hunt for their treats March
My husband's birthday- always celebrated with a yellow cake with chocolate icing and usual something outdoors St. Patrick's day family celebration
Hiking, gardening, walks together outdoors
Easter and spring break with extended family- egg hunts, meals togetherMay
Boys' camping trip June
Camp Stinky Feet with my nephew- alternately here or my brother's house- a 4 day boys' dirt fest July
For the 4rth, we have traveled with family on my Dad's side for the past few years. We love being with all of our cousins! (we usually go somewhere with fireworks, amusement and water parks, and lots of bbq)
Jaybird's birthday- for the kids, we have a party with friends and then another party with family in our hometown. We also spend the entire day of the birthday eating what they choose and opening treats all day long.
First day of school celebration- pizza/cupcake party
The county fair
Vacation to the beach, usually
Year-round trips to our family farm with my side of the family
Baking and evening bonfires We love fall festivals
Thanksgiving with family- sometimes in the mountains
We make thankful leavesMy birthday- my husband's divine made-from-scratch strawberry cake with strawberry icing
Annual Gingerbreadhouse-building contest with the Harpers
We celebrate Advent with interactive, daily devotions as a family