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Winter Wonderland

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We knew that there was a possibility to get some snow yesterday, but honestly, the weather here in Oklahoma is so crazy, and I actually have very little confidence in meteorologists (I think this stems from a time when I was in high school and they predicted a 100% chance of a major snow storm, so in anticipation of that, I stayed up half the night reading a really good book and was NOT happy when the next morning had to go to school because we didn't have any winter weather, but I digress.....), that I really did not believe that we would get anything and that if we did, it certainly was not going to be the 6 inches that they were predicting.  Hello, it is practically April and we have already had like 80 degree days!  Well, this would be the moment when I am proved wrong--and I have no problems admitting that--and we had a serious snow storm yesterday.  It had been raining for most of the day on Friday and all night and when I got up on Saturday morning, the temperatures were dr…

The sun wake up?

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That is what I hear every morning from my boys when they get up.  Probably because I have told them many times that the sun hasn't woken up yet, so they should not be awake.  This morning, they woke at 6 when the sun most definitely is not awake.  So, this could be a fairly long morning!
Thank you to everyone who said a prayer for me last night as I spoke at the women's meeting. Although it seemed kind of rough to me, there were several ladies who told me that it had been an encouragement to them and very timely for them.  I am thankful that God was able to take my feeble words and encourage others to look to Him.
Today is a typical Friday for us--time to clean my house from top to bottom.  I can hardly wait to get started (you have to read that sentence so that it is dripping with sarcasm!).  I love to have a freshly cleaned house, but it really is not my favorite thing to do.  But, it is a necessary evil.  I think that the boys are going to spend the night with their grandpare…

Where's our kid?

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I really think that all four boys enjoyed themselves over the past couple of days.  It was certainly an adventure for me and maybe a preview of what my life will look like in about 7 years.  Just imagine two ten year olds with boundless energy and in motion 24/7.  I think that I may have to check myself into the insane asylum occasionally.   The choir on Sunday night was really good.  I think that my boys enjoyed it too.  Both of them sat fairly still on my lap or right next to me for the entire service.  After we met our two Ugandan boys--Gift and Ezera--and the chaperone that was to stay with us, we came home and had a snack of fruit and popcorn. I had made chocolate chip cookies (a recipe recommended by my sister's blog, but for the record, I didn't think they were all that awesome!), but wasn't really thinking about the fact that these boys were from Africa and that they might not be in love with sugar the way American kids are.  So,  Micah, my boys and I ate the cooki…

Weekend

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This has been a very busy weekend already and the week ahead promises to be just as busy.  Yesterday, we had a birthday party for twin girls who turned four. The boys were acting as if I was just spoon feeding them sugar for the entire morning yesterday just in anticipation of going to the party.  Then, we went by our friends' house to drop off some pictures and toys that we were getting rid of and the boys had so much fun swinging in "big boy" swings and being pushed really high!  I loved hearing their shrieks of joy, and I think it might have stressed Micah out a bit, but it was still fun!  Then, we headed over to the Golden Corral to meet our Sunday School call for supper.  Now, in general, Micah and I are not really Golden Corral type of people--I am just not a fan of buffets.  But.....the boys did get to eat for free, so that was a plus and the food really wasn't that bad.  It was just kind of a stressful experience because it was packed out and lots of people c…

Finally Friday

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This week for some reason has been extremely busy.  We had such a great visit with Jackie and it was just so much fun for us to have an 'old' friend in town who we know, who knows us, our history, who knew us before cancer, etc.  We are thankful for the new friends we are making here in Oklahoma, but there is definitely something special about old friends.   
The weather this week has been absolutely beautiful.  And because of that we have literally spent almost every waking moment outside.  The boys are really loving being outdoors and let's face it, I love them being outdoors as well!  They run around all day, playing hard and fall into bed exhausted at night, never once getting up.  We had a zoo trip this week as well as went to a really big playground in town called Funtastic Island.  It is the biggest play area I have ever seen and while it is really fun for the boys, it is starting to get a big crazy for me since it isn't necessarily easy to keep an eye on both of…

Here is a picture

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Here is a sweet picture of the boys with Jackie and our yummy cake! :)

Sunday recap

Well, it is almost 8 a.m. this morning and I have already had (almost) 3 cups of coffee (yikes!), read my Chronological Bible reading, worked on my memory verses, studied for a speaking thing I have next week, finished an Esther lesson, checked on my scrapbooking forums, caught up on some emails, read the blogs I follow, changed a dirty diaper that William woke up with, and constantly encouraged the boys to be quiet since Aunt Jackie is sleeping.  I woke up this morning at 4 for some reason and dozed until about 5:30 when I finally got up.  Then, the boys actually slept until almost 7:30 which is great--so it has been a rather productive morning for me this morning.  We have had such a great visit with Jackie, lots of talking, laughing and enjoying time together.  Yesterday, the three of us cooked for what felt like all afternoon and evening.  But it was fun doing everything together. We made this amazing lemon layer cake that Micah and I had made once before. It is a serious time com…

It went great!

Just wanted to post a quick note to let you know that the interview went great yesterday. Micah felt really good about the questions they asked and the answers that he gave. He was the very last one to be interviewed and it really worked out to his advantage because it allowed him to get all the nervous jitters out as he waited and when he went in, he was just calm and ready to talk. They asked him a lot of questions about his life and how he handles stress and why he wanted to be a physician. He felt really good about his rapport with the interviewers and we heard later from a friend who is a physician there that called and talked to the interviewers that Micah did very well and made a good impression. Of course, I was not surprised at all--Micah really has the ability to charm people and he makes a very good impression. He is just genuine and I think that people can tell that when they meet him and interact with him. So, now we wait.... we should hear something within the next…

And, he's off!

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I got this picture of Micah before he left this morning! Doesn't he look handsome?  He didn't sleep great last night, but we are both feeling pretty calm about the whole thing.  I am sure that he will have some nerves kick in while he is there, but I know that he will do well.  I am just so proud of him--I never knew how difficult it was to even get to this point in applying to med school.  We have just been overwhelmed by the support that we have received from friends and family.  It was fun to be in our Sunday School class last Sunday as we shared the news that he had an interview.  They were so excited for him--they have certainly walked this road with us and we are so thankful for them and for our church!
We are headed to the Oklahoma Aquarium today with my mother-in-law and my nephew. The boys are really excited to see the sharks and the fish.  
Another quick funny story from yesterday.  Linda and I took the boys to the mall to play in the germ pit since it was so cold outs…

Puzzles are my new best friend

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We have a new love at our house--puzzles. The boys have always enjoyed doing puzzles, but until the last couple of months had only had the kind where you match the shape and put it into the corresponding place on a wooden board. It wasn't really the type where you have to work to figure out where the individual pieces go and how they fit together. My sister for the boys' birthday bought them some 24 piece puzzles that have really large pieces and we began working on them. It really only took a couple of times for me to help them that they got the hang of it and just love playing with them. So, when I went to a consignment sale a few weeks ago, I picked up several more for $1 a piece. On Tuesday, I was folding laundry and fixing dinner and I had gotten the puzzles out for them to put together. I kid you not, they worked on those puzzles for 2 1/2 hours straight and would have kept going except it was time for dinner! They were so focused and quiet--which in my world is …

Unpredictable

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Life with children is always unpredictable. Yesterday morning, the boys were still sleeping (thank you, Daylight Savings Time) and so I was taking my shower and getting ready. I had just gotten dressed when Micah called for me to come because Xavier had just thrown up. I immediately just changed out of my good clothes and into something that I wouldn't care to get puke on since I knew right then that we wouldn't be headed to Bible Study. It is always so sad to me when they throw up because it scares them and then all they want to do is be held by their mommy. He ended up being fine the rest of the day. Both of the boys tend to have a fairly sensitive gag reflex (I guess that is what it is) especially when they have had drainage and colds. Plus, it didn't help that he was refusing to eat the night before, and so all that yucky drainage on an empty stomach is usually a recipe for throw up with my boys! Enough about vomit!

Yesterday, I spent the day doing laundry--whic…

Yummy French Toast

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I had a friend ask if the French Toast was good, so I thought I would go ahead and post the recipe, because it was really really good! And for my friends in France, if you try this, you have to tell me how it is with a real French baguette, because when we were eating it this morning, I was thinking how absolutely yummy that would be!

Delicious French Toast: 1 c firmly packed brown sugar 8 tsp butter 2 Tbsp corn syrup French bread 5 eggs 1 1/4 c milk 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp salt Combine the sugar, butter, and corn syrup in a small saucepan and simmer until syrupy. pour the syrup over the bottom of a 13x9 pan. slice the bread thickly and place on top of the syrup in the pan. In a bowl, beat the eggs, milk, vanilla, and salt; pour the egg mixture over the bread. Cover the pan and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake for 45 minutes. Serve hot. may be reheated.
Now, as I was typing this, I was realized that I just glanced at the cookbook when making mine and I used 8 TBSP …

I love Daylight Savings Time

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I have decided that I love daylight savings time. It is almost 10 after 7 and my boys are still sleeping!! This comes after a week of them being up and ready to go around 6:15. I am up at 6:15, but I am not ready for them to be up. I like to consider that my time that I can read my Bible, do my Bible study, memorize my verses, drink my coffee, check my websites--do you notice all of the "my" in those activities. When there are two little boys literally running around the house, it does make it a bit a difficult.

We had a great day at church yesterday, but when we got home, Xavier kept hitting at his ear and telling me that it hurt. I gave him some tylenol before his nap, but he woke up screaming in pain and pulling at his ear, we got him to sleep again, but he woke up again crying and telling me his ear hurt. I think it is so much worse when they are telling you that they hurt. It just broke my heart knowing I couldn't really do anything for him. So, I put him in…

Sunday morning

Here it is Sunday morning of the time change and I am finding time to blog? Well, the beauty about the time change for me is that my boys for the first time in what seems like a couple of weeks have slept past 6:15/6:30. Of course, I don't have much time because we all need to get up and get ready for church, but since I have neglected the ol' blog for a few days, I thought I would post really quickly to remind those of you who may have forgotten to set your clocks forward last night.

We have had a really productive weekend so far. It has been so nice outside, so the boys and I have spent alot of time outside playing. We had a picnic on Friday on our back patio which the boys thought was really special. I have a feeling there will be many more to come. Then, yesterday morning, Micah gave our vehicles a much needed washing (and much needed is really an understatement!) while I worked on cleaning out our flower beds which was also seriously overdo. I really do want to be b…

Guess what?

Micah got a phone call this afternoon inviting him to come to OSU next Friday for an interview for admission to their med school.  This is such a big deal; I don't even know that I can explain.  Before Micah started this process, I had no idea how much work and effort went into studying and preparing for the MCAT and even the interview itself.  I am so proud of him for getting the interview and know that when the committee sees him, reads his file, and talks with him, that they will see what an amazing doctor he will be.  So, yay!!!! Just wanted to keep sharing the story with everyone.   So, next Friday March 13 from 8 AM to 2:30 PM, he will be at the school for the interview process!

Wednesday

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Yesterday was my Bible Study morning at church and it was so good. I have really come to love the teaching that we receive from Beth Moore. Yesterday's lesson was on fear and courage and it really caused me to think and pray and examine my own heart. I may share some of my thoughts at some point, but still feel like I am mulling them over in my head for the moment.

We are waiting today (and hoping) for a phone call from OSU for an interview. We know that basically if he doesn't receive a call this week, then he most likely will not make it in this fall. But, we are just continuing to trust and are so thankful that his score was good and that it was released on time.

Today is the memorial service for Micah's aunt. A friend from church is going to watch the boys so that I can go with Micah. I know that it is going to be a difficult service and we have just been praying for Micah's cousins and the rest of the family.

I did manage to get a page scrapped last night. It…

Today WAS the day

Guess what?  After getting a strained finger from hitting refresh all day, one minute ago the score was posted!!!!!!! and even better, it was a qualifying score!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Did you hear that little shout of excitement in my voice?  Now, this is not a guarantee of anything, but it is definitely a step in the right direction.   Micah just got off the phone with the recruitment department at the med school to let them know.  They have told him that they are in the process of making phone calls with invitations for interviews, so we are just praying that he gets a phone call in the next couple of days.  We are continuing to just trust the Lord and the plans that He has for us.  Thank you to everyone who has prayed for Micah (and for me) through this process!

Today MIGHT be the day

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Today is technically the day that the scores for Micah's MCAT should be posted.  Of course, I say technically and might because the last time, they weren't released on the day that they had been promised.  We are certainly hoping and praying that we will hear something today.  It has been such a different experience this time around.  We both have just been so calm and not stressed out about it all.  Of course, as I am typing this and thinking about it, my stomach is starting to churn and get all knotty inside.  But...I just have to remind myself, that we have been finding so much peace in the knowledge that it is all in God's timing, not ours.  I have found myself thinking often these last few weeks of moments in our life when we desperately wanted something to take place and it didn't, and how we felt so devastated at the time.  But, in reality, it was simply God's sovereignty at work in our lives--providing for us when we didn't even know we needed to be pro…