Monday, March 31, 2008
Yes. We are having a great deal of "participation" today, so I drove Cody down the block to the bus stop and let him sit in the van until his bus arrived. We prayed for his day, and as he jumped out of the van to meet the bus, that familiar twinge I felt when I watched him get on the bus for the first day of kindergarten seemed to creep back in. He didn't want to go to school today, and I must admit, I didn't want him to go.
My little man. I do love him so.
Saturday, March 29, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
The children in our neighborhood are truly great kids. We enjoy having them around and they all play really well together.
After doing the Resurrection Eggs, we decorated eggs. Aren't these cute? These are the girls' eggs.
More pictures and stories will follow soon. Hope you're all enjoying your week!
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
I hope your Easter was great and that you were reminded afresh how much God loves you and what an incredible thing it was that Christ did for you and for me. It is truly AMAZING love that kept him there upon that cross, and I know I have nothing in my heart but gratitude. I love the remembrance of Good Friday and the joy of Sunday!
I am also checking in to let you know that my dear friend Charity and her family need your prayers once again. Her brother, Dave, has battled lung cancer this past year. In February, he went back in to be checked and was convinced that during the holidays, God had healed him. It turned out that he was right. The doctors did all kinds of tests and found no evidence of cancer remaining in his body. However, last night, he was admitted into the hospital and it was discovered that he has a blood clot on his lung. Please keep him in your prayers right now. We don't know yet what this all means, but we really do covet your prayers for he and his family. I will update you when I know more.
I am off to enjoy the rest of our spring break, celebrate an anniversary, and then get ready to go back to work next week.
I hope you all have a great week, and I'll be back with pictures and stories soon! Many blessings to you all...
Friday, March 21, 2008
3 He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows, and familiar with suffering. Like one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
4 Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. ~Isaiah 53:2-6
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
The news is that Caden went "pee pee on da pah-ee" on Saturday morning. There was great rejoicing, a handful of m&m's offered (he calls them "nyum-nyums") as a reward, and we were all ecstatic. We weren't even trying to potty train. We just got the little seat out, plopped him on it, and voila! He did it. We whooped and hollered, called Nanna, and made a big deal of it. He didn't want to put on his diaper after that. We let him wander around like that until he forgot how to pee pee where he's supposed to, and that, as they say, was the end of that. But hey! It was a milestone, and we'll take it!
In other news, Hubby and I got out for a date this past weekend...just because. Well, let's be truthful. I kept telling him he owed me dinner for my birthday (which was in November), and I guess you could say he has now made good on his promise to take me out. ; )
We visited one of my favorite places to go for special occasions. The food is fantastic, and so is the entertainment. I mean, who wouldn't want to see this show at your dinner table?
And I just love that whole smoking onion volcano thing.
We had a very nice time, and although we shared a table with six other people, we were happy to have some time to ourselves. Next week we will celebrate eight years of marriage, and I am reminded over and over again what a blessed girl I am to have such a sweet man to call my own.
Happy Tuesday/St. Patrick's Day, everyone!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
We've spent the entire school year healthy, but apparently it's Cody's turn.
Two weeks ago, he had a nasty cough that was the result of an ear infection. He was running a temperature and wasn't able to rest, so the doc prescribed an antibiotic and he bounced back pretty quickly.
On Sunday, we finished the last of his medicine. Yesterday, in his backpack, a note came home letting us know that cases of strep had been reported in the school. I didn't really think much of it until last night, when Cody woke up complaining of a sore throat.
This morning, he had a fever, so I immediately took him to the doctor to have them do a culture. My mommy's instincts (both mine and my mom's!) were correct: He has strep.
I'm so thankful to have caught it early, since an hour ago, he was running a 102 degree temp and looking at me with tired, red eyes.
He is currently snoozing away on the couch. Poor baby!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Nanna, "Pappy", Mimi, GG, Cass, and Kenz, thanks for an awesome weekend. These posts have been dedicated to you. We are so thankful for every one of you and for all you did to make the weekend so special. Can't wait to see you again in a couple of weeks! Stay tuned for a HILARIOUS Wordless Wednesday. : )
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 09, 2008
Friday, March 07, 2008
But then recently, they started doing some unmentionable things around the house. I believe that they started "acting out" because they used to have full reign over the house...that is, until the dog arrived a couple years ago. We also found out that Cody has sensitivities to cat dander, and so we knew we had to do something.
I finally hit my patience threshold last week, when one of the cats decided that the litterbox was in the basket with the clean laundry. It was definitely time for them to go. I just couldn't take it anymore. I spent most of Wednesday calling around the area trying to find a suitable place for these two cats to go. I found a no-kill shelter who promised to keep the cats together and take good care of them.
I was fine until they escorted us into a room to say good-bye yesterday. The guilt I felt for doing this to them after all the time they'd spent with us was overwhelming. I know they're just cats. But they've been OUR cats. Caden said, "bye-bye kitties," and with that, they were gone.
We answered a barrage of questions and finally it was time to leave with our empty cat carriers. I pulled it together in time to get Cody off the bus, and he hardly mentioned the cats. I think that he forgot what we were doing that day.
Then, before bed, he walked into the bathroom where we kept their food, water, and litterbox. As soon as Cody saw the food sitting there, and no cats, he lost it. We both dissolved into a heap of tears on the bathroom floor. I couldn't hold it in anymore.
I know. If you're not a cat lover this probably seems a bit foolish. But I feel an odd sort of emptiness with them not with us anymore. Once again, the guilt of what they were doing, how they were feeling, and questions of whether or not we did the right thing were swimming in my emotional mind.
I still worry about them, even as I sit here. Are they scared? Have they calmed down? Are they being treated well? Will they find a good home, or will they live out the rest of their days in cages?
For now, I have to believe that some nice people will soon welcome Max and Peachy into their home, and that they'll bounce back to themselves (minus the unmentionable behaviors, of course) in no time.
Thanks for reading this post. If you're not a cat-lover, I especially thank you. :-)
Wednesday, March 05, 2008
It's an interesting thing, motherhood. Remember the days pre-pregnancy and pre-children when you could sleep 'til 10 a.m., wake up and go right back to sleep, sleep soundly and peacefully for hours at a time, and close your eyes without any crying or interruption?
Well, those days are long gone...for about seven years now if you count my first pregnancy. And suddenly, I have become incapable of going back to sleep if I have to be up for more than five minutes. This causes me to lie next to my comatose husband (who most of the time has no idea a child was up and crying in the middle of the night), toss and turn, begin thinking (never good once that starts), and then finally get up and head downstairs to lie on the couch, flipping channels, watching paid programming that has absolutely no relevance to my life whatsoever, and then finally falling asleep sometime between the Magic Bullet and Floam infomercials.
All of that is to say this: I'm tired.
But it reminds me of a book I love, which I recently introduced to Caden, entitled "Love You Forever." That mom never tires of rocking her babies in the middle of the night. What a great picture of a mother's love. Someday, these boys will be big and strong, tending to themselves in the middle of the night. Someday, I won't have little ones crying out for mommy in the night, needing to be rocked, held, and tended to. Someday, I won't find myself rocking my little ones "back and forth, back and forth."
I guess being tired isn't so bad after all.
Monday, March 03, 2008
Afterward, there was just enough time to play cowboys and robbers.Just kidding. I only added this picture because I thought it was so cute!
Have a great week, everyone!