Showing posts from April, 2009


I am having writer's block this morning, so I will just post a couple of cute stories about the boys:For the past few weeks, they have been getting up earlier and earlier--usually between 6:15 and 6:30.  I am always up, but I enjoy those moments in the mornings without little boys :)  But, I think I finally have them on a routine of getting up, going to the potty, then going back into their rooms to read books on their beds.  It is really sweet to hear them in there "reading" the same books to each other.  They have always loved Dr. Seuss' Green Eggs and Ham and I gave it to Xavier this morning and he said, "I get Ham and Greens?"Last night when they went to bed, it was already late because of Wednesday night and getting home late from church, but as we were watching Lost (which by the way, was SO good last night!!), I hear some singing in their room and go back there and William is singing, "there were in the bed, and the little one said, roll over, r…

Looking back...

This is a post that I wrote two years ago when I learned that I had breast cancer.  The last few days, I have found myself reflecting on those days and how much our life has changed in the past two years.  
This past week has felt like the longest week of my life.  Last Wednesday I had gone to the doctor because of some suspicious lumps that I had found. To be honest, I went, not because I was worried, but I just knew that that was the right thing to do. I wasn’t concerned, partly because in my mind, there was nothing yet to be concerned about and I figure that there are enough real concerns in life that I shouldn’t be wasting my time worrying about something that we didn’t know was a real worry or not.  After my doctor’s visit on Wednesday, though, I began to get a bit more concerned, since they had recommended I go for a biopsy. My doctors just seemed concerned, so that made me a bit worried. But again, I kept saying that statistics were on my side, 80% of breast biopsies come back n…

Why is it?

Why is it that you can work so hard all day long to get your house vacuumed, dusted, picked up, scrubbed, and cleaned only to have it basically destroyed in a few short hours?   This is honestly one of the most defeating things to me about being a mom/housewife/woman.  I don't love to clean, but I love to have a clean home and after spending hours cleaning it, I really enjoy just sitting and scrapping or reading or going to bed and waking up with a clean home.  Unfortunately, we also have people that live in our house and so a clean home doesn't seem to stay that way very long.  Oh well, today is a new week and we will start afresh.  It is supposed to rain a lot this week, so I am hoping that we don't go too stir crazy--you never know, I may have to get out the crafts again.
We had a good weekend, just busy.  I didn't end up getting to go to the coupon class on Saturday afternoon, so I was a bit disappointed about that, but we had a really great time with our friends on…

Freak-out Friday

I tried to think up so cutesy little name for my blog post, but just ended up with Friday because, well, that is just how uninspired I am, but as I was writing that first sentence, I came up with freak-out friday, because that is how I am feeling this morning.  Micah informed me last night that it is only 5 weeks until we leave for New York for my surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  The abundance of exclamation points really doesn't even begin to describe the sick feeling I am getting in the pit of my stomach.  I am definitely ready for the results of the surgery, but am feeling rather anxious this morning to get the final details hammered out.  I have sent some emails and need to make some calls this morning.  And, I have been trying not to think about how hard it is going to be to be away from my boys for 2 1/2 weeks.  Oh my goodness, it makes me so sad.  Yes, I know that there are moments when I long for time away from them and they have a tendency to make me want to pull my hair out, but …

Marching feet and funny stories

I think that I have mentioned here before that I am reading through the Chronological One Year Bible.   I am currently in the period of time where Saul has just died and David has just been crowned king and is now going to be fighting the Philistines.   I am constantly amazed at details from David's life that seem incongruous to the fact that he was also called a man after God's own heart.  First of all, he had a LOT of wives! And that was all before Bathsheba even came into the picture.  That isn't really the point of this post though.  I think there are just so many things to be learned from the life of David.  He obviously was human and committed many sins, yet, he was used by God in so many ways.  What a comforting thought to know that God uses us in spite of our foolish decisions.  
Okay, back to marching feet.  Today's reading was about the Israelites victory over the Philistines and this is the verse that caught my attention: "When you hear a sound like marc…

Back home

We had a really great whirlwind trip to see my family.  We met up with my parents in Illinois and we traveled with them on to Cape Girardeau, MO to see my grandfather who was in the hospital.  My aunt and uncle who live in Cape came to see us at the hospital.  Then, we went to Advance to spend the night with my mom's parents and got to see another aunt and uncle who had some really yummy morel mushrooms to share with us.  Friday we drove back to Cape to see my grandpa again and stopped at another hospital and visited for a few minutes with a friend whose dad is in the hospital.  Then, we drove on to Tennessee where my sisters live and had a really great day and a half with them before meeting my mother-in-law in Kentucky on Sunday morning and driving back.  Whew!!! Is anyone else tired?  Oh, and on Saturday morning, my dear friend Kari came out to spend a couple hours with us at Melissa's house!
We had a really great visit though. Lots of laughing and talking and just enjoying …

Tea Party Fun

Yesterday, Linda, the boys and I headed to Tulsa for one of three Tea Party events that were being held here.  It was definitely an experience and I am glad that I had the opportunity to go and of course, the boys were so funny telling everyone that we were going to a "tea party." I think they thought it was going to be like a birthday party! :)  Anyway, I am not super political, but we have been so frustrated with exorbitant spending that has been going on in Washington and this felt like one small thing that we could do to make our voice heard.  I am glad that we got to go and it was encouraging to watch the news and see how many other events like it took place across America.  Here are a few pictures from our day: enjoying a sandwich before it started this ended up being the best picture I got, which wasn't all that good! By the end, I think the boys were a little worn out from all the party-ing not the best picture of Linda, but it still cracks me up!
Today, we are headed…

Esther Recap

My heart was so full yesterday as we finished up our study of Esther with the ladies at church.  God really gave us some sweet moments of focusing on how clearly we are able to see God in a book that never mentions His name and how the principles that we learned from that book are still so applicable today.  I am struggling this morning to put into words all that I am feeling and want to share, so forgive me, if my writing is a bit random this morning.
Several weeks ago, I mentioned that our lesson was on fear and that it had caused me to do some deep soul searching, thinking, and praying.  The bottom line of the lesson was learning to know that as we are contemplating life and as we wonder/worry about what the worst thing in the world is that can happen, we must come to the place where we say "If_________(insert the worst thing imaginable here), then God."  If we fill in the second part of that in any other way, we can't possible make it.  We can't live on conditiona…

Easter Pics

Here are some pics from yesterday. I was worried that we weren't going to get any good ones because the boys have way too much energy to actually sit still for a picture, but after editing these, I decided that they just show off their personality!
Linda with the boys and her bunny cake that she has made since Micah was a boy.William was very insistent that he get the "mouth" and we thought it was because he wanted the jelly beans, and so we literally cut him off the whole mouth portion thinking there was no way that he would actually eat it all!As you can see, he didn't too badly eating it and even though he was sitting on Grandma's lap, he did not want to share.  I just think he will thank me for this picture one day! :)
I made little bird's nests that I found on this site and put them on everyone's plates as decorations. I thought they turned out really cute and Micah took some good pictures of them for me.
From the boys' photo shoot:

Does that l…

Jesus is alive!

One of the biggest weights of responsibility that I feel as a parent is making sure that my boys learn about God and why we do what we do.  They are constantly inundated with messages from the world around them that are always telling them they need more of this or that, that presents are why we have Christmas, that the Easter bunny is what Easter is about, and you get the idea.  We are all bombarded with these messages and it is often hard for us to resist the urge because material things can be so attractive to us.  I mean, I like things, new gadgets, all of that.  But, on Friday, I went through the boys toys and organized for the umpteenth time the inordinate amount of toys that they have and again, I just was astonished at how blessed they are and they don't even understand or appreciate it.  I so want to instill in them how fortunate they are and not foster the idea that they need more of anything.  I am very seriously considering instituting the policy of when they receive a…

Crafting with 3 year olds

Earlier this week, I was flipping through a magazine called Family Fun that I get and I noticed some cute little Easter crafts.  Now, I am not what one would call a particular crafty person.  Yes, I know that I scrapbook and what-not, but that is all digital and I can undo and redo as many times as I want and there is no mess (just an ever expanding file on my hard drive!).  And I hate to confess, but I really struggle with even remembering to let the boys color and draw.  We just seem to go through stages and there always seem like there is something else to do that makes less of a mess.   Anyway, I got the idea in my head that we would do some little Easter crafts and yesterday after going to the mall (since I had yet to buy them a new shirt for Easter and I had a coupon for Gymboree), we went to Hobby Lobby to buy the necessary craft supplies--little pom poms, glue, felt and cardstock.  From the moment we arrived home from the store, the boys were asking to glue something and were …

Wait list

We received Micah's letter today from OSU and while it wasn't the big envelope from the UPS man that we were hoping for, he did find out that he has been placed on their wait list.  At this point, we don't necessarily know what this means for his chances of starting in the fall, but we know that that door is still open.   We are both thankful that we know something and just continue to wait and trust in God's perfect timing.  Neither of us have felt well today. Micah actually stayed home from work and has been running a fever, so I am hoping that this is just a 24 hour thing for him.

No news

We have been waiting and waiting and expecting and expecting to get a letter from the school and wouldn't you know it--nothing!  As it turns out, the letters went to the mail room on Friday and actually went out in the mail today.  So, we wait.  And we try not to let the waiting kill us.  It really is hard to wait, to not get your hopes up, or to not feel like all your hopes have come crashing down around you.  
William is doing better today.  We kept him home from church yesterday and I think that was probably good for him.  The boys really love it when they get to do things with us individually, so each of them thought they were getting a special treat.  
Last year with our tax refund, we had four new windows put in our house because the old ones were fairly drafty.  And this year, we went ahead and were able to finish putting new windows in and they were delivered and installed today.  I am really hoping that it will make a difference in our heating and cooling costs.   Of course…


I don't have much to update. Still no word from OSU, but are hoping that we hear something today since letters went out yesterday. William has been fighting a cough since Wednesday and Dale thinks that it may have moved to his lungs, so we are headed to the doctor this morning. Our pediatrician's office keeps weekend and evening hours which I am sure must be difficult for them, but it is so nice for their patients. He started running a fever through the night and just looks like he doesn't feel well. Right now, he is sleeping on the couch and has been alternating between there and rocking on my lap for the last couple of hours. We were supposed to have some friends over for dinner, but at this point, I don't know if that is going to get to happen or not.

Here are some sweet snippets of conversations with the boys yesterday:While I was dusting the picture frame of Micah and I at our wedding, William says, "mommy, you the princess, you are sitting so bootiful!&…

Thankful Thursday

It is always a struggle for me to come up with a good title for blog posts and as I started to just type "Thursday", I remembered that on many people's blogs a simple Thursday has become Thankful Thursday, so I thought I would resurrect that for my blog as well.  And if you know me and my blog at all, I am a bit forgetful, so please don't hold it against me if I forget! :)
This is my Thankful Thursday list: Puzzles--our new puzzles have kept the boys occupied for hours on end.  When Micah got home from work yesterday, he sat and did a puzzle I bought for him (i.e. more than 25 pieces) while the boys sat and did their puzzles.  Apparently, their love for puzzles is an inherited trait!Hugs and kisses from my boys--they both have been very affectionate recently and I am trying to soak them up, b/c I know the day will come when they aren't so affectionate.William's sweet voice saying, "Look at me, I doing it!" when he has learned to do something new.Xavie…

Happy April!

Am I the only one who can not believe that it is already April?  I just don't know where this year is going.  We have had a busy couple of days with getting ready for the consignment sale, I had a check-up with my surgeon (everything is great!), a PET scan on Monday (another great report!), then Bible study yesterday morning (have I mentioned how much I enjoy my Esther study and the women in my group?), then I got to shop the pre-sale of the consignment sale last night.  I was looking for a basketball goal for the boys to play with outside and then a picnic table so that we don't always have to sit on the ground for our picnics outside.  My previous experience with consignment sales was that the larger items like that always seem to be gone before I got there, but this time I was able to find both for good prices and I found quite a few really good deals on some nice puzzles since the boys are happy to do puzzles all day, every day and we have discovered that not every puzzle …